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infinite zest - 2015-02-03

Pick Up Summer was originally supposed to be called Pinball Pickup and somehow became Pinball Summer, which makes it difficult to find. I remember looking for it years ago because it's basically about pinball tournaments and probably picking up chicks on the way.. but I never thought of looking on youtube!


I used to live in a house with a lot of Electromechanical pins that got rescued during the great pinball ban (Pinball was more-or-less banned from major cities between 1940 and 1976 and many of the machines were destroyed) and am curious to see if any of them are in this movie. Thanks!

infinite zest - 2015-02-03

(this is off topic but I stumbled across a pinball machine with a dot matrix display with HD upscaling yesterday. That shit's so cool.)

BHWW - 2015-02-03

'nothing happens', well it IS pinball.

infinite zest - 2015-02-03

Daaa I heard that..

yogarfield - 2015-02-03


This isn't said enough.

Crab Mentality - 2015-02-03

I saw this movie in the theater, not during the original run, but during an Alamo Drafthouse Weird Wednesday showing.

This movie is pretty great, and pretty crazy. Though it's not super apparent in this clip, the pinball machine they're playing on for the tournament is themed about the characters within the movie. So either the local arcade guy created a pinball machine about the two rival factions vying for pinball supremacy, or... uh... there's some super deep meaning about trying to be the best at pinball.

infinite zest - 2015-02-03

The playfield looks super familiar, but according to ipdb.org there's no such machine. It's not uncommon for owners to modify personal machines though. What's weird is this must've been one of the first solid state machines (the first one was Spirit of 76), and with the ban lifted, a tie-in with a new Gottlieb machine would've been a huge boost for both parties, like it was in Tommy, or like Super Mario Bros 3 and the Power Glove was for The Wizard and Nintendo.

Pinball has always been my favorite sport, and yeah I consider it a sport. There are tournaments where you can win money (and pinball machines) all over the place, and the best part is that no two machines are the same: you're good at a video game? You're good at the same game on somebody else's nintendo. Not so with pinball. That and gravity always wins, so make gravity your bitch as much and as often as you can. And frankly, it's good upper-body exercise if you're actually playing and moving the machine and not just flipping. When I go out to the bar, it's always to play pinball, never to get drunk or pick up girls.. it's just me and the machine and the rest just happens. For me anyway, I know I've met the right person when they notice the replay sound and turn around. I know I'm not a rockstar, but I feel like one for a few seconds there. :)

Anyway, you can find out about local tournaments depending on where you are at pinballmap.com, as well as the machines themselves and the locations/conditions etc.

Scrimmjob - 2015-02-03

Yeah, it looks like the arcade owner spent some quality time with his Bally "Power Play" in order to make the movie themed pinball.


infinite zest - 2015-02-03

Nice! That would've taken me forever. I just skipped around the movie and Power Play's there, next to Ted Nugent and Space Odyssey. Later on there's Playboy but the rest I can't make out from the cabinet art.

infinite zest - 2015-02-03

oh yeah speaking of Playboy in case anyone watches the link to the full thing I put above, watch out for boobs, and a really bad movie, if you're at work.

infinite zest - 2015-02-04

Looks like there was a DVD, which probably shows the machines with more clarity than the YT upload I watched, especially in the scene where they're hiding out with all the dismantled ones. Here's the whole list:

Arthur (the talking one which was a custom gottlieb)
Blue Chip
Card Whiz
Eight Ball
Grand Prix
Jacks Open
Mata Hari
Pinball Summer (the custom bally)
Power Play
Space Odyssey
Surf Champ

Cool. So I had four of them: Mata Hari, Paragon, Nugent and KISS.

Mister Yuck - 2015-02-04

They've got that Bobby Orr table at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago. It kinda sucks.

Scrimmjob - 2015-02-04

The real late 70's is when pinball turned a corner, things just kept getting flashier and louder, and awesome..er. I was completely spoiled by 80's and 90's tables, most EM pins are super boring in comparison.

That guy - 2015-02-04

Crab Mentality, it's like all meta and shit

oddeye - 2015-02-03

is this that gay movie?

Pinball is cool and all but all you got to do is move some flippers and shit... wow

Killer Joe - 2015-02-04

The only way it would be more 70s is if Supervan was involved.

infinite zest - 2015-02-04

Oh there's definitely a van, but it's more of a Dazed and Confused Van, not quite a Supervan if you will. I had to watch the whole thing, and almost gave up all hope when the protagonist is playing the self-aware talking pinball machine which may or may not be his best friend.. something like that.. overall it's the same movie you've seen a million times, The Wizard but for pinball (surprisingly with very little (if any) brand promotion) and plenty of cussing, boobs and bar fights. And the obligatory 70s "fat kid who gets laid" who by today's standards isn't fat.. oh and boobs. Did I mention boobs?

The whole idea of a punk rock pinball gang decked out in leather isn't that foreign a concept to me, even now. There are several pinball/moped gangs in Seattle and Portland and they take it very seriously, right down to the bar fights. I used to be affiliated with one and one of our members had to get 16 stitches after a pinball tournament. They even have an inauguration which is taken about as seriously as The Freemasons, and matching outfits.

Killer Joe - 2015-02-04

Hey zest.
Remember when we were gonna write up a cartoon treatment and then I couldn't get into the fb page and so as far as I know it never went anywhere? A 70's pinball gang-war might be just the thing.

infinite zest - 2015-02-04

Yeah. I was at a bar a couple of years and turned out talking to this guy from Seattle who was working on a "pinball zine" and gave me the first copy, but I think that was the only copy. It was very manga inspired. Hell, if Japan can make a manga about basketball and baseball, why not pinball?

The closest thing I've seen are little in-jokes here in Portland. If you watch the music video for Red Fang's song Wires, they destroy (among other things) an old Galaxy pin of mine that was beyond repair. For whatever reason the video is out of color now and backwards, but it's still a pretty good song. The joke is that the license plate says "WDX" (whiskeydicks) which is Red Fang and the pin has a "CFF" (crazyflipperfingers) sticker on it. I used to live within a one-block radius of both gangs so I never chose sides. I remain a free agent. The fight wasn't gang related (we're all friends) but rather a straggler.

There's about 600 functioning pins in bars here in Portland, and most people I know have at least 4 in their garage, so it'd be pretty easy to make, props-wise, and at least a few of us appear semi-regularly on Portlandia (I think I can say that now since the episode aired, not that the lawyers are looking at poetv anyway) and it'd be fun. :)

infinite zest - 2015-02-04

shit.. I'm becoming the ulillillia of pinball..

Old_Zircon - 2015-02-04

This movie felt more genuinely mean spirited than the average late 70s/early 80s drive in screwball comedy.

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