Casino gaming in all glory-but sometimes even the leanest blackjack Fox needs to take a break and occupy himself with something else. And is there much going up against a good movie, An Ordinary autumn evening? Нere we have compiled a highly subjective list of our favourites with more or less clear links to casinos and casino games.
1. Win it All (2017)
Story: Eddie Garret (Jake Johnson) has the lead role in this nerve-wracking story that has been given a comic spin. He is interested in playing casino but has made himself known among his friends by never making a profit.
When Eddie promises an acquaintance to guard a bag whose contents consist of a large sum of cash, the player in him can’t resist the temptation to play only with a small part of the money…
Why we like the film: it’s hard not to like a feel-good comedy, although the topic and theme of the plot many times has a dark and more serious basis.
Win it All is largely about financial responsibility and the importance of playing carefully but is at the same time easy to see and entertaining.
2. Croupier (1998)
Story: Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is a writer who fails to get published and starts moonlighting as a croupier to earn his living. Of course, it will not be long before he is engulfed by the casino world.
Slowly, he ends up in the increasingly dubious company when he gets to know the clever Croupier Matt (Paul Reynolds) and begins a relationship with colleague Bella (Kate Hardie) despite the fact that this is contrary to the casino rules.
Bit by bit, he increasingly jams into a criminal tangle, while his relationship with girlfriend Marion (Gina McKee) is becoming increasingly strained.
The question is whether Jack should succeed in using his experiences in a successful novel or if he ends up too deep in his role as a morally dubious croupier.
Why we like the movie: what appeals to us with the Croupier is the dense, intense atmosphere rather than the story itself (which, however, is clearly approved).
It’s a modern film noir where every scene gets the time needed to build up a creeping, slightly claustrophobic feel, and when the movie is over, you can’t help but puff out.
3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Story: should you be picky is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas may not be a particularly pure casino movie, but it is so good that we bring it on the list anyway.
After all, a most memorable scene takes place inside a casino, and just the fact that Las Vegas is included in the title is really enough as motivation.
Anyway-Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his companion Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) travels to Las Vegas to write about a motorcycle race as journalists.
They both have a difficult predilection for psychoactive drugs, and the mission soon derails in a way that makes The Hangover look like Bolibompa.
Under the influence of hellish doses of LSD, mescaline, ether and pills, the journey soon changes its focus to an existential and severely urban trip straight into the American (mar)dream.
Why we like the movie: we have a feeling that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas might be a movie you either love or hate.
Or as director Terry Gilliam put it:” I want it to be seen as one of the great movies of all time, and one of the most hated movies of all time”.
It’s definitely not the right choice for a miscall with in-laws, but if you like twisted movies and want to experience a hopelessly tumultuous and darkly humorous modern classic, there is no safer card.
4. Casino Royale (2006)
Story: this Bond reel may not really need an introduction, but if someone has missed it, it is high time to change it. Casino Royale is based on the very first of Ian Fleming’s novels about Agent 007, and the film is generally regarded as a” re-boot” of the entire series. It is undeniably a successful start, and James Bond (Daniel Craig) became with this film again a name on all cineaster’s lips.
The film begins with Bond receiving his status as 00 agent and being codenamed 007, followed by a really flaky action scene with strong elements of parkour.
The film’s Bond villain is the somewhat unpleasant Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a banker with close links to many of the world’s terrorist organizations.
To get closer to Le Chiffre, Bond participates in a famous Party of Texas Hold ’em, and rarely has poker been so exciting on the silver screen. Does the poker bluff hold?
Why we like the movie: who doesn’t like a good bond roll? Casino Royale succeeded with (at least) two impressive art pieces. In part, they breathed life into James Bond, which until 2006 felt like a rather rejected character. True, the old films have an amazing charm, but they did not immediately feel modern.
In Casino Royale, we had to meet a shitty and more realistic Bond who suddenly didn’t care if Martini was” shaken or stirred”. The second piece of art was that the film basically started the whole 00’s big poker trend. Suddenly, Texas Hold ’em was the coolest thing there was.
5. 21 (2008)
Story: tops our list of casino movies undoubtedly makes the movie 21, which is not only exciting right through, but which is actually based on an actual story.
The book Bringing down the house was written by Ben Mezrich and is about a group of MIT students who, with the help of their Leader Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey), learn to count cards systematically. The plan is to go to Las Vegas, cheat themselves to profit and leave Vegas a few million richer.
Why we like the movie: there are, perhaps not unexpectedly, several reasons why we like this movie. The action itself is probably something that most casino players have at some point dreamed of or fascinated by.
Counting cards is really no easy thing, nor is it an easy thing to get away with. Therefore, it is fascinating to accompany such an adventure on the big screen.