Pick Up the Pieces: Leonardo DiCaprio is The Revenant

Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks vengeance.
Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks vengeance.

Alejandro González Iñarritu is the most versatile director of our time. After the highly complex Birdman, which reflects on media and show business in a self-referential way, he surprises the public with a movie which couldn’t be baser. It reminds me of the famous quote by Auguste Rodin, ‘I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.’ Because the director has gotten rid of anything in the movie that could be considered superfluous.

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Money for Nothing: Martin Scorsese Makes Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf Of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio, right) may be the Wolf of Wall Street - but at home, 'pussy runs the show' in the shape of his wife Naomi (Margot Robbie, left).
Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio, right) may be the Wolf of Wall Street – but at home, ‘pussy runs the show’ in the shape of his wife Naomi (Margot Robbie, left).

After some rather unconventional career choices lately, Martin Scorsese has finally returned to the world he knows best – that of the real-life gangsters transported to the big screen. For The Wolf Of Wall Street, he has also brought back his favorite actor of the last decade and a half, Leonardo DiCaprio. This time, however, the seasoned director and his disciple haven’t taken on the challenge to deal with some of the lowlifes from their previous collaborations. The protagonists of The Wolf Of Wall Street are New York stockbrokers that actually existed and chiseled millions out of unsuspecting, mostly working-class victims. With Martin Scorsese back in his element at last, will he be able deliver another masterpiece?

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The Millionaire Waltz: Rekindling the ‘Roaring Twenties’ in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

The eccentric, enigmatic millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) is literally the toast of the town.

With his leading role in Baz Luhrmann’s modern version of Romeo & Juliet, Leonardo DiCaprio burst onto the Hollywood scene in grand style in 1996. So when the news spread that the charismatic superstar and the director of the Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge! would reunite for an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, expectations were enormous. How would the filmmaker’s flamboyant audiovisual style mesh with the source material, in itself a harsh criticism of its own raucous era, America’s ‘Roaring Twenties’?

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Be Quick or Be Dead: The Rebirth of the ‘Spaghetti Western’ in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained

The unusual twosome of Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz, left) and Django Freeman (Jamie Foxx, right) go about their bounty-hunting business.

The release of a Quentin Tarantino movie is always an event, and it has been ever since the director took Hollywood by storm with his debut Reservoir Dogs and his sophomore effort Pulp Fiction about two decades ago. It’s not too hard to see why. People simply dig the coolness and the mystique surrounding his modern readings of different film genres. In addition, he usually recruits ensemble casts that can compete with the best of them. Roughly three years after the great success of Inglourious Basterds, the man has returned – with a star-studded line-up for Django Unchained, his first ever take on America’s favorite tale of old, the Western.

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Shutter Island

Alone in Bad Company: A Dissection of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island

Shutter Island
Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels

Martin Scorsese has seen it all. After a two-score year long journey in which he had experienced the highs and the lows of the business, the director has frequently been hailed ‘America’s greatest living filmmaker’ in recent years and was finally even awarded the elusive Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for The Departed in 2007. Quite an accomplishment, a few might say, for someone who seems to be out-of-time in the Hollywood industry for various reasons.

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Scorsese and DiCaprio Set to Reunite for The Wolf Of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese (left) and Leonardo DiCaprio (right). Photo by Robert Hanashiro (USA TODAY).

One of the most successful actor/director partnerships of the last decade is back. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will reunite for their fifth collaboration. The Wolf Of Wall Street, set to begin production in New York in August, is a timely drama based on the memoir of white-collar criminal Jordan Belfort, a drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted for security fraud and money laundering in 1998 and spent 22 months in prison.

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Scorsese Hopes to Adapt Dostoevsky’s The Gambler

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

Martin Scorsese has many things: the respect of his filmmaking peers, a secure place in the pantheon of Hollywood’s great directors, and an Academy Award, to boot. He also has a lot of hobbies, including film preservation and rock music. Another is a longtime fascination with the works of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, especially his novel The Gambler.

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