Casino by Martin Scorsese


The word casino is often associated with gambling and games of chance. It’s also a place where people enjoy various entertainment. Many people have fond memories of taking weekend bus trips to the nearest casino with their friends and family. While gambling is fun, it’s important to manage your money carefully. Set aside an amount that you can afford to lose and stick to it. You should never chase your losses and always walk away if you are losing more than you can afford to lose.

In Casino, Scorsese paints a picture of Sin City that’s deeper and more nuanced than Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls or any other movie that’s ever been made about Las Vegas. He lays bare the city’s roots in organized crime and shows how it has evolved into a place where opulence and neon signs still abound but that has grown to be dominated by huge gambling corporations.

The film is infused with a sense of danger, corruption and violence. It has no good guys in the way that Goodfellas had and yet it is still a compelling story of human tragedy. Sharon Stone is the star of this film and she owns it with a performance that’s so powerful it was criminal that she didn’t get an Oscar nomination. Her character is unlikable but we can’t turn away from her as she and Ace sink into a pit of violence, greed and treachery. We are left to believe that these characters will get their comeuppance in the end but it’s hard to feel sympathy for them when they spend so much of their lives being selfish.

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