Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
Life's a Gamble
Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who to make ends meet, takes a job as a croupier. Jack remains an observer, knowing that everything in life is a gamble and that gamblers are born to lose. Inevitably, he gets sucked into the world of the casino which takes its toll on his relationships and the novel he is writing.
Known for the Michael Caine led crime classic Get Carter (which I haven’t seen yet), Mike Hodges’ nineties Croupier is as lustrous as movies come. Starring Clive Owen as our titular croupier (a casino dealer to the less intellectual of us) otherwise named Jack Manfred, Croupier details the life and soul of a character tormented and disinterested by all that come across him. Jack wants to finish his novel and through some riveting narration by the man himself, it becomes apparent (or seems to be) that the story we are watching is the very same story Jack, or Jake as the protagonist in his novel is named, is writing. Croupier is a devilish film. It analyses a character whose motivation…
Clive Owen was touted a couple of years ago as a possible 007. Here we get to see plenty of him in a tuxedo as a talented croupier in a London casino, but as James Bond? I think not. This isn't however a film where Owen plays the action hero as this is more an insight into the nocturnal nightlife of the gambler and the addictive nature of games of chance.
Mike Hodges of Get Carter fame directed this one. Full of interior monologues from protagonist Jack (Owen) who plays a writer moonlighting as a croupier, this is a neo-noir that does have a quality script that draws you in. Owen is detached but strangely compelling as the casino employee…
Welcome back Jack, to the house of addiction.
It's easy to see why Clive Owen was once rumored to be the next James Bond. Here he plays Jack, a struggling writer who's working as a croupier at a casino, the farthest thing from being a spy and yet he still displays the characteristics we'd associate with 007. It also feels like a warm up for Sin City, as this neo-noir has a running voice over from Owen from beginning to end. This one is in third person however as we're inside his head as he's writing a book about his experiences.
This movie is an abomination.
I really don't have much of anything positive to say about it, but I hope I explain why.
Let me get a few of the sillier complaints (and snark) out of the way. Clive Owen has blonde hair for a while in this film. It looks disgusting. Not disgusting in a retroactive way, it is gross now, and it would have been gross in 1998 when the movie came out. In the film Owen wears suspenders, a trenchcoat, and a hat that looks like something a Hasidic Jew might wear. He dresses like Boy George, if he was a member of Dixie Midnight Runners, 15 years after they were popular.
Ok, I'm glad to have…
It's so good that I just jizzed thinking about it.
I have been watching some real crap recently so this was a classy change of pace. Clive Owen plays an aspiring writer who takes a job at a casino which serves as a source of inspiration. Much to the frustration of his live in girlfriend his obsession over the job leads him into romantic encounters with other women and later getting caught up in a plan to rob the place. Its a slow film and one could even say that not much of note happens in it but superior writing and atmosphere made this rather great. I love the attention given to the techniques and procedures of casino, reminiscent of the underseen Dinner Rush a film in which the going ons and character of the restaurant are given as much emphasis as the people inside it.
In full on youtube.
Croupier is a very interesting and complex film. Clive Owen plays a struggle writer who works as a croupier at a London casino in order to make ends meet. Along the way, he provides insight into the world of casinos from the standpoint of both the house and the customers. Without divulging any details of the plot, I think this movie is meant to be an allegory for the whole concept of casinos. I definitely recommend checking it out if you're into gambling or just want an engaging movie to watch.
The Croupier. A lot is cool about this movie's plot and protagonist. Too cool maybe? And who zoomed who at the end? I didn't quite follow.
I suspect that all degenerate gamblers like myself would like this. It's tense and engaging and clever. I watched this in 2015, so I had to let myself get into the music and cinematography. For a movie released in 2000, it almost looked like it was from the late 70's/early 80's. Owen's confident brooding was perfect for the character.
I was sick of my little project and decided to finally watch this hidden gem.
Everyone has the most terrible hair. Late 90s at their truest.
Croupier is an easy-going neo-noir directed by Mike Hodges, that relies heavily on voiceover. The voiceover is well-crafted and adds a good deal to the film. Clive Owen gives one of his best performances as the croupier, the film utilising his natural acting style of intensely bland. Owen rarely has to show any emotion, which only helps. The film has a unusually televisual feel, with the women cast against Owen deglammed. Even Alex Kingston in the alluring role is hardly Hollywood glamour, while Kate Hardie and Gina McKee are deliberately used for their wholly normal look. The film, like casinos, is middle-class seedy, and never matches a real noir for intensity. It is more Blackpool than Vegas, but it does…
Dull and drab, and Owen seems sleepy throughout the entire picture.
Worth a shot.
An screenplay which resonates better in a book, didn't capture the essence for a great film, but it had potential.
Every Film Receiving Votes in Sight & Sound's 2012 Critic and Director Polls for the Greatest Films of All Time
Every ten years, Sight & Sound conducts a poll for the greatest films of all time. For the 2012 edition, 846…