Man. Mike Nichols. One of the all-time greats.
Everyone cites The Graduate, and it's a great one, no doubt, but there's something of a Boomer generational thing to it that stops me from putting it at the top.
It's hard not to go with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, but with a cast like that, the sheer chemistry, Nichols as a director has as his biggest job making sure that the camera is in focus.
I keed, I keed. But only partly. The success there is mainly due to Dick and Liz. Still -- a timeless, forceful classic.
But my favourite Mike Nichols? Carnal Knowledge. One of the best interior epics of all time. Jack. Ann Margret. Assholedom galore. Wonderful!
Ann Marget was simply outstanding in this. It really is the highlight of her career. Yes, yes, breasts and all that, but she really went round for round with Jack Nicholson, and knocked him out in the end. Hardly anyone can do that. It's a huge film.
Godspeed, Mike. Thank you.