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Posted by on Feb 23, 2021 in Blog, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

Worst Gambling Movies #25 (My Daughter’s Secret Life)

 

Elisha Cuthbert

 

This new series began yesterday with “The Best Gambling Movies of All Time.”  Meanwhile, let’s also examine “The Worst Gambling Movies of All Time.”  Today, we begin with #25.  Each selection includes a new review as though I’m seeing the film for the first time.  Let the countdown begin!

Title and Year:  My Daughter’s Secret Life (2001)

Network:  Lifetime (Made-for-TV)

Actors:  Elisha Cuthbert

Synopsis:  A high school honors student becomes addicted to gambling then begins lying, stealing, robbing, and doing porn!

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2021 in Blog, Movie Reviews | 1 comment

Best Gambling Movies #25 (House of Games)

 

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This is a new writing series.  Title this — “The Best Gambling Movies of All Time.”  Today, we begin with #25.  Each selection will include a new review as though I’m seeing the film for the first time.  Let the countdown begin!

Title and Year:  House of Games (1987)

Director:  David Mamet

Writer:  David Mamet

Actors:  Lindsay Crouse – Joe Mantegna – Ricky Jay

Synopsis:  Con artists attempt to swindle a wealthy psychiatrist.

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in Blog, Movie Reviews, Video 1 | 0 comments

The Greatest Television Commercial Ever

 

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A reunion may take the most unexpected turn in a way we least expect it.

 

Usually, around this time, I attend a showing of all the Oscar-nominated short films of that year held at a local movie theater.  It’s fantastic.  I’ve done this for the last five years or so, which means I’ve been fortunate to see many short movies that aren’t widely shown to mass audiences.  Some of these amazing films last only a few minutes.

HERE’S MY REVIEW OF ONE OF THE SHOWINGS

My takeaway from this exposure is the recognition it’s a much tougher challenge to tell a story and make it compelling in just a few minutes of screen time.  Sure, a two-hour movie with a big budget has an unlimited range of possibilities.  But try and make the audience smile and cry in just 90 seconds.

What you’re about to see is likely to do precisely that.

The following short video was a public service announcement from Argentina released in 2015.  Please watch.  Even if you’ve seen this before, a reminder is always good.  I promise it’s well worth your time and will melt your heart as it melted mine.  The purpose of the ad campaign to create greater awareness comes as a surprise and is revealed at the conclusion.

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