The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Wolf Of Wall Street is a perfect partner of Goodfellas and Casino – a trilogy about greed, crime and excess. And whilst it doesn’t quite hit the heights of those classic Scorsese films, Wolf is probably one of the best movies the director has made in over a decade.  But for as good as the direction and craft is, its the cast that sell this film.  Margot Robbie debuts and makes an immediate impression, DiCaprio delivers a career best performance and Johnna Hill steels almost every scene he’s in.  The film is uncomfortable watching, as horrible people do horrible things not always getting the comeuppance they deserve but rather than glamorising this, Scorsese manages to reflects the true life story of the thousand of Wolf’s on the hundred’s of Wall Streets around the world. One of the best movies of this decade and gets better with each repeated watch.

Best Bit: Ludes.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, The Big Short, Casino, Boiler Room 

 

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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Hall Of Fame Capsule Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014) – A Hall Of Fame Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Wolf Of Wall Street is a perfect partner of Goodfellas and Casino – a trilogy about greed, crime and excess. And whilst it doesn’t quite hit the heights of those classic Scorsese films, Wolf is probably one of the best movies the director has made in over a decade.  But for as good as the direction and craft is, its the cast that sell this film.  Margot Robbie debuts and makes an immediate impression, DiCaprio delivers a career best performance and Johnna Hill steels almost every scene he’s in.  The film is uncomfortable watching, as horrible people do horrible things not always getting the comeuppance they deserve but rather than glamorising this, Scorsese manages to reflects the true life story of the thousand of Wolf’s on the hundred’s of Wall Streets around the world. One of the best movies of this decade and gets better with each repeated watch.

Best Bit: Ludes.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, The Big Short, Casino 

 

 

 

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1: Goodfellas (1990) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

1: Goodfellas (1990) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It was never going to be anything thing else.  Scorsese’s best film and the best mob film ever made (yes even above The Godfather part 2) is a masterclass in filmmaking.  From it’s “As Far Back As I can remember…” opening to it’s drug fuelled Rolling Stone powered finale this is a cast and crew firing on all cylinders. Memorable scene after memorable scene flows so effortless together as Scorsese weaves a thrilling tale with a truly great anti-hero.  The fact that it’s based on a real story makes it even more shocking.  Truly amazing – one of cinemas most essential films.

Best Bit: Funny guy.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Casino, The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Godfather 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Films About Greed & Money

Phil’s Top 5… Films About Greed & Money

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: My Top 5 Films about Greed & Money!

 

Close but no cigar: MoneyBall, Brewster’s Millions, Ocean’s 11, Arbitrage, The Big Short

 

5 – Wall Street
The archetypal 80’s film about money, it coined the expression ‘Greed Is Good’ and sent a million bankers out to try and be Gordon Gekko.

 

4 –  Boiler Room
A tense, tightly directed and well performed 90’s film that most people missed.  A hidden gem.

 

3 – Casino
The mob, Vegas and casinos – all under the watchful eye of Scorsese and a cast that reunites most of Goodfellas.

 

2 – Glengarry Glen Ross
A sales floor, a deadline and a script that is one of the best ever written.  Nearly perfect.

 

1 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but The Wolf Of WallStreet is one of Scorsese’s finest.

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Martin Scorsese Films

Phil’s Top 5… Martin Scorsese Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: My 5 Favourite Martin Scorsese Films

 

Close but no cigar: Casino, Mean Streets, Hugo, Gangs Of New York, The King of Comedy

 

5 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Wallowing in it’s own sickening greed, The Wolf Of Wall Street is an over indulgent mess. It’s also amazing.  Career making performance from Margot Robbie and DiCaprio was cruelly robbed of Oscar glory.

 

4 – The Departed
The Departed finally saw Scorsese win his Academy Award.  It’s a great film and showed that, years after his golden period, Scorsese could still deliver the goods.

 

3 –  Raging Bull
Scorsese’s black and white drama about boxer Jake LaMotta is brutal.  From it’s in ring action to DeNiro’s method acting, Raging Bull was the crushing flip side of Rocky and the like.

 

2 – Taxi Driver
DeNiro is simply captivating in what is still one of his most intense and raw performances.  It still crushes all these years later.

 

1 – Goodfellas
The greatest film of all time.  Part of Scorsese ‘s greed trilogy (along with Casino and The Wolf Of Wall Street), it’s got it all from killer performances, amazing music and great cinematography.

 

My Favourite… Frank Vincent Film

My Favourite… Frank Vincent Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. Frank Vincent  (1937-2017) Film (Well actually this time out TV show!)

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THE SOPRANOS (1999-2007)

Tony Soprano juggles the problems of his fractious family with those of a “Family” of a different sort – the mob. He sees a therapist to deal with his professional and personal problems, which bring on panic attacks. He deals with personal and professional power struggles, affairs, violence, the threat of exposure and betrayal, and a whole bunch of people being whacked.

The Sopranos defined a TV generation.  And whilst the presence of James Gandolfini loomed large, the show still had a load of room for memorable support characters.   Mob Boss Phil Leotardo, played by Frank Vincent, was for sure one of those. Leotardo was one of the mafioso who were sent to prison during the “Mafia Crackdown of the 1980s” and, after serving 20 years, was released as part of the “Class of ’04” at the beginning of season 5.  Joining the show late was no barrier for impact.  He was a pretty much the reason why the show ended how it did and the hail of gunfire that took many a life.  An old school gangster, he was played with charm and menace and quickly become one of The Sopranos most iconic characters.

 

See also: Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull

 

 

 

My Favourite… Loren Janes Film

My Favourite… Loren Janes Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. Loren Janes  (1931-2017) Film

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THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)

Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POWs) are all put in an ‘escape proof’ camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the film is played for comedy as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe.

Loren Who, I hear you ask?   Well Loren Janes was a pioneer stunt man, a trail blazer of the industry who worked on over 170 film and TV projects between 1955 and 2002.  He worked with the best directors and doubled some of the most notable actors in Hollywood.

But for me there was only ONE favourite film: The Great Escape where he doubled Steve McQueen, one of many times they would work together.  A close bond was formed between the two.    Janes was a gentleman and an unsung hero.  Co-ordniator, stun-man, stunt double and someone I had the honour to interview back in 2008.  He leaves behind a family and a legacy that shaped modern cinema.

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See also: Casino, Escape From New York, Bullitt 

 

 

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: The Best 5 Years for Movies… Ever!

 

Close but no cigar: 1982 (Blade Runner, The Thing, E.T, Tron, Rambo, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior ), 1989 (Batman, Back To The Future Part 2, Dead Poet’s Society, Parenthood), 1974 (The Godfather part 2, Chinatown, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blazing Saddles), 1979 (Alien, Rocky 2, Max Max, The warriors)

 

5 – 1999
The Matrix, Fight Club, American Beauty, Toy story 2, American Beauty, The Blair Witch project

 

4 – 1987
Robocop, Wall Street, The Princess Bride, Full metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, Predator, Raising Arizona

 

3 – 1994
Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Four Weddings & A Funeral, True Lies, Speed, Natural Born Killers, Clerks, The Crow, Leon

 

2 – 1995
Casino, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, Heat, Leaving as Vegas, The Usual Suspects, Die hard: With A Vengeance, Goldeneye, Empire Records, Toy Story. Twelve Monkeys

 

1 – 1984
Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Police Academy, Cannonball Run 2

 

 

My Favourite… Don Rickles Film

My Favourite… Don Rickles Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. Don Rickles (1926-2017) Film

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CASINO (1995)

Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a former sports handicapper turned casino executive, for a trophy wife over a gambling empire.

Sometimes you don’t need the biggest role to make an impact. It’s the memorable support cast, the walk on part, the character with the memorable lines that you remember.  Well in that case, Casino was a true stand out for Don Rickles.  A man with a lot of experience of Vegas (he worked there as a comic and was a honorary Rat Pack member), Rickles played casino manager Billy Sherbert a savvy, smart veteran of the gambling industry who could easily pick out the untrustworthy.  Starring alongside Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, Rickles earned rave reviews for this role which took up just minutes of screen time but was memorable enough to introduce a new generation to his work and comedy.

See also: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Mafia Films

Phil’s Top 5… Mafia Films

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In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Mafia Films!

Ah mafia films… the opportunity to route for the usually charismatic, misunderstood bad guy usually backed up by a cool soundtrack and some brutal violence.  I’ve ONLY included films that directly involve the Mafia: and yes it’s no coincidence that most are directed or feature the same people…

Close but no cigar: The Godfather, A Bronx Tale, Mean Streets, Casino, The Untouchables, Road to Perdition

5 – Donnie Brasco 
Pacino. Depp and, er, Four Weddings director Mike Newell?  Yup who knew.  Based on a true story Pacino plays Lefty Ruggiero, an aged gangster struggling to stay relevant.  It’s a brutal film that actually not only allows but almost demands you to sympathise with Ruggiero…

 

4 – The Departed 
Some may argue that Infernal Affairs is a better film, others that Scorsese was given a ‘Consolation’ Oscar for this after years of missing out for better films.  They are all wrong, naturally.  The Departed is a great film, expertly told. There may be better films for some, but Scorsese knocks it out the park here.

 

3 – Carlitos Way
It’s no surprise that most of this top 5 seems to feature the same two actors.  Here it’s Pacino again who shines as aged Gangster Carlito whose drawn back into a life style he’s trying to escape.  Probably Brian De Palma’s last good film.

 

2 – Godfather Part 2
Heat may have united them on screen at the same time, but many years before DeNiro and Pacino were representing different generations of the same family in what is one of the best structured films ever made.  Epic, brutal and compelling The Godfather Part 2 is a must watch.

 

1 – Goodfellas
My favourite film of all time, still Scorsese’s masterpiece and undoubtedly the best film to be mostly ignored at the Oscars.  Yes people this lost out to Dances With Wolves!  Goodfellas  is just simply genius, with a soundtrack that defined a genre.