Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

The Wolf of Wall Street

December 19th, 2013

Last night I suffered through 3 hours of Wall Street corruption at it’s peak, which some consider pursuit of the hedonistic American Dream. Morals go out of the window as the story begins to unfold.

In The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scheme that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

The movie is rate R, however I think there should be a strong rating based on the following:

In the first five minutes I lost track of the number of curse words when I was shocked by a woman giving oral sex to Jordan while he was driving.

Belfort has sex with a hooker in a hotel room, then snorts cocaine and blows it into the women’s behind.

Two men have sex with women in a bathroom, one is shown getting a blow job, and the other is shown to be having anal sex.

Naomi walks in on a large orgy of gay men, all nude and in various different positions, later on she talks about how they were having sex on the couch and a man jumps off it.

A man is shown wildly having sex with a flight attendant on a plane while others cheer him on.

Several instances where women are shown fully nude.

A man is shown masturbating in the middle of a party to an attractive woman who has just walked in.

Belfort, while married to his first wife, has passionate sex with Naomi and she comments on how fast he finished.

As if that isn’t enough vulgarity, there are crude sexual jokes and nearly every swear word is used numerous times. The main characters are drunk and/or doing drugs in nearly EVERY scene.

Finally, with no condemnation of Belfort’s lifestyle, his choices and his crimes, the movie closes with a chilling snapshot of how the rich continue to rise above the system and take advantage of others. The audience will no doubt be left tired and appalled by Scorsese spending $100,000,000 on a three hour film which rages and seethes in the dark excesses of our time.

Emotional Singing

December 19th, 2013

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”  Luke 2:13-14

French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte observed that you can tell a great deal about people by what went on in their life, and the world, when they were twenty years old. I thought that was interesting. Think about it, most adults enjoy listening to the music that was popular when they were fifteen to twenty years old. There’s a continuing connection between the music that moved us when we were at the emotional stage of adolescence and the music we still love. Music is emotional, but especially the music connected to important experiences, such as salvation.

That may account for why people love Christmas music. Part of the reason is the anticipation that builds up all year. (You mean some of you wait all year?) But a better reason is that our salvation is an emotionally compelling experience. It seems that musicians and lyricists have done some of their best work through when writing songs about the birth of Jesus Christ.

We sing with joy and tears at Christmas for good reason. Word became flesh and opened the door of eternal life for all who believe. Nothing could be more emotional and worth singing about!

Andy Williams: The First Noel http://youtu.be/xLP-yqlBSCs

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.