Mississippi Grind

Mississppi_Grind_PosterBuried deep within my psyche must lie a burning desire to enter a casino and go all in.

That could be a reason why I find myself so heavily invested in films like Mississippi Grind. Earlier this year I was equally transfixed by Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, another picture dealing with man’s inability of knowing when to fold.

Or perhaps that is what I like about these films. Of all the follies and vices of our kind, gambling is the easiest one to show on screen. After all, everybody understands that when a character has won money at a table, and needs said money to pay off debts before they come and break his legs, that character should quit. But then the character does not. It is infuriating in a way that say, a character refusing to quit drinking is not, because everything you need to know is right there on the surface.

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3 thoughts on “Mississippi Grind

  1. Enjoyed this post, I like the idea that gambling is the easiest to show. I guess maybe the other thing that it has that say alcohol or drugs maybe don’t, is the idea that you can chase victory with more of the same. I suppose the closest parallel is the image of the drug addict futilely trying to replicate their first high. You know that’s doomed too. But it’s not really the same.

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    1. The duality of you and I.
      It shows a character at its most stubborn and foolish, but it also shows them with an unquenchable hope, the belief that just this roll of the die, just this next card, and everything will be made alright. After the struggle, they will achieve victory.
      I think that’s what makes them so relatable to us.
      In a certain way, we’ve all sat at the table.

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