HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Outrage
Syndicate Sadists
Lego Batman Movie, The
Stockholm My Love
Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.
Moulin Rouge
Morgan
Deathstalker
Harmonium
Alice
Pop Pirates
Sully
Tsunambee
Aftermath
Satan's Blood
John Wick: Chapter 2
Death in the Garden
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The
Tatie Danielle
Toni Erdmann
Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith
Ironmaster
Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space, The
Disorderlies
Vision, The
Tall Guy, The
Stunt Squad
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
In the Doghouse
   
 
Newest Articles
The Italian Jobs: Eurocrime! on DVD
And Then? 6 Hollywood Films That Should Have Had Sequels But Didn't
Approaching Menace: The Frighteners on DVD
Oz Factor: Strange Australia on the Cusp of the 80s
Dynamic Dozen: 80s Action in 12 Movies Part 2
Dynamic Dozen: 80s Action in 12 Movies Part 1
Manor On Movies: The Unguarded Moment (1956)
Manor On Movies: Curse Of The Dead (1961)
Q & A with San Francisco Silent Film Festival artistic director Anita Monga
Put Your Bigfoot In It: Bigfoot on Film
   
 
  Bookie You BetBuy this film here.
Year: 2007
Director: Tran Quoc Bao
Stars: Ken Quitugua, Angela Aoto, Lester Purry, J.T. Jackson
Genre: Drama
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: It is not wise to cross Jackson (Lester Purry), the boss of the nightclub where gambling is not only allowed, but encouraged. Tonight one unlucky punter is feeling his wrath, and the resident Bookie (Ken Quitugua) steps in to try and stop a beating he feels is going too far. But then Jackson appears and he shrinks back into his shell, not wishing to get into trouble himself. However, tonight Bookie will take a risk, crossing Jackson all for the sake of love...

An independent short with style to spare, Bookie was written and directed by Tran Quoc Bao in what evidently was a calling card to Hollywood, demonstrating his talent with an economical story and evocative atmosphere. The film is placed in Seattle during 1963, and the nightclub location is used to bring the era to life with well-chosen jazz, performed on the club stage. It's the kind of setting that you can imagine the Frank Sinatra of the movies visiting.

There's not much to the themes of the story other than sometimes stepping up to take a gamble can pay off, even if it comes at a price. Convincingly acted by a cast that take to their characters as if they were more than stock personalities accustomed to such gangster movie homages, Bookie actually has a sweet romantic side. Our hero is secretly in love with Billie, one of the barmaids (Angela Aoto), who unfortunately for him is involved with Jackson - which is unfortunate for her as well.

This is because she catches him giving a necklace to a new girl, and her temper leads her to be slapped about. Bookie bristles, but works out a way the cynical woman might warm to him when he invites her to place a bet on the boxing match the club patrons are waiting to hear the result of. However, it doesn't go well, leading Bookie to take a chance to cheat Jackson to reimburse Billie with interest. There is a variety of situations designed to show off the director's abilities, even a scene of violence for the finale, and to that extent Bookie is very fine, obviously a work of promise.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1947 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Bernard Cribbins
Tom Cruise
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Shrimpton
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
  Rachel Franke
  Desbris M
Stately Wayne Manor
Keith Rockmael
   

 

Last Updated: