Sunday, July 10, 2011

What a Cooler

Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin and William H. Macy

I just finished watching The Cooler.  I'd seen it a few years ago but I don't think I'd ever seen it in it's entirety.  The casino in the movie is called  the Shangri La.  After I got a good look at the "Shangri La" the one thought that stayed in my head for the whole movie was that the casino was a thinly veiled replica of the Imperial Palace, the place I stayed in during the WPBT. 

In the movie (and at the IP) 'Epcot Center' had sprouted up all around Vegas but didn't touch the old casino.  It was like Vegas had moved on but these casinos were staying right the fuck where they were, thankyouverymuch.  Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else noticed the similarity.

Me personally, after staying at the IP, think there's nothing wrong with a little "Epoc Center" if it comes with sparkling clean surroundings.  Now that I think about it, when I stayed at the Imperial Palace a dead body was found in the pool (true story).  Similarities abound, I tell you!



The Neophyte said...

Never stayed at the IP (did stay at Harrah's next door once) and I have never gotten a great vibe when I've played there BUT now that they got Hash House A Go Go on the 2nd floor, I will go there every time I'm in Vegas.

Didn't see any dead bodies there either.

Memphis MOJO said...

when I stayed at the Imperial Palace a dead body was found in the pool

Did the police catch you?

Josie said...

Oh Mojo, Silly man! You should know better than to think I'd leave the bodies laying around. ;)

Grant Silverstone said...

Hmmm... I'm gonna have to go back and watch it again, fast forwarding through the parts with William H Macy in his tighty whiteys, but it seemed to remind me more of one of the grind joints in Laughlin.

Josie said...


Well maybe it's just me. I've only stayed at 2 places in Vegas, the IP and the Rio.