Luck Recap: Aces Wild

"For guys like me, Las Vegas washes away your sins," says Robert DeNiro's character in Casino. "It's a morality car wash. It does for us what Lourdes does for humpbacks and cripples. And, along with making us legit comes cash. Tons of it." I think about Casino often while watching Luck, and not just because their main characters share a nickname, Ace.  From Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue through Deadwood and John from Cincinnati, Luck creator David Milch’s scripts have been preoccupied with damaged or disgraced people seeking to redeem or reinvent themselves. Luck feels like his most personal take on this story, partly because of Milch’s own backstory (he was once a drug addict, and still loves to gamble), but also because it’s set at a racetrack, a place that externalizes the notion that luck, like life itself, is cyclical. The shots of horses running around and around that track are a documentary record of an athletic contest, but they have a metaphoric dimension, too.  Read More...


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