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567. The Gambler

Published June 6, 2015

Background info

Title: The Gambler Director: Rupert Wyatt Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 51m

“Jim Bennett - English professor by day, high-stakes gambler by night - bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Bennett enters an illicit, underground world and takes the ultimate risk for a second chance.”

Live blog

0:26 - Love it when they tweak the idents to fit the film. Gambler. 3:28 - Can’t imagine how distracting it is to try and watch a device on the passenger seat, whilst driving. Especially sports that demand attention occasionally! 7:11 - It’s super useful the guy is saying “Player wins.” because I don’t understand most of the gambling. 12:18 - 240,000! Eeek. 16:30 - I guess it would have been a short film if he’d just managed to win all the money and pay everyone back. Job done, bye! 19:06 - “Rage of an unequal distribution of talent.” 24:38 - I was veering towards thinking this was an awesome class, but now it’s the worst. 28:46 - “I don’t want to know the nature of your problem, I just want you to not have it anymore.” 32:01 - John Goodman is so brilliant. 42:22 - If you’re putting it on silent, gotta remember to turn off vibration as well! 47:51 - That’s a heck of a slap mid-cereal. 54:06 - “There’s no relative degree of suffering.” 56:15 - “Are you a dealer or an investment counseller?” 58>22 - Gambling timelapse. 1:02:22 - Bamboozled the loan shark. 1:08:21 - Love the haggling, can’t help himself 1:18:18 - I Can’t Handle My Drink by Mr Crybaby. 1:33:23 - Can’t believe I didn’t see that coming. 1:42:28 - Genuinely couldn’t breathe while the wheel was spinning. Gambling is awful! 1:44:54 - I hope they only had to shoot this running scene once, jeez.

Conclusions

I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this one, although it had bonus John Goodman in it, so it was bound to be a hit. Marky Mark was great, I can’t say I related to his gambling side, given that I wouldn’t bet more than a tenner on anything, and his teacher side was downright terrifying. Somehow I still liked him though and wanted him to succeed.

It was a good story, and I liked the arty style - strong music, great cinematography, and some really nice lighting to show how the seedier night life was drifting into his day. I thought the ending was great too, a good pay off that was a happy ending without him drifting off into the sunset as a rich man.

Rating: 4/5.

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