Rock star from the late 60's assumed dead in a car wreck, returns from the grave to promote a new band, the members of Cutting Edge, who have been lured to the rock star's Gothic mansion ... See full summary »
A futuristic drama set in a time where love doesn't exist -- but it can be bought, in the form of a costly computer chip implant -- and centered on a couple struggling to maintain their link to one another.
When an Italian dubbing artist who has spent his career dubbing Robert De Niro for the Italian cinema is fired he goes to New York to ask De Niro to help him get his job back and gets mistaken for a powerful mob boss.
The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casino director tries to break up the romance.Written by
Ron Livingston based his character on guys he knew that worked in the corporate world. Livingston's approach was to make his character exist as if he were the New Vegas taking over Old Vegas. See more »
In the closing scene, Bernie Lootz pulls open his tie once before getting out of the car, and then after he gets back in again. See more »
Where's Bernie, they're killing us. Yeah, we need him right away.
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The Cooler is worth seeing just for Alec Baldwin's performance alone. An old style casino boss, his inability and unwillingness to accept the new Vegas sends his volatile nature over the edge. Baldwin has always been an underrated actor- at the start of his career, the big studios made the mistake of trying to market him as a star, rather than as the quality actor that he is. He is also helped by working alongside another great actor, William H Macy, who can do more with a look than most can do with 6 OR 7 pages of dialogue ( See the scene when he realizes Maria Bello is still in his flat ). See this film for the acting. It's good to see that films like The Cooler and 21 Grams are doing well and being recognised - it is a triumph for acting and strong scripts as opposed to continual FX and CGI in modern cinema.
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