Casinos, games and exotic premises have fascinated film guests since the movie's early days, and interest shows no signs of decline. In the 1930s, the stars played on the silver screen in Rio de Janeiro and Monte Carlo, while most films take place today in Las Vegas glamorous casinos, but glitz and drama are the same. Here is a list of four of the best feature films in the last decades.
The Cooler This lovely romance stars William H. Macy as Bernie Lootz, one of the most unhappy men in the world. His happiness is so bad that it dirt on them around him, so he acts as a cooler at Shangri-La Casino. His boss, the dangerous Shelly Kaplow - Alec Baldwin, pays him to stand next to people on a winning stretch and inevitably changes their happiness. Unfortunately for Kaplow, Bernie falls in love with a waitress, Natalie-Maria Bello, and his happiness begins to change for the better.
The Cooler is a dark comedy with many fun moments. But there is a lot of excitement as well as Bernie and Natalie try to fly Kaplow, a violent criminal related to organized crime.
This movie is worth watching for the cast alone. Alec Baldwin is remarkable for the stupid way he depicts Kaplow, an older criminal who mostly happens to the dirty work, but is still more dangerous than he looks. William H. Macy plays it kindly, but owes Bernie to perfection. The contrast between his depressed settlements early in the film and his joyful behavior after falling in love is striking. Maria Bello is also excellent as Natalie, a charming and funny darling waitress with some secrets herself.
Rain Man.This story of a successful Los Angeles car dealer and his autistic brother became an immediate classic when released in 1988. It's Tom Cruise like Charlie, the cutthroat car dealer whose main mission in life is to make money and Dustin Hoffman like Raymond, the autistic savants. When the movie begins, Charlie is under great economic pressure and learns that his father has died, leaving his great property to Raymond, the brother Charlie never knew he had. Charlie develops a cynical plan to exploit Raymond to gain a part of his father's property. On the way he notes that Raymond has amazing recall skills and decides to go to Las Vegas and use Raymond's skills at a casino. But the events on that trip change Charlie significantly.
Although the time in Las Vegas is a relatively small part of the movie, it is one of the most memorable feature films all the time. It popularized the idea of counting cards, as well as introducing the idea of the autistic savant to popular consciousness.
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise are excellent in this movie. Hoffman is particularly remarkable for his credible depiction of a man with serious autism.
Casino Royale, based on a book of the same name, is the first film in the re-launch of the James Bond series with Daniel Craig as a titular secret agent. The film shows Bond near the start of his career. The film follows his attempt to counter the unclean Le Chiffre - Mads Mikkelson, a mysterious character trying to fund terrorists. Le Chiffre is also an infamous player, so Bond's strategy is to bankrupt him during a high poker game.
Casino Royale stands out from many modern feature films by avoiding Las Vegas. Instead, the poker game plays in Montenegro, a small country in southeastern Europe. The picturesque setting gives a memorable backdrop to the action, which is all you expect from a James Bond movie.
Daniel Craig plays an excellent Bond, although fans of the old movies can struggle to get used to him. This film portrays him as both harder and more emotional, although he can still play the suave gentleman whenever he wants. His love interest is Vesper Lynd - Eva Green, a charming and seemingly innocent treasury agent who is divided to keep an eye on the money he is given for gaming. Judi Dench as M runs out at the top.