Unacceptable

The San Diego Film Critics Society and the Phoenix Film Critics Society have presumably seen Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and yet they’ve excluded it from their best-of-the-year lists. In my book this suggests a lack of insight and sophistication. I’m presuming they’ve rejected Wolf because of the debauchery — too vulgar, sleazy, outrageous. Did a portion of the San Diego and Phoenix voters equate it with The Hangover Part III or something? Because this is an extremely moral film that operates in the realm of Fellini Satyricon with a nod towards any scholastically respectable study of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The debauchery is a metaphor. The Phoenix and San Diego film connoisseurs are entitled to vote for whatever and whomever they want, of course, but there’s no legitimate excuse for not at least acknowledging Wolf as one of the year’s finest.

  • Mechanical Shark

    I dunno, maybe they haven’t seen it. It’s possible Paramount doesn’t care enough about small regional critics groups to screen WOWS in cities that aren’t LA or NYC.

  • SmaugAlert

    Counting the days till we get a Wolf advetorial and quadruple obnoxious video banners here. Is Paramount willing to shell out the $5k yet JW?

  • Mr. F.

    As the San Diego and Phoenix Film Critics Societies go, so goes the Academy.

    Sorry, Marty. You’ll get another Oscar someday.

  • Lubitschslap

    I don’t know how bad the Live Action Family Films this year were, but the best the Phoenix critics could come up with were:

    BEST LIVE ACTION FAMILY FILM

    “One Direction: This Is Us”

    “Oz, The Great and Powerful”

    “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

    “The Smurfs 2″

    That’s bleak. Also, “Jack the Giant Slayer” as one of the best overlooked movies.

    Jeff, based on this level of taste, I would say The Wolf of Wall Street being left off the list says more about the Phoenix critics than the film.

  • berg

    the WOLF isnt even screening in space city until Dec 18, the day anchorman 2 opens … if you want to see a film under the radar that’s as good as anything you’ve seen this year ….
    Go For Sisters … let’s see which critics’ groups observe this masterpiece

  • SlashMC

    That’s a lot of presuming in this post, and yet you didn’t presume they haven’t seen it yet.

  • Christopher A. Otto

    The SAG nominations are out, and there’s a lot of HOLY COW

  • CBJ

    I know it’s said over and over, but Jeff’s in a shaky position to wave the “you’re a rube if you don’t like this” flag he always waves. A. it’s just an asshole thing to do, and B. he skips, like, every foreign film and almost any movie that isn’t an Oscar candidate or that fails to fit an increasingly narrow genre that Wells deems “relatable”.

  • moviewatcher

    “The Phoenix and San Diego film connoisseurs are entitled to vote for whatever and whomever they want, of course, but there’s no legitimate excuse for not at least acknowledging Wolf as one of the year’s finest.”

    Contradiction in terms…