I grew up obsessed with gangster motion pictures; I lived in the suburbs, and had zero exposure to real-life crime, so I thought movie mobsters were the coolest.
- I especially loved gangster motion pictures about Las Vegas.
My two favorite motion pictures of all time are Casino and Bugsy, which are both centered on Las Vegas in bizarre stages of development! Because of these movies, our mental image of Sin City is washed out, glamorized, and from a bygone era, then don’t get me wrong, I love going to Las Vegas from time to time, I just wish I could have gone there 20 or 30 years ago when it was absolutely wild. The Las Vegas of this week is family friendly, without all the sharp edges of the old mornings. There are no gangsters here, only major corporations who own the biggest Las Vegas casinos and sites. The cannabis here is pretty stellar, however even that is no longer a criminal enterprise, it is also owned by major corporations. The last time I went to Las Vegas I avoided the strip altogether, and stayed on the outskirts of town where it’s all locals. I shopped at a locally-owned cannabis dispensary and then had a few drinks at a bar that claimed to be the oldest locally-run bar in Las Vegasâ€¦ What I l gained is that beyond the glitz and glitter of the cinematic Las Vegas, the real town is entirely down-to-earth. There is a lot more to Las Vegas than gambling and cannabis, there are amazing people with a deep and rich local history. .