Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

The Revenant Is NOT Leo’s Best Performance

Leonardo DiCaprio wants an Oscar for Best Actor bad. In fact, there are hundreds of memes about his thirst for that little gold statue. But never have we seen an entire movie dedicated to the struggle that is his quest for Academy recognition. Until now, that is. Continue reading “The Revenant Is NOT Leo’s Best Performance”

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort

The Wolf of Wall Street: The Facade of Greed

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the life of stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), also known as the “Wolf of Wall Street.” Belfort started his Wall Street career as a humble cold-caller working under boss Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey). With Hanna’s mentoring, however, Belfort becomes a drug-using, hooker-loving, smooth-talker. After his first day with his broker’s license is cut short thanks to the infamous Black Monday (October 19, 1987), Belfort is forced to find a new job with a seedy investment center, which rips off customers by taking 50% commission from penny stocks. Eventually, Belfort breaks away to start his own company, Stratton Oakmont, Inc., with new friend Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill). Together, with a group of friends, Belfort and Azoff fraud their way to the top of Wall Street. That is, of course, until FBI agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler) gets on their tail. Continue reading “The Wolf of Wall Street: The Facade of Greed”

Django Unchained

Tarantino Adds Another Impressive Film to his List with Django Unchained

The Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning, which I covered here. Django Unchained (which I saw Wednesday) had several nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Editing. Though I must say I’m kind of disappointed that it was overlooked for Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and, most of all, Best Director. Continue reading “Tarantino Adds Another Impressive Film to his List with Django Unchained”