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MOLLY’S GAME (2017) – My rating: 8.5/10

Molly’s Game is a crime drama written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (in his directorial debut), based on the memoir, Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom.  This film is based on a true story and is truly captivating.

Her first accident didn’t stop her but after her Olympic dreams are shattered by a second accident during a qualifying run, world-class skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) has to rethink her future and skiing isn’t in it. Not feeling like she wants to go straight into law school as originally planned, she instead heads to Las Vegas and finds herself assisting in the production of a high-end underground poker game. Discovering she’s got a knack for this sort of operation, she moves the action to New York and goes into business for herself.  Eventually, a young Molly Bloom ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game in Los Angeles and New York City, for nearly a decade, before being arrested by the FBI. Her players included Hollywood celebrities, athletes, business titans and the Russian mob. With the help of her straight-laced defense attorney, Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) Molly faced stiff federal charges all while keeping the integrity her clients.

After Molly’s skiing career ended, her father Larry Bloom (Kevin Costner) maintained a distance from his daughter allowing her to find her own way.

I thoroughly enjoyed Molly’s Game.  The acting was brilliant and I found the movie entertaining, charming and enjoyable.  At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Molley’s Game received two nominations, Best Screenplay and Best Actress – Drama for Chastain. Sorkin also earned nominations for his script at the Writers Guild of America and BAFTA Awards.  Check it out — I think you’ll enjoy it!

[Molly’s Game received an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay]


ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK – My rating: 8/10

OrangeIsTheNewBlackOut of curiosity I started watching Orange is the New Black.  I was never quite sure why the star, Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) landed in jail in the first place but I forged on.  What I got from it all is a college grad, Piper, who is engaged to a great guy, (Larry Bloom played by Jason Biggs) who is also a college grad landed in jail over the transport of money made from selling weed.  It’s still fuzzy but I think her girlfriend was selling the weed and got caught and named Piper as an accomplice.  This may not be exactly how it went down but it’s close.  The two women were actually lovers before Piper found she preferred men.  The two of them ended up in the same institution but not as friends.  The goings on in a jail of all women with male officers reigning over them is quite interesting.  I’m not sure this is realistic but it looks right.  I just have a problem with how Piper ended up in this situation.  BTW: Her fiance (who’s father is the judge who presided over Piper’s trial) sticks by her 100% and awaits her sentence of 15 months to be over so they can start their new live together.  If you are entertained by harsh language, highly personal situations, sex and some mean spirited folks, you are a candidate for this series.  It’s not the best jail series I’ve ever seen but it does hold your interest and is, at best, entertaining.  You can only see this on Netflix.