After muddling through this period, The Wolf of Wall Street serves as a reminder to the bad old days where the stereotypical "white male" in finance is solely driven by money and excess, not the best interests of the client.
Why would Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio lend their considerable talents to a project so devoid of anything resembling humanity, except in its most base and venal form? Why would anyone want to watch this movie -- and what would they come away with?
I see few comparisons between Jordan Belfort's autobiography to my memoir, Bust. What Belfort and I do have in common is that we have a story, just like everyone else. The nature of our bad acts just gave us a platform to tell it.
Scorsese shared his feelings about the constraints and difficulties of the industry, and his own shifting relationship to filmmaking. He also shared that behind the making of some of his films lay a spiritual quest.
It's interesting to see the way filmmakers stake out certain emotional territory as their own over the course of a career. Over the course of six films, Alexander Payne has created a body of work that focuses on the effects of and rebellion against disappointment.
It's impossible to separate the power of Dean's presence and his extraordinary impact on teenage viewers (like me) from the fact that his two key pictures were made in color and Scope, which was being used for the first time by Elia Kazan (in East of Eden) and Nick Ray.