All in Movie Night

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: A Commentary on "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Martin Scorcese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring the ever-talented, Leonardo Dicaprio, is one hell of a movie. From its three hour run time, to the 506 F-bombs, the drinking and pill popping, lavish homes and luxury items, this film is a thing of excess in every way. Scorsese is not shy about drugs and sex and money, which is fitting, because neither is his protagonist. Jordan Belfort is the epitome of capitalism and displays all the selfish, greedy, money-grubbing behaviour one expects from a dirty white collar con artist. The film exposes (again, as it’s been done before) the wild and unsavoury underbelly of Wall Street, something many audience members may not have known was quite so ugly.  So of course, you’d expect that some people wouldn’t like the film. In fact, I’m sure that some people hate it. More conservative audiences are bound to be offended by the strong language, frequent nudity and scenes of debauchery. The film is in some ways gaudy, and over-the-top, and really in-your-face, but to suggest that “The Wolf of Wall Street” it is glorifying the kind of greed and excess that the it portrays, and that it might encourage people to take similar actions, is absolutely ridiculous.

The Great Black Void: Gravity in Review

I remember seeing the previews for Gravity (starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) and thinking, ”How can they possibly make a feature film about an astronaut afloat in space, and keep it interesting?”  All of my doubts were put to rest in a beautiful 91 minutes of cinematic brilliance. It’s the kind of movie you have to see in a mildly uncomfortable seat, with 3D glasses tickling the bridge of your nose and the threat of a Suzy Seat Kicker behind you; this is a theatre movie. The breathtaking images of Earth are striking on the big screen, making you feel as if you’re really taking in that panorama from beyond the sky. You need a screen of that size to really appreciate just how vast the setting is--a nearly endless black sky--and the perspective of Earth as just a tiny dot amidst it all. The 3D effects coupled with first person camera angles keep you on the edge of your seat as you gasp for air along with the terrified astronauts.