Saturday, January 4, 2014

That's Entertainment?

by Pa Rock
Film Fan

Two days ago I stated a fact in this space that turned out to be wrong - though not by much.  Today I would like to set the record straight.

I declared in the posting titled "Patsy and the Wolf" that the new Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street, used the f-word in its various forms and tenses "seven or eight hundred times."  I knew that was just an approximation, and I certainly did not think enough of the tedious movie to sit through it a second time for an accurate count.

Well, it turns out that somebody was counting.

Variety has reported that the correct number of f-bombs was 506, a new non-documentary record for the film industry.  Scorsese surpassed the old record of 435 which sparkled up Spike Lee's film, Summer of Sam.  Scorsese does have two other f-bomb classics:  Casino with 422 uses of the word, and Goodfellas which checks in with 300 f-bombs.

Even though The Wolf of Wall Street drags on for one minute shy of three hours, Director Scorsese still managed to pound it with more than 2.8 f-bombs per minute.

No word yet on whether the Academy will give special recognition to his notable achievement or not.

Hey Marty, bombs away!

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