Glengarry Glen Ross

It was only fitting that we watched 'Glengarry Glen Ross' the night capitalism was tested on Wall St. The festering 'man-eat-man' world dominated by men who weild ultimate control over the lives of others by virtue of mostly inherited meritocracy. 'Gelngarry Glen Ross' is based on a play written by David Mamet. A man who's themes generally border on the misanthropic. That, however, shouldn't take much away from this amazing theme of working men put under such stress that to crumble is really the only option.

The all-star film is low-key, raw even. It portrays middle-aged and older who suddenly find themselves outrun. In a weird sense -- they are Tommy Lee Jones's character in 'No Country for Old Men.' Their lives are fractured beyond repair and there isn't much hope. Except, of course, the proverbial 'next sale', which just does not seem to happen in difficult economic times.

'Glengarry Glen Ross' is about an economic system that puts premium on 'sale' at any cost. It could be that it was inspired by the fall of 1987 but it probably rings true for any time in human history, probably none more so than now.