Wolf of Wall Street-A Movie Review

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Feb 122014

wolfofwallstreetThis is the true story of the outlandish rise and non-stop pleasure-hunting descent of Jordan Belfort, the New York stockbroker who, along with his merry band of brokers, makes a gargantuan fortune by defrauding investors out of millions. Belfort transforms from a righteous young Wall Street newcomer to a thoroughly corrupted stock-pumper and IPO cowboy. Having quickly amassed an absurd fortune, Jordan pumps it back into an endless array of aphrodisiacs: women, Quaaludes, coke, cars, his supermodel wife and a legendary life of aspiration and acquisition without limits. But even as Belfort’s company, Stratton Oakmont, soars sky-high into extremes of hedonistic gratification, the SEC and the FBI are zeroing in on his empire of excess.

In Theaters: December 25, 2013; MPAA Rating: R (for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence); Genres: Drama, Crime, Biopic, Adaptation; Run Time: 2 hours and 59 minutes

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writing Credits: Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti, P.J. Byrne, Ethan Suplee, Kenneth Choi, Jake Hoffman, Christine Ebersole, Shea Whigham, Barry Rothbart, Danny Abeckaser

Me and Lay watched this movie at the AMC Regency 20 in Brandon. The theater was less than half full, yet amazingly a couple had to sit in our row, and talk through the entire movie, and the woman had to fire up her cell phone screen from time to time. (And these were adults.) Continue reading »

Iron Man

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May 112008

Iron ManTony Stark is a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation

Running Time:
2 hrs. 6 min.

Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Leslie Bibb, and Gwyneth Paltrow

Directed by:
Jon Favreau

I heard s0me doubts that Robert Downey could pull off the part, but that impression can’t be upheld once you see the movie. He not only plays the playboy-smart-guy brilliantly he is convincing as the man in the iron suit (gold titanium alloy actually).

The movie is not dark as Batman Begins so I would say this is okay for kids to see. We took Lay’s nephews, and they certainly gave it a thumbs up. Some scary moments for kids, but nothing over the top.

Basically we are off to a great start to a new comic franchise thanks to the guidance of Jon Favreau. He has put together a great cast (Downey, Paltrow, and Howard) that gel real well together and will make a good team down the road.

The effects were great. A good blend of real props to computer graphics. Nothing looked cartoony at all.

In short, for any summer action movie buff… this is a must see. For anyone who loves Robert Downey Jr… it is a must see. And lastly if you like the work Jon Favreau has done to date… go see this movie.

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