And for my next Classic Movie we have Casino! I would have let you guys know I was watching as (I believe) Geek Soul Brother suggested but I didn’t know till about 8PM last night that I was. I was at my friend, Gory’s, who said, “Movie?” To which I always reply, “Yes.” He picked out Casino and I said, “WAIT! Let me check my list because I think this is on it!!….YES! It is!”
So if you’re like me and you have yet to see this….I know, I know, doubtful….the long story short is that De Niro works at a casino as the manager or something similar, Pesci is basically a mobster and Stone is a hustler who ends up with De Niro. To be honest, I didn’t understand the entirety of the heisting, down’n'dirty politics of gambling and mobsterdom but I’m pretty sure De Niro and Pesci were skimming from the casino. (Feel free to offer up a lengthier explanation if ya got one! ) Anyway, heisting, killing, murder, mayhem and then finally it all goes bad (never saw that one coming…no really…).
My first comment on this? Why the hell didn’t anyone tell me this was so freaking fabulous???? Oh…wait…you did? Seriously loved this movie. I’m pretty sure everything here was complete perfection – the acting (Sharon Stone is fucking amazing in this – such a raw performance – I had no idea she had that in her), the cinematography (from the camera slant when De Niro and Pesci are driving around Vegas to the smoke wafting through the blue light, to the entire red and blue washes in scenes), the costumes (omg, WANT almost all Stone’s outfits!) and of course, THE STORY. Brilliant, just brilliant. Oh and the violence? Impeccable.
So, what’s the bad? There was none. Absolutely none. Oh, I’m sure on a 3rd or 4th viewing I might start nit-picking but after the first viewing I can only spout adoration.
And the final verdict is – this is a classic I wish I’d watched a helluva lot sooner. I’m fairly certain this is a movie I’ll be able to watch over and over again. Filmmaking like this is truly phenomenal and something that should be done more often. For reals.
Some (if not all of you) have been participators in Head in a Vice’s Desert Island Films feature (and if not, please go check it out especially if you’re fond of learning more about your fellow bloggers because it is great fun and super insightful!). Well, Tyty (ha, no longer your birthday!) has recently hooked up with the guys over at Extra Features, a movie review podcast that’s great fun. They’ve featured a couple of the Desert Island Films lists from his site and in their most recent podcast they featured mine! Thanks, guys!!! The list is featured near the end but the whole podcast was fun as they discuss a plethora of horror movies (including Nightmare on Elm Street!!). I’ve also been chatting with them via Twitter the past couple of weeks and from what I can tell they are megacool. So if you’re into podcasts, check these fellas out!
And you can check out their most recent episode featuring my Desert Island Films list HERE! Thanks again, guys!! This was highly enjoyable and I will definitely keep listening in!