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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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9/10: The Wolf of Wall Street
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

From Oscar and BAFTA nominated director Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, GoodFellas, The Departed), I saw the trailer for this film, although it looked interesting I wondered if I would really watch it, but of course I was going to when awards season came around, this got nominated a good number. Based on the autobiography of the real man, Jordan Belfort (Golden Globe winning, Oscar and BAFTA nominated Leonardo DiCaprio, also producing) started working on Wall Street as a stockbroker, he was barely into the job and the firm fails following Black Monday, but his boss Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey) advised him when he makes the money to take advantage of it, adopting a lifestyle full of casual sex, cocaine and other drugs when successful. The stockbrokers job market is in a poor state and Jordan is unemployed, so he takes a job in a Long Island boiler room dealing in penny stocks, encouraged by his wife Teresa Petrillo (Cristin Milioti...

9/10: The Wolf of Wall Street is Leonardo DiCaprio's Crowning Work
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Martin Scorsese has done it again. His newest and most refreshing effort he's contributed to the world of cinema in years, The Wolf of Wall Street is a roaring thrill ride that is both absolutely hilarious and meticulously constructed. It also presents Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in possibly his finest acting performance of his career. At one-minute shy of three hours, I was both engaged and hypnotized nearly the entire duration. A comedic epic that studies the behavior and cultures of a time in America, feels like the uncovering of a time capsule that was buried and dug up to give insight into our current financial crisis. Much more than just laughs, it turns on the dramatic elements early enough in the film to warrant considerable reactions about the choices of our key characters. Expertly paced with intelligent moral questions presented, The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the best films of the year.Telling the...

9/10: Money is the oxygen of capitalism and I wanna breathe more than any other human being alive
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

It's no surprise that Scorsese is associated with the gangster genre with films such as The Departed, Goodfellas and Casino, of which the last two are possibly the best pure examples of the genre. In Goodfellas the gangsters are dangerous but they operate on a more underground level, in Casino they practically run a major city and can do whatever they like. The gangsters were and will always be a part in America's system. Now, the gangsters are not just accepted by the system, but are considered to be an integral part of it. In the first two films, the gangster is threatening and dangerous, but avoidable. In The Wolf of Wall Street, he's calling to hustle you at home and you don't even know it. Some people view The Wolf of Wall Street as a glorification of Jordan Belfort's lifestyle and want to be like him, as Scorsese portrays this life by its nature...

7/10: Take Ludes Before Watching
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Margot Robbie plays the Brooklyn-bred wife of Wall Street scoundrel Leonard DeCaprio. Margot Robbie is also the picture of pulchritudinous perfection. Wow. How is it that Australia, a continent-sized desert island, keeps fielding these toothsome beauties? Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Diane Cilento, Toni Colette, Judy Davis, Isla Fisher, Nicole Kidman, Radha Mitchell, Olivia Newton-John, Greta Scacchi, Mia Wasikowska, Naomi Watts, Peta Wilson, and the ever-popular Mae Busch. What is it, something in the water? Something to do with dream time? There are some things man was never meant to know.As the real life bastard, Jordan Belfort, DeCaprio gives an exceptionally good performance. Belfort has one outstanding talent that, like musical genius, will never show up on a standard intelligence test. He's a charismatic salesman. He can sell you anything. He's smooth and energetic, and he does a lot of dope to keep him that way.His entire life is based on a single...

6/10: Not bad, but Leo and Marty did better already
Monday, September 15, 2014

The strongest reason why I would tell you to watch this movie is possibly that it is based on a true story, unless you really like DiCaprio as you will watch it anyway then. It's another Scorsese-DiCaprio biopic and in my opinion one of the weaker films from the two with "Shutter Island" still being my favorite. The writer here is Terence Winter. Winter and Scorsese already worked together on "Boardwalk Empire".All in all, it is a decent movie. Di Caprio lets it all out, McConaughey (as Belfort's mentor) shines early on as a businessman who obviously takes no prisoners to make the winnings he wants and we see why he is having a career year and Kyle Chandler does a fine job as a cop where it's really hard to say if he is likable or not. Jonah Hill got his second Oscar nomination for this, a bit of a surprise as he had...

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