I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…
Honor. Integrity. Principles. Everything is negotiable.
Based on a true story, a hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.
'Casino Jack' bored me to death, which is unfortunate since usually I adore these type of political backroom-exploring stories. This one, on the other hand, lost my attention about 10 minutes after it had started. Kevin Spacey looked like he had some moments of brilliance, but, overall, an easily forgettable experience.
Maybe I'm being mean because for the past two weeks I've been busy with watching and re-watching 'House of Cards' - it's much nastier, sharper and infinitely more enjoyable. And Spacey seems to be having so much more fun there as Frank Underwood.
A bit messy, but there is some well written dialogue here, great acting and a kick in the nuts for people who think american politics are "not all that bad".
It was weird seeing this after a week of binge-watching House of Cards. Every time Spacey had a close up, I expected his eyes to find the camera and go into one of his asides with that southern accent.
Anyway, Casino Jack! It's the story of super lobbyist Jack Abramoff's rise and fall starring Spacey, Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz (where has he been?). Basically, it's just alright. The film's peppy and humorous but quite shallow in its covering of Abramoff's story. Spacey's got a couple of fun moments, Pepper is more energized than I've ever seen him before and there's a nice montage here and there but the film as a whole is kind of forgettable and bland without…
It's not a documentary, nor is it a 'ripped from the headlines' fictional tale with phony names, but a reasonably accurate portrayal of lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the financial scandal surrounding him. Overall, it works pretty well... a bit episodic, and in some spots it's downright boring, but I guess that's the nature of the beast ... real life rarely has the pacing of a well-written screenplay. Spacey plays his part with adequate measures of charisma and slime, which pretty much allows us to see in a fairly convincing way how the real-life Abramoff pulled off all the crap he did and how it all came falling down around him. A nice but not exceptional last film from the prematurely departed George Hickenlooper, who is probably best known for his documentaries (most notably, Hearts of Darkness, about the making of Apocalypse Now).
This movie wasn't necessarily terrible. Just boring.
When you try to think of someone who got what was coming to him Jack Abramoff is usually one that tops the list for the last decade. The film opens with Abramoff giving himself a pep talk and then shortly after we see where he is arrested. Rewind two years to the middle of President Bush's second term and we see that Abramoff is a Washington D.C. lobbyist for several Republican representatives and senators. As Abramoff has done lobbying for many years he has slowly became more and more greedy until finally he becomes obsessed with a few key deals that will make him, his friends, and fellow politicians a lot of money. One involves extorting millions of dollars from…
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Based on a real life scandal this film stars Kevin Spacey and is directed by George Hickenlooper. The ego and greed of a lobbyist get the better of him and he ends up involved in various scams and crimes.
I suspect this film does not necessarily stick amazingly close to the facts as it runs under the “inspired by real events” tag but it seems that the more unbelievable elements of the story are the ones with the basis in real events. Given the serious nature of the content it is a bit of a shame that the film is more satirical than a serious look at corruption in politics but the film is still very watchable.
Casino Jack is the story of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff who conned millions of dollars out of an Indian tribe. Now I'm really familiar with Abramoff's story, and I haven't heard anything about the scandal til I saw this film. The film is labelled as a dark comedy, well I'll tell you right now that it's misleading. There are a few comic parts in the film, but it's more of a drama than anything else. Casino Jack is a well made film that has a really good cast, but after the credits role, you have a feeling that somethings missing. Jon Lovitz is one of the most "comedic" actors in this film. Casino Jack is an interesting film about the…
- Stranger Things
- The Battery
- Berberian Sound Studio
- Breakup at a Wedding
- The Usual Suspects
- The Negotiator
- A Time to Kill
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn't exist. (My “Kevin Spacey” Rankings)
Listed below are my rankings for the great Kevin Spacey ... The films below, I have viewed, some many times…
- Last Action Hero
- Princess Mononoke
- Across the Universe
- North to Alaska
#1 Being my current Top Favorite.
Does not include Documentaries, otherwise I'd have a lot of documentaries in here.. and…