Gambling, a vice of many a man and woman – but for some just a sport – has been a source of inspiration for a number of great Hollywood movies. There is a number of classic movies that convey the excitement, drama and release that is associated with gambling, regardless if it takes place in land-based casinos, at someone’s home or online. Here are three of the greatest gambling movie scenes ever.
The Gambler (2014) featuring Jim Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg, is about a literature professor who has an uncanny appetite for gambling. Jim gets into a money pickle because of his habit and reaches out to some dangerous people for more money. He also has good friends who become his frienemies because he has a tendency of siphoning out money from loan sharks. But because in every good movie there is “the girl,” there Amy Phillips, a student of his, who gives our gambler the much-needed support, but ends up as a bargaining chip in a bad trade-off with a loan shark. The twist comes when Jim coaxes a basketball player, Lamar, to underperform so that a wager can be won to the benefit of the loan shark. Even though The Gambler is more about an inflated real-life mix up of someone with a gambling addiction, the movie does have a thrilling gambling showdown that is one for the books. And that’s as far as we’re going to go with the spoilers.
Casino Royale is a James Bond movie with a memorable gambling scene which involves high-stakes play that ends with in the near-fatal poisoning of Agent 007. That gambling scene sets off the action that will wrap up into one of the most memorable James Bond editions in the last two decades. In it, there is the intrigue of whether all the players are in it to win it or for some other reasons that have more complex ulterior motives working in the background. Upon his return from the dead, Agent 007 puts back on his poker face and poker goggles, and is able to read into the behavior of Le Chiffre. The scene unfolds with on the seat’s edge gambling action that has one of the players, confident of his hand or bluffing, go all in. This move is culminates in all players calling the bet and dumping their chips in the pot and waiting for the calls. Le Chiffre checks and raises, but Bond’s straight flush is the winning hand that takes the money.
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Guy Ritchie’s 1998 near classic Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels has a gambling scene that results in a disaster for the movie’s lead protagonists. A poker battle has a twist due to one of the players being part of a cheeky cheating technique that is only possible with a hidden under the stairwell accomplice. The showdown ends in a major loss for Eddy that puts him and his friends in the worst of positions – they have a week to come up with a major sum of money to repay The Hatchett, a figure of the underground, who took his bar. This scene, that has an unlikely way of winning a poker game – basically defrauding one of the players of his money and his father’s club – begs to ask the question: are illegal poker games worth the bother when online casinos are becoming the norm. Furthermore, will we ever get to see a movie about slots that are played at the comfort of one’s own home? Well, there isn’t any movie material in that but it sure beats the odds at losing your money to your friends. So why not try www.slotswise.com and see if slots work better for you than poker.
Youtube was the first video platform that revolutionized how video is distributed and watched. Today there is a ton of free media content, including both feature-lenght and short films. Let us sift the diamonds from the pebbles and help you find the best free sci-fi shorts on the Internet.
Remnant is a beautifully made 5:40 short about mechanic golems, some of which are free-willed while others are manned by humans. These machines have left utter devastation behind their onslaught of a major city and now there are few of them lying in the ruins. Remnant’s protagonist is a lone man in his mid 20’s who has to move forward searching for energy that will fuel his golem exoskeleton. Directed and 3D-rendered by Andrew Wong, Remnant is a brief yet stunning sci-fi adventure well worth five minutes of your attention.
This four-minute short is the result of a graduation project of eight Savannah College of Art students. It features NO-A, an agile robot with a gorilla-like gait, who is the target of a troop of MOPP-suited mercenaries. NO-A is on a mission – he fights the soldiers in order to save a girl who seems to be of critical importance to the survival of humankind. NO-A receives a decisive head-shot that damages his locomotives but is able to carry out his mission to the end.
Tears of Steel
Everything starts on a somewhat funny note. A college couple is arguing over what lies ahead for their relationship. She is into robotics – and has a robotic arm, while he wants to explore outer space. This argument is actually a fragment in the memory of the boy and the girl, as is shown at a lab 40 years later in the future. Then the plot takes a sharp turn and there is nothing to see from the world inhabited by the couple. The world has become a total dystopia, albeit one that is mechanized and fully technological. When a chief director gives a go, the current reality is replaced by a holographic remnant of the protagonist’s memory. His mission is to reenact the argument with his girlfriend and change the course of the future. The rest is to be seen in an amazing plot twist and an even more awesome ending.
Rise takes place in a future where androids have become advanced. Too advanced. Sounds familiar? All the talk about robots becoming self-aware and potentially dangerous to humankind is epitomized in Rise. The film is about a recall to all anthropomorphic robots. An army general argues with a robot of genuine diplomatic skill, who doesn’t succeed in convincing his interlocutor that the human-robot relationship needs a restart. The twist in the plot comes when a device of devastating capabilities becomes activated. The rest is to be seen just few keystrokes away on Youtube.
Produced in 2011, Hobo with a Shotgun can hardly be listed as an 80’s Action Movie, but there was no reason not to use the 80’s format in this totally over the top bloodbath. If you don’t approve this, then you should take it up with Rutger Hauer. Hobo with a Shotgun had its beginnings as a mock trailer contest used for the promotion of the Tarantino/Rodriguez double feature of Grindhouse roll out. It was turned into a full-length film that surpassed Grindhouse and it is unique with its dark humour and gore. As soon as you see Rob Wells from Trailer Park Boys appearing in the initial scene, you are sure something special is in front of your eyes. By the time you get to the scene with the school bus full of kids, there is no doubt left in you that this is a movie that could offend literally everyone.
The setting of the Story
This movie is set in the small town of Hope, but there is little hope in this God-forsaken hellhole, a dystopian urban landscape violence, death and chaos. After witnessing neverending bullying, abuse, and brutal murder of the town’s unfortunate citizenry, the Hobo protagonist has had enough and he is going into vigilante mode! The Hobo enters into an unlikely alliance with a good-hearted prostitute and together they try to rally the townspeople to stand up against the tyranny of the town’s thugs.
In this movie, it is virtually impossible for you as a viewer to count the total number of violent deaths, much less the total number. This could definitely be considered one of the deadliest movies of all the 80’s Action Movies even though the movie is not an 80’s Action Movie. This doesn’t make any sense, just like the movie. Anyway, the total count of deaths in the movie is impossible to tell, due to the deaths of all of the homeless, but the total deaths attributed to the cast members is a solid 51. The Hobo himself kills 12 victims, including a paedophile Santa. We are going to conservatively estimate 125 deaths due to the long night of violence against the homeless.
Hobo with a Shotgun Overview
Hobo with a Shotgun is not a bad movie at all. It has a lot going for it before one frame is watched due to the title and the starring role of Rutger Hauer. The plot is weak and the ending disappointing, but this film is about style, not story. As you might imagine, Hauer carries the film and is perfect for the role of the craggy, derelict hobo. The strength of the movie, aside from the obvious performance of Hauer, is the use of bright Technicolor to put the spotlight on the carnage and gore. The final scene is a homage to Kubrick and Spielberg’s Flesh Fair in Artificial Intelligence and ends badly for most involved.
Movies that are based on video games tend to be not that good, as well as vice versa. However, from time to time, exceptions occur which are instantly added to the list of best video games based on movies. Their rarity just makes the movie-based video games more enjoyable. This is not something new but goes back decades in the early ‘90s and continues to this day.
The transition from the silver screen to the PC or console seems to be easier than the other way around. To support this claim, we have prepared a list of 5 Best Video Games Based on Movies:
The first game on our list of Best Video Games Based on Movies is probably the best James Bond game ever made. It set the gold standard for all following multiplayer first-person shooters and influenced numerous imitators that tried, and failed, to replicate its gameplay. In this 1997 video game, the player takes the role of the 007 agent James Bond through a series of levels.
Disney’s Aladdin (Genesis)
In this delightfully colourful 1992 video game, kids were throwing apples and jumping from stall to stall in a Persian bazaar to re-enact the famous scenes from the Disney animated movie. There were two separate versions, one from Virgin Interactive and a Capcom release intended for the Super Nes. The lava level in the game, where you need to avoid big rolling boulders in a cave, is especially hard to play. This means that Aladdin game is also given a certain stealth-like twist.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The next movie-based video game on our list, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, is an on-rail shooter. In this game, you are playing the character of an Isla Sorna ranger who is part of the clean-up crew. During the gameplay, you must defend your vehicle from attacking dinosaurs and other threats. From the beginning to the end, you are often outnumbered, as most of your dinosaur enemies are grouped in packs. This game got kids pumping quarter after quarter into the game just to get a little further.
Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers & Return of The King
These two Lord of the Rings games were a lot of fun. The plot from the Fellowship of the Ring was also included in Two Towers and allowed you to play both as Legolas and Aragorn. Return of the King was an updated version of Two Towers, following the last film in the series. Return of the King allowed play of several characters, as well as a co-op gameplay. It featured interactive environments and the upgradable skills also made this game customisable to suit the individual play style of each player.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
The action of the video game is set in 1991 and we get all the originals in a brand-new story, with the player added as a new recruit to the team. The design is flawless and trapping ghosts just couldn’t feel any better. You really need to work to capture the ghosts, but in the end, that’s a very rewarding experience.
When it comes to the relationship between videos and movies, it’s not all good however. There have of course been some video games on bad movies. These titles have taken inspiration on some truly terrible movies, but we’ll let you decide on whether or not the game itself is any good.
You will be surprised that a lot of your favourite movies have been based on books. So, without further ado, here are some of the most popular movies based on books.
Popular Movies Based on Books
Mrs Doubtfire (1993) is based on Mrsdame Doubtfire (1987) by Anne Fine. This movie is about Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), who is a divorced father. He wants to spend more time with his kids, so that is why he makes a plan to be in their lives more. His exceptionally creative brother Frank (Harvey Fierstein) helps him create a mask that will help him look like an older woman from Britain. Then he goes to his ex-wife Miranda, played by Sally Field, and convincer her to hire him as a nanny. So, the character of Mrs Doubtfire is created. His kids and wife fall in love with this helpful old lady and they help him be a better parent.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) is based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis. This movie takes place in London, during the World War II. Four brothers and sister are set in a country house in an English village to be kept safe and sound and out of the war. One day, one of the sisters Lucy finds a wardrobe that takes her to a magical place called Narnia. Even though at first no one believes the small Lucy, eventually they all go there and help the citizens get rid of the evil witch.
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies (1990) is based on Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding. This novel revolves around a group of kids, that get stranded on a secluded island. The boys are being transported to a safe place when their plane is attacked and they are left to look after themselves. During their stay, they discover a more savage like version of themselves.
Apollo 13 (1995) is based on Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994) by Jeffrey Kluger. This movie is about the four astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) that are on a lunar mission. At first, everything seems to be in perfect order. But unfortunately, they need to put their mission on hold, once an oxygen tank explodes.
Sophie’s Choice (1982) is based on Sophie’s Choice (1979) by William Styron. This movie is about a young writer Stingo, played by Peter MacNicol, who moves to Brooklyn. He believes that the move will help him finish writing his novel. During his stay, he becomes really close to Sophie, played by Meryl Streep and her lover Nathan, who is played by Kevin Kline. On one occasion, he learns that Sophie is a survivor from the Holocoast. She is constantly being hunted by her tragic life at Auschwitz.
We hope that this list of popular movies based on book gave you an inspiration for the next movie night. Or if you have already seen the movie, perhaps now you will also give the book a chance. Whatever you decide, we are certain that you are going to enjoy this list of the most popular movies based on books.