Hello again, and welcome again, to my other every-other-monthly video series, Damn Good Picture. If Why? A Question for Bad Movies asks Why, then Damn Good Picture asks How, as I examine the mechanical tickings of what I think is great in cinema. Damn Good Picture will be less focused than its sister show, and an episode could cover a single film, or an aspect of a single film, or an entire range of films.
Here’s my overzealous, dorky essay on The Wolf of Wall Street. In this video, you’ll find a love letter to the work of Thelma Schoonmaker, a compilation of evidence against the idea that this film glorifies its characters, and some wrestling with the idea of doing traditionally ‘bad’ filmmaking for the sake of the overall piece’s intent. Enjoy!