Broadcast News ★★★★★

Mamet dictates to the reader, in his book on directing, to resist calling a nail a house. A nail is just a nail. He repeats this over and over again: a scene isn't a movie. A shot isn't a scene. A scene is a scene. A shot is a shot. A nail is a nail. A nail isn't a house. It is only by stringing each discrete unit of decision and preparation together that a film is made. If Mamet's theory is prescription then Broadcast News is panacea. It is perfect moment after perfect moment. It is life, sequenced. Memories, first lived, then remembered, then truly, dearly missed.