Title: Casino
Year: 1995
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese, based on Pileggi’s novel
Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci
Music: non-original music
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Actress (Stone); currently #198 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: epic story of the rise and fall of a gangster
How I saw it: on video, most recently September 2008 (rented from Netflix)
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent).
Objective Rating: 5/10 (gets points for characters, dialog, cinematography, acting and music) c. 2.6/4 (Good).

At first it seems like it might be a good movie. Then you realize that they’re not going anywhere with it. This basic story has been done a million times, several times by Scorsese. It’s a better movie than Goodfellas (which I don’t like), but without the iconic moments that movie has.


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