Author: Toronto Film Scene

When gaming meets cinematic reality

Drawcard video slot machines When gaming meets cinematic reality the result is a fulfilling, entertaining and satisfying gaming experience. Royal Vegas Casino Games offers that experience in spades. They boast of the blockbuster video slot machines. These video slot machines are designed for one thing and one thing only, unleashing the gamer in every player, be it novice or seasonal. They have features that make the cinematic experience so real that you can reach out and touch it. And it’s all within your finger tips. Royal Vegas Casino is a gaming playground full of all gamer’s favourite movie slot...

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The Gambler: the greatest modern gambling movie

Professor and gambler Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is facing a very heavy debt with a number of people he shouldn’t be in debt to. Reckless and seeming like he’d prefer his debt be paid with his life, Jim sets up a series of loans that it looks like he’ll never be able to pay off. His very wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) has had enough of his behaviour, and one of the loan sharks wants Jim to convince a star basketball player in his class to throw a game. The only thing Jim seems to have going for him is an inappropriate relationship with his student, Amy (Brie Larson). In a last ditch effort to pay off his debts and start his life fresh, Jim comes up with a plan to pay everybody back so he can walk away from his life and take Amy with him. Over the years there have been a number of fantastic films following the ups and downs of someone drawn into the world of gambling, but there have been fewer films in recent years. The rise of online gambling has given people the chance to join their favourite online casino , but there really isn’t many films for them to enjoy when they’re not playing. Thankfully, fans can find plenty to enjoy with The Gambler. Starring Mark Wahlberg as Jim Bennett, an almost suicidal...

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Great casino films on Netflix

Looking for the perfect Netflix movie that manages to combine glamour, danger and plenty of drama? Then check out some of these top casino movies on the streaming service that prove that the mini-genre is as endlessly fascinating and exciting as a good game of online slots! Casino Leave it up to Martin Scorsese to deliver a movie that truly defines the casino movie genre. The 1995 film Casino sizzles with brooding gangland violence and gaudy Las Vegas glamour as Robert De Niro’s character attempts to take over the gaming tables of Sin City. But it’s Sharon Stone’s award-winning turn as former prostitute Ginger McKenna that really lights up the screen. And although the movie may not be quite as celebrated as Scorsese’s other mob-related classics that include Goodfellas, it certainly was better received than the much-maligned TV drama Vinyl! Casino Royale Seeing as many classic card games like baccarat have even been made into a game at Lucky Nugget Casino’s online gaming site, it’s no surprise to find that James Bond would eventually make his appearance at the gaming tables. And 2006’s Casino Royale was one of the British spy’s more memorable recent outings as he got engaged in a high-stakes poker game with the brilliantly villainous Le Chiffre. It was also Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond, and with rumours that he may return to the role,...

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What To Make Of Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll

As we’ve written about before, Universal is working toward developing its famous monsters into a so-called “shared universe” to mimic the design of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a bold and tremendously exciting concept, and the monsters represent unique properties ripe for modern adaptation. Those monsters, or at least the headlining ones, appear to be Dracula, Frakenstein’s monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and Van Helsing’s numerous fiendish opponents. There will reportedly be franchises based on all of these characters, with 2017’s The Mummy remake leading things off (though there’s some debate over whether or not Dracula Untold truly launched the shared monster universe). But this past spring, we got some very interesting casting news about that remake of The Mummy that could indicate the potential for spin-off franchises and a larger network of monsters: Russell Crowe will appear in the film as Dr. Henry Jekyll. This was rumored for a short time before Crowe himself took to Twitter to confirm it. It’s a surprising role that strays from previous versions of The Mummy and injects some exciting new potential into the coming series. But let’s look a little bit deeper into what we ought to make of this role. For one thing, the early indication is that this role might be exclusively Jekyll, with no Hyde. For those unfamiliar with the specifics of Robert Louis Stevenson’s original character, he’s...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Exotica

A few years prior to Atom Egoyan’s arguably best known film The Sweet Hereafter, he found great box office success with Exotica. The film follows a number of characters who all wind up being connected through a strip club called Exotica. Marketed as an erotic thriller, the film performed so strongly in its limited release, that it was quickly given a wide release, managing to play in Toronto for 25 weeks. Not only a financial success, Exotica gathered high praise from critics across North America. Considered by some to be Egoyan’s box office breakthrough, the film may not be the first title that comes to mind when his name is mentioned. Taking a closer look at the film, Toronto Film Scene writers Andrew Parker and Aren Bergstrom discussed the finer details of the film’s occasionally thick plot, the use of nudity, and the lasting impact of the movie to decide if it is indeed Essential Canadian Cinema. Andrew: For a film set in a strip club, Atom Egoyan’s 1994 drama Exotica doesn’t have nearly as much nudity as viewers would probably suspect. Despite the film’s somewhat salacious reputation, roughly only half the film takes place in the remarkably lavish titular gentleman’s club. The majority of Exotica surrounds the patrons and staff of the club instead of the inner workings of the place, which is a welcome change of pace from the usual backstage drama such a setting usually invites. There’s...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Prom Night

It’s not easy to find a film for Essential Canadian Cinema that fits into the category of guilty pleasure. There tends to be a more serious attitude when it comes to Canadian film and most of them are quite good. A guilty pleasure film needs to be a little bit bad at least, but there’s one genre of film that has almost always had a hushed appreciation, and that’s horror. In the ’80s, if you said you loved horror films, people probably assumed you also had a Satanic altar in your basement, and it wasn’t something you generally shouted to the world. While that has faded a lot from conversations about film, horror is still one genre where you can get some strange looks when you profess your love. Canada has always made some fantastic horror films, but the ’80s was a time when slasher films ruled the scene. Plot and character development were out the window in favour of attractive teens getting sliced and diced by some typically masked lunatic. The more blood, the better. That’s why Prom Night (1980) manages to stand out. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, just a few years out of her role in Halloween, as Kim Hammond. When she was little, Kim’s sister was accidentally killed by a group of kids who swore secrecy about the death. Years later, Kim and her brother...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: When Jews Were Funny

Well known Canadian director Alan Zweig turns his attention to the world of comedy, but not just any kind of funny. He’s interested in Jewish comedy and comedians. That’s not what he wants people to know about his film, When Jews Were Funny. Zweig wanted to look at the history of Jewish people, which would explore their sense of humour. The film is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming, and Toronto Film Scene wanted to see how well it would or wouldn’t fit into the category of Essential Canadian Cinema. Writers Aren Bergstrom and Katie O’Connor discussed the film and whether it’s as important as it is funny for this month’s Essential Canadian Cinema. Aren: I applaud Alan Zweig’s When Jews Were Funny for its obsessively narrow focus. The entire film is Zweig sitting down with Jewish comedians and asking them how Judaism defined their comedy, and whether that humour is still present in the Jewish community today now that Jews are not restricted to a social ghetto. It’s all talking heads interviews, with a few clips of Rodney Dangerfield and Alan King thrown in because Dangerfield and King are dead and unavailable for interview. It’s a funny film, especially when Zweig gets these comedians to discuss their favourite aspects of Jewish humour; I can’t get enough of the joke, referenced by two comedians, about the old man on the train loudly crying...

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