David Mamet is so distinctive that his name became an adjective. So he'll survive this week in which his play The Anarchist immediately posted a closing notice for Dec. 16 and a revival of his Glengarry Glen Ross opened with a starry cast and less starry reviews.
Flight is the story of a flawed man enabled by the fact that he rarely loses control. That a hotel mini-bar can be scarier than a plane flailing in midair is a measure of this classic cautionary tale, one of the best pictures as award season approaches.
It does not seem quite possible that Jack Nicholson could be turning 75 today. He seems ageless, particularly when you revisit his best films. And that's just what we should all do to mark the occasion.
"I think the culture today is very, very different from what it was in the '60s, and I feel lucky that I grew up at a time when I had these very strong female role models. They were strong women, but their power was very much connected to their creativity and their voice."
Some of the get-out-of-jail-free crowd thinks that the reason Polanski should go free is because he's a gifted artist. Okay, I'll accept the premise. Maybe you're right. Instead of an Oscar we should let the Best Director f**k your kids.