[Review] ‘Poker Night’ Builds Up and Tears Itself Down
Davis' debut novel, Girls' Poker Night , is not particularly about a girls' poker night, any more than it's about anything else. Davis, a former newspaper columnist and writer for Late Night With David Letterman , writes like a professional comic: short, punchy, quick to change tracks or jump for a punchline, and prone to focus on little details rather than the big picture.
Poker Night 's first-person protagonist, Ruby Capote, is also a newspaper columnist, an observational humorist who writes about her surroundings while leaving herself out of the equation as much as possible. Leery of commitment and looking for more money, more excitement, and an escape from a just-not-perfect boyfriend, she applies for a job at a New York paper and begins a bantering correspondence with its editor-in-chief, Michael Hobbs. Once she's ensconced at the paper, she and Michael circle each other cautiously, both clearly hoping for a serious relationship, but Ruby is both mercurial and ambivalent, while Michael seems naturally hesitant in the face of her sardonic caviling.
When new Detective Stan Jeter leaves the game, he is caught by a vicious psychopath and locked in a basement. Using the stories he heard at Poker Night, he must match wits against his captor - and save not only himself, but the young girl trapped in the basement with him. Like Seven and Usual Suspect, Poker Night combines thrills and twists and turns that will leave you guessing till the very end.
Written by Anonymous. Poker Night is the name of the movie but there's not a lot of poker being played in it if there are poker fans out there who might be thinking that this is another ROUNDERS or something, it's not. It does, just like poker, demand your very full attention to try to figure out what's going on though.
Before I saw it I was wondering why it was labelled a action-movie because the cover and plot summary suggested otherwise to me, but it gets clear quite quick why because even though there aren't a bunch of shootouts or car-chases the pace of the movie is VERY fast. You really need to have your thinking cap with this one it's really not a movie for a late hangover where you just want relaxe your brain cause chances are you will lose the plot and miss a lot of subtle information that passes by, which happened a bit to me but I was able to pick up luckily but I think I might need to watch it at least one more time to fully grasp it.
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They were flattered. Now they say it's expolitative. They say I should get some courage and write about me. W hen Ruby gets to New York City, the first thing she does is recruit her old college friends to start up a poker night. As is the tradition of this get-together, it's a chance to eat, drink, smoke, "talk about books and sex and jobs and men," generally a chance to catch up with each other while incidentally playing cards. Danielle is recently divorced and is making up for all her "missed opportunities. Lily is at a loss when it comes to romance and doesn't get what the big deal with sex is all about.
And, finally, my favorite, Skorka is a beautiful model who drinks Tequila from the bottle, doesn't speak English very well but knows how to throw a little profanity in every sentence; she's also the most direct when it comes to saying what's on her mind. While Ruby enjoys her friends, she tends to keep her mouth shut during these evenings, lest she might say something that makes her unpopular.
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She believes hosting the gathering is enough participation. Though it's a nickel ante game, as time goes on, the stakes raised are more than the nickels on the table.
Ruby manages her relationships like her poker game, folding early so she doesn't have to find out if she lost. But now there is something at stake for Ruby and her girlfriends know it, even if Ruby doesn't.
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