Postmodern Film Approach – The Gambler

This is not really a review or an assessment of the film as such but, rather, just a rough collection of scattered remarks.

News of first time screenwriters who pen spec scripts based on their own personal life experiences and actually – miraculously, really – see the film get made and released are always inspiring. The ones that always spring to mind for me are Robert Mulligan with Summer of 42; Douglas Day Stewart with An Officer and A Gentleman; and James Toback with The Gambler. (Even Sylvester Stallone and Rocky may qualify here.) I say they’re inspiring because such news invariably entails something a little more than just a desire to entertain or to make it in Hollywood – the screenwriter believes so strongly in their message, they believe that the truth they have to impart to us is so worth discussing in artistic terms, that their desire to succeed just will not be denied. As a matter of fact, there is a scene from the picture we are very briefly mentioning here, Toback’s The Gambler in which protagonist Axel Freed, a professor of literature, gives a short lecture to his class on this very subject of the will and desire.

Here’s an excerpt from an article Toback wrote for Deadline Hollywood. It gives some background as to how he came to write the script.

“After graduating from Harvard in 1966 I taught literature and writing in a radical new program at CCNY whose additional faculty included Joseph Heller, John Hawks, William Burroughs, Donald Barthelme, Adrienne Rich, Mark Mirsky and Israel Horovitz. I also wrote articles and criticism for Esquire, Harpers, The Times, The Voice and other publications. Most of all, I gambled – recklessly, obsessively and secretly. It was a rich, exciting double life with heavy doses of sexual adventurism thrown in for good measure. Inspired by the life and work of my literary idol, Dostoyevsky, I embarked on the writing of The Gambler intended originally as a novel. Half way in, it became clear to me that I was seeing and hearing the “novel” as a movie and I abruptly decided to turn it into one. When I hit full stride I felt as if I were a recording secretary, simply putting down on paper dialogue and images I heard and saw as if they were not sounds and pictures at all but rather real life action existing in my brain.”

So as we see, the movie began as a powerful personal vision. British director Karel Reisz soon got involved with the project. Reisz, the author of one of the seminal texts on film editing, was a director of realistic films with a “focus on characters on the margins” as his obituary in The Guardian says. Certainly The Gambler qualifies there.

He was also quite unlucky in the way the executives he made pictures for handled them after they were finished and ready. Toback’s article cited above details this as far as The Gambler goes; Steven Bach’s Final Cut, one of the truly classic insider accounts of Hollywood, chronicles how Reisz’s next film, Who’ll Stop SThe Rain? was sabotaged by the very studio he made it for! (Incidentally, the picture was adapted from Robert Stone’s classic novel Dog Soldiers. Stone would go on to write the terrific Hollywood bashing novel Children of Light, and after reading Bach it’s easy to see why.)

The film itself is a bit of a wonder, and the article linked to above is immeasurably helpful in understanding it and the overall gambling sensibility. Lauren Hutton is an almost unreal presence on the screen – why in the world was this woman not more of a star? In the title role James Caan is excellent as an addicted gambler but not real convincing as a college professor. Paul Sorvino plays a role that’s kind of a hybrid of the ones he played in Goodfellas and A Touch of Class. And in small roles we have many actors who would become fairly well recognized over the years – Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Burt Young, Vic Tayback, Antonio Fargas, James Woods. All of them are very capable here.

The script, though very powerful and obviously authentic, is not without some problems – for example, Axel’s girlfriend and mother, both featured prominently for a while, at a certain point just drop off the screen. They literally disappear. And the Dostoyevskian existentialism is highly questionable as a working philosophy, even given that we understand it’s the main character’s principal operating principle.

Cash 3 Strategies Uncovered!

Most people want to make money the easy and fast way. Well, with the recent financial system crashing and burning, causing world markets to plunge into total disaster, people certainly won’t be making money the easy and fast way with their jobs or property investments. It’s going to take ingenuity to bring home the fat slabs of bacon. It’s going to take tried and tested Cash 3 strategies to get you in the game and get you the easy and fast money you’ve been dreaming of.

Yes, playing Cash 3 is one great way to help you pay the rent, the bills, the loan repayments, your education or that of your kids’, and all the other things included in your endless list of financial concerns. Many people enjoy playing Cash 3 because it offers them a chance to win big, allowing them to take home big sums of money to be spent as they desire. Like any other cash games out there, it doesn’t take much to start Cash 3. However, it will take a great amount of research and a study of state statistics, not to mention foolproof Cash 3 strategies, in order to understand the odds and turn them in your favor. You must be armed with determination, concentration, and a certain amount of persistence. Never ever give up. Giving up or simply leaving everything to chance is your greatest ruin as far as cash games, or any kind of game for that matter, is concerned.

One of the most trusted Cash 3 strategies around is understanding the game itself. This seems silly to even be suggesting, but there are people out there who play with the fervent hope of winning without even bothering to know the rules and check out the frequent combinations that come up. This kind of attitude can only lead to failure. You can’t win if you don’t know how to. So how exactly do you play Cash 3? It’s not just about selecting your lucky numbers; it’s about choosing the statistically favored combinations. To help you get closer to your ultimate goal, look into the combination history of the Cash 3 host you wish to be part of.

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How to Level Up Fast in Mafia Wars – 4 Important Tips

Mafia Wars is quite a popular game today. With over five million people playing the game, the competition is surely high. The most important thing in the game is to level up quick without losing much of your energy. This way you get to become the boss of the game. Learn four important tips that can let you do exactly that.

There are no cheats, no codes, no scripts that can let you do these things. Mafia Wars is a totally safe game and does not let you play with cheats and stuff. It is pure tricks and strategy that works.

1. In the most initial stages, experience is less important than energy. You get some energy points every time you finish a job and also during the 24 hour period when you get energy packs. Always make sure you use a couple of experience points to gain energy. This will let you finish jobs faster and easily which means leveling up quick.

2. Never quit a fight half-way through. You might get hit all the time you are offline and this means you will end up losing precious energy and health. It is better that you hit as much as possible, and then when you are hospitalized, quit safely.

3. Energy is everything. If you really want to know how to level up fast in Mafia Wars, check out the pros. Even at high levels, they concentrate on energy. When you begin, make sure you do all the jobs which give more experience for less energy. (You can check out for high experience:energy ratios.)

4. Most importantly help out anyone whom you can. This is the best method in which you can get people to join your family, or help you when you are in need (like doing a job) etc. As much as you can, help others every time.

Horse Racing: The Secret Of Thinking Big Money And Not Thinking Small Money

The secret of thinking big money and not thinking little money is a frame of mind the player need to have if he or she is to make big money. The mass majority of players that consider Return On Investment (ROI) in racing usually consider making a few hundred dollars in profit over a few wagers spent. Or an ROI of a few cents or nickles on the dollars. There’s another way which is as simple and straight forward but much more powerful. This is the case where you intend to play racing as a job or career and play 1,000’s of races over several or more years and not as a pass time.

An example: in the course of 10 years exact at any major track in the USA when the money is summed for all wager types for such a time period it adds into more than several millions of dollars. If you sum the total for 4-5 major tracks it reaches over $30,000,000 for that same period. $30,000,000: THAT’S REAL NAVY, SON! If you’re thinking about getting 5%-70% of that then you’re thinking big money, big business and not gambling. Why? Because you’ll never see the day when gambling will net you that type of money. You need design and not luck.

Thinking small money will not do so either. And you can put your money down on that and win. The secret of thinking big money and not thinking small money in racing is to think big money in the right way. To repeat: the right way. Of course you can play the pick 6 and get lucky but you can’t repeat it at will. It was just an accident. The money is just as real of course. There’s a way to know statistically and of seeing the game a certain way. There’s a way to create a flexible firm plan.

An example of Return On Investment or ROI. In one year exact you put $500 in A and $600 in B investments. You get back $75 on A and $90 on B in profits. Turn each into a fraction and turn each into a percent. Such as: $75/$500 = 15% and $90/$600 = 15% respectively. Another example: in one year exact you put $1,000 each into investments A and B. You get back $75 and $90 respectively in profit. Turn A and B into fractions and turn each into a percent. Such as: $75/$1,000 = 7.5% and $90/$1,000 = 9% respectively. This is called rate of return.

To obtain a large percent of that money and the way to do that is to know and practice handicapping and profitcapping very well. Handicapping is predicting the order of finish positions of races well. Profitcapping is predicting the profit to be made from the in money positions from wager types and the payouts over months and years while dealing with each race on an individual and personal one on one basis. Don’t seek to make a few hundred dollars but 100’s of 1,000’s of dollars or a few millions of dollars. For this you need a business, a statistical and a thinking big money view-point. This is partially the secret of thinking big money and not thinking small money.