||[Mar. 14th, 2004|11:26 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
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"Lucky in love, unlucky in cards." That's the basic premise of The Cooler, a marvelous little film that probably no one will see.
William H. Macy is wonderful as the jinxed Bernie Lootz. Plagued with nothing but black cats and broken mirrors, Bernie has the worst luck imaginable. He can't even seem to get cream in his coffee. But then he meets Natalie and suddenly...all that changes. Only problem is, his job involves passing that bad luck onto winners at the Golden Shangri-La. And when Bernie's luck changes, his boss Shelly (Alec Baldwin's Oscar nominated Best Supporting Actor role) realises what's going on...he's not happy. Ron Livingston (Swingers and Office Space) is in this as well, as the young lion who challenges Baldwin's patriarchal lion for the pride of the casino. And Paul Sorvino sings!
This was, I think, the best movie I saw all weekend. It's quirky, it's romantic, it's downright silly at times. It's perfect. Even the music is exquisite. The one thing I don't understand is why Baldwin got a nomination for Supporting Actor, but Macy didn't get one for Actor. His performance blew Baldwin out of the water...as it usually does. The more I see William H. Macy, the more I am just in awe of him.
Too bad no one will ever see this...it even has a happy ending!