Quick-Thoughts: John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

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John Cassavetes has confined your usual Hollywood crime thriller plot within his unusually bonafide style of filmmaking. Therefore, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie captures the atmosphere of gloominess in the affair of work-life, debt and murder sincerer than your average output, flashing itself past the shallowness of others that have often appeared in this glorified genre. The hypnotic effect of Cassavetes stalker-ish camerawork, intense coloring, and ample commentary on the obstacle money puts in front of artists furthermore has me savoring it overall. It may not be as fierce as Cassavetes’ previous projects, but for some reason I don’t feel any sort of contempt from that being the case.

Verdict: A-

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“The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” is now available to stream on HBO Max and Kanopy.

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