interstellar movie

Interstellar: Time, Space, and the Prestige Theory

Earth is running out of resources to sustain human life, so pilot and engineer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) must leave his children behind as he heads out on a space expedition to look for new, livable planets in a faraway galaxy. With each visit to a new planet with NASA scientists Amelia (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley), and Romilly (David Gyasi), Cooper’s children age several years and lose faith in his return to Earth, as does Cooper. Continue reading “Interstellar: Time, Space, and the Prestige Theory”

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”