Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Poolhall Junkies

One of my strange movie fetishes (non-masturbatory) is with The Con. Anything to do with con-men. Loved The Sting, and Diggstown is a movie that I can watch over and over again. Just great.

So I bumped Poolhall Junkies into the top spot of my Netflix queue the other day and I watched it last night. I don't have a lot of tremendously negative things to say about it. It was extremely derivative of The Hustler and The Color of Money, but it would have to be given the subject matter. Of course. But it was even more derivative of Rounders, if you ask me.

Had all the same plot elements. The lawyer girlfriend who doesn't want him hustling and leaves him over it. The protagonist helping out one of his friends in trouble with a bad guy. The showdown at the end with his nemesis complete with smarmy "gotcha" dialogue. Now, I loved Rounders. Loved it. But if I wanted to see it again I would just see it again. Capisci?

So this one doesn't get a recommendation. I kinda liked it, but I can tell you that it wasn't good. It was what it was. The only reason I'm mentioning it here is because of one scene that cracked me up.

The main character had hair that can only be described as Christopher Walken hair. You've seen Christopher Walken, right? Well he had hair like that. Here is a picture of the great Walken:

That's the hair the main guy had. Anyway, I must not have been paying attention to the credits because Christopher Walken was actually in this movie. Seriously. And the first time he meets the guy, they have the following conversation:

Walken - "You know, I saw you when you first walked in. Nice hair!"
Other dude - "Thanks" (they both stroke their manes)
Walken - "Maybe we're related or something."

That right there? That alone made this film worth watching for me. My advice for you? Skip it. I already told you the best reason to watch it. Just go re-watch Rounders, okay?


Avitable said...

I hated Rounders. That was a first date for my wife and I many years ago and we were both bored to tears!

B.E. Earl said...

Avitable - Really? Wow. I love that film. Damon, Norton, Turtorro...all awesome. And Malkovich was hysterically over the top.

Do you play cards? Even casually? Because anyone I know who has ever had fun playing poker has loved Rounders.

Avitable said...

I don't even know how to play poker.

B.E. Earl said...

Aha! That might have something to do with being bored to tears by Rounders.

badgerdaddy said...

I must confess, I don't play poker and I really enjoyed Rounders.

Ho hum.

B.E. Earl said...

I don't really play except for fun on occasion. But I have played Texas Hold 'Em and it was this film that started the craze for it. The World Series of Poker was a deal before this film, but it was a BIG deal after it. Johnny Chan and Matt Damon made it so.

Joe said...

are you fucking stupid dude, you dont deserve to review movies if you cant even recognize one of the lead actors in the movie...

you didnt even recognize walken in the whole movie? how dumb are you, kill yourself....

this movie is a great low budget film that was absolutely lucky to get walken on board!