Wall Street

On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father (Martin Sheen). Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties.

Michael Douglas gives the best performance of his career. As Gordon Gekko, Douglas is a standout. He proves greed is good with his charm, quick wit and ruthlessness. Charlie Sheen is brilliant as young, ambitious Bud Fox who idolises Gekko along with Martin Sheen as Bud’s father.

Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK) directs a well-paced captivating film that draws you in from beginning to end. Stone co-writes with Stanley Weiser a sharp and well-written script with memorable lines. The cinematography is wonderfully shot by Robert Richardson and superb editing by Claire Simpson.

An outstanding cast with excellent dialogue and direction, Wall Street is a superb film. One of my favourite movies. A must see for Oliver Stone fans.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer (Kaya Scodelario) and a headstrong young man (Brenton Thwaites) in the British navy.

Johnny Depp reprises his role as the charming, drunk and eccentric pirate Jack Sparrow. Depp’ performance is at times enjoyable, but his character has become dull and repetitive. Javier Bardem is superb as the film’s antagonist along with Geoffrey Rush reprising his role as Captain Barbossa.

Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have a made an entertaining family film with great action and impressive special effects but the story lacks originality, it feels like a repeat of the first movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean is okay but not great. Nothing to write home about.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

An Audio Interview with Paul O’Brien

A few weeks ago, our Mojo/Social Media class was given an excise to get an interview with a house hold name via Twitter. I managed to get in contact with actor Paul O’Brien. The story of how I got in touch with Paul is interesting.

A few months ago, I was curious about what happened to Paul after he left Home and Away. I googled him and watched him in interviews on Youtube and found out Paul was an acting coach. I thought that was interesting. I started following him on Facebook and Instagram. Cut to the time of the Mojo/Social Media class exercise, I thought of Paul and how great his story would be for an interview. I tweeted at him and he didn’t reply. A few days later, I got a notification for a new follower on Instagram and it was Paul. I checked out his page and found his email address so I emailed him then a few hours later he replied.

Throughout this audio interview Paul talks about his career after he left Home and Away and his work as an acting coach.