Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey
Genre: Another “Will they or won’t they give Leo the Oscar?” flick
Yes, that’s Kanye playing in the background. Based on the lead character’s memoir, “The Wolf of Wallstreet” tells the story of Jordan Belfort (played by Leo), a highly successful ’90s stockbroker who eventually spent 22 months in jail due to market manipulations and corruption. In addition to DiCaprio, Hill and McConaughey, apparently Jean Dujardin from “The Artist,” Jon Favreau from “Swingers” and Rob Reiner from “All in the Family” are in it too.
Movie Mondays: “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” (2012/2013)
By Terence Nance
Looking forward to seeing this one day! If you haven’t seen/heard about this film yet yet, there are a few ways easy ways to get familiar.
1. Watch the trailer above, 2. View a 2012 trailer, and/or 3. Read the synopsis below (from the website):
"You’ve just arrived home after a bad day. You’re broke and lonely, even though you live in the biggest and busiest city in America. You do, however, have one cause for mild optimism: you seem to have captured the attention of an intriguing young lady. You’ve rushed home to clean your apartment before she comes over. In your haste, you see that you’ve missed a call. There’s a voice mail; she tells you that she won’t be seeing you tonight.
With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, documents the relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Utilizing a tapestry of live action and various styles of animation, Terence explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through his mind during a singular moment in time.”
Visit the website to find out when “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” is coming to a city near you. If it’s not scheduled to be in your area, you can always request a screening. ofherbeauty.com@ofherbeauty
After a year of dating, Wade (Robinson) is ready to propose to Grace (Washington). The problem? She hasn’t let him meet her wealthy (uptight?) family. So when Grace goes to the Hamptons for the family reunion, Wade surprises her by showing up.
What follows is most likely just like what happens in every romantic comedy of this kind: pops immediately doesn’t like guy, guy continuously does stupid stuff to confirm pops’ ideas of him, then it’s revealed that this “perfect” family isn’t quite so perfect, daughter decides to rebel against family, but just when you think all familial ties are about to be broken, they accept the guy. Throw in some cheap laughs and maybe some tears and it’s good to go.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I’ll probably watch it. And it’ll probably be entertaining. Because sometimes that’s all we’re really looking for, am I right?
Weekly round-up of headlines and links from the movie world. Got suggestions for film blogs to read? Share! And leave comments with your thoughts and other links for this week.
Kerry Washington is going to be play the lead in Tyler Perry’s next movie. Also in it? Craig Robinson who plays Darryl on “The Office.” (via Clutch Magazine)
Soledad O’Brien is leaving her CNN show to make documentaries. (via Shadow and Act)
I didn’t watch the show but apparently Seth MacFarlane was all types of inappropriate with his “jokes” at the Oscars. *sigh* This is why I don’t watch “Family Guy” anymore. (via The New Yorker)
The Onion made an awful, disrespectful joke about Quvenzhané Wallis. Happy to hear the satire “news source” apologized. (Have you learned how to pronounce her name yet? Geez, just do it already.) (via The Atlantic Wire)
And sadly, she didn’t win the Oscar last night, but she did nab the lead role in the new “Annie” film, produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay-Z! (via Chicago Tribune)