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Casino

A movie directed by Martin Scorsese

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One of Scorsese's best

  • Jul 22, 2010
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I know if you ask a film buff, "What's your favorite movie?" their answer is often, "I couldn't say. That's like picking your favorite child." Well, I feel that way too. But, if I had to choose one or otherwise have all the proverbial children shoved into the Grand Canyon, I'd pick Casino. 

If you're preparing for a quiet movie night with grandma, this is not the one to choose. If you're ready for an intense ride through Las Vegas with some of the most notorious movie gangsters of all time, you've come to the right place.

This film is pretty much nonstop action from beginning to end. Murdering, drinking, smoking, and gambling are the staples of the action. Don't fall under the impression that Casino is a mindless foray into hedonism, though. It's not. By any means.

This is Scorsese. All the elements are there. The filmmaking is superb, as is always the case with Scorsese. The camera work is interesting, slow motion explosions, and technique rarely employed since Annie Hall, dialogue displayed on-screen that reveals the true nature of the characters' conversation.

And the performances don't get much better than they are in Casino. Robert DeNiro knocks it out of the park yet again, Joe Pesci gives one of the most convincing and authentic feeling mobster performances ever, and Sharon Stone should have one the Oscar for her portrayal of Sam Rothstein's deplorable, cracked out wife.

See this film. That's it. And feel free to let me know whether or not it makes the top of your list.

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review by . January 28, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****    "Casino" is a fascinating film; in which there are many characters involved who live, breath, and absolutely love money, as well as the things that it can buy and the places that it can get he/she who has as much of it as they use. A few of these people presented in the film may partake in the smoking of cigarettes - or perhaps the consumption of alcoholic beverages - but their home is on The Strip, and their true addiction rests in the slot machines and …
Quick Tip by . July 22, 2010
Excellent Movie... Joe Pesci was the best in this movie... it gets really crazy!
review by . July 15, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: So that's what happens to my money... Interesting. Very interesting indeed     Cons: One gallon of blood... Two gallons... Three gallons... Alright, on to the next victim!     The Bottom Line: Like the uncensored version? See the censored version on USA!!! It's FUNNY!!!     In the last ten years, Martin Scorsese’s reputation as “America’s Greatest Living Filmmaker” really hit the skids, didn’t it? After the gangster …
review by . August 09, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
I have seen this film to many times to count and I am yet to become even remotely sick of it. The acting is flawless, story flows at a great pace from the hours it generates on the screen. Fans of Scorsese, DeNiro, and Pesci should already know what this film consist of. The leading actors mention above, are all at their usual greatness, but the pleasant surprise from this movie is the electrifying performance by Sharon Stone, (who won a Golden Globe award and got an Oscar nomination for her role) …
review by . June 24, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
This movie seems to have everything a great story requires: a colorful setting, fascinating characters, an action-filled plot sustained by a multiple of tensions and conflicts, and all manner of revelations about the uses and abuses of power in the casino world of Las Vegas. What makes this movie especially interesting to me is the sub texture of individual characters (especially those played by DeNiro and Stone) who seem to be torn between various addictions and the demands of those addictions …
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Martin Scorsese, one of America's most influential filmmakers, returns to the world of mobsters, greed, and excess that he explored so compellingly in 1990's GOODFELLAS. Set in the 1970s and reveling in the minute details of how Las Vegas casinos operate, the film chronicles the rise and fall of casino manager Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro). As the king of his domain, Ace efficiently runs the business and regularly sends lots of cold cash to his bosses. Helping him keep the casino's employees and customers honest is his best friend, Nicky (Joe Pesci), a violent sociopath. Although Ace aims to run a relatively respectable casino, the volatile Nicky wants to take over the entire gambling mecca, and when Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone), a seasoned Vegas hustler, enters the picture, Ace and Nicky's friendship is complicated even further. As drugs and alcohol become a bigger part of Ginger's life, all three are eventually brought down by their own greed and blind ambition. CASINO shares many similarities with G...
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