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90 Second Movie Review: Domino
Domino here actually doesn’t look half bad, but that’s not the point of these reviews.
Basically, during the course of viewing the trailer for Domino, I just kept thinking about
dominoes (and, somewhat more specifically, the copy of Domino Rally I had as a kid which took
hours to set up and never, ever worked. Then you lost a couple of pieces and the whole thing being
entirely useless. Okay, you could send away for replacement parts, but those had to come in the mail,
but that would have taken forever, and I wanted to launch that Styrofoam rocket ship three
inches off the ground right now).
The game dominoes is not played nearly often enough anymore.
I can remember a heady time in the early 90’s when you couldn’t flip on MTV without seeing a game of
dominoes (often interrupted by someone upturning the table) being played at a party or barbecue in a
gangsta rap video. This regularly featured someone aggressively slapping down a domino with a huge, gold
tooth-filled grin on their face, apparently in victory (this generally preceded said upturning at one of
the hands of the defeated). For some reason, though rap videos today, even when they prominently feature
parties (barbecues seem to have fallen by the wayside as well), don’t tend to have the domino scene
inserted. Also, not many of the fridges are exclusively stocked with malt liquor forties, which are
then proudly displayed by emaciated Long Beach rappers. Basically, what I’m getting at is I miss the
video for Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang.” They should put that one back in heavy rotation. These
youngsters today don’t know what’s what.
This is the big Oscar scene where a character is dying and says, "domino"
three times in a husky voice.
What your girlfriend will think of you if you take her to see Domino:
That you simply want to see the latest entry in the oeuvre of Top Gun filmmaker Tony Scott. In
which case, I salute your fine cinematic taste. I only pray that Domino features as many fantastic
high-fives and as much greased-up volleyball on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Oh, and a character named “Goose.”
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