Episode 96: The Wolf of Wall Street

24 Jan


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

00:00:44- Intro, The Best of Pictures, Gilligan’s Island
00:11:35- Personal conviction, “Differing Without Destroying”
00:26:38- The Wolf of Wall Street
01:02:35- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
01:47:00- Episode wrap-up

3 Responses to “Episode 96: The Wolf of Wall Street”

  1. Mr. Suave January 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    I forget was it Tyler or David that said Fight Club was irresponsible because it made the guy you’re not supposed to follow, too cool for school? I’m wondering was in different in the construction of Wolf of Wall Street that alleviates that? It seems to me Jordan Belfort is possibly in some senses a worse case than Tyler Durden

    • Tyler Smith January 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

      The key to Tyler Durden, as he says himself, is that he is what so many of us want to be. He looks the way we want to look, he says what we all wish we could say, and so forth. Thus, they need to make him as cool and appealing as possible, in this case by being such a nonconformist. He actively bucks the system that we are all slaves to, and he does so as a function of his own personal, rebellious philosophy. This is all as it should be, except I think the film has a hard time shedding the inherent coolness of Durden, which casts everything he does after starting Project Mayhem as cool and awesome.
      Belfort, on the other hand, uses the system to screw people out of money, all for his own personal, selfish benefit. While Durden is “the person we want to be”, Belfort merely has “what we wish we had.” Some of us may wish we had his resources, but we certainly don’t wish we were him.
      I often wonder how FIGHT CLUB would feel if Fincher made it today rather than in 1999. I think he is a more mature filmmaker now and would have a stronger sense of how to get the audience to turn on Tyler Durden. Scorsese, however, immediately knows how to disgust us with Belfort’s attitude and behavior, and I think that’s the difference.

  2. Davide February 3, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Wow! Great quote by Nietzsche. Love it.
    Excellent episode and the movies is pretty awesome as well! 🙂

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