Molly’s Game – The Review

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Deal me in.

A week back the lovely GF bought me Molly’s Game with the intention of having a cute film night in. I accidentally went and got very drunk at a wedding which I was meant to come home reasonably sober for the film night. . . . oops.

A week later and it’s on. Pizza was ordered. Comfy clothes are on and the film is in.

I really like a film that is based on a true story, the biopic genre is one of my favourites and this has just slide into my Top 5. . . . I’ll wrote that list down later to confirm.

The film follows Molly Bloom an ex Olympian skier who ended up running some of the most high-class high rolling poker games in L.A. and New York. This film shows her rise, her fall, her court case and her beating in the middle of the night.

Before this film I knew nothing of Molly Bloom. I had known of the Viper Room which was a watering hole of the stars. Being partly owned by the legend that is Johnny Depp. At the start of the film Bloom narrates to the audience saying that the story is true but the places and names have been changed to protect people. So when the Cobra Lounge popped up in the story. You kinda know what she meant.

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The acting was amazing. Jessica Chastain was outstanding, portraying a strong, sassy, intelligent woman climbing her way to the top of this dark underworld of poker. Even seeing Kevin Costner was a flashback to the 90’s hero he used to be. The two had great chemistry and worked off each other so well. Heads up for the scene in the park. That’s all I will say for them.

Making Poker look slick and cool, the same way James Bond did in Casino Royale really made me want to play, maybe even set up a high rolling game. Except High Rolling in my social circle would probably top out at 10 . . . maybe 15 pounds. No thousands and hundreds of thousands here.

Back to the film, this is Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut as well as writing the adaptation. He is a talent and a breath of fresh air – having written such amazing scripts and works that include; The Newsroom, Studio 60 on the Sunset strip, The West Wing, The Social Network and Steve Jobs. All of these have stunningly amazing scripts, with face cleaver dialogue. Usually setting characters up for long empowered speeches – In this Idris Elba had the privilege and it hard defending Molly.

You might also remember “Is America the greatest country in the World?” it’s a scene from Ep1 of The Newsroom and Sorkin’s writing shines right through. Click the link to remind yourself of that scene. Remember as well this scene is the introduction of the character and he starts like this. Wow.

Overall I really enjoyed the film, it was smart, well put together, informative and captivating all at once. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend you going out and giving it ago. If you have seen it let me know what you think to it.

Thank you. Cash me out!

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Oh yeah I forgot. The Top 5 Biopic films: Ok – disclosure it’s not a Johnny Depp appreciate list but he does do justice to every real life person he portrays.

  • Walk the Line
  • Ed Wood
  • Blow
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Molly’s Game

That is in no order at all and I was torn by the end, I wanted to put Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Black Mass, Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco and The Social Network in the list. See what I mean by I love Biopic Films.

What are yours?

Peace!

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Getting Older and Dealing with Taste.

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This post isn’t about taste as in style and decor – I mean come on, I have exceptional taste . . . much to my to GF’s disagreement. But this is more about taste buds and food. Exploring how we change as we get older.

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This topic spurred from a conversation we had a work the other day, where I explained how the Salad Bar at Harvester isn’t as good as the Salad Bar at Pizza Hut – I mean what a boring adult conversation, I didn’t think I would ever get to a point in my life where I would be comparing Salad Bars but I am. I went on to explain how my dislike for Harvesters SB came from the anarchy I always witness when I am there, seeing the onions breaking loose in the pepper tray, the sauce trail contaminating everything in it’s path or the amount of watery residue that gathers in every other bowl.

Now I know this is more than likely down to the customers, we are inherently lazy and careless when it comes to spooning pasta into our bowls, because if a mess is made – it’s not our house, it’s not our place to clean up always bubbles to the surface and the state of the SB that I hate is made.

Not saying I am a saint, I’ve been known to leave my tray on a table in McDonald’s instead of putting it in the bin because and I quote: “They have Front of House floor staff to clean the tables” – plus I like to think if they come and clear my tray (which I will leave neatly packed and ready to go) they will clean and wipe down the table. If I do the tray myself what is to say they wont clean the table.

Silly I know and you are probably thinking – What a tool. But I like to think there is logic in there somewhere.

Anyway back to the point in hand. I have noticed that as I get older my food tastes and appetite has changed. But it’s the little changes that you think wouldn’t make a difference until they do. Spice being the biggest one – back in my youth I used to be able to handle the heat as it were. A spicy curry – bring it on, jalapeno poppers – easy, ASDA fresh based “American Sizzler” pizza – we’ll have two of them – and my god they had some kick to them bad boys.

But now-a-days I just can’t do it, it’s not so much the taste I can’t handle – it’s more of the aftermath, the moment I begin to turn a lovely shade of rouge and a battle is on between my forehead and nose on who can produce the most moisture. I am not about that life anymore, about putting myself through that kind of pain and humiliation – and for what? I am not a fan of the bathroom antics the next day either, but the less about that the better.

I do miss that tasty American Sizzler pizza though, it reminds me of being at college, heading to my friend’s house after class and watching a tonne of films or playing play station while indulging in some tasty pizza. (This picture is from that time, forgive the filters, a younger me was new to Instagram and excited to test it all out)

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So I guess what I have learnt in this baffling game of life and growing up is that taste buds changes and maturity takes over. But that is a good thing, it means something you might not have liked 10 years ago now tastes amazing – or that drink you couldn’t stand back in the day, well now it isn’t half bad. It just means keep trying new and old things. One day you might be surprised.

It’s been a pleasure as always guys and I would love to know what you used to love but can’t stand now days.

Ciao Bello!