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January 12, 2005

Yen gave me a Netflix subscription for my birthday, and I immediately picked up right where I left off a few months ago, with the films of John Cassavetes. I was going to withhold commenting on them for the time being, but I just finished watching The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie and just had to express how utterly riveting I found it. It's the first Cassavetes film I've out and out loved from the first frame to the last (and that includes the striking end-credit sequence). I have this suspicion that its flawlessness was due to its unfettered focus on masculinity -- that perhaps Cassavetes, as well as he might have understood women, knew far better what it meant to be a man. Interestingly, of the films I've seen so far in the Criterion box set (and I've only got one more to go), it's the odd one out. It's reconizable as one of his films, certainly, but it's also the one that's the least unmistakably so.

Nick and James came over today to do a little bit of Deadroom tinkering with me. They brought with them a few bottles of wine. Kara came over a little while later to, and then Daniel showed up to discuss a few of the changes to the score we've been thinking about. The glasses stayed full throughout the afternoon, into the evening. As much as we (to varying degrees) don't think Sideways is quite as good as most critics do (Jonathan Rosenbaum delves into this phenomenon quite lucidly right here), I think its romanticism of a good bottle of vino probably rubbed off on us a little bit. Make that a lot.

Posted by David Lowery at January 12, 2005 2:44 AM


"I have this suspicion that its flawlessness was due to its unfettered focus on masculinity..."

Mm. I want to see Husbands.

Posted by: Matt at January 12, 2005 4:17 AM