Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992) has an absurdly stacked roster of talent – all men, because only men work at this particular real-estate office, which I suppose was common at the time – and all in service of a searing yet hilarious portrayal of the games these salesmen play to get ahead. Written by David Mamet (from his play) and directed by James Foley, the film features a Jack Lemmon portrayal so iconic that an entire “Simpsons” character, Gil Gunderson, is based on him.
Discussion of “Wayward Pines” (8 p.m. Central Thursdays on Fox) on threads such as the AV Club and IMDB has centered on what the heck is happening on the show. Those questions are fascinating, but a bigger question is rarely talked about: What is the point of Wayward Pines? I suspect the goal of Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones) is to create the perfect, obedient human. But first, we must spend some time on the original question (“What’s going on?”) because that, too, is far from settled. (Note: This post includes spoilers of the first five episodes, but nothing about the books the series is based on, as I haven’t read them.)