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Just now, henrygandorf said:

i know you're a big comedy/comedians guy, but nice to see you're a mamet fan too.  not sure if you're into his other stuff, but state and main, house of games, and spanish prisoner are among my favorites (that he's written and directed).

whenever i'm stuck on anything i'm writing, i put on mamet, simon, goldman, sorkin to get me going.  they're all represented on this thread, 3/4 on this page.

You're scratching me right where I itch.  I've loved Mamet since I was a high schooler in Chicago (where he cut his teeth).  I know you're big on the writing process so I always assumed you love Mamet.  I know you've got no shortage of folks to connect with in Los Angeles, but whenever you're back in Austin...let me connect you with the Mamet archivist/scholar expert on his collections at the Ransom Center.  Most of it's over my head, but I think you'd appreciate it of all people.    

csb/humblebrag/pissoffdrbeeper/whatever...one of my favorite UT memories isn't football or girls, it was when I got to hang out and have drinks with Mamet and Bill Powers when the HRC was acquiring his archives.  He did a screenwriting talk (basically it was him drunkenly insulting the Stanislofsky method as a crutch for actors to cover for shitty writing), but then we screened "The Spanish Prisoner" with him and several RTF students, and then went back to the HRC to get 'faced.  His voice and cadence and vocabulary are a dead ringer for my late father, so obviously I'm biased towards him, and when I met him I finally realized what drew me to his films/plays, it seemed like something my dad would have written had he gone another way in life. 

Anyway, I could talk about him with you for hours.  last anecdote is a prominent Texas politician made a brief appearance in his movie, "Things Change."  She's now running for a seat against a friend of mine.  I was tempted to tell his campaign about what I learned about her days in Hollywood as oppo-research.  But I learned one of her sons is named after my dad's favorite Chicago Cub growing up.  And the only thing I've ever written that's been published is an essay on baseball that's in larger book of baseball essays that's in Cooperstown.  So  I took that as a very weird sign from the universe to stay out of the matter.  the signs you see when you're stuck at home under quarantine.  

All that to say, I'm sure you've read "Bambi v. Godzilla"/?? 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Lobo said:

You're scratching me right where I itch.  I've loved Mamet since I was a high schooler in Chicago (where he cut his teeth).  I know you're big on the writing process so I always assumed you love Mamet.  I know you've got no shortage of folks to connect with in Los Angeles, but whenever you're back in Austin...let me connect you with the Mamet archivist/scholar expert on his collections at the Ransom Center.  Most of it's over my head, but I think you'd appreciate it of all people.    

csb/humblebrag/pissoffdrbeeper/whatever...one of my favorite UT memories isn't football or girls, it was when I got to hang out and have drinks with Mamet and Bill Powers when the HRC was acquiring his archives.  He did a screenwriting talk (basically it was him drunkenly insulting the Stanislofsky method as a crutch for actors to cover for shitty writing), but then we screened "The Spanish Prisoner" with him and several RTF students, and then went back to the HRC to get 'faced.  His voice and cadence and vocabulary are a dead ringer for my late father, so obviously I'm biased towards him, and when I met him I finally realized what drew me to his films/plays, it seemed like something my dad would have written had he gone another way in life. 

Anyway, I could talk about him with you for hours.  last anecdote is a prominent Texas politician made a brief appearance in his movie, "Things Change."  She's now running for a seat against a friend of mine.  I was tempted to tell his campaign about what I learned about her days in Hollywood as oppo-research.  But I learned one of her sons is named after my dad's favorite Chicago Cub growing up.  And the only thing I've ever written that's been published is an essay on baseball that's in larger book of baseball essays that's in Cooperstown.  So  I took that as a very weird sign from the universe to stay out of the matter.  the signs you see when you're stuck at home under quarantine.  

All that to say, I'm sure you've read "Bambi v. Godzilla"/?? 

good stuff.  and yes, i have bambi along with a few of his compiled books of plays.  his and lonergans are pretty much the only books of plays i've taken time to roll through, as often the "unproduced" work is unproduced for a reason.  goldman is still my favorite as far as his "books about the business" and i think they crossover well to people who aren't really interested in the business side of writing.  it's just enjoyable reading.

i saw a screening of house of games at the new beverly cinema (the small theater that tarantino owns) about 5-6 years ago, and joe mantegna and ricky jay did a q&a afterwards.  most of the conversation was about mamet, his process, his habits, his style.  one story i remember is that mantegna said it was common knowledge with mamet scripts, that you don't improvise, you don't change words around, you don't even assume pauses, breaks, beats, or commas.  he writes it like he wants it, and will know immediately if something is out of rhythm.

mantegna also played ricky roma for years on stage to much acclaim, but back to that in a sec.  he said he was one of the only people to successfully lobby for and actually win a battle to change "a word".  in house of games, there's a line where he says, "don't trust anybody", and joe thought "don't trust nobody" would sound better from his character.  after a few days, mamet gave in, and let him change one word.  30 years later, he's still telling stories about it.  but as for ricky roma, they were doing glengarry somewhere in ny or chicago, and after the play, mamet came backstage to talk to mantegna, and basically said, "joe, they're gonna do the movie, and before you start, you didn't get it, we got pacino, but you were great tonight."

 

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On 11/1/2019 at 8:17 PM, Neonmoon said:

They mostly come out at night...mostly 

Game over, man! Game over!

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Dick: I guess it looks as if you’re reorganizing your records. What is this though? Chronological?
Rob: No…
Dick: Not alphabetical…
Rob: Nope…
Dick: What?
Rob: Autobiographical.
Dick: No fucking way

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I dont care if I've said this before or not but it's that time of the year when I get a little fucking out of sorts.

 

My girls KNOW when I say "Talk to me, Goose" that I'm dead serious and I want them to be open and frank with me.  It's not just a movie line.  It's Dad saying "I love you and I'm here for you." 

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" Now tomorrow when your recruits start to whine and bellyache, you tell them that a hundred and eighty five of their friends, neighbors, and fellow Texicans are holed up in a crumbling adobe church down on the Rio Bravo buying them this precious time. I hope they remember. I hope Texas remembers" ~ Richard Boone as Sam Houston in The Alamo

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Dear Red,
If you're reading this, you've gotten out. And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don't you? I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I'll keep an eye out for you and the chessboard ready. Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well.
Your friend
Andy

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Get busy living or get busy dying. That’s goddamn right! For the second time in my life I’m guilty of committing a crime. Parole violation. Of course, I doubt they’ll toss up any roadblocks for that. Not for an old crook like me.I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

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