Posts Tagged ‘casino’

Casino (1995)

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all. – Ace Rothstein

If we learned one thing from Goodfellas, it was that when you team up the likes of Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci, something magical happens. 15 years have passed since it’s release in 1995 and that shovel scene at the end is still a cause to cringe. The cinematography, the acting, the premise; all felt very gritty. I mean this movie holds a Guiness World Record for most swear words feature length film. The “F-Bomb” is dropped 422 times, that’s an average number of 2.4 times per minute (thanks IMDB for that interesting statistic). Casino is more of a, ‘remember the good ole days’ cautionary tale of what mob life did to the Vegas strip. It’s a story of one man’s rise from complete obscurity to take a city by storm, only to lose touch with the ever changing moral foundation of a city with a lack there of. (more…)

Scorsese and De Niro to re-team for mob movie

Monday, February 15th, 2010

We might have picked the best time ever to do Scorsese week, the news coming out of Reuters is that Martin Scorsese and Robert Di Niro are planning to re-team once again on a new project that will take place in the mobster world, a world that these two talents are very familiar with. Scorsese recently revealed in a interview”

“Bob De Niro (and I) are talking about something that has to do with that world. There’s no doubt about that. We’re working on something like that, but it’s from the vantage point of older men looking back, none of this running around stuff.”

These two have made some of the best films of all time; Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Cape Fear and the last movie the worked together on was Casino in 1995.  I heard De Niro say in an interview once that they don’t always have to discuss a shot because they are so in tune with one another.  That or Scorsese is scared of De Niro like everyone else.