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The Lego Movie

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****

That’s literally the dumbest thing I ever heard.

What a shockingly good movie. When I first saw a poster for this I put the odds at this being a worthwhile creation at .1%. And I have played every Lego video game on the market—except for the “The Lego Movie Game”. Despite having a phenomenal cast and impressive visuals, I still had little hope. Who would have ever guessed that I would skip a George Clooney directed film to see something where the median age in the theater was 12.

Also, this is a movie that can be spoiled. I have talked before about how that is not the case with the majority of cinema, or art in general, but here there is a surprise and it makes a difference. If you do not know what I am talking about, then see it before someone tells you that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

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***½

On a daily basis I consume enough drugs to sedate Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens for a month. I take Quaaludes 10-15 times a day for my “back pain”, Adderall to stay focused, Xanax to take the edge off, part to mellow me out, cocaine to wake me back up again, and morphine… Well, because it’s awesome.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Katarina Cas and Jon Bernthal (© 2013 Red Granite Pics.)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Katarina Cas and Jon Bernthal (© 2013 Red Granite Pics.)

This quotation sums up the accuracy and immaturity of the film. If I said this, people would quit listening to me and turn off the movie. But if Leonardo DiCaprio says it, then it sounds interesting and moderately amusing. DiCaprio was pretty amusing in this. Not nearly as amusing as Jonah Hill though. They play a couple of rich dicks who were married to regular women. They scam people and this is played for laughs. When they antagonize the SEC by keeping the air conditioning turned up really high, it’s kind of funny.

Despite my negative tone, there truly were dozens of big laughs. Matthew McConaughey does a great job in a little cameo. Pretty much everyone did a really good job with their roles. If only this were not an hour too long.