Tuesday, April 28, 2020

"Win It All" on Netflix

As the 'gaming' world continues to evolve into the digital realm, we are still waiting to see movies about online casinos. Although someone looking down at their smart phone or iPad wouldn't make for a very exciting feature, we did find more 'gambling' films streaming on Netflix:

With the Netflix TV drama series "Narcos" now an online game, new online casino platforms continue to develop, offering access to state-of-the-art CG slots, with perks not available at land-based equivalents, including free spin rounds, skill-based mini-games and opportunities to win multiple progressive jackpots.

Gambling movies now streaming on Netflix include:

"Win It All"

The eccentric comedy "Win It All" (2017), written, directed by 'mumblecore' pioneer Joe Swanberg and released by Netflix, stars Jake Johnson as 'Eddie Garrett' who agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. 

When Garrett discovers cash in the bag, he is unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt. When the prison release is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time to win all the money back.


Revealing the true story of the notorious 'MIT Blackjack Team', "21" (2008) is based on the book "Bringing Down The House", by Ben Mezrich.

Starring Jim Sturgess as 'Ben' and Kate Bosworth as 'Jill', the film follows six 'MIT' students specifically trained to become experts in 'card counting', subsequently taking the Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

"Mississippi Grind"

In "Mississippi Grind" (2015) Ryan Reynolds ("Deadpool") co-stars as young gambler 'Curtis', who sets off with his pal 'Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) on a road trip through the US South, winning as much as they can before entering a legendary high stakes game in New Orleans. 

As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis work the bars, racetracks, casinos and pool halls, experiencing incredible highs and dispiriting lows, forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over. 


With news of "Rounders 2" in development, the original movie (1998) is worth another look, devoted to poker, with first-person narration from the film's central figure, law student 'Mike McDermott' (Matt Damon), who loses his entire savings to Russian club owner 'Teddy KGB' (John Malkovich). 

Mike then turns away from cards, devoting his attentions to live-in girlfriend 'Jo' (Gretchen Mol), until things take a fortunate turn when Mike's former gambling buddy 'Worm' (Edward Norton) is released from prison and the pair get back in the game...

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