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Friday, September 3, 2010

Two For The Money




I am an avid sports bettor, craps shooter, and poker player, as I'll eventually make clear as I post on this blog. I was just thinking about this movie the other day and could not for the life of me remember its name. Somebody brought it up on another blog the other day, and it reminded me of an article I read about people being psychologically addicted to the thrills of losing. Not to diminish how terrible this movie is, not by any means, but there is a valid point to what Al Pacino's character is saying here.

The feeling of winning is like being on top of the world; an invincible feeling of happiness and well being. Losing is a bottom of the pit, sinking feeling like dealing with bad turbulence on an airplane. You know how some people love watching scary movies for the scare; the thrill of the monster under the bed? Or similarly, a heart-in-your-stomach ride at an amusement park? That feeling is akin for some  to the sensation of losing when the chips are raked up by the casino or their horse finishes just out of the money. It's a different kind of thrill but a thrill none the less.

Personally, I hate heart dropping rides and bad turbulence about as much as I hate losing. Horror movies are just dumb. :)

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Layla said...

I love horror movies :)

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Love Pachino's work :)

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hahah maybe i am addicted to the thrill of losing.

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Love me some Pacino. Just rollin through :)