Back in 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) was an ambitious up-and-coming stock broker on Wall Street but, on the day he received his broker’s license, h also lost his job to the infamous Black Monday. Starting from the bottom, he discovered the wonder of penny stocks, which were much cheaper but garnered the broker a far larger share of the profits, allowing Jordan to quickly create his own company – later named Stratton Oakmont – and rise up the ranks to becoming a ludicrously wealthy hedonist with a penchant for every kind of narcotic available, and many that aren’t. However, Jordan’s wealth and the corrupt manners in which it has been accrued soon come to the attention of the FBI. Continue reading →
I spent a grand total of three hours this past weekend looking at a computer screen (two of which were whilst podcasting) so please forgive the lack of content lately. I had what I call a gown-up day yesterday, in that it was mostly spent gardening. It would seem that despite my best efforts an ever-growing Lego collection, I am on an unstoppable route to become an adult, hence why the lawn-mowing mission somehow evolved into a 7-hour weeding session, resulting in sore bones, aching joints, calloused fingers, numerous bug bites and an unintentional sunburn. Yes, adulthood has it all.
Seeing as we’ve now entered June and 2015’s halfway point is only three weekly posts away, I’m going to make it a mission to be caught up on not just most, but ALL of my goals by the time My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 26 rolls around. The second half of the year will be harder anyway, due to how I weighted the scheduling of the 2015 New Releases, so if I’ve got any hope of completing it all I need to have a line of six green marks by mid-year. So what does that entail? Well, I’m already more than caught up on the TiVo movies, so none of those need to be seen, but I need to watch five 2015 Movies (which will include: Burying the Ex [screener for Blueprint: Review], The Voices [screener for my own site], Coherence [dispatched from LoveFilm today] and Jurassic World [DINOSAURS!], and watch-and-review one Kate Winslet movie (I’ll be submitting Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for July’s Lambcast Movie of the Month, and even if it doesn’t win I’ll be making a bee-line for it anyway, with Little Children as part of my French Toast Sunday Road Trip later in the year), one “Bad” movie (haven’t decided yet, maybe Tetsuo), seven Nominated Movies (Including the already-seen-but-not-yet reviewed La Grande Illusion, The Tree of Life and Picnic at Hanging Rock, as well as the to-see-because-it’s-Terry-Gilliam-month-over-at-FTSBrazil) and four 1001 Movies, which will be easy if I do all the other missions because that’ll be more than covered then. Maybe I should stop writing this post and go review some more movies! Here’s what I watched this week:
The period of retrospection and looking back to the previous year has finished, now it’s time to look forward at the year ahead. There’s a lot of interesting looking films coming up, and here’s my run-down of the 50 that I’m most looking forward to, in order: Continue reading →