The Wolf Of Wall Street Review

Stars : Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley, Matthew McConaughey. Directed by : Martin Scorcese. Written by: Terence Winter based on the book by Jordan Belfort.

Tiera : A balanced story about the real life Jordan Belfort who made millions skimming the wallets of trusting middle incomers looking fora short cut to the excesses of the american dream.  In standard Scorcese style, it’s a very well made movie featuring one of Leo DiCaprio’s best performances.  Finally living up to some of his hype. A detailed but not tedious look into how these type of scams work and the surrounding laws that are exploited to allow it to continue including a bit of clarity over why Switzerland is considered such a financial safe haven for those with money to protect.

Tiere : Jonah Hill, like him or find him creepy he does a good job here. 100% believable in all his ridiculousness, I am a fan and I was impressed though I honestly can’t believe he’s actually where he is professionally. All in all a pretty standard MS film, it delivers though one gets the impression he recognized the stories weaknesses and bloated running length and compensated for potential viewer lethargy by regularly interspersing the party scenes and all their excesses. One also considers had he trimmed a lot of the fat perhaps these scenes used more sparingly may have worked better.  Some genuine humourous bits involved drug over-usages ( yet not overdoses), a Lamborghini, tapped telephones and ham slices.

Tiero: Looooots of sex, nudity, drug use, flashy cars,  yachts, jewelry and big boys toys. A general mountain of decadence spread out through the film.  Some cool action scenes resulting from a bad decision to try to make the boat trip to Monaco through some ‘chop’ that is reality a raging storm.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Review

Stars : Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Sean Penn, Shirly MacLaine, Katherine Hahn. Written by : Steve Conrad, based on the short story by James Thurber. Directed by : Ben Stiller.

Tiera – The film moved very nicely with some lovely cinematography throughout. A highly relatable story where the protagonist dares to dream what he could be and do given the right circumstances. He ultimately learns he’s only a step or two away from being that person.  A nice tribute to Life Magazine, a mainstream send off of sorts as I’ll bet most people didn’t realize it was gone for good.  I didn’t.  Some lovely camera work by Mr. Stiller but ultimately a lot of wasted flash for a story that has a hard time being stretched to feature length, there just wasn’t enough to it. I believe the original story consisted of a few paragraphs but it’s always nice to see Shirly  MacLaine.

Tiere – A romantic story with comedic elements, Ben and Kristen exhibit consitently exhibit their standard charms and have decent chemistry together, not a bad date movie. It’s harmless and won’t go over anyone’s head and offers lots to discuss over a post movie drink or coffee if it goes well! 

Tiero –  Some cool action scenes, explosions and fights are interspersed. Good CGI helps to sell it, a genuine scare comes from a shark attack scene; I literally jumped!