The Case for Martin Scorsese

It’s difficult for many of us to be unbiased when it comes to Martin Scorsese. Very likely he could direct a remake of When Harry Met Sally and I’d think it was the greatest thing since Taxi Driver. But even given all of that bias, and all the ways I love The Wolf of Wall Street...
Posted On 24 Feb 2014

The Leo Pitch

Is it finally time?
Posted On 19 Feb 2014

Wolf of Wall Street Ratchets Up Oscar Campaigning to Catch Last Minute Swing

Get used to hearing this phrase – as Oscar ballots go out.  Many of the contenders have already done their campaign sweeps but Wolf of Wall Street is pulling out the stops, with Leonardo and Marty making appearances all over town.  The latest, a retrospective of their works...
Posted On 11 Feb 2014

Margot Robbie Gives it Right Back to Leo

I am baffled by this awards season’s obsession with finding flaws with what is, perhaps, one of the best films of all time. Or certainly this year. Here, the great Margot Robbie (misread by certain people as just a barbie doll) taunts Leo for his philandering ways.
Posted On 10 Jan 2014

Wolf and the Accusations of Presumed Misogyny

Welcome to 2013 when every tiny detail in a film is scrubbed clean of any ambiguity — because if anything is left in doubt it might be misinterpreted and then what does that say about the film? What does it say about the film’s director? What does it say about...
Posted On 31 Dec 2013

Best of 2013 – Roads, Doubles, Myths and Monsters

(Sasha Stone’s Top Ten) 1. Wolf of Wall Street “What is it you’re looking for in this endless quest? Tranquility. You think if only you can acquire enough worldly goods, enough recognition, enough eminence, you will be free, there’ll be nothing more to worry...
Posted On 30 Dec 2013

Wolf of Wall Street Roundtable

Thanks to Anne Thompson for the heads up – a roundtable discussion. Audiences seem sharply divided on this one, arguing it out in comment sections and on Twitter. Leave it to Scorsese to still be so punk rock at 71.
Posted On 29 Dec 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Actor of the Year

Leonardo DiCaprio was the best thing about this year’s Great Gatsby. He turns in a career best performance in The Wolf of Wall Street. He has had his best year yet as an actor. But we know he will be ignored for it because he always is. A lovely piece about the two Leos...
Posted On 29 Dec 2013

Wolf Too Much for Academy? Pundits Ring In

In a recent Twitter debate — an never-ending Twitter debate it seems —  Gregory Ellwood is nearly certain that Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street won’t make the Best Picture. But preferential balloting helps a film get nominated – as in,...
Posted On 26 Dec 2013

This is why we can’t have nice things: Academy Members Offended by Wolf of Wall Street

Steve Pond reports that a few Academy members were shocked and horrified by Wolf of Wall Street’s official Academy screening, leading one to even say, “Shame on you.” It occurs to me that this is really why the Academy will never evolve past where they were...
Posted On 23 Dec 2013