The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Film Review

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Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) was a stock broker who, after the Black Monday crash in 1987, found himself out of a job. After finding a small company in the suburbs that traded in penny stocks (don’t ask me – its starts getting technical here), he discovered a way to make a lot of money in the stock market using dodgy, if not downright illegal, practices. Along the way he accumulates a lot of very loyal staff and friends, loses a wife, gains another, takes a lot of drugs and end up extremely rich. And the FBI notice.

It’s based on a true story, and it’s pretty interesting. It’s a fun film that I really enjoyed, but it didn’t seem all that original. It is certainly worth a watch, but it didn’t scream out as a story that needed to be told,  and I cannot see how it has been nominated for so many awards. It is absolutely worth watching for two things: Jonah Hill (or even just Jonah Hill’s teeth) and the brief appearance of Matthew McConaughey at the start.

The Wolf of Wall Street was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill), Best Directing (Martin Scorsese), Best Writing: Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter). It was also nominated for Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture,  Musical or Comedy, Best Actor in A Motion Picture,  Musical or Comedy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and for BAFTAs for Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), Leading Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Director (Martin Scoresese) and Editing.

Accepted (2006) Film Review

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So there’s this guy at high school who’s popular and does crazy things like make fake IDs for his classmates and party a lot. But then, high school is over and he hasn’t got into college. Oh no! What’s more, apart from his best mate, who got into the local college, none of his other mates got in either. His parents are disappointed and he doesn’t know what to do. Hang on, he can start his own college! Yay!

This is a long way from being a good film. Yes, it has a few funny lines in it, and a few decent characters. But every minute there seem to be about twenty very serious ‘as if’ moments, and that is annoying. I think that if I were a teenager and had a crush on Tom Long or Jonah Hill, I’d watch this film a hundred times. But I’m not, and I’m disappointed I watched it even once.

Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Film Review

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Horton (Jim Carrey) is an elephant who discovers a microscopic community, lead by the Mayor (Steve Carrell) living on a speck of dust. He becomes their protector, trying to save them against the evil Kangaroo (Carol Burnett) who wants to destroy them, to stop the creatures in this world believing in things they can’t see.

 

I’m not sure how close this is to the original book; if there really is the angst between the Mayor and his emo teenage son or what. Whatever, though. This is what it is; a pretty decent kids film. The animation is beautiful, there is a bit of humour, and the ‘message’ is not bad:  “A person’s a person no matter how small”

 

 

Click (2006) Film Review

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All my love for Adam Sandler has gone. I’ve stuck up for him often, saying I quite like his films, saying they are not totally puerile with stupid, sickly sweet stories that are stupid. But I was wrong. At least, for those I have seen recently. Click is ridiculous and dumb. I hated it.

The idea is that there is a workaholic father who is aiming for a promotion in his company. Of course, this is coming at the expense of his relationships with his family. Plus, despite being a totally capable person, he cannot figure out which remote operates what in his house. Then he meets Morty (Christopher Walken) who gives him a universal remote control, however, it actually controls the world around him, not the appliances. Suddenly, he is skipping through most of his life and then he is really fat and divorced with a slut for a daughter. Yup. That’s where it went. And then (spoiler alert, but really, don’t watch this film!) it was all a dream! Um, really? Is that really what you are going to do with a film that was made in 2006? Really? Unbelievable. Just so bad.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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Peter (Jason Segel) and Sarah (Kristen Bell) are a dream couple – she is a gorgeous actor who stars in a TV cop drama and he is the affable composer boyfriend who creates the soundtrack for the show. Peter does not see it coming when Sarah breaks it off with him. In an attempt to get over her he throws himself into the arms of other women, but when this doesn’t work, he takes a holiday to Hawaii. On arrival, he discovers that Sarah is staying there with her new boyfriend, British rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). Luckily for Peter, he gains the sympathy of the hotel employees, notably Rachel (Mila Kunis).

This is my kind of humour. Well, there are a lot of things that I find funny. But this, with hilarious pathos, a fair whack of slapstick, a certain amount of filth and more than a little sentimental claptrap – love it. I’m a big fan of most of the cast, and I just really liked the way this was all put together.

Moneyball (2011) Film Review

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Before I watched this, I was told that it was all about baseball, money and statistics, but that it doesn’t matter if you don’t know about the sport because it’s a good story. That’s a load of baloney. There are some things that you need to know about. Like, for example, in baseball players can be traded or dropped anytime during the season. That’s pretty crucial. Plus, there’s a whole of technical sport talk that I don’t know about, and really don’t care about. All of this made for a pretty boring film for me.

Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, who organizes the buying and selling of players for Oakland A. He encounters Peter Brand(Seth Rogan) who is a new, young guy working for a rival team. Beane can see the value of the thinking of Brand, and so buys out his contract and between them they try to change the way people think about baseball.

Sound interesting? Perhaps it might be to you. I can’t fault the performances at all, but as far as subject matter and scripting is concerned, I was just totally lost.

Moneyball was nominated for Oscars for Best Acheivement in Film Editing, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Brad Pitt), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill), Best Sound Mixing and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.