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My Favorite Scene: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) “Quaalude Acrobatics”

The Wolf of Wall Street is a fascinating film, but I don’t know that I would exactly recommend it to anyone because it’s also kind of reprehensible.  THIS IS A RED BAND CLIP, in other words.  Not only is Scorcese in his full “F-bomb-as-a-substitute-for-writing-dialogue” mode, but pretty much everyone in the film is on drugs for most of the film.  Drugs are BAD!  However…..this is too hilarious to not recognize, so that’s my moral equivocation opening.  Physical comedy is something that’s not chic right now, but masters of it (ex. Dick Van Dyke) have proven that it can be just as funny and witty as the cleverest retort.  When you think “physical comedy”, Leonardo DiCaprio is not a name that springs to the fore.  However, DiCaprio’s acrobatics trying to reach and operate his car when a metric ton of quaaludes hit his system is, by far, the film’s best scene.  His inchworm contortions are amazing, and this is really only half the performance, because he only degrades when he reaches home and gets in a fight with an equally quaaluded Jonah Hill.  Whatever you may think of the film as a whole, this part is brilliant.  DRUGS ARE BAD!  Ok, think I covered myself there.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

Trailer Time: Silence Trailer #1 (2016) *Scorcese’s Next Masterpiece?*

(Text from Geek Tyrant)
The first trailer has been released for Martin Scorsese‘s new film Silence, and it looks like he’s created another masterpiece. The film is very different from anything he’s done before. Scorsese has been trying to make this film for the past 28 years. Now he’s finally done it, and it looks like it was well worth the wait. 

The story is set in the 17th century, and it centers on two Christian missionaries, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who embark on a mission to Japan in search of their missing mentor, played by Liam Neeson. This journey is described as their ultimate test of faith as they enter a land where Christianity is outlawed. It looks like this is something that they will be struggling with. Of course, the movie is sure to go beyond that basic premise. 

This looks like a deep and powerful film that will go into questions of religious tolerance and explore the dangers of ministering the faith to the Japanese people during that time. There’s going to be plenty of stuff to chew on with this film. 

Silence opens in theaters on December 23rd.
Silence

Top 5: Films of 2011

Top 5
This week, I wanted to hearken back to the year before Killing Time started, which – in many ways – looks like a parallel to this year in that it was an incredibly weak year for film. This was the year The Artist, which I personally cannot stand, won Best Picture. Continue reading Top 5: Films of 2011

The Wolf of Wall Street Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street, will come to DVD and Blu Ray on March 24, 2014. Wolf is nominated for several Oscars including Picture, Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor going into next Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. For a full synopsis of the film plus details on all the extras, check out BluRay.com’s summary of the upcoming release. By the way, if you’re like me and have blu rays spilling out of every cabinet of your house, BluRay.com is the place to go for comprehensive reviews as well as alerts on what releases are on sale. That’s just a free plug and a thank you for being such a resource (though if they want to send me a gift basket, it’s not like I’m saying no…).
The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio

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Martin Scorcese’s Next Project – Silence – Will Star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe

Liam Neeson, Gangs of New York

Silence, Martin Scorcese’s next film, will reunite him with Gangs of New York star Liam Neeson (the first 15 minutes of that film is one of my favorite openings of all-time) as well as Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe.  The film will be an adaptation of  Shusaku Endo’s novel about 17th century Jesuits who to try bring Christianity to isolated Japan. Scorsese has been trying to make this movie since 1991.  It promises to be extremely different in tone than his recent films. Continue reading Martin Scorcese’s Next Project – Silence – Will Star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe