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Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Wolf_of_Wall_Street_Poster“The Wolf of Wall Street” lets you relish in unparalleled no holds barred debauchery while increasingly disillusioning the fun and games with the nasty reality of the situation along the way.

The film is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a guy who kicked off his career on Wall Street with the best intentions, but threw all of his morals out the window in exchange for money, women and drugs. Jordan founded Stratton Oakmont and reveled in the lucrative business of selling fraudulent stocks at his costumers’ expense, but there was just so long he could carry on making scenes, crashing cars and drowning himself in Quaaludes before the FBI caught on.

Having read the real Belfort’s memoir, I walked into Martin Scorsese’s feature adaptation knowing what the character is capable of, but apparently I wasn’t capable of imagining the true extent of Belfort’s antics while reading the book because on screen, the behavior is above and beyond. There’s no reason to like the guy. He cheats on his wives, robs innocent people of their hard-earned money and is absolutely wasted the large majority of the movie, but at the same time, it’s so easy to understand why he gets away with it for so long. He’s a total charmer and an absolute blast to hang out with.

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Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas_Buyers_Club_Poster“Dallas Buyers Club” is loaded with quality work, but it’s Matthew McConaughey’s performance that elevates those elements to solidify the film as an exceptional experience.

Inspired by true events, “Dallas Buyers Club” features Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a freewheeling Texan working as an electrician and rodeo cowboy until he’s diagnosed as H.I.V. positive and informed that he’s got just 30 days to live. Stubborn and determined, Ron defies his doctors’ assessments and looks into treatment options of his own. After discovering there are effective alternatives and that the only thing keeping them from the ailing is US medication regulations, Ron takes it upon himself to bring them into the country and then distribute them through a “buyers club.”

“Dallas Buyers Club” has two powerhouse components that unite to deliver explosive results – the subject matter and Matthew McConaughey. Even though the tragic effects of HIV and AIDS are very familiar, Ron offers a rousing and disturbing  fresh perspective. Not only is the process of awarding a drug government approval disconcerting, but so are certain motivations involved, as they make better options inaccessible. Whether HIV/AIDS has hit close to home or not, it’s a widely relatable, nightmarish scenario. But what really lets “Dallas Buyers Club” dig especially deep is the fact that this issue is then honed down and humanized by a wildly successful main character.

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Review: Magic Mike

There’s no denying that I’ve got a list of actors I simply enjoy looking at, regardless of the material or their performance. However, in all honesty, I’m not usually one to seek out a film for the sake of eye candy alone. But Magic Mike is a different story and, can you blame me? While I definitely got what I came for in that respect, Magic Mike turned out to be much more than a star-studded peep show of a feature; it’s got substance.

Nineteen years old, living with his sister and having a tough time finding work, Adam’s (Alex Pettyfer) got it a little rough. However, after getting a roofing gig on Craigslist, Adam meets Mike (Channing Tatum) and soon after that, the money starts rolling in.

It turns out, construction is just Mike’s day job. At night, the ladies shower him with cash. Mike, or Magic Mike, is a stripper at Xquisite Male Dance Revue in Tampa. Along with Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), Ken (Matt Bomer), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Tarzan (Kevin Nash) and head honcho Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), Mike hits the stage every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night to a riotously adoring crowds. When the opportunity arises for Adam to slip in, he surprises himself and turns out to be a natural.

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