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Notch +1 Movie Watched. [Jan. 25th, 2004|02:00 am]
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Jim and I went to see The Cooler today at the Arc Light.

This movie is worth it if you love Vegas, and it's also worth it if you love strong performances. William H. Macy's performance as Lootz is probably one of his more memorable ones, in my mind, of his films, probably since he was Quiz Kid Donnie in Magnolia, also a fine film.

Alec Baldwin owned the screen like he usually does. He was a bad-ass Shelly, an old-school mobster who'd wipe you without much afterthought.

Maria Bello . . . I had to look her up on IMDB. She was Macy's love interest, and I think this is her strongest performance, evarrr, at least what I've watched.

I liked Ron Livingston as representative of "New Vegas."

Basically, the movie is about Macy's character, Lootz, a 'cooler,' a walking human version who has such bad luck that he merely goes near a table, and everyone loses to the house.

Baldwin's character, Shelly, is one of the major bosses of the Shangri-La, an 'old-school' Vegas casino, a time-capsule of sorts from the old mob days of Vegas. As in style of the casino, Shelly is very old-school himself, and he has a strong belief to keep it exactly as it is.

Maria's character, Natalie, is a nickel-slot waitress who enters into the Shangri-La and into the life of Lootz. They endear themselves to each other.

You have to suspend reality like in most fiction, and in this case, it's a pinpoint suspended reality with regards to 'luck' . . . Lootz literally becomes a contagious losing presence to any player near him, and that extends and changes as the movie twists and turns. As Natalie and Bernie fall in love, Bernie's luck changes from bad to good. Suddenly, he has no effect on the players, and they start winning streaks.

If you can deal with this 'magical' plot effect, then you're in for one of the finest movies of 2003. I loved it more due to my knowledge of gambling and Vegas. If anything, you'll really enjoy Macy's sad-sack good-guy role, Bello's striking role (I kept saying to myself, "she looks like a young Sharon Stone, no joke"), and Baldwin's super-strong performance, then with them and the neat dialogue, you're way up for the day. :D

Note: This is only similar in feel to Leaving Las Vegas, of which that film is bad-ass, waaaaay in a league above and beyond most all other films. This is Leaving Las Vegas Lite. It's perfect, however, for the afternoon matinee, a very good easily-digested-yet-violent-yet-funny-yet great film. Of course, my favorite Vegas film isn't really so much about Vegas but the American Dream, that being Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2004-01-25 02:39 pm (UTC)

So yeah....

As soon as I saw the song that's in your head....Immediate memories of Mrs. Doubtfire!!!!!

I'm glad you liked the movie, it does sound pretty good! I have so much movie catching up to do!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-01-26 02:09 am (UTC)
I forgot to mention that the director's camera work and pacing made the movie shine.
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[User Picture]From: _crack_my_ribs
2004-01-26 08:34 am (UTC)
you should write movie reviews. this made me want to go see that movie!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-01-27 01:50 am (UTC)
It would be money well-spent if you did.

I love to write, and that wouldn't be too bad a job, but my vision is one where I'm writing the works that end up being written about by a critic in some paper.
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[User Picture]From: erscarter
2004-02-11 10:53 pm (UTC)

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I concur, _crack_my_ribs! Sorry I'm replying so far back... "Luck be a Lady" caught my attention. Appropriate song for the review.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-02-11 11:25 pm (UTC)

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Thank you for the compliment!

All compliments are appreciated.

I love Vegas. It's everything that isn't really much like most other places in the world. :D
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[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-01-31 05:34 am (UTC)
I saw the cooler too. I thought it was great. I dig William macy though, he is always popping up in cool movies.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-01-31 06:16 am (UTC)
That he is.

I've really liked Macy. He picks smart roles, and he blossoms in those roles.
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[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-02-01 09:51 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. The fist movie I ever saw him in was Boogie nights. Not a cinematic masterpiece but he was great. He is a really great actor.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-02-01 10:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, he was a good Little Bill.

Cheadle was awesome in that one as the black porn cowboy, all freeky-deeky. :D

P.T. Anderson cruised that one in a great way. With Magnolia, Cruise shined, and I've never seen a better performance from Adam Sandler than in P.T.'s Punch Drunk Love.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-02-01 10:13 am (UTC)

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Correction:

With Magnolia, Cruise shined, and I've never seen a better performance from Adam Sandler than in P.T's Punch Drunk Love.

I get all freeky-deeky inside when I think of Boogie Nights, and that's what I get . . . italics-frenzy.
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[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-02-04 04:10 am (UTC)
Punch Drunk Love was excellent!!!
Adam Sandler really proved he could get out of his typical goof ball roles. Have you seen "Dirty Pretty things"? It is really twisted. I recommended it to everyone I can. :)
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-02-04 05:22 am (UTC)
I didn't see Dirty Pretty Things, and my friend has Netflixed it so it will arrive when it's released in March.

Awesome! Thanks for the tip!

What other movies do you love?
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[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-02-05 08:30 am (UTC)
I loved "The Station Agent" I also really liked "Lost in Translation" of course I seem to like most of Bill Murrays work.
One of my favorites that came out in 2003 was "Mambo Italiano" It is about this catholic-Italian family in Canada and the son is gay and comes out. It is really funny.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-02-05 11:17 pm (UTC)

A Gay Catholic Italian Son !?!?!

Now that's a character. I'm going to have to mention that one too to my friend!

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Now that's a character. I'm going to have to mention that one too to my friend!

<lj-user="selfishmuse"> saw <I>The Station Agent</I> and enjoyed it. In fact, I think it's still playing here due to the Oscars. I might be able to check that one on the big screen.

Big screen beats DVD because of the super-awesome sound systems and even better film stock here in Los Angeles. Heh, not like Hollywood wouldn't save the best for the hometown. However, there were some pretty nice theatres back home, and I did love going to the films, even now that they're like 10 bucks minimum in LA.

<img src="http://www.openshoebox.com/images/175290" alt="A Modern 'Breakfast at Tiffany's?" />

Who can resist the on-screen chemistry of Murray and Johansson? :D
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-02-05 11:17 pm (UTC)

Re: A Gay Catholic Italian Son !?!?!

rrrr.

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