Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems  Uncut Gems is a 2019 American thriller directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. Uncut Gems sees a charismatic jeweller make a high stake bet that could lead to a life-changing windfall, but there are no guarantees because it is, after all, a gamble which could go either way.

The film stars Adam Sandler as the main character, playing the role of Howard Ratner. The film also stars Julia Fox, Lakeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Eric Bogosian and Idina Menzel.

The Main Story

Howard Ratner is a Jewish American Jeweller in New York, who also has a gambling addiction.

In 2010 Ethiopian Jewish miners recover an expensive rare black opal smuggled into the USA from Africa by Howard in 2012. He intended to sell the gem to pay his gambling debts to his brother-in-law, a loan shark. It’s a world away from best online casino south africa, though of course physically the same area of the world.

When the opal arrives at his store KHM basketball star Kevin Garnett spots it and becomes obsessed with the gem.

He insists on holding onto the gem as good luck charm for his game that night to which Ratner reluctantly agrees and accepts Garnets 2008 NBA Championship ring as collateral.

The Ending

Ratner immediately pawns the ring and places a six-way parlay on Garnett playing well which he does. Howard wins $1.2million and is ecstatic, but then things go belly up as the loan shark sends his goons after Howard resulting in them shooting him. As you can see the movie is as much based in sports, and specifically sports betting than it is offline or the best online casino sites. Nowadays of course there is so much crossover between these two worlds.

The film when all is said and done highlights the mayhem caused by greed, and the destruction that can be cased by it. The movie received many good reviews and was a box office hit. It is almost universally views as one of Adam Sandler’s’ best movies. There is a certain irony to that as  Adam Sandler’s agent initially rejected the script.

Vegas Vacation

Vegas Vacation  Vegas Vacation is the 4th movie in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series. It is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Stephen Kessler. The actors are Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Wayne Newton, Randy Quaid, Wallace Shawn and Ethan Embry.

The Main Story

Clark Griswold ( Chevy Chase ) invents a long-life food preservative which earns him a large bonus check.

He decides to take the family to Las Vegas so that he and his wife Ellen ( Beverly D’Angelo ) can renew their wedding vows.

The family weren’t keen on going but go along to please their dad.

Once they arrive in Vegas, the movie goes through the family experiencing a series of misadventures. These include Clark becoming giving gambling a go, resulting in him being parted with his cash at the Blackjack table.This was long before the advent of best online casinos usa, and so ‘going to’ the casino involved just that.

While Clark is gambling, he leaves his family to their own devices until he realizes everything is out of control when he has Wayne Newton wining and dining his wife, his son Rusty has turned into a high roller, and his daughter is pole-dancing in night clubs.

Clark lands up gambling $22,600 which was the family’s savings, but luckily Ellen found $2 in her pocket which she gives to Clark and tells him to win back the money.

They head off to a Keno game and meet an old gentleman there and have a friendly chat with him. They lose their keno game, but the old guy wins but dies of a heart attack. However, before he dies, he gives Clark his ticket.

The Ending

In the end, Clark and Ellen renew their wedding vows with their winnings, and then the family leave Vegas in the four cars that Rusty had won on the slot machines. The cars were a Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang, a Hummer H1, and a Ford Aspire. This comedy caper is popular the world over, with both gamblers and non gamblers alike. So if you’re a fan of new zealand online pokies (since slots feature in the movie), or on the other side of the planet a Brit who has never had a ‘flutter’, you’re likely to get equal enjoyment out of it!

Reindeer Games

Reindeer Games  Introduction

Reindeer Games is an American thriller and stars Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron and many more Hollywood stars. The title is apt because Reindeer Games is a colloquial expression generally used for a gang’s bullying activities, which is what happens to Nick when he is forced into a casino robbery by a powerful clique.

The Main Story

Recently released from prison Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) ’s primary goal is to start a new life with Ashley (Charlize Theron) whom he met when he assumed his cellmate’s identity through pen pal letters. The one problem that will hamper their happiness is her crazy brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). He is convinced Rudy has inside information about a casino where he once worked, a casino Gabriel and his ruthless gang plan to rob. Winning fairly at big win casinos usa isn’t enough for them, and so a plan is hatched.

Rudy and Ashley are kidnapped by her brother and using the real information from the real Nicks prison cell stories he can devise a plan to rob the casino under duress. The plot thickens when he breaks out of his room one night and stumbles upon Gabriel and Ashley who are in actual fact lovers, not siblings. The casino is robbed, machines à sous and all. Rudy is forced to partake, and lives are lost, and Rudy’s is exposed as an impostor.

Gabriel and Ashley plan to kill Rudy by driving him off a cliff in a burning vehicle with some money, so the officials will think all the stolen money went up in flames with him. Once again, the plan does not go as planned, and Ashley shoots and kills Gabriel, and shortly after, Nick appears.

The Ending

Nick reappears having staged his own death and reveals that the two had collaborated to rob the casino using Rudy, Gabriel and his gang. They set their murderous plan in motion to kill Rudy. However, he has a knife he had gotten earlier, cuts his ties, puts the car in reverse and drives over Nicks legs crushing them. Ashley fires at him, and he drives into her, and she goes over the cliff with the burning car and does the same with Nick. The final scene sees Rudy walking along, stuffing the stolen money into mailboxes on his way home to his family.