Plays you should see (but as movies).
“Glengarry Glen Ross” is a fantastic drama about the back-stabbing, stomach churning ABC’s of the real estate game. The cast is too many to mention here, but what I will say is that this has to be Alec Baldwin’s best monologue in any film he has ever done. As with almost any play-turned-movie, the drive of the story comes from dialogue and not “action” per se. Each actor in this film has their shining moment alone as well as at least one two person exchange that you will remember. This film deserves to be seen, but remember, “Coffee is for closers.”
“Carnage” is a film made from a French play and stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. The story surrounds the parents of two boys. One boy knocked the teeth out of the other and now the parents have to settle things. Civil and in control at first, thing begin to unravel in a very honest, yet funny way. This film highlights some very painful feelings among this group, but pokes fun at them instead of turning the film into a sob fest. Viva la France!
“Six Degrees of Separation” was a defining moment for Will Smith. He plays a young man who makes his way into the life of a wealthy older white (and yes, that does matter here) couple by telling them he is the son of famed actor Sidney Poitier and that he was mugged. Seeing the boy’s condition, and discovering that he is a friend of their daughter who is away at school, they take him in. A true study of our part in social norms and class status, this film asks many questions and gives almost no answers. I am not going to say this film will change your life or make you rethink the choices you make later on, but you will pay a bit more attention to things.