Phil Spector, the HBO film about the imprisoned former music executive, was written and directed by David Mamet – who is keen to establish his film as something separate from reality. “This is a work of fiction.
Director David Cronenberg opens his new film, Cosmopolis, with a quote: “A rat became the unit of currency.” The quote is by Zbigniew Herbert and also opens the novel by Don DeLillo on which the film is based.
At first glance David Mamet might seem like an unlikely source for this midseason replacement series about a team of Special Forces soldiers and their wives. But one thing the Oscar nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright has always admired is balls.
Of all the playwrights working today you’d be hard pressed to find one who has had more critical acclaim lavished on him than David Mamet. And while he may, at times, be treated as the second coming, most of that praise is well deserved as any time you sit down for one of his plays (or films) you are guaranteed to have your long standing beliefs challenged in a format that is wildly entertaining yet downright brutal to those who refuse to keep up.