The Wolf of Wall Street Review

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As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a stockbroker

Meet Jorden Belford a man with high ambition to become filthy rich. The Wolf of Wall Street is crazy, stylised and completely unapologetic and shameless. Prepare for three hours of utter madness and twisted hilarity as you witness Belford’s life spin wildly out of control. Martin Scorsese spends most of the films three hours focusing on the high life of Belford, who’s gained so much money from a questionable business ethics that he literally does not know what to do with it.

Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Jorden Belford a stock broker who cares very little for the destruction which he leaves in his wake. Even when everything begins to crash around him there is zero remorse, is it possible for someone to care so little? I suppose when we’re talking about Wall Street it is entirely possible. Belford doesn’t come across as a very deep or complicated character as his daily routine contains him taking an excessive amount of drugs and hiring an obscene amount of hookers while he explains the details to the audience via narration. But I can’t say expected much else, The Wolf of Wall Street is what it was always advertised to be and it certainly lived up to expectations.

Belford starts up in a reputable firm and is even asked to lunch with Mark Hanna, played by Matthew McConaughey, who is sadly only in the film for the span of about 15 minutes. His appearance may have only been a short one but it shall be remembered, mainly due to the chest thumping scene. In my personal opinion his character was rather underused, it would have been wonderful to have seen him gain some added screen time.

The situation develops as black Monday swoops down and destroys the business. As soon Belford gets his foot in the door the same one slams it back out again, he’s out of a job with nothing on the horizon until he decides to kick start his own business with a selection of friends. He’s discovered a perfect way to rip people off using both penny stocks and his most charming and convincing telephone voice. Belford goes from an empty garage to a tower building bursting with people who are begging for a chance to work for him.

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It’s about mid-way through the film when the FBI finally come knocking on the door of Stratton. You would assume that this would take centre stage now but in actual fact it doesn’t, we know they’re there but they seem to be on the back pedal for much of the film. I thought this was really unfortunate, Patrick Denham played by Kyle chandler is the lead FBI agent on this case and there’s a rather tense scene between him and Belford questioning who’s really got the upper hand here and Belford soon realises that it may not be him this time.

One of the most hilarious moments in The Wolf of Wall Street for me involved the out of date Lemmons, the realisation that he has taken way more than advised had me bursting with laughter straight away as he struggled to string a sentence together. An otherwise simple act of getting into his car turns into what felt like a life or death journey as he slowly crawls to the steps which he then decides to roll down head first. The scene was silent for all but DiCaprio narration which made it even better, you could actually feel the concentration as he dragged himself across the ground.

Jonah Hill portrays Donnie Azoff, who was originally Belfords neighbour and has now become one of his main business partners. You assume that they will stick through everything together no matter what happens in the future but Donnie isn’t exactly what he seems (a slimy stockbroker that is). But this should hardly be surprising for Belford as he already stated that “There are no friends on Wall Street”.

The Wolf of Wall Street is exactly what I expected, its side splittingly funny, extremely entertaining even with its length reaching three hours, it is a whirlwind of booze, sex, crime and drugs. The Wolf of Wall Street Revels in its blatant debauchery and is an absolute riot.

Favourite QuoteThis right here is the land of opportunity. This is America. This is my home. The show goes on. They’re gonna need to send in the National Guard to take me out, cos I ain’t going nowhere!

Rating 4/5

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Hannibal Season one review (2013)

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This TV show introduces us to a Hannibal which had been previously unexplored, the events before Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs. Dr Hannibal Lecter has been brought in to help a struggleing Will Graham, to assist him in keeping stable. Graham is a profiler with a unique ability to step into the mind of a killer, which slowly starts to take its toll, causing him to often rely on Hannibal and his counselling which is questionable from what we know of Dr Lecter.

Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal is an extremely intriguing character; he has the ability to manipulate the people around him whilst managing to keep them from suspecting him. Seeing Hannibal before his capture is certainly interesting, he is of course a cannibal but the programme seems more focused on his relationship with Will Graham portrayed by Hugh Dancy, a fragile FBI consultant thrust into the deep end. It’s hard not to feel sorry for Will, his lack of social interactions cause him to be a lonely man who is separated from people in general, living with only his collection of stray dogs for company.

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Hannibal is beautifully filmed; the camera work is fantastic with subdued and faded shades used alongside deep over saturated reds which really stand out against the whites and the dull hues, showing the gritty world these characters are in.

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The show is not rushed, which is something that really makes this programme worth a watch, every moment is filmed with fantastic attention to detail from showing the remnants of a recent crime scene to showing the close ups of intricate objects. Making Hannibal pleasing and satisfying to watch and in my opinion, quite possibly one of the best programmes of 2013.

Hannibal season one is available to buy now and season two airs February 28th

The Art of Alice Madness Returns (2011) Review

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This book is based on the videogame:  Alice Madness Returns which makes a beautiful companion to the already visually impressive game. This is by far one of my personal favourite art books.

The book is hardback with good quality thick glossy paper, the images are superb some of which take up two pages on their own.

The concept art includes a lot of ideas which didn’t make it to the game but are still amazing to look through. Included are weapon ideas, the creation of Alice including her dress and her general appearance and many props out of the game.

IMG_3332The book includes a variety of concept ideas, there are chapters for each level in the game, such as London, with its gothic styles, The Mysterious East which clearly took inspiration from Chinese art and culture to The Dollhouse where we can see some very strange but brilliant ideas taking place. There are small detailed captions which inform you of who

the artists are and about the development process which made some of these strange but wonderful ideas came into realisation. The concept of the artwork link in with the story of the game in a massive way contributing to the story of the game so this book is amazing for anyone who like me loved the game or simply apprieciates the artwork.

Artists include: Ken Wong, Sun Guoliang, Luis Melo, Hong Lei, Wu Yuehan, Ben Kerslake, Nako, Tyler Lockett, Fellipe Martins, Pu Jinsong, Wang Shenghua, Yuan Shaofeng, Jin Lei.

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