Tag Archives: Sam Mendes

BEST PICTURE REVISITED: AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999)

The first time I watched American Beauty, in high school, I knew this was a movie for adults. There were clear similarities: my ordinary suburban house; my dad worked for a large corporation; I felt lonely, isolated. But even then, I sensed the broad strokes Sam Mendes and Alan Ball painted with: this wasn’t my […]

“Don’t Tell Mama What You Know”

THEATER REVIEW: Cabaret Studio 54, New York, January 17, 2015 Cabaret has become the Frankenstein’s monster of Broadway, stitched together with revisions each time it reawakens. The current Studio 54 staging revives a revival from 1997. Before their film successes, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall directed a Cabaret that aimed to be raunchier and bleaker. Soon, community theaters everywhere started […]