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Posted by on Feb 24, 2019 in Blog, Essays, Movie Reviews, Video 1 | 2 comments

Lights, Camera, Action! Our 2019 Academy Award Predictions [Video]

 

 

Some time ago, I ran into one of the smartest and most successful sports handicappers in Las Vegas at a party.  His moniker is, to no surprise, “Las Vegas Cris.”

Let’s call him “LVC” for short.

I discovered that LVC loves movies.  He goes to see at least a couple of films each and every week.  LVC purchased one of those monthly passes where you can practically see as many films as you like for roughly the price of what two tickets would regularly cost (around $24).  So, he goes to the movies and ends up seeing lots of very good films, and also comes across some real clunkers.

LVC and I share a lifelong love of movies.  We thought it would be a fun project to film a video and discussion of our picks for the best and worst in movies over the past year, along with our Oscar picks.  We planned on shooting a one-hour pilot, but got wound up and went kinda’ long.  Let’s call this the lengthier “Director’s Cut.”

If you want to skip the fluff and go straight to the Oscar picks, fast forward to the 26-minute mark.  Also, the last 20 minutes or so is pretty good where we hand out our worst movie awards.

Special thanks to Andrew Geber for the production and Jack Gramley for supplying some of the technical equipment.

Note that I’ll probably shift to a podcast format shortly and invite several guests on to discuss a variety of topics.

Thanks for LVC for some great insight.

“Couch Potato Critics” sounds about right……

 

 

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Movie Reviews, Talking Points, Video 1 | 0 comments

Doyle Brunson’s Top Ten Movie Westerns of All-Time

 

 

Poker legend Doyle Brunson loves movie westerns.

So, at my request, he ranked his Top 60 movie westerns of all time.  We discussed his picks and filmed the conversation.  Here’s the much-anticipated final segment of that conversation, which includes Doyle’s “Top Ten” list.

This 30-minute video also includes a discussion of movies which didn’t make Doyle’s list.

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Blog, Essays, General Poker, Las Vegas, Talking Points, Video 1 | 3 comments

My Interview with the Duke of Fremont Street

 

 

The Duke of Fremont Street is a cathedral to class.

If you’ve been around Las Vegas for any length of time, it’s likely you’ve seen the dapper gentleman dressed to the limit.  If not, then perhaps the 1938 Cadillac caught your attention.  From his earliest origins spent gambling along the Mississippi River all the way to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip, the Duke has been there and always seems to be closing a deal.

In this 25-minute interview, I sat down with the Duke where we talked about his life, what he thinks of Las Vegas and casinos today, and where he thinks we’re all headed.  No surprise, the Duke delivers.  He holds nothing back.  He sounds just as cool as he looks.

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Politics, Video 1 | 3 comments

Meet Alex Singer (Democrat for Congress — NV-3)

 

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Meeting Alex Singer for the first time gives me plenty of good reasons to be optimistic about the future.

The 29-year-old native of Portland, OR and now a proud resident of Las Vegas is running for a seat in the U.S. Congress, in Nevada’s highly-contested 3rd district.  He’s one of six candidates in the already-crowded Democratic field.  Republicans are fielding a similar number of candidates, making this into one of the most unpredictable races in the state.

I’ve been friends with Alex on social media ever since he announced his candidacy last year.  I’d also seen him speak briefly at a political rally here in Las Vegas.  However, until yesterday, we had never met face to face.

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