Jonny Priano (paj85)

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Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians PG
I'm really not sure how I feel about "Holy Rollers." Christianity and gambling don't really mesh and that's why people will actually watch this. Whether it is curiosity, a love for controversial topics, or a desire to judge these guys, it's hard not to be interested in this concept. "Holy Rollers" chronicles a group of pastors and church members who count cards at Blackjack to support themselves as they dedicate the rest of their time to the church. While this group treats gambling as a business, so of the drama that they face seems un-Christian and that's where I get a bit upset with this film. Still, it is really fun to watch these guys camble thousands of dollars as if it was Monopoly money. This movie has a lot of appeal because of its "WHAT?!?!? factor," but realize that these men are portrayed very honestly and you might not always like what you see as their story progresses.
Easy Rider Easy Rider R
Most film critics adore "Easy Rider" but I think that I have a difficult time appreciating it because I did not grow up in the 60's. I think that it does an amazing job of capturing the 60's culture and values (as far as I know), even though there was a dozen too many motorcycle montages for me. This societal piece touches on the hippie movement and society's perception of them, drug usage, and free love. The film definitely aims for realism, using real drugs on-screen, relying on improvisation through its very limited screen play, and using native "hillbillies" on location. Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda offer good performances, but the film did not interest me very much. It is worth watching for Jack Nicholson's Oscar-nominated performance, but I would recommend then skipping the disturbing LSD sequence and fastforwarding to the last 5 minutes. "Easy Rider" captures the counterculture of the 1960's, but will probably only appeal to you if you experienced it.

Jonny's Favorite Movies

Billy Madison Billy Madison PG-13
This is one of the greatest Adam Sandler movies of all time. Is it entirely moronic? YES! Is that was makes is so great? YES! See if if you haven't - you don't know what you're missing.
Serendipity Serendipity PG-13
My number 1 favorite chick flick of all time. Although it drove my girlfriend crazy when they kept missing each other, it just gives so much satisfaction at the end. Plus John Cusack is great.

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