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An outstanding piece of Southern pulp fiction. An independent B-Western revenge flick unlike any other in the genre. A tale of home-invasion, exploitation, and the Dixie Mafia make for the most unpredictable mystery.
A dream film for conspiracy-history advocates, we are told the story of drug lords Oscar Danilo Blandón and Norwin Meneses Cantarer and how they setup Freeway Rick Ross while on the CIA payroll. Or in other words: how the crack epidemic began in Los Angeles. Based on the book, this film tries to relay the facts in a timely manner, however most of these films are better off as documentaries. We all know the story. This is its fictional account.
Despite negative reviews, I found The Gambler to be a phenomenal modern take on Dostoyevsky's novel. I just think that most people don't understand where the protagonist comes from, hence the negative reviews. The gambler receives a sense of escape, a sense of exaltation from being both less than and greater than the ordinary man. At the same time, he is both scum and he's a genius. And it's not so much that he wants to lose and place himself in greater danger, but he wants to place himself in a state beyond his own control. In the hands of the universe. I find myself doing this all of the time, so I really related to Mark Wahlberg's character in this film. I'm not a Wahlberg fan, but this was the best film I've seen him in by far. Fantastic stuff.
Watching this on psilocybin mushrooms proved enriching. The imaginative weaving of the various Faustus legends (as told by Goethe and Marlowe) speaks volumes about Svankmajer's original retellings. By combining his incredible stop-motion animation genius with old-school Czech puppetry, Faust becomes a rabbit hole of unseen worlds, as Svankmajer films are an experience in itself. Blending the occult, Prague and devil puppets, this is easily one of Svankmajer's greatest masterpieces.