Movie review: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019)

“When you come to the end of the line, with a buddy who is more than a brother and a little less than a wife, getting blind drunk together is really the only way to say farewell.”

Earlier this August, I spent a fairly enchanting late morning exploring the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. An unassuming space compared to New York City’s many higher profile museums, MoMI packs so much tangible, three-dimensional history into its limited imprint that the effect can be a little overwhelming to first time pilgrims like me, wide-eyed true believers in the religion of film. There’s no other plausible way to explain my reaction as, standing in a room flanked by opposing processions, almost military columns, of all size and manner of antique movie and television cameras as they had been deployed through the years, I found myself getting a little choked up. Movies and all their attendant magic have been the indispensable fact and safe harbor of my life Continue reading “Movie review: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019)”

Movie Review: “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)

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“When you own a boat that befits a Bond villain, sometimes you gotta play the part…”

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is an assaultive, propulsive triumph of fearless (and peerless) technical and stylistic overkill, a headlong descent into the depravity of the worst of the idle rich, that upper tenth of a percentile motivated to obtain more and consume more in an endless cycle, heedless of societal norms, laws, or outmoded notions of morality. It graphically details the headspace of the soul optional, entitled type of taker that has become icon, cliché and shorthand in the popular imagination for a certain breed of Wall Street criminal Continue reading “Movie Review: “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)”