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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A Neat Blog Award for a Neat Guy!

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I want to thank all my fans and family and the barista in Starbucks for this award, it means so much to me and my world is complete.

My thanks go out to G over on 16bitdad – who if you don’t follow him (and you should) he runs a pretty awesome parenting and retro gaming blog. Mixing life tales of child proofing and moving house with articles on the worst Video Game Films and reviews on Welsh Horrors that I had never even heard of. Such a good blog and such an awesome helpful guy.


THE RULES

  • Put the award label on your blog.
  • Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blogs.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, include links to their blogs (and ask them 7 questions).
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog or twitter etc)

THE QUESTIONS

Well then, the time has come for me to pass on this award and bring attention to some other bloggers! But first, let’s take a look at the 7 questions that those bloggers will need to answer:

  • What does blogging mean to you and has this changed since you first started?
    • To me blogging is an output, a way to document life and record development, but since starting and joining some amazing groups and communities it now also means friendship and support, both getting and giving. It’s crazy to see how many people appreciate what I have to say and listen or even ask for help.
  • What was the biggest mistake you made with your blog?
    • I would probably say starting my format over on WIX and the moving to WordPress – in no disrespect to WIX, they were great. But I think the change meant almost starting again in regards to building a following. But we live and learn.
  • If you could change one thing about your blog, what would it be?
    • Knowledge. I wish I knew more on SEO and the Jargon that comes with the technical side of things, I think developing that skill will help progress my blog.
  • How do you come up with your blog’s post ideas?
    • I literally just write what comes into my head, regardless of the sensitivity of the topic. If it effects or bothers me so much I feel the need to air my thoughts then I will. Or I will just make up a topic and watch it develop.
  • Which other blogs do you read the most?
    • Upon reading this my mind has just gone blank. I can’t think of a name or page of the top of my head. Oh no! Try THIS ONE, and THIS oh and HERE
    • Bit of mystery there of who they belong too, three very talented and delightfully amazing ladies, Maud, Jess and Abbie – all loveable, insightful and well worth the follow.
  • What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
    • The Follow / Unfollow game! A sneaky cheeky way to up stats and figures. Which is just fickle, I try to talk to my followers. There is some awesome people out there. There is no need to Follow/ Like something / Then Unfollow.
  • What’s the most embarrassing thing you have done whilst trying to get imagery or content for your blog?
    • I did a post about Bras and the equality in the female market. Which can be read HERE – but if you notice the top image I put together myself but it did involved searching the internet for Stock Files of Women in Bras which opened the internet up to showing me similar stuff – only to then have my GF walk in and ask “What the hell am I looking at?” – It made sense in the end, but she thought I was being very casual with porn. #Awkward

NOMINATION TIME.

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe I pick:

  • My main man Matt over here . . . HELLO
  • The splendidly lovely Issy Belle . . . BOOM
  • Directly picking Laura . . . CHECK IT
  • And newly acquainted Em Bumble . . . TA-DAH

Your challenge if you choose to accept it and my golly I hope you do. Is to answer these gems!


MY QUESTION.

  1. How have you found your Blogging journey so far?
  2. If you could host a meetup event for you and your blogger pals, what would you do and where?
  3. If you had all the skills in the world so anything was possible what else would you run a blog about?
  4. Imagine you have invented THE best new gadget that could help everyone, what is it and what does it do?
  5. You have the power to make one wish, it could be as big and world-changing or as little as matching your socks up. (Can’t wish for more wishes) What would you wish for?
  6. What is your blog origin story? What gamma radiation hiccup brought you to here?
  7. A mad man is holding the world hostage and the only way to stop him is for you to give up a sense (Touch, Sight, Smell, Taste or Hearing) which would you give up and why? (I know that is very implausible and silly, but we like silly)

 

Now off you pop, do the post, I can not wait to read these and get some more insight into who you really are. I am sure it’s all good.

And to finish off have a photo of me “Hulk Smashing” the pavement. Just cause really!

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Me Too. The Blame Game.

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This post is going to be a bit of a zinger. I am fully prepared to lose followers, get some hate and even get slated for this. But it’s come up time and time again and every time I end up feeling the same way.

Abuse in Hollywood. Actor alleged crimes. Rumours and Stories.

In the wake of yet another ever so talented actor being accused of sexual harassment I find myself finally writing this post.

Morgan Freeman can now join the ranks of Kevin Spacey. Jeremey Piven, Johnny Depp and Dustin Hoffman. Men who have all been accused of sexual misconduct.

Firstly I would like to air my stance on misconduct. Out right. Plain and simple it is WRONG. It happens both ways. Men assault Women. Women assault Men. Its black and white. No means No. If they don’t consent it’s against their will and that is a crime.


But I am also of the same mind-set as “Innocent until proven Guilty in a court of law” – until a jury of my peers and a judge says. Yes Guilty! Or No Innocent! Then I am not interested in the stories.

Sadly that is the horror of social media today. So many people have a voice or an opinion that someone else will read. Form another opinion on the matter and use their voice to share a new story that has changed so much so that the original content get lost or embellished.

Leaving the damage to set in and destroy lives and careers.

I use actors as the example because I am a big film fan. We mention Spacey and we should automatically think about his amazing performance in The Usual Suspects or even House of Cards. But we don’t. We think of the allegations. Morgan Freeman we should think God in Bruce Almighty or Red in Shawshank. Not any more. Hoffman as Totsie or Hook not as the sexual predator people are suggesting.

I hate how these situations ruin careers and the name they spent so long trying to make.

Don’t get me wrong if Spacey or any of these men are convicted by a judge due to overwhelming evidence then fair enough, the proof is there and I will be in agreement that they have done wrong, they have a talent but it has been overshadowed by these crimes. But until then in my eyes they are talented award-winning men. Not crooks.

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Also not to take anything away from the real victims because yes they have gone through horrific ordeals. But in situations like this how can you be absolutely 100% positive that every account, story and allegation is truthful. How can we be that certain. Yes 8 people said it. But does that mean it happened 8 times. Or did it happen 4 times and the other 4 jumped on board. It is one of those things that no one can doubt or question. But says a lot about the person who is (if any) making it up. That is a whole new level of monster.

It is also still a simple case of one person’s word against another’s. Just multiple times. It’s not 8 allegations vs 1 person. Which is the bit I think most people forget. They see the story of Freeman assaulting eight women. But we don’t know that for sure. We don’t know if any are true. Sadly people are greedy and hungry for fame. They want the Kardashian life of luxury and wealth at no cost. What’s an embellishment between friends. He looks the type so lets say he did it. This mentality is also as wrong as the crime itself. Toying and manipulating people’s lives for your own goals is wrong.

To summarise my post I just wish people would be more open-minded and allowing. Remember an allegation is just that. There is no evidence of truth until that allegation is investigated and judged by a court of law. At the moment there is one mention or whisper of something and the mob is out with their torches and pitchforks trying to run someone out-of-town like a 1940’s horror movie.

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These actors have families. How would you like it if all you heard was how Mummy abused so and so, and Daddy did this to them. Until its proven it’s just slander.

I know this might be hard to read and if anyone has been affected by this please feel free to contact me or the appropriate help line. I support everyone, I love everyone, I just wanted to take a moment to try to widen people’s perspective, to stay open-minded and stay fair. I know it’s a horrible situation but I just don’t think we can instantly brand someone a sexual predator until it is proven.

I also hope you can understand my point and don’t hate me too much.

Peace 💞