As far as I know, this is the first time we have ever had a film reviewed
by one of the performers. Sam, a professional gambler, has a scene at the poker
table in the all-important role of "Old Man." Although it was surely a strenuous
role, he was not required to attend any workshops at The Actor's Studio nor to
perform a nude scene.
by Silver Dollar Sam O'Connor
"There’s a Cypriot over at that table who owns a lot of chips. And I’m
going over to relieve him of some of them. It’s the same table where Nick
the Greek had his finest hour."
Not bad lines from Eric Roth, the screenwriter. The words get your
attention, add a little intrigue and finish with some poker history. They
were spoken by Robert Duvall in the scene filmed at Binion's in Lucky You.
But you will never hear it in the movie. However, Duvall gave his usual
dependable and likable performance. We all like Robert.
In fact, about half the scene where those lines were to appear was cut.
I'm the old man who draws out on Eric Bana by coaxing a nine ("Come on,
nine") on the river. (Blue shirt below, dead center of the picture.)
I found half my lines from the scene had disappeared by the time the film
reached its theatrical form. Only Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana kept most of
their lines. And that’s the way it should be.
Much more than footage was lost in editing. The theatrical version of
Lucky You has a love story that we don’t believe. There was no time to
develop a believable relationship between Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana and
we wind up wondering why they laid awake at night thinking of each other.
Because the love story has so little substance, Drew is reduced to what
amounts to a supporting role to the more mainstream story of the father/son
relationship. (Hey, cut the attempt at a love story and make room for more
of my lines!)
Curtis Hanson, one of the finest directors today, had too much footage
and too little movie time (2 hrs. 4 min.) to fit it all in. We know this
happens often and we know that when it happens, some element of the film
Still, it’s a shock to see how much footage is severed in the cutting
room. Much of the tournament scene is gone. And poor Debra Messing saw all
her mermaid fin-flipping efforts splash to the cutting room floor.
Lucky You is not a chick flick. It’s about Las Vegas streets and some of
the colorful people who live there. It has some great poker scenes directed
by Curtis Hanson who knows how to pay attention to detail and how to get the
best from his supporting cast. Horatio Sanz offers a fine performance. A
cameo appearance from Robert Downey, Jr. adds almost nothing to the story
but captures the essence of the film as he masters a scene in a way that
could never allow any director to cut it in the interest of time.
The poker scenes are painstakingly real and very effective. Most of the
famous poker players are there and Curtis Hanson gets the best from them.
See the movie for the poker fun. And cheer for me to get my nine – Drew
Silver Dollar Sam O'Connor has written the most comprehensive book
on no limit hold ‘em to date. Order Sam’s book, “How to Dominate $1 and $2
No Limit Hold ‘Em” here
Some notes on The Breastford Wives
ID's from the mailbox:
"Dylan Bailey" is Monique Parent. Probably a
Yes, I noticed that. She
usually appears as Scarlett Johansing for her non-union jobs. Not sure what
the deal is on Dylan Bailey. That's a new one to me.
From the Monique Parent
Not sure if you wanted to know or not but the girl
in the DannCaps section listed as Monica Rakocyova also goes by the porn name
Monica Sweetheart. She has a rather extensive filmography (294 films listed at
the IAFD). One of my favorites is My Anal Adventure. She has black hair in
that flick and never looked better. I have included a couple of links for
* Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).
* White asterisk:
Blue asterisk: not mine.
No asterisk: it probably
Catch the deluxe
version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles,
Allyson is Watching
Allyson is Watching (1997) was covered by me years
ago, and the caps are fine. What is news is that the title in its
original release has become collectable, and is now around $100.00
when you can find it. The good news is that Rare Licensed DVD now
has it available at a reasonable price on a dual region (1 and 4)
DVD with an English soundtrack and optional Spanish subtitles.
Silhouette (1992) is a Canadian erotic thriller written and directed by
the Polish-born Canadian Lloyd Simandl, before he discovered the secret of making cheap
films in Czechoslovakia. Tracy Scroggins stars as a public defender and friend
to working girls. When one of her favorites is thrown out of a car, gives her
a broach, and then ends up murdered, and the police are not interested, she
decides to investigate herself. She has no idea what she is up against, but
when she masquerades as a hooker to gather information, she places her own
life in danger.
Look for Marc Singer and Brion James in major roles!
As in many of Simandl's films, much of it is dark and foggy, a problem
exacerbated by a grainy transfer. The plot is somewhat better than Simandl's later WIP
Czechsploitation efforts, but will never be nominated for writing awards. In
fact, I found it unintentionally hilarious in spots. The strong point of the
film, at least according to many online reviewers, is the sexy soundtrack.
This is a C-. At max.
IMDb readers say 3.0, and based on only 41 votes.
The film has been hard to find, so the good news is that this DVD is even
available, and at a price tag of less than ten
Spanish movie that had two English speaking actors in the lead, Peter
Weller and Jane Seymour, who shows a fair amount of skin throughout
A painter, Castel (Peter Weller), remembers from prison why he ended
up there. He met María Iribarne (Jane Seymour), a woman who is married
to a blind man who has a high social status. Castel becomes obsessed
with her and doesn't stop chasing her until they become lovers. But
after he gets what he wanted he is not satisfied and wants more. He
gets lost in his passion for her and ends up in a complete state of
Notes and collages
The Comedy Wire
Comments in yellow...
Paris Hilton is urging fans to visit
www.iPetitions.com and sign a petition asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to
pardon her so she doesn't have to do jail time. The petition says the sentence
is too harsh, reminds Arnold that Hilton is a very wealthy socialite, and says
she "provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world" and
"provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives." This
prompted someone to create another petition urging him not to pardon her. At
last check, the "Free Paris" petition had 10,336 alleged signees, none of them
made public, while the "Jail Paris" petition had 14,230, most with names and
* Here's a tip: Don't count on a guy from Austria helping
to liberate Paris.
Lal Bihari is running for office in Upper Pradesh, India, on a vow to represent
the living dead. In India, thousands of people have been falsely declared dead
by relatives conniving with crooked officials. Bihari lost his father's
inheritance when a greedy uncle got him declared dead, and it took him 18 years
to overcome all the corruption and bureaucracy and be declared alive again.
During that time, Bihari said he ran in other elections and even being
physically present in the campaign wasn't considered enough to prove he was
* Same problem Al Gore had.
* The process takes so long, some dead people die before they can prove they're
In Bulgaria, the train drivers' union complained that some older trains had no
bathrooms, and drivers weren't able to take a toilet break and were having to
pee out the windows. So the management responded to the complaint: they will
fit the trains with special swivel chairs so the drivers can turn and pee out
the window without having to get
up from the controls.
* If you're traveling in the first train car, you might
want to close your window.
In what has to be the most labor-intensive prank ever, someone released onto the
Internet a manuscript purported to be the super-secret "Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows," the final book in the series. It features a happy ending in
which Harry marries his sweetheart, Ginny Weasley. But the publishers say it's
not the real
book: someone wrote a 250,000-word hoax.
* That would explain the sex scene, where Harry carries
Ginny up the staircase at Tara.