Category: Drama

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story is based on a true story and the life of Stuey Ungar, who entered and changed the casino world. Called the superstar of gambling, Suey took a liking into poker and other gambling at an early age. His obsessive gambling habits got him in trouble and also into massive debt with the mob.

Gambling Obsession

The film tells the tale of the man that is known as the most gifted card players ever; he was barely in his teens when he started playing cards. Stu Ungar’s father was a small-time bookmaker as well as a nightclub owner, and he was connected with the mob. He was highly impressed with the abilities of his son, although extremely worried about his reckless instincts when it came to gambling. His worries were with a reason as Stu Ungar lost all his bar mitzvah money in one afternoon at the racetrack. He was the most talented player when it came to cards, but in picking the right horse, less than average.

Stu Ungar In Deep Debt with the Mob by Age 20

Stu Ungar was already in massive debt with the mob by the time he turned 20, plus he owed lots to other loan sharks. He was offered a chance to settle his debts, should he agree to enter the gin rummy card tournament held in Las Vegas. This is where Stu Ungar wins big and at the same time discovers that the lifestyle Las Vegas offers, is what he likes most. In 1980 to 1981 he became a legend and won the World Series Poker Tournament. Stu still remembers his misfortune at the racetrack, and he almost got a new appetite for prostitutes, drugs, high roller betting and placing bets at the horseraces. Only when Stu hit rock bottom, he finally decides to return, basically from nowhere, yet he manages to win the World Series Poker Tournament for the third time. This 1996 victory celebration is short as he returns to his addiction, drugs and merely hectic lifestyle.

In 1982 Ungar Married Madeline Wheeler

Ungar married Madeline Wheeler in 1982, and she gave birth to Stefanie in the same year. Madeline also had a son, Richard, who Ungar adopted, in 1989 he committed suicide. Ungar had a reputation as both a brilliant poker player and a gin drinker. He merely destroyed all opponents and won most tournaments. Many casinos requested him to not play at their establishments as no one entered most competitions. The reason, the fear that the participants might run into the unbeatable Ungar. Most believe Ungar was born a talented poker player and if he could control his substance abuse and drink, he might have still been able to scare off players in the Las Vegas Casinos.

Upcoming Movies in 2019

This year there are a ton of films to watch and one of the most awaited films of the year is Teammate: My Live in Baseball. The film features the memoir of David Ross the retired Chicago Cubs catcher. It is Radar Pictures that acquired the rights to remake the memoirs of Ross into a movie in which he will recall all the most critical moments of his 15-year career. In his book the content centres around his final game and how he became the oldest to homer in a game. This helped the Cubs overtake the Cleveland Indians and winning their championship, which was the first since 1908.

Films Getting Reboots in 2019

Films Getting Reboots this year includes Major League starring Charlie Sheen in a comedy related to baseball, as well as Young Guns, Friday Night Lights and Ace Ventura.

Sports-Themed Films Released in 2019

Run The Race is a 94-minute drama that plays off in a high-school environment. The school’s track and the football field is where two brothers face escalating problems in the small Southern town. Both with different world views the film offers a view of the bonds of brotherhood ultimately strengthened via their love for sports.

Donnybrook

Already released on the 15th of February, Donnybrook is a drama. This 101-minute film allows players to view the preparations of two men, each eager to compete for the $100,000 prize offered to only one, the winner of the legendary bare-knuckle fight.

High Flying Bird

High Flying Bird is the perfect film for sports enthusiasts. The movie starts in the middle of a pro basketball lockout, Andre Holland plays agent Ray Burke who finds himself completely caught up in the face-off between the players and the league. With this his career is on the line, Ray remains someone playing for the higher stakes. The only solution is to pull off the most daring of plans, but he has only 72 hours to do so.

Burke outmanoeuvres all of the power-players and uncovers the one loophole that can change this game forever. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Award-Winning director of Traffic, the film offers exceptional entertainment. The outcome of watching this film raises questions regarding who owns the game as well as who ought to, it might be just the film for any sports or baseball fan.

Fighting with My Family

Starring Lena Headway, Dwayne Johnson and Florence Pugh, Fighting with My Family is a 108-minute film. Based on the biography of a former wrestler, his family that makes a living form his performances at small venues and how his kids dream of him joining the World Wrestling World of entertainment.

Top Film Releases in 2019

Stephen King fans have much to look forward to as his thrillers will once again prove that the big screen is perfect for the ghostly atmosphere in Pet Sematary. Based on the novel with the same title, it is the cat killed by a truck buried in the nearby that turns out to show just how much is wrong with the whole place.

Who will win best picture at the Oscars 2019

The lead up to the 2019 Oscars is in full swing with it expected to be a ferocious battle over who will win the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture. As expected, several front runners are generating buzz. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 347 films qualify to be nominated. However, only ten films will be nominated, and that is what makes it such an important part of the Oscars.

The 91st Oscars, the Oscar parties, the Red Carpet and awards ceremony will take place on the 24th of February. For movie buffs, it is the perfect time to tap into your knowledge of 2018’s best movies and which will get an Oscar nod as well as win the golden statue. The Oscars are one of the biggest events in the year for Oscar betting, and predictions on who will win and where best to place bets on the Oscars and this year’s nominees is a hotly contested subject 

While there are many top contenders for the Best Picture nomination, we look at the top four and what makes them worthy of the prestigious Best Picture award. Read on and discover what makes each a top contender.

A Star is Born

A Star is Born is one of the hot favorites at the 2019 Oscar to win Best Picture, and as the current front-runner, it does deserve all the attention it receives. The film offers everything a moviegoer wants including superb acting, and there is plenty more part of this film to make the audience go Gaga. It remains the film to beat at the box office as well as at the bookies, and I’m willing to predict that it is likely to take quite a few golden Oscar statues, which includes Bradley Cooper as Best Director and Lady Gaga for Best Actress odds. In addition to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliot has strong odds of winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Black Panther

The Black Panther is expected to get the second highest number of nominations including Best Picture. It is also anticipated to get Oscar nods for Best Song, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design. It follows closely behind “A Star is Born”, but whether it stands favourably with voters is anyone’s guess. In the past, movies that predominantly feature black actors, have seen a certain degree of bias. However, it is expected to see a nod for Best Picture, a feat that many other movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe failed to achieve.

Bohemian Rhapsody

When it comes to Oscar betting, the contenders for best picture is always particularly interesting, and Bohemian Rhapsody is bound to be another strong competitor at the bookies. Based on the legendary rock band Queen and directed by Bryan Singer, it focuses especially on the life of Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek could very possibly win Best Actor. Bohemian Rhapsody is also a safe bet when it comes to betting on it to win Best Picture with odds showing it a serious contender.  Rami Malek is also showing favourable odds for Best Actor.

Green Book

Green Brook, directed by directed by Peter Farrelly, is based around an African American pianist as he travels around the American south with his Italian American driver/bodyguard. Having already won an award at the Toronto Film Festival, it was though that its opportunity of being nominated for the Best Picture category at the Oscars was limited due to its accuracy and representation of racism and the use of the “N” word within the film. Despite this, the movie proves that films of this nature can be produced and received by audiences who respect its relevance in history.

There is little doubt that each of those mentioned above are worthy of winning the Best Picture at this year’s Award show, but as with all award shows, only one will win which is what drives prediction analysts setting odds based on its overall popularity, ticket sales, value as a film and the quality of directing and acting.

Maktub

Maktub

Ever wondered how you can change the world for the better? This movie will tell you just that. Based in Jerusalem, two mobsters, Steve and Chuma, survive a terrorist attack and decides to become guardian angels. The movie starts with the gangsters visiting restaurants to sample and critique dishes, and collecting money for their boss. During one of their meals, they retreated to the restroom to discuss a particular stain found on the shirt of Steve, arguing that it was either a blood stain or a stain from concentrated pomegranate sauce. While there, a bomb went off in the restaurant, killing their security personnel, Kadaev, who held a case filled with money from the collections of the day. Discovering that they could safely leave the restaurant, unnoticed by anyone, they took the case of money and left through the back door.

Outside, they contemplated how they need to visit the Wailing Wall to give thanks that they are still alive and didn’t go ‘kaput’ like everyone else. The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem is a place where people would write wishes and leave it in the cracks of the walls. At the Wall, Steve discovers that Chuma cannot hear him and he has blood oozing out his ear. He pulls out a paper from the Wall and writes a message to Chuma. Steve visits his boss and tells him he and Chuma wants out of the business and leads the boss to believe that Kadaev ran off with his money. Trusting Steve, the boss starts his investigation to find Kadaev while Steve goes back to Chuma’s place and convince him that they take the money as part of their retirement fund, go to New York in America, and open a Fish Kebab truck with their friend Zadok.

Steve uses the same paper her took from the Wall to transcribe his idea to Chuma, who still has hearing issues. Chuma turns over the paper only to discover it was a wish from the Wailing Wall. Understanding that they could help the person who wrote the wish, they analyze the situation and come up with a solution, then set out to achieve their goal. Being successful and feeling he could do more, Chuma tries to convince Steve that this was their purpose. The next day, Chuma dresses as a woman so that he can retrieve a wish from the female section, to even the gender gap.

The movie itself establishes the underlying importance that when you do good deeds, you should not expect anything in return or request payment for it. As with Karma, what goes around comes around so if you do good, expect good to follow. It is a dark comedy, ensued from a near-death experience resulting in a change of heart, which is what usually happens in present day reality. The movie, while well-timed, required a little patience to watch it to the end. The underlying sub-plot unfolded in the end, and can be emotionally moving if you allow yourself to sink deep within the scripted scenes.