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Dean Haspiel

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26th December 2005

5:26pm: X-mas 2005
Friday night, I went to see Peter Jackson's KING KONG w/SBX in Park Slope. The first act could've been trimmed by half-an-hour and swiftly cut to the Skull Island chase. We only care about the major players so let's not pretend we need to know back-story and motivation for ship mates. Come act two and we get the most thrilling jungle adventure chase, equal parts comedy and horror, ever committed to cinema. A full hour. KONG's personality is perfectly imagined. A savage bruiser who trades fisticuffs all day so he can watch the sunset in peace. Only now, he's involved a dame. Then, we're allowed a brief respite as KONG is bamboozled and emasculated by mankind only to break his bonds and show NYC what's what until "beauty" kills the "beast." The greatest story ever told in all its primitive high-romance glory. KING KONG is my LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy packed into one mythological epic.



Speaking of "Kings," Saturday morning I got an email from Rocketship, who had a banner week in sales, asking me to swing by for some holiday mirth. So, once my mother arrived in her jeep we split for Hope & Anchor lunch in Red Hook and drove over to Rocketship where Alex handed me the totem of a KING, one I would never have dared landed for myself, complimented by a bottle of amber gold the likes I haven't enjoyed since my SUNY Purchase days.

We shared a knowing laugh reserved for the nerd inside...Collapse )
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