I just finished my 13th film of 2014, so things are looking good on that front. However, writing a post about every film I see has proven to be a bit of a challenge. It is way more time consuming than I thought it would be. From here on out, I will attempt to post every day, but if time does not permit, I will post a recap post like this one.
Day 11: The Wolf of Wall Street (8/10)
At The New Yorker, Richard Brody writes:
Its furious cinematic inventions are no mere flourishes; they’re essential to Scorsese’s vision of Belfort’s story, and to the disturbing moral ideas that he extracts from it. “The Wolf of Wall Street” may be Scorsese’s most fully realized movie, with its elaboration of a world view that, without endorsing Belfort’s predatory manipulations and reckless adventures, acknowledges the essential vitality at their core.
I couldn’t have said it any better myself. This is brilliant filmmaking.
On a side note, there has been a lot of press (and criticism) about excessive swearing in the film. Apparently, the word “fuck” was used in one form or another more than five-hundred times. I thought it fit the film and it’s characters perfectly, so it didn’t bother me in the slightest. I also question whether the people making this criticism, or merely pointing it out, have ever seen a Scorsese picture.
Day 12: Her (9/10)
Spike Jonze is not known for making conventional films, and Her is no exception. It tells the story of a writer named Theodore, who falls in love with an operating system named Samantha. The concept is a bit quirky, but the story is deep.
As Steven Rae of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes:
Jonze is playing with hefty concepts here: loneliness, longing, the nature of consciousness, the need for human connection - and, increasingly, the fear of it. Her is a wistful, wonderful meditation on where we are and where we might be going. And where this Theodore Twombly fellow might be going, too.
Jonze has crafted a beautiful love story here, and Joaquin Phoenix makes it work with his brilliant acting. I love this movie.
Day 13: Night of the Demons (7/10)
Night of the Demons is good old fashioned 80s cheese. If you like these kinds of movies, give it a try. Even if you don’t, it’s free to stream on IMDb, so why not give it a shot anyway?