THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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THE GAMBLER (2014)










#73 is the 2014 movie The Gambler, which made sense to watch on the plane to Las Vegas. Mark Wahlberg is a college professor who is filled with self-loathing (his classes are hell to sit thru) who just burns thru money gambling every dime he has. He just makes ridiculous risky bets til every dollar is gone. He borrows from loan sharks and blows that. Even the loan sharks ask him what he is trying to do as they threaten him with bodily harm and even death - which he seems ...to welcome (John Goodman has two great monologues as one of the loan sharks with a philosophy). This existential tale really goes nowhere and Wahlberg hates himself so much that the audience starts to feel the same way. Jessica Lange pops up for some scenery chewing as his mother and George Kennedy has a brief scene as Wahlberg's dying grandfather who pledges to leave him nothing in his will (his final film). Oh and Brie Larson is absolutely wasted as a student who sleeps with him. Really hard to recommend this one. Performances are mainly good but watching this guy self-destruct isn't as captivating as it could have been.

PS - It's a remake of a mid 70s film with James Caan which might be worth seeking out.

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? Only if she's willing to gamble two hours of her life away

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