Daily Archives: February 11, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorsese (2013)

Based on a true story which makes this film even more incredible than it already sounds.
Inevitably it has to be juxtaposed with last year’s “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a similar role.
The level of acting proficiency seems to be an amalgamate of many previous roles of DiCaprio’s – including especially “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” in one unforgettable episode. He is great throughout. If he doesn’t get an Oscar this year it would be a large disappointment – one more time!
What deserves a special mention here is a brilliant episode of Matthew McConaughey, who within only a few minutes of presence onscreen should onehandedly be given an Oscar for Supporting Actor.
Fantastic music score (including e.g. the classic The Surrey with the Fringe on Top), great coherent story, bold main character as well as the supporting team of background antagonists (not one character is truly a protagonist). Amazing self-ironic Jean Dujardin as Swiss banker (btw a great play on stereotypes).
It is a fascinating story and a very good film.

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La Vénus à la fourrure (Venus in Fur) by Roman Polanski (2013) #WFF2013

Emmanuelle Seigner et Mathieu Amalric in a claustrophobic drama set on stage of a seemingly abandoned theatre somewhere in Paris.
Amalric takes on the role of Polanski himself – just like Owen Wilson does in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.
Emmanuelle Seigner is herself. Obviously the above two statements are probably oversimplifications but this is definitely how the film feels.
Emmanuelle Seigner plays an actress (sic) and Mathieu Amalric a stage director (yeah) during a dangerous casting taking abrupt turns as the game of power unveils. What begins as typical male dominated situation ends up in total submission to the weaker sex.
It is a close study of two characters confined in an enclosed space. Not bad. But not much exceptional either.

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