The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Added on by Eric Bernasek.

The other thing you may be aware of, whether you’ve seen the film or not, is just how much has been made over whether or not Scorsese’s onscreen depiction of Jordan Belfort lionizes a  despicable man and celebrates his misdeeds. Much has been written about it, particularly about how Scorsese’s “hero” is not significantly punished for his excesses. DiCaprio himself has weighed in, calling it an "indictment." Others have come to the film's defense. But here it is (somewhat covertly) in the film itself: “That [Jordan Belfort], is an asshole.”

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Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films (2014)

Added on by Eric Bernasek.

"...By the time the villain appears, more than two thirds of the way through the story, we genuinely fear him, though he himself gives us no reason to. Even if we doubt his menace (or his guilt), we are immediately shown just enough to know who to trust. This is a film in which nothing at all is wasted; every image, every movement, every bit of dialogue is used in service of the story and its ever-mounting tension."

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The Wrestler (2008)

Added on by Eric Bernasek.

"...But forget about Mickey Rourke for a minute, because The Wrestler is less about Mr. Rourke than it is about the resurrection. Underneath the pudding-skin sheen of ’80s nostalgia that tenuously hangs over this picture, The Wrestler is a passion play, which may seem odd, especially from a writer whose only other credit at that point was The Onion Movie."

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