Month: August 2017

Look at the classics: top 7 movies of the 70-90s

How to catch up on the classical cinema of the 70-90s?

Everyone knows it but for some reason everyone still finds it very difficult to follow. What do we mean? We mean the classics! All the classical books and movies! There are so so many yet with so little time it is almost impossible to catch up. Especially because there are new, great movies and books being released every single day. So, what can one do to improve the situation? Well, one can follow our advice and watch out top 7 movies of the 70-90s!

Chinatown 1974

A must-see movie and definitely one of the best movies released in the 70s is Chinatown. It is one of the movies where a leading man struggles with moral ambiguity, a first movie to present crime in such a complex story and a movie that made Jack Nicholson a star that he is today. It is also one of the few movies that has 100% rate on rotten tomatoes!

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest 1975

Another Jack Nicholson movie, but it is such a good drama that we simply could not omiss from putting it on our list. It is often thought that this is Jack Nicholson’s best film role ever yet. It is a beautiful movie that portrays the mental health struggles and humanity of the people living in the mental institution.

Blade Runner 1982

Blade Runner is a cinema and science fiction master piece that unfortunately did not receive the fame it deserves when it was first released. However, over the time the movie did gain its cult status. Blade Runner is directed by Ridley Scott and it is considered one of his darkest science fiction movies ever.

The Thing 1982

1982 was a good year for cinema because not only Blade Runner came out, but also The Thing by John Carpenter. It is a classical horror/survival tale but we have not stumbled upon a different movie from this genre that is just as exciting to watch. Fun fact! The Thing from the 80s was actually a remake of 1950s sci-fi movie under the same name.

Reservoir Dogs 1992

90s id the decade when Quentin Tarantino became world-famous. What helped him achieve that? His movie Reservoir Dogs with a stellar cast, script and directing. The movie stood out in that time for its depiction of violence and a lot of swearing, yet nonetheless it became a cinema classic.

Groundhog Day 1993

It would not be a good movie suggestion list if we did not include a little comedy and romance. But is there a more fun and real romantic comedy than The Groundhog Day? The movie became so famous in its own right, that now it’s title is being used to describe repetitive situations!

Shawshank Redemption 1994

Last but not least, a real 90s classic both in the book and movie form – The Shawshank Redemption. It is one of the best adaptations of the Stephen King’s books about the great friendship of two prisoners and the effect that prison has on their life.

Will Fidget Spinners Make their Movie Debut

As someone who was born 30 years ago, I’ve already lived through my share of teen trends that came and went away. I remember yo-yos, Tamagotchis, Pogs. Man, those were fun days. But the reason I was sceptic when my nephew asked me to buy him three fidget spinner is because I knew how temporary are those crazes. So, you buy yourself a drawer-full of yo-yos, fidget spinners, whatever the craze is that day and within a month the craze has passed. Or rather, a new one has started, so instead of playing with your mountain of fidget spinners, you are looking to buy whatever has come next.


Fidget Spinners – waste of money?


I’m not against having fun. But spending money on something that you won’t even look at after a month does seem like a huge waste for me. And to prove that, I actually set out to do some research. I wanted to see how many of these crazes have reached Hollywood.

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I did not make a distinction between a movie that was make at the time or a contemporary movie depicting 80s or 90s. Obviously, this is not going to be an extensive research. At this point I can only test what I myself have seen as a craze.


In my opinion, the fact that pretty much only yo-yos have spread speak volumes. You can now see yo-yos in different ads, movies made both 20 years ago as well as today and television series like the Medium, the Simpsons and a couple dozen of others.


But besides the yo-yos, there is not much that has taken off in popularity after the first wave with maybe an exception of card-based games which had a tremendous advantage. Instead of being solo games, they have actually built communities around. So, whether it is Yu-Gi-Oh or Hearthstone, they all have stayed because of the people that were involved.


Did Pokemeon Go blowup 


Adult Pikachu mascot Pokemon GoYou may be thinking, then how come didn’t Pokemon Go craze stay longer? I think, the lack of nostalgia is the answer here. In essence, Pokemon Go blew up because so many people wanted to try enhanced reality for the first time, not because they missed watching and/or playing Pokemon. So, despite having a community, Pokemon lasted only a month. Of course, there are always true fans that still play but that still proves my point. Crazes come and go, and only if you discovered a new skill in you or found a new group of friends due to the new gadget, you are likely to see the craze leave as fast as it came.


All in all, that’s why I don’t think fidget spinners is a trend that is here to stay for long. This is a solo activity that, to be honest, gets boring pretty fast. Not to say there is no potential for skill-based fidget spinner competitions. Time will tell. However, my prediction is that the craze will die out before the end of summer unless kids in schools will keep it alive until Halloween.

Best Casino Movies Ever

Cinema has always suffered the charm of gambling. The combination of money has in fact had a long time in films. We propose you the list of the best movies on the international cinemas casino.

La Stangata (“The Sting”, 1973)

Stangata is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful film betting movies in movie history. Paul Newman and Robert Redford dress Henry Gondroff and Johnny Hooker. The two meet and go to society to cheat Doyle Lonnegan guilty of Luther’s betrayal, betrayal and murder, Hooker’s betting partner. In 1973 Stangata won the Oscar for best photography.

California Poker (“California Split”, 1974)

In this movie about Robert Altman’s casino, we see debilitated players Charlie Waters (Elliott Gould) and Bill Denny (George Segal) who find themselves casually in various casinos in California. The film is mainly played in casinos and gaming halls and among the actors includes former WSOP champion Amarillo ‘Slim’ Preston, who plays himself.

Casino (1995)

Casino boasts a stellar cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pisces, and Sharon Stone. The film talks about the affair of some gangsters in Las Vegas. A fascinating story directed by the great Martin Scorsese, which is based on events actually happening in casinos in the years when the underworld ran most Las Vegas casinos. The film exalts the luxury of casinos and the beautiful life tied to play and power.

Sydney (1996)

Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson are actors in the film debut of director Paul Thomas Anderson. An introspective director who focuses on characters and not stories: the title of the movie refers to the name of the protagonist and not the Australian city. A refined film though slow: a star-studded playhouse drags a young bitch to Las Vegas and teaches the tricks of the casino. The Player (“Rounders”, 1998) Rounders was the most beloved movie of Texas Hold’em enthusiasts in the late 1990s. Law student Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) loses $ 25,000 in what he would like to be the last poker hand of his life. Meanwhile, Worm (Edward Norton), Mike’s childhood friend, comes out of jail, together come up with a strategy to win the game and secure Mike’s debts.

Croupier (1998)

A movie that poses with a particular point of view on the casino world, and tells a story as a dealer. The feature of the film, which makes it different from all the movies on the casino, the location where the story is set: London and not Vegas. The world of gambling looks like cold and hard, and luxury (at “Casino” 1995) reserved for high rollers of casinos seems to be a distant chimera.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Eleven professional malvivers (played by a big Hollywood cast) are organizing a $ 150 million blow to the Las Vegas casinos: the Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. The casinos are owned by a single person, Terry Benedict, played by Andy Garcia, who is engaged to Julia Roberts, the ex-girlfriend of the eleven-mourners: Dan (George Clooney). Robbery thus becomes a matter not only economic but also of honor. Be sure this movie will show how to play video slots online and much more with real money.

The Cooler (2003)

Bernie (William Macy) is a “loser” professional, working for a casino manager (Alec Baldwin) who takes advantage of Bernie’s ability to turn the fortunes of casinos to his advantage. When Bernie stumbles in the beautiful Natalie (Maria Bello), waitress in the game house, her life will change. The casino manager is willing to do everything to not miss Bernie and her “talents”.

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale is one of the James Bond-007 saga films. The new 007 (Daniel Craig) seems much more focused on his mission (and poker) than on beautiful women. The film is full of action and scenes shot inside the casino where luck is not always on the part of Bond that will have to clash with his opponent at the poker table as well.

How do movies affect our behaviour?

When was the last time you watched a movie because you felt sad? Do you often catch yourself babbling that you are up for a comedy? No-brainer to see that movies can affect our mood and emotions. They can make you laugh out loud, probably did multiple times, didn’t they? And just the same they can make you cry like a baby. Notebook, anybody? But did you ever imagine how much they can affect our behaviour?

Making choices

Recently friend of mine bought a dress and told me she cannot wear it in public as it is too inappropriate. When I asked why she bought it then, she said, it looks like the dress the main character wore in Basic Instinct. You can laugh about it or not but movies do affect how we make some choices. It can be random and casual ones like shopping for clothes and it can be a lot more serious ones, such as changing jobs or moving to another country. Movies are one of the sources how we get information about the world we live in, so, naturally, they unconsciously give suggestions how to live in it or sometimes how to not. And since those are passive suggestions, up to you to make a choice and take them or not.

Copying the characters

One of the most debated topics about TV and movies is how they affect the children. No doubt, young kids have a habit of imitating what they see in everyday life and if it is some violent movies, you might be not knowingly raising a troublemaker. So better just stick with the cartoons or Dora’s adventures to make your kid an explorer.

But sometimes even us grown-ups want to feel like our cherished characters in the movies and we copy their behaviour. Don’t throw stones or anything, but I wanted to go to casino because of James Bond’s movies. Unfortunately, only casinos available for my blogger-on-a-budget-watching-too-many-movies lifestyle were online ones. Some online guides helped me to find out more about phone casinos, I tried poker for the very first time, so almost felt like in Casino Royale.

Approaching others

Finally, knowingly or not, what we watch affects our behaviour towards other people. We learn how to flirt, how to win arguments, how to lie, how to deal with friends going through a break-up, how to make a chit-chat at barber’s or bluff in poker – yep, that helped me a lot, BTW – all because we saw so many examples of the ways people conduct themselves in such settings in, yes, movies. Feel free to drop me a message ‘You were right, dude’ next time you catch yourself quoting High Fidelity to your heart-broken friend.

That’s it for my blabbering today. Don’t worry though. I’ll be back.