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Monday, January 20, 2014

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street- Get ready to join the pack

If you haven’t see this go now. You are in for a wild ride from the first scene to the last. I warn you the nudity, drugs, and greed get crazy but if you don’t mind I guarantee you will be on the floor rolling.

This is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government, but who knows how loosely based because this is a wild ride. Leo narrates through the entire movie reminiscent of how Ray Liota does in Goodfellas except there is no mob or violence in this movie.  This is not a remake of Wall Street as some of you may have thought but stands on its own two drug-addled feet.

As I said Leo does amazing but you can’t forget Jonah Hill who not only looks ridiculous through the entire movie but is hilariously idiotic and a little revolting. LOL. Matthew McConaughey makes a cameo that is shown in all the trailers and thats it, but his cameo sticks with you and changes Jordan Belfort's view of the stock market .There is not much to say about the story line it’s the typical poor guy climbing to riches illegally and then falling. However, I did find myself rooting for him to get away with it the entire time, probably due to the charisma of Leo.



Another fabulous movie by Scorcese. I highly recommend seeing this it is up for many Oscars and well deserved. Share your thoughts tell me I’m wrong or Right at www.yourmediaworld.com.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Movie Review: Get Saved by Saving Mr. Banks


Saving Mr. Banks” is the untold story of how Disney's classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen but it was not as “feel good” as you might expect. Don’t get me wrong it is entertaining, sentimental and you laugh but the true story of why P. L. Travers wrote Mary Poppins is more heart wrenching than you would expect, I cried a little. Maybe its just me and when I watched as a child I never really understood how messed up the family was in Mary Poppins but this movie has shown me the true story that Mary was not saving the kids but saving the dad i.e. Saving Mr. Banks.
 
Emma Thompson does an outstanding job of being a stubborn, sad, sarcastic, but loveable character and Tom Hanks makes me wish I could have met the real Walt Disney. Paul Giammatti (Sideways) has a guest-starring role and I don’t know about you but I think he is highly under rated and he added a nice touch to this movie. Bradley Whitford (West Wing), B.J. Novak (The Office), and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) are hilarious as they cower in fear of Emma Thompson’s reprisals. Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) plays a loveable heart wrenching drunk of a father and Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger) is a wonderfully unstable mother.

I have read that this story is not entirely accurate but who cares it is an enjoyable movie. If you stay through the credits you get to hear actual recordings of Mrs. Travers making edits to the script much in the same way Emma Thompson did in the movie so it can’t be that far fetched.



There are a lot of movies out right now and a lot of them are worth your time and I would include this in my list to see before the award season as this will probably be nominated for a few. Share your thoughts and opinions at www.yourmediaworld.com.