With the rain pouring outside, and the heating on in doors, time for some escapism. A bit of Vegas escapism. Vegas in Film – The Top Ten.
10 The Grand
Improvised comedy about a Las Vegas poker tournament. Woody Harrelson stars, with guest appearances from Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth. Recommended to all poker fans.
One Eyed Jack: “Yes, I did get thrown out of my own casino, I’m not sure how exactly that happened, but they do say that I gave the order.”
Six MIT students try to take Vegas for millions. Will they succeed?
“Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery.”
A combo of Scorsese, De Niro, Pesci and Stone makes the perfect cocktail in the desert.
Nicky: “A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you’re talking about a half-hour to forty-five minutes worth of digging. And who knows who’s gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all night.”
7 Rain Man
The film which introduced card counting to a nation.
Charlie: “I’m sorry ma’am, I lied to you. I’m very sorry about that. That man right there is my brother and if he doesn’t get to watch ‘People’s Court’ in about 30 seconds, he’s gonna throw a fit right here on your porch. Now you can help me or you can stand there and watch it happen.”
To appreciate the full genius of Hunter S Thompson’s insane vision, you need to read the book. But this is a very brave effort.
“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.”
The most daring heist Las Vegas has ever known…11 men, 3 casinos, 150 million dollars, 1 chance to pull it off
Terry: “All right, you proved your point. You broke into my vault. Congratulations, you’re a dead man.”
The first of the franchise and the best. Special mention for Mike Tyson and his tiger.
Phil: Yeah, listen, uh… we fucked up.
Tracy: What are you talking about?
Phil: The bachelor party. The whole night. It’s… Things got out of control and, uh… we lost Doug.
Phil: We can’t find Doug.
Tracy: What are you saying, Phil? We’re getting married in five hours.
Phil: Yeah… that’s not gonna happen.
A young Katie Holmes impresses. But Sarah Polley steals the show.
Singh: “Just so we’re clear, you stole a car, shot a bouncer, and had sex with two women?”
Tiny: “You had sex with two women?”
Career best performance from Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue.
Ben: “Sera… what you don’t understand is – no, see, no. You can never, never ask me to stop drinking. Do you understand?”
Our winner. The greatest sequel of all time. Arguably the greatest film of all time. The Corleone family move west….
Kay: “It made me think of what you once told me: “In five years the Corleone family will be completely legitimate.” That was seven years ago.”
Michael: “I know. I’m trying, darling.”