Thursday, April 15, 2010
Have you seen The Killing of a Chinese Bookie?
I've been thinking about this movie a lot lately.
It's about a guy who lives in a small world. He's a part of a bigger world, but the space he occupies is very important to him. He takes his art seriously even if no one else does. He tries to make it good so that people will enjoy it. . . he loves what he does.
But there's space he doesn't occupy, and that space is filled with gangsters and bad people. Those people are always there, the gangsters, to destroy anything you build and to attack anything you love. To use you.
Arnold is in this movie for about ten seconds. I think it's his first American movie appearance, but I might be wrong.
It's hard to keep living in a world full of gangsters and people who want to ruin you. I tend to be one of those who forgets about the gangsters. The criminals who will take from us anything we hold dear and kick us when we're down, the people who will use your weaknesses against you in order to make some gain. I'm always forgetting about them.
John Cassavetes is one of the best directors of all time, I think. His films stick to you, and you carry them with you wherever you go.