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Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Wolf of Wall Street / T. Winter

The characters in this 2013 epic-runtime adaptation of Jordan Belfort's Wall St. memoir are massively disgusting, fascinating to watch, hilarious in their anything-goes vulgarity and depravity--but the next day one feels as if one has been swimming through a cesspool.  I suppose it aspires to be a Citizen Kane, but what it delivers is Citizen Sleasebag.  Leonardo's performance is essentially flawless, but his Jordon B. is so contemptible one is overcome by a feeling of talent going down a drain.  The cinematic Jordan Belfort is someone to be reckoned with--as one would reckon with a dog foaming at the mouth.

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