Saturday, November 11, 2006

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Guido Guerrieri names House Of Games as one of his ten favourite films, in the opening chapters of A Walk In The Dark, the sequel to Involuntary Witness.

I agree, this film is a brilliant study of con men and their clever scams. Marking the directorial debut of David Mamet it stars the delicious Lindsay Crouse, as a psychiatrist and the not so delicious Joe Mantegna, as the skilled con artist.

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Anonymous Maxine said...

I saw this movie when it came out-- I remember thinking that the first half was great but the second half fell down a bit. (As usual with movies and plays). But my overall recollection is "way above average". I thought Joe Mantega's performance was great -- very apt. I expect it is this role that got him the part in "Baby's Day Out", a movie I have been forced to sit through more times than I care to mention.

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Blogger Peter said...

Try The Spanish Prisoner next. I still haven't figured out what to make of that weird monotone that Mamet makes his actors use. Does it force the viewer to think about the action? Is it a weird gimmick?

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Maxine said...

Did you see the movie version of "Sexual Peversity in Chicago" (can't recall title -- the nervous nellies of the US film industry retitled it) with a young Demi Moore? I had never seen the play so quite enjoyed the film, but people who had seen the play said the movie was a travesty. Who played the male love interest -- was it Rob Lowe?

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