“I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands.”
— Louise Bourgeois
“Beauty? It seems to me that beauty is an example of what the philosopher’s call reification, to regard the abstraction as a thing. Beauty is a series of experiences. It is not a noun. People have experiences. If they feel an intense aesthetic pleasure, they take that experience and project it into the object. They experience the idea of beauty, but beauty in and of itself does not exist.”
— Louise Bourgeois from a conversation with Bill Beckley, 1997
“We broke up April Fool’s day, so I took it as a joke. I’m willing to humor her for a month. Every day I buy a can of pineapple with an expiration date of May 1st, because May loves pineapple, and May 1st is my birthday. I tell myself that if May hasn’t come back by the time I’ve bought 30 cans, then our love will expire too.”
– Takeshi Kaneshiro in Chungking Express (1994) dir. Wong Kar-wai
We all need stories. What happens in our daily lives changes our stories. You can see the Italian cinema and the French new wave, in the 60s, the first generation after the second world war, so they have a lot of things to say and a new perspective. For these two years, Asian cinema, like Korean cinema, and even Thai cinema, they’ve become very, very strong, because they have their problems and new stories in their life. So they are not repeating the same old stories.
Wong Kar-wai on In the Mood for Love
No no. No. You don’t understand. You can’t make a deal with him. Even if you gave him the money he’d still kill you. He’s a peculiar man. You could even say that he has principles. Principles that transcend money or drugs or anything like that. He’s not like you. He’s not even like me.
No Country For Old Men (2007)