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Release Date: May 24, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Justin Bartha.
Plot: The Hangover Part III is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

Thoughts: I don’t think anyone saw the trailer for the first Hangover and thought to themselves “I see this becoming one of the funniest and most successful comedy trilogies of all time.” But here we are, four years after the first movie with two sequels and countless box office dollars later.

Now, the second movie in the series was a huge let down creatively. Story-wise it was identical to the original (save for a new setting), and all of the jokes felt tired and used. The trailer for Part III gives me a lot of hope that they recognized the mistakes of the second one and improved on them. Right from the description, “..no wedding. No bachelor party,”

Yeah, I’ll be there.

Today’s guest post comes from reader Tracy. Check it out…

When the silver screen was introduced a century ago in Germany and other parts of the world, it has become a revolution that enabled people to express themselves in moving pictures. Similar to books and music, German films as well as international ones feature stories or themes based on a person’s life, frustrations, and dreams, among many others. One of most common themes used in movies is gambling.

As playing casino games is one of the favorite activities of mankind, it wasn’t long before when people incorporated this with motion picture. From 1960 to the present, people have produced a number of titles that illustrate gambling, whether it is live or online at sites like de.partypoker.com, as part of their subject’s lives. One example is The Gambler, a 2007 film of German director Sebastian Bieniek.

Apart from using real casinos and online sites such as Party Poker heavily in a film, there are also instances wherein filmmakers used gambling as an “under theme” in some of the scenes in their work. That being said, here is a personal list of the most memorable scenes with gambling references on non-gambling movies.

The roulette scene in Toy Story 3
When I saw Toy Story 3 on the silver screen for the first time, I didn’t expect to see a gambling scene. But I commend Pixar for treating a mature topic in such a way that the audience, especially the younger sector, would still enjoy it. The scene that I am talking about involves some of the founding toys at the preschool, including Ken. They are gathered together around a See ‘n Say, betting on where the spinner will stop. The tip of the arrow lands on the duck, making the octopus the winner.

The blackjack scene in The Hangover
Almost all of the scenes in The Hangover are in Las Vegas, so it is implausible not to see any gambling activity in the film. I included The Hangover’s blackjack scene in this short list as it is a pure homage to the Rain Man, especially when Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) descended on the escalator wearing a gray suit.

The roulette scene in Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
Directed by Tom Tykwer, this German film tells the story of Lola (Franka Potente) as she tries to look for money to use as substitute to the money that was lost by her boyfriend Manni. After failing in her first two attempts, Lola sees a casino and decides to put everything she’s got on the roulette table. She wins two bets with “20 black”, which gives her more than enough money to help Manni. What I love most about this scene is the reaction of the classy people when Lola entered the casino all sweaty and under-dressed.

 85th Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Les Misérables
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

  • Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress

  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Director

  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Original Screenplay

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Flight

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Paranorman

Best Documentary Feature

  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Gatekeepers
  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Invisible War

Best Foreign Feature

  • Amour
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No
  • A Royal Affair
  • War Witch

Best Visual Effects

  • The Avengers
  • Life of Pi
  • Prometheus
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Cinematography

  • Anna Karenina
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Django Unchained
  • Lincoln

Best Film Editing

  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Makeup/Hairstyling

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Hitchcock
  • Les Miserables

Best Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln

Best Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Original Score

  • Anna Karenina
  • Life of Pi
  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Original Song

  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted
  • “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall
  • “Suddenly” from Les Misérables

Best Short Animated Film

  • Adam and Dog
  • Head over Heels
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
  • Paperman

Best Short Live Action Film

  • Asad
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Henry

Best Documentary Short

  • Open Heart
  • Redemption
  • Inocente
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Kings Point
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Sound Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing

  • Argo
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln