Las Vegas Movie Marathon.

Planning your first trip to Vegas?  Get your psyche ready beforehand with a sin city movie night. With its rich history, glamour, and mystique, Las Vegas has been the backdrop for dozen of Hollywood blockbusters.  Grab some popcorn, dim the lights and get ready to be Vegatized with these 4 must see hits.       

Bugsy:  To get an idea of the how and why the worlds biggest playground ended up in the middle of a desert start with this 2 and ½ hour long bio-pic. This 1991 film starring real life couple Warren Beatty and Annette Benning as real life couple Bugsy Siegel and Virginia Hill is the true tale of how a Jewish mobster from New York looked at a pile of sand and saw dollars signs.  It received several nominations at the Oscars that year and walked away with a Golden Globe for best film.

Warren and Annette in Bugsy.

Warren and Annette in Bugsy.

Casino:  Now that you know how it all began, Casino gives you an idea of how the mob still had its hand in Vegas during the opulent ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Bobby DeNiro plays casino operator Ace Rothstein, but it is Joe Pesci’s portrayal of hitman Nicky Santoro that steals the movie. Sharon Stone won a Golden Globe for her delve into the dark side as drug addicted hustler Ginger. Who steals the heart, and a lot of the money, of Ace.  Everything is over-the-top in this movie, the sets, the costumes, even the soundtrack, giving you a great sense of the real feel of Vegas at that time.

Classic Las Vegas.

Classic Las Vegas.

Honeymoon In Vegas:  After watching the bodies pile up it might be a good time to take it down a notch and have some fun.  The plotline for Honeymoon in Vegas is your comedy classic “boy loses girl and has to act ridiculous to get her back” idea.  Yet Nicolas Cage as Jack Singer, the dummy who loses Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Betsy, makes it seem fresh.  His antics take him around Vegas and culminate with him skydiving alongside a group of flying Elvises to steal back the love of his life from Tommy, played by James Caan. 

I do. Do you?

I do. Do you?

Oceans Eleven:  The perfect way to finish off this quartet.  This star studded movie is a remake of a 1960’s ratpack film and one of the few remakes in history that is actually better than the original.  The premise is the ultimate casino heist pulled off by a group of 11 con-artists whose every move is a carefully calculated one.  With a cast this large it is hard to get invested in each character and yet with these guys, and gal, you do.  This is one of those of those films where the one-liners are the scene stealers and by the time you get to the end you are scratching your head wondering how they did that.

Clooney, Pitt, Damon, Garcia, Roberts, Affleck, Mac, heck, even Wayne Newton and Lenox Lewis! 

Clooney, Pitt, Damon, Garcia, Roberts, Affleck, Mac, heck, even Wayne Newton and Lenox Lewis! 

Don't forget instant classics like The Hangover, Viva Las Vegas, Rain Man, Swingers, Con Air, Fear and Loathing, even blockbusters like Godzilla and 2012. Vegas is the backdrop for all things amazing!

If you really want a feel of what Vegas is all about, the only real way is to experience it for yourself.  Sure, Hollywood gets it right some of the time, but there is always so much more than what they are able to capture on the screen.

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