THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013) : REVIEW
January 21, 2014
"Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man, and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time."
After 4 outstanding collaborations in Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and the most recently Shutter Island, the dynamic duo of a 71-year-old director Martin Scorsese and the 40-year-old-Oscar-nominated-actor-who-sadly-never-won-a-single-trophy Leonardo DiCaprio never cease to amaze me. In theatres now is their latest collaboration titled The Wolf of Wallstreet; a stock-broker's real-life story based on the real Jordan Belfort's 2007 memoir, adapted into screen brilliantly by screenwriter Terence Winter, resulting to 5 shy Oscar nominations of Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay. No need to spell out how was my expectation on this very work, cause it's fucking high.
I hereby give you an appendix, a glossary, your brain-guide before watching the movie because I imagined that some of you don't know that newspapers exist or that you simply hate money politics and not in a business school. Go on, read, don't be a smartypants.
1. Wall Street : is the central financial district of America, located in New York City, a home to New York Stock Exchange where all the tradings happen
2. Dow Jones Industrial Average : is the stock market index for trading
3. IPO (Initial Public Offering) : an occurance when a company first issues its stock to the public (going public)
4. Bull Market : happens when the market is rising (rising stock)
5. Bear Market : happens when the market it falling (falling stock)
6. Penny Stock : stock which price is under $1 per share
7. Securities : proof of ownership on stocks, bonds, etc
8. NASDAQ : or National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations is the second biggest stock exchange in the world after New York Stock Exchange
9. Connector : those who call to convince potential buyers into involving themselves in certain businesses
10. Rathole : terms used for those who own stocks secretly because using their own names would break the law
11. Pump and Dump : scheme occured by pumping (or inflating) the price of a stock often only by exaggeration to meet one's benefit then quickly dump it by selling it when the price is at its high, causing the owner of the stock to lose great amount of it
(source : my 6-months-long polished brain of being an accounting student)