Wolf of Wall Street, my Scorsese obsession / by David Mackenzie

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So, I recently went to see The Wolf of Wall Street and thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hours of debauchery that took place. I thought both Leonardo Dicaprio and Jonah Hill's performance were outstanding but for me it was Martin Scorsese's effort as director that stood out for me.  It was at this point I had the idea to watch all of Scorsese's films that he has directed in chronological order as a bit of master class in storytelling but really just an excuse to watch a bunch of great films. So below is the list I compiled after quick trip to wikipedia. 

Who's That Knocking at My Door

1967

Boxcar Bertha

1972

Mean Streets

1973

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

1974

Taxi Driver

1976

New York, New York

1977

Raging Bull

1980

The King of Comedy

1983

After Hours

1985

The Color of Money

1986

The Last Temptation of Christ

1988

Goodfellas

1990

Cape Fear

1991

The Age of Innocence

1993

Casino

1995

Kundun

1997

Bringing Out the Dead

1999

Gangs of New York

2002

The Aviator

2004

The Departed

2006

Shutter Island

2010

Hugo

2011

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013

As you can imagine I have seen quite a few of these films already, many of which I count amongst my favorite films (Hugo, Goodfellas, Casino, Departed, Shutter Island).  I think it will be interesting to watch an entire body of work in the order it was created, who knows what, if anything it will reveal. I will report back here about progress and how I get on.

Shifting gears slightly. Below are some great VFX breakdowns from the film. I really like the first breakdown as it showcases mainly invisible effects. I always find it amazing how many effects shots there are these days in films that are "not" effects films.

 

And some not so invisible effects from Scanline. Who as usual, smashed it out.

I also really wanted to single out two shots from the film which I thought were amazing. Both shots are from the bachelor party sequence . The first one which is set on the plane out to Vegas is a great shot and not strictly because of the all the naked women and sex going on (although that does not hurt). I really love the moment when the turbulence light comes on and we get that great slo mo shot of the coke in the air. I am assuming it was shot on a Phantom with a lot of light, great stuff in any case. The very next shot I love is the tracking shot along the ceiling in the hotel room in the aftermath of the party. I love the light and the movement. Such a nice shot. I did find them on the Youtube below but bewarned they are probably not safe for work.

If you have not seen the film or have a chance to go see it I highly recommend it.