I just did my first “think piece” for the blog I also now run with my cousins. This is on the responsibility audiences bear to actually grapple with the thematic complexity of a film as opposed to the surface it portrays. Enjoy.

The Saas Perspective

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During one of the most controversial moments in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, the unrepentant scam artist played by Hollywood icon Leonardo DiCaprio, has sex with his supermodel wife on a bed covered in money while a sweaty, invigorating blues number celebrates the essence of masculine sexuality. Jordan Belfort sleeps with an endless parade of beautiful women; he does enough yayo to fund a small Colombian village; and he has more money than any human being could reasonably spend in a life time. And what are the consequences of Jordan’s actions? He spends four years in a cushy minimum security prison and finds new life as a motivational speaker.

Does The Wolf of Wall Street “glamorize” Jordan’s lifestyle? Audiences are split over that very question. Hollywood has trained audiences to expect ham-fisted moralizing, and when films don’t present a neatly packaged parable with a clear spotlight…

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