The Wolf Of Wall Street – A Hall Of Fame Capsule Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street – 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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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb # 100  – Terminal & Hurricane Heist

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb # 100 – Terminal & Hurricane Heist

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

For our 100th episode, The Smoking Lamb pulls out all the stops! This week we take a look at the biggest, most prestigious films currently on release with Hurricane Heist and  Terminal! But never mind because Mike and Steve are on cracking form and also deliver a Top Five featuring films about assassins.

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Terminal (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Terminal (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Terminal is one hell of a showcase for Margot Robbie, a neo-noir that is visually striking and with one of the most insane last fifteen minutes of any film i’ve seen this year. It’s just a shame that overall the film is so uneven, with twists and turns so obvious that you guess them as soon as they are muted.  However Robbie is so gloriously over the top and the film some insane I actually ended up liking in because of it faults.  The support cast deliver (Dexter Fletcher and Simon Pegg especially) and the direction is bold.   So not everyone’s cup of tea for sure but go with it and there’s a lot to enjoy.

Best Bit: The last fifteen minutes

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Atomic Blonde, Suicide Squad

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #092 – I, Tonya

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #092 – I, Tonya

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Sorry guys, after a hick up with the recording episode 092 was lost. However, Sooz came to our rescue with a review of I, Tonya! Enjoy and we hope that this mess won’t happen again.

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I, Tonya – A Quick Capsule Review

I, Tonya – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From voice over, talking to camera and some stylish photography and editing I, Tonya is is one of the most Scorsese films NOT directed by Scorsese. This isn’t a dig.  It works.  God it works.  The combination of great directing, a fascination story and an amazing central performance by Margot Robbie, I Tonya is very much deserving the praise and awards that’s been heaped on it to date.  For a dark story the film is, at times, fun and funny and the tone works well.  In short I, Tonya  adds to what is become a very interesting award season.

Best Bit: Robbie is sublime

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Lady Bird 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #073 – Flatliners, Goodbye Christopher Robin

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #073 – Flatliners, Goodbye Christopher Robin

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: In a Smoking Lamb first, Josh and Stephen are alone on the Podcast to cause havoc and prove that anyone can Podcast! So tune in for reviews of both the original and the remake of Flatliners, Goodbye Christopher Robin and Top 5 Performances By Actors Called Chris!

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Blog: All Things Film – Focus Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Focus Reviewed

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What do you get if you Lump swathes of Hitch, a Chanel advert, a writer who hasn’t understood why Michael Caine and Steve Martin’s classic 80s comedy worked and whom, instead, thought Now You See Me was the best movie of 2013? Yeah, you get Focus – which is screamingly funny in its own right, because ‘focus’ is precisely what this movie lacks.

And, look, it’s not for the want of trying, either. Co-writing and directing team of Glen Ficarra and John Requa gave us Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris. We know where their strength lies. Evidently, it does not lie in straight up drama.

There’s nothing unforgivably bad about its leads, either – Will Smith is always an affable presence, and Margot Robbie is that all-too rare finding; a modern day miracle of beauty and talent.

Why doesn’t the film work, then? Half of the problem is that they had a pretty good opener and established a cool relationship of the conman who can’t con his own heart when training the young pretty novice. There’s a cool sequence (one of many) that are entirely lifted from Derren Brown’s TV shows; stealing, sleight of hand, even some rudimentary NLP makes its way to a football game. That’s the good stuff. And then Ficarra and Requa slam the film down for a back breaker and leave the events alone and dry for a time shift. And everything that happens from that point on is grey and monotone and, inexcusably, stupid – like The Sting had never been made.

The problem with con artist films (and this is the second half of the problem) is that no character can be trusted, and there’s always a twist coming up. Focus goes one step farther; it contains a reveal that makes absolutely no sense, and a final five minute stretch that begs you to walk before the closing credits roll. I stayed. And when I walked out, I realised; the con had been on me.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

 

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Blog: Focus – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Focus – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So that was a surprise.  Who knew that a pretty throw away con movie, with a lead whose last major film was the uber flop After Earth could be so good?  Focus is fun. Pure and simple.  In fact I smiled all the way through it’s tight sub two hour run time.   Okay It won’t stay with you for years after but watching it you get swept up with the glamour, the glitzy, the snappy dialogue and the sparkling chemistry of it’s leads.  And whilst Smith is certainly back on form, Margot Robbie steals the show proving she’s a lot more than Jordon Belfort’s oft naked wife.  In a world where everything is getting darker and writer, it’s kind nice just to have some fun for a change.  Highly recommended.

Best Bit: The SuperBowl.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Oceans 11, The Sting, The Grifters

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (Cinema)

Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (Cinema)

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The Review:  As a huge Scorsese fan I was waiting with baited breath for the fifth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Departed and Gangs of New York were excellent, The Aviator and Shutter Island less so. The latest offering is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a young self starter who is working his way through the pecking order to become a stockbroker, Jordan passes his exams and his first day as a fully certified broker turns out to be Black Monday where the Stock Market crashed and the company he worked for went under.

Desperate to pursue his dreams, Jordon starts off by selling Penny Shares, low return investments to everyday folk and pocketing a hefty 50% commission. A chance meeting sees Jordan partner up with Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) and they start their own company which grows at alarming rates. Now he is getting some recognition and a bit of a reputation, Forbes Magazine dub Jordan “The Wolf of Wall Street” due to his dubious methods of suckering people into parting with their money, this only spurs him on and leads to a queue of people wanting to work for him.

Lavish lifestyles, drugs and shady deals can only continue for so long without consequences which Jordan may find out when the FBI start looking into his dealings.

From the dwarf tossing opening scene Scorsese has the viewer hooked, the cinematography is lavish, the dialogue is crisp and sharp and at the centre is DiCaprio turning in possibly his best ever performance. Jordan is young, brash, determined and unapologetic and would happily sell his grandmother some useless stock as long as he got his money off the back end, characters like this are supposed to be vile and repulsive but DiCaprio’s Jordan oozes charm and sincerity and is incredibly likable especially the way he whips his workers into a frenzy each day which is reminiscent of a preacher at a church service .

Jonah Hill proved he could act in a serious film with his Oscar nominated performance in Moneyball, here, he is the perfect foil for DiCaprio’s Jordan. Donnie idolizes Jordan and will do anything to be successful, he also shares Jordan’s love of all things narcotic which leads to probably the funniest moment you will see this year.

Scorsese nods to fellow directors by casting them in the film, there are parts for Spike Jones, Jon Favreau and a fantastic performance from Rob Reiner as Jordan’s father. Apart from the two main leads, the Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin, and our very own Joanna Lumley relish in their roles without forgetting a possible Oscar baiting cameo from Matthew McConaughey.

Don’t waste your money on American Hustle; see how it should be done as The Wolf of Wall Street marks a return to form of one of the greatest living directors while its main stars deliver career best performances in one of the funniest and engrossing films of the year.

Reviewed By: Matt Duddy

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