Tuesday, 15 February 2011

A-Z #36: Casino

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and understanding why I own the films ... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#36 - Casino 

Why did I buy it?

As a huge fan of Goodfellas, this is apparently an unofficial sequel to it - starring Goodfellas actors Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and host of others. The length of the film put me off for a long time - and I was never sure if it would be as Goodfellas - but I had to give it a try...

Why do I still own it?
I am keen to understand it better on multiple viewings. I have watched it once so far since I bought it, and I wasn't bowled over. I mean, I loved De Niro and Pesci. Sharon Stone was great, but it just seemed to drag on a little. Many friends love this film and, more importantly, the odd few rate it higher than Goodfellas, claiming it is underrated. So, with that in my mind, I have every intention to reanalyse the film. I do believe that Scorsese films generally get better on multiple viewings so I shall simply watch it again and I am hoping I will appreciate it more... but when will I watch it again... ?

Maybe thats not enough - maybe, once watched, I should trust my instinct and sell it on... what do you think?

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  1. Great film with some of the best directing from Scorsese, even though it may be somewhat like Goodfellas. Good stuff!

  2. But its so-o-o-o-o long!

  3. Come off it, Simon - you've seen plenty of longer films, and you love Scorcese. I am one of those that dig this more than GoodFellas, something I feel has more to do with which I saw first more than anything else, but it remains.

    And yes, this, like The Departed, gets better and better with every viewing. Watch it now!

  4. Yeah, well I saw GOODFELLAS before I saw CASINO so, you may be right on that. I will watch it again, hence I own a copy, but I have to do so. All in due course ...


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