As critical as employment is, most of us have an epic quitting plan on file. Most of us will never use it, but we’d be lying if we said during hour two of an awful meeting we didn’t take it out, carefully review it, think of the perfect musical accompaniment, and refile it in our brain’s sanity file. Some people truly love their work, and the rest of us…well, we hate you. It’s not personal (it might be, I’m trying to soften it), but the majority of us are stabbing minutes trying to get to the small slice of the day that’s actually ours. That’s why WatchMojo’s Top 10 List of Movie Quitting Scenes is probably not a good idea for work. Both in content and inspiration, you should probably enjoy this shot of vicarious glee on the weekend. Unless you have to work on the weekend, in which case you absolutely hate your job and should watch this immediately (I am not responsible for what ensues). I sometimes have quibbles with WM’s lists, but I think they did a pretty good job here. I’d have swapped Road House for Burn After Reading off the Honorable Mention Lists, but epic quitting scenes from American Beauty, Fight Club, The Truman Show, Wanted, Office Space, and others are the kind of thing that will give you a case of the Mondays any day of the week.
Leonardo DiCaprio in his mid-40s has already had a career spanning a quarter century. From a child star on Growing Pains, DiCaprio quickly became a young actor to watch in films like A Boy’s Life, Marvin’s Room, and then rocketed to one of the most famous people on the planet after the Titanic phenomenon. DiCaprio, very smartly, took a good break after Titanic to separate himself, and then started learning. He attached himself to directors, most notably Martin Scorcese, and started honing his craft. The thing about DiCaprio is: he gets better after every film. He takes something from it. He pushes himself. He’s always trying to add to his already formidable bag of tricks. While the projects he chooses don’t always pan out, it’s never because of a lack of effort from DiCaprio, and he’ll take things even from imperfect films and grow. Inception, The Revenant, Catch Me If You Can, Blood Diamond, The Departed, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street…..DiCaprio’s just getting warmed up, and I don’t think we’ve seen his best performance yet.
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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.
Matthew McConaughey has had two phases to his career. Bursting on the scene with 1996’s A Time to Kill, he seemed like the next superstar, but battles with substance abuse and a chronic lack of focus (probably not unconnected) left him nearly written off. However in the last decade McConaughey has climbed back into the top rungs of leading men, culminating in his Oscar for The Dallas Buyers Club and his astonishing performance in HBO’s True Detective’s first season (which would have won him an Emmy any other year than Bryan Cranston’s last on Breaking Bad). Since, he has kept up a steady stream of successes, and is always someone to pay attention to now in whatever projects he chooses to pursue. Continue reading Matthew McConaughey’s 10 Best Movies
Tonight the pursuit of the world’s most sought after statue of a naked man carrying a well-placed sword will come to a close, and we’ll have a new Best Picture. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres for her second time, the broadcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST, but if you want to avoid the insipid gown fawning, you can dally until 8:30 p.m. when there will be (slaps $20 on the table) a montage. The only question is whether tonight’s montage count will reach double-digits; over or under? I’m taking under by a hair. Continue reading It’s Oscar Day 2014!