In the film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko says, “The point is ladies and gentleman that greed, for a lack of a better word, is good.” No one understands this quote than Jordan Belfort. A stockbroker, who in the 1980s and 90s gained his fortunes by selling penny stocks to wealthy, middle and working class investors. Unlike Wall Street, which showed you the character of Gordon Gekko through the eyes of Bud Fox; Director, Martin Scorsese, approaches The Wolf of Wall Street through the character of Jordan Belfort by having Belfort himself tell his story. The result is an abashed, exciting, disgusting, exhausting, eye-opening and entertaining film about a loathsome man and his friends.
In 2009, Neil Blomkamp caught everyone’s attention with his science fiction masterpiece, District 9. The film earned 4 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Everyone was eager to see what Blomkamp would do next. Elysium is his highly anticipated film, the one meant to prove that District 9 was not a fluke. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed by Elysium.
It has been over 48 hours since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. By now people have tweeted, ranted, commented, posted, memed, petitioned and who knows what else but it does not change the fact that Ben Affleck will be the next Batman. I’ll be honest, Ben Affleck wasn’t my first choice to be Batman but he doesn’t make me go, “Why the fuck did they choose him?” All I’ve seen on the internet so far is hate and anger towards him. The people who try to defend him are engulfed by a sea of internet hate. Having a normal debate or conversation about this seems futile. I’m not here to say that Ben Affleck will be the best Batman ever but why not give him a chance. Why not listen to my reasons about why I think Affleck deserves a second chance at playing a superhero and why I think it won’t be like the last time.