THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)

 

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A film by Martin Scorsese

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie 

Queens-raised Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Dicaprio) tried and failed to establish himself on Wall Street in a more traditional way. He got laid off in 1987 of the stock market crash. So he reinvented himself  on Long Island by taking over a penny stock boiler room and giving it an old money name, Stratton Oakmont. He gave confidence to his client the (middle class) and told him that they would get a lot of money in return. They were a total of 1000 stockbroker working there and a $1 billion of issued stock.  It is called the pump to dump technique you blowing the value of worthless stock driving it to the roof by buying and having his client buy the stock taking the profit then it would go down and be worthless again and his client would loose money.  He made money all right in excess and live in excess his appetite for pleasure seems bottom less. At first you see him married to a respectable woman who does not approve of his financial schemes and infidelities. Later he divorces and marries  Naomi LaPaglia (Margot Robbie) . He loves alcohol, drugs and sex which he does in excess. He buys 5 cars like Ferrari an Lamborghini  5 or 6 homes across the world   and to top it all off a yacht. The film is 3 hours long give or take and one things happen after an other money : stock fraud and money laundering; trips to and from Switzerland to deposit cash in banks and yes there is the Quaalude well you get the point the thing is it is entertaining as hell. There is a scene with Mathew McConaughey who has a scene in the restaurant where he  thumps a drum pattern on his chest while rumble-singing a la Bobby McFerrin and later Belford follows him. Of course you beginning to think that rich people are sick in the head and if you were rich you would not do that yeah right! . Well Belford had a good run and had it all and lost it all was it worth it?

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TAXI DRIVER (1976)

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A film by Martin Scorsese.

Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd. 

Travis Bickle ( Robert De Niro) is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffer from insomnia he drives a taxi cab at night. He is a loner who can’t connect with anyone. He goes on a date with a girl , he takes her to a porno movie, he sucks up to a political figure and in the process scares him, He want to be friend with a 12 years old prostitute in the process he wants to save her and she is scared of him, he is a loner he can’t connect to any one he feels annihilated. He is talking to himself in the mirror ” are you talking to me?” This loneness is at the center of this taxi driver is the great thing about this film. We all felt all along like travis. You move to a big city like that you don’t know anybody you are all along. We all relate to that. I have seen it at least 3 times and this film is ageless and it works every time. Bickle is a Vietnam war veterans marked by the war, he has so many scares from it. Travis sees the filth in the city driving at night the criminals the scum bags that shouldn’t be there, he wants to clean the street of all this filth in the process he wants to save this 12 years old prostitute from her pimp (harvey Keitel) named Sport. I am not going to say much more that that but this end plays out just fine and gives Travis a piece of mind at least for a while. Here is another great film by martin Scorsese.

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THE DEPARTED (2006)

A film by Martin Scorsese.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.
In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello’s confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there’s a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy-and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. But is either willing to turn on the friends and comrades they’ve made during their long stints undercover?