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    Any of you seen the 2015 Movie titled:  "Sex, Death and Bowling?"    My library system had a copy and I watched it for the first time last night.  The movie  begins with an Homage to Earl Anthony that was awesome.  Archival footage and all (Mark Roth sighting too!).   The plot of the dying brother was very melodramatic and ran very l-o-n-g so I elected to fast-forward through many of the scenes encompassing visits to the Death Bed of the boy Eli's father who was dying of Cancer and the subplot of the "cat fight" between his wife and the bedside nurse who keeps shooting him up with Morphine.
   However, many of the scenes with the star Adrian Grenier (Mr. Entourage), his nephew Eli, and the Grandfather were fantastic.  And the flashbacks with Grenier in High School getting bullied along with the present scenes of his nephew Eli being Generationally Bullied where very poignant. 
    But best of all were the Bowling Alley Scenes!  The debate between the two league bowlers about who was The Greatest:  Dick Weber or Earl Anthony was classic!   And seeing the nerdy son-in-law engineer master bowling overnight by watching the mechanics of an old "Square Earl" VHS tape was a nice touch. Wonder if that actor was left-handed.
    All in all the movie was not what I consider very good, but thanks to the DVD remote I got through it and enjoyed certain scenes.   What did you all think?   Anybody know what classic Bowling Alley was used in the filming?   
     
     DISCLAIMER:  I am someone who reveres the movies of the French New Wave (Goddard, Truffaut, Rohmer etc), and I hold dear the world renowned classic filmmaker's such as Luis Bunuel, Howard Hawks, Hitchcock, Peter Bogdanovich, and Fellini to name a few.    This movie is nowhere near that kind of quality.  But the love it showed for bowling and its "human" element was worth it. 

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I've never heard of that movie before.  Ever hear of the 1979 film "Dreamer"?  

About the first 5 minutes is the best part of the movie with Dick Weber...

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Oh Yeah, "Dreamer" was great! I was a Tim Matheson fan growing up: Animal House, 1941 and Fletch especially. Jack Warden is in that too and he is always good.
     "Sex, Death and Bowling" probably went straight to DVD.  However, as a bowling fanatic it is a must see.  I put Bowling in the Search engine at my library and it came up.  The Bowling scenes and the dialogue of the Grandfather were hilarious.  And if you Love Earl Anthony it has to be seen.
    Any other movies out there pertaining to Bowling?  I have seen: Kingpin, The Big Lebowski, the documentaries "Bowling-The Perfect Game" and "A League of Ordinary Gentleman" (and its ensuing Mockumentary "Any Given Saturday Afternoon" from the Documentary Now! folks.  
    Any great Books (fiction or fact) out there on Bowling?  Not so much "How To" stuff but literature. Like the way "Ball Four" or "Eight Men Out" are to Baseball or "Brian's Song" and "Paper Lion" are to Football.
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I've never heard of that movie before.  Ever hear of the 1979 film "Dreamer"?  



Yes...I have vague recollections of watching this in the very early 1980s, probably on HBO.

Best bowling movie ever is "The Big Lebowski" though.  I laugh my butt off every time I watch it.


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Yes...I have vague recollections of watching this in the very early 1980s, probably on HBO.

Best bowling movie ever is "The Big Lebowski" though.  I laugh my butt off every time I watch it.




Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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I ran across this on Youtube.  Two rookies try the tour and Vespa is in the story
line. Pretty good if your a bowling nut....like me



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“Dreamer” was kind of a blueprint for “Kingpin” but kind of corny and nowhere near as funny ,maybe not at all funny? In my opinion. Kingpin could have been a parody of Dreamer. ?
I watched Kingpin a few times and picked up on more little gags and references each time. One of my favorites was the “Jeffersons, on Ice” part.
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   Thanks a bunch for the post by Mr. Dare to suggest I watch the "PIN GODS" Documentary.   Excellent slice of life on the PBA tour and how it separates the Men from the Boys and the Dreamers.  (We also see an American Society right before Cell Phones and the Internet, something I have nostalgia for.) 
   
   And what great timing. I had just finished watching the entire 1994 season about two weeks ago.  Thanks again!   Keep the suggestions coming....any books out there pertaining to bowling?

PS: 1) I wonder how Vespi's '94 season would of turned out if he threw that strike to beat WRW in L.A in week 1?  2) Is there anything more odd than the attraction of Walter Ray to Paige Pennington? There is a shot during "Pin Gods" of them sitting on the couch that just blew my mind.  One of many "Cringe Moments" while watching this fantastic film.
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   Thanks a bunch for the post by Mr. Dare to suggest I watch the "PIN GODS" Documentary.   Excellent slice of life on the PBA tour and how it separates the Men from the Boys and the Dreamers.  (We also see an American Society right before Cell Phones and the Internet, something I have nostalgia for.) 
   
   And what great timing. I had just finished watching the entire 1994 season about two weeks ago.  Thanks again!   Keep the suggestions coming....any books out there pertaining to bowling?

PS: 1) I wonder how Vespi's '94 season would of turned out if he threw that strike to beat WRW in L.A in week 1?  2) Is there anything more odd than the attraction of Walter Ray to Paige Pennington? There is a shot during "Pin Gods" of them sitting on the couch that just blew my mind.  One of many "Cringe Moments" while watching this fantastic film.




Your very welcome. I think Vespi cranked it a little too much. I enjoyed
watching him bowl back then. I think he sales cars now.

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I was a kid when dreamer came out and thought it was the coolest movie I had ever seen. I watched it about five years ago and thought it was horrible LOL aside from the Dick Weber scenes it was just downright terrible.

I still enjoy the big Lebowski and kingpin and of course the league of ordinary gentlemen is one of my favorites
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