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VaderFan at the Movies – The Wolf of Wall Street

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Martin Scorsese is back with an all new movie about the rise and fall of a criminal. This time the story is about a criminal stock broker named Jordan Belfort, who must be the biggest douche in all of American history. The amount of crime, antics, and drugs this guy does are in such an extreme level, it’s hard to believe that this movie is based on a true story. What’s even more surprising is how funny the movie is. Scorsese is known for making his gritty and serious movie, all which should be watched and studied for they’re great as looking at an art exhibit while reading a great book at the same time. It does have its flaws, but hey, it’s Scorsese, the guy practically gets a pass on everything.

The film stars the someday Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, who started out as a good man, and slowly ended up being, as mentioned before, a great big douche. Now, this film is very interesting since it seems more like a character study of this guy. He firsts thought that the best way to make it up wall street is to make his clients happy. This was disproven by Mark Hanna, played the enigmatic Matthew McConaughey who is still thin from his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club. This guy showed him the truth, and the douchevolution began. He started swindling people’s money, hiring the worst kind of people to start his company, taking pounds of drugs, and even cheating on his wives multiple times. As usual in criminal movie fashion, some government agent shows up to bring the man to justice. This time it’s Agent Patrick Denham played by Kyle Chandler. With mistakes done by him, he ends up falling, and crashing down. Put all that in a three hour movie, with multiple comedy bits, and you get The Wolf of Wall Street.

The main thing that stands out about this film are the actors. Everyone acted in a phenomenal level, one being Jonah Hill. The chemistry he had with DiCaprio is just great to watch, adding more to the comedy bits. Speaking of comedy, Leonardo DiCaprio really shows that he can be a comedic actor. Being a serious actor for his entire career, it was surprising how funny he can be from his movements to the way he presents his dialogue. Not to mention Naomi Lapaglia, another actor who swam from the shores of Australia, who does that weird Jersey accent very well, and just acted great in the movie. Then there are multiple cameos from every actor you can think of. It feels like Scorsese was just walking down the streets of Hollywood and just pulled these guys to do bit parts in the movie. We have appearances from Jon Favreau, Cristin Millioti,  Jon Bernthal, Henry Zebowski, and Jean Dujardin just to name a few. All of them just made a small appearance, including McConaughey, which we could’ve used some more.

The direction is of course great, and the writing is witty as it is jam packed with great comedy and dialogue. However, there can be at least thirty minutes taken off of it. It’s hard to laugh for three hours straight, and at one point the laughs just stop, despite the amount of humor that keeps on coming in. Despite the length, though, it’s still worth another watch, especially as a character study. Mark Hanna became such an influence to Jordan Belfort that he starts to dress like him, start to act like him, and even brought back this cheesy chest thump music Hanna taught him in the very beginning of the film. But overall, it’s Scorsese. He’s the most consistently good director we have of our time. Nothing he made is bad, so everyone should go see that movie just because his name is attached.

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1K Crew Episode 40: Competition about Competitions

1K Crew Episode 40: Competition about Competitions

Look out folks, this one gets a bit dicey!

Topics:

Resident Evil 6

Borderlands 2

Cliff leaves Epic

Dishonored

Yearly Released Games

Competition in Video Games

Mass Effect Fan Made Short Film

Samifish

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VaderFan at the Movies: Prometheus

The sci-fi movie that many waited for years to come, and it’s finally hear. I have only one thing to say about this film, it’s a pure sci-fi film, ’nuff said. But, to those of you who are interested in seeing the film, but doesn’t know what being a pure sci-fi film means, let me describe it to you.  A pure sci-fi film is all about the possibilities of being in space, that sort of sense of descovery, the loneliness, and while at the same time, questioning our humanity, such as what is the definition of being human, what made humans, etc. Prometheus is no exception to that, and it also followed the same beat as the hit-cult film, Alien.

Spoilers, the movie is a prequel to Alien. That is the hype behind the whole film, since the whole film was based around the space jockey that briefly appeared in Alien for about five seconds. It then goes deeper than just the space jockey, but the creation of humans and the xenomorphs (the aliens). However, what the director Ridley Scott, who also directed Alien, did was set it apart from the legendary movie series. It became its own standalone film, and you wouldn’t really associate it with Alien unless you’re a fan, and were able to see all the little easter eggs throughout the film.

Now the beats are the same as Alien, making it true to the original film. It starts off with a crew finding something, unleashing an egg that has something in it, everyone starts dying, an android masterminding the whole scenario, and a redhead as the main character. The only thing it was missing is a cat, which is an asshole. I’m not gonna spoil much on the connection to the Alien movie, but there wasn’t much either, which I thought was the great thing about it. Anyone who never saw Alien can still watch this, and still be able to enjoy this, if they’re sci-fi enthusiast.

As I mention earlier, this is a pure sci-fi film. Now, a sci-fi film isn’t all about special effects, cool costumes, and a simple plot of man against aliens, or an evil empire. It is more about humanity, bringing up questions about who we are, and leaving the audience thinking and answering those questions themselves. 2001: A Space Oddyssey is a great example of a sci-fi film, since it’s all about the future, the possibilities, being done in an artful way, and leaving the mystery behind the giant monoliths unanswered. The same goes with Prometheus with the space jockeys. Their inentions were left unanswered, and the “body huggers” and “snake huggers” shown similar to the traditional face huggers weren’t explain at all. As an audience we can only speculate what they are, and it also what makes me miss these kind of sci-fi films.

I seem to talk around the movie a lot, and I apologize for that. It is a movie that is hard to describe on paper, and is something that must be seen and discussed amongst peers. They just don’t make these kinds of films anymore, and I just have to talk more about the kind of movie it is. As a sci-fi enthusiast, I love it. It may not be for the casual movie going audience, but it has enough to make anyone scream, shake, and stay interested. It is, by the way, the summer of nerds, and I hope Ridley Scott would continue making more sci-fi movies.

VaderFan signing out, and praising Prometheus.

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