Top 5 Casino/Poker Movies

Rounders:
- Not too much to say about this movie. For Texas Hold’em fans this is their filmatic-Bible. Rounders is inescapable, and a bit overrated, but all around enjoyable, especially for John Malkovich’s great performance (and accent). My friend works for a manufacturer that sells custom poker chip sets and he says he gets at least a dozen orders a month from people asking to recreate the bear-emblazened personalized poker chips from this movie.

The Cooler:
- I’m a bit biased since I’m a big William H. Macy fan. He does get somewhat typecast as the feckless loser too often (as he does in this film) but he does it so well. Alec Baldin is really good in this as well.

Croupier:
-This film is really worth seeing especially if you are a modern film noir fan. This is a really dark, really well done film that doesn’t gloss over the seedy side of the Casino business. It was one of the better movies I’ve seen in a long time. It doesn’t romanticise the profession, far from it, but it does show casino’s and gambling in a certain seedy, but appealing light. I recommend the movie, not just to casino lovers or card fans but to anyone looking for a great depiction of the industry and how it can both ruin and save one’s life.

California Split:
- It’s by Robert Altman. An American treasure. What more can I say? See this before Atlman’s ghost rolls up in a Benz, Mercedes benz rims and all, and slaps you into it cognizance.

Casino
- DeNiro, Sharon Stone, Martin Scorsese. This movie is to gambling movies what Godfather is to mobster movies. If you’re looking for the ultimate Casino/ poker movie most would agree that this is it.

My Top Five Favorite Matt Damon Movies

There is no doubt that one of the most successful actors in history to come out of Boston is Matt Damon. Ever since his breakout role in Good Will Hunting (which took place in Boston), Damon has been an A-List actor. I really like most of the movies that Damon picks, and I think he will be a big presence for years to come.

When it comes to choosing the greatest Matt Damon films thus far, here are some of my favorites.

The first movie that I will discuss is Rounders. Damon stars as an up and coming, yet troubled poker player named Mike McDermott. This is a suspenseful movie and one of the better gambling movies around.

One movie that has to be on any Matt Damon best-of list is Good Will Hunting. This is the movie that exposed Damon to the nation, and what a great movie to get the job done. This is a fantastic movie and a great one to watch with a teenage son or daughter.

Another film that definitely makes the list for me is Ocean’s Eleven. I didn’t enjoy Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen as much as the first, but the first one was fantastic. This was a well executed story.

One film that certainly makes the list for me is The Bourne Identity. This first film in the now trilogy of Bourne movies sets the pace for the saga. Although Jason Bourne cannot remember what happened to him in this movie, he knows he can kick some butt.

The final movie that makes the cut for me is Green Zone. This movie is similar to the Bourne movies in quite a couple ways, but is definitely more of a politically based film.