Inside Movies: Daniel Hardy & Fred Berger on Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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Inside Movies is a series of video conversations hosted by screenwriter Daniel Hardy in conversation with various people from within the film industry. This series looks to offer an insider’s perspective—and an absurdly geeky passion for film —as all manner of current movie-related topics are discussed.

This week’s guest is film producer and self-proclaimed movie nerd Fred Berger. In the segment, Hardy and Berger discuss Martin Scorsese’s wild new Leonardo DiCaprio-led feature The Wolf of Wall Street. Based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name, narratively confident and larger than life tale of excess and its crashing halt seems perfectly fitting for the icon who brought us Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, After Hours, and other classics. So after receiving rave reviews from critics this week, you can take a look at Hardy and Burger dissecting the finer points of the film, their affinity for its thrill, and just how it stacks up in the grand scope of Scorsese’s work.

And in case you’re looking for a little more on the literature that’s inspired Scorsese’s other recent features, we recommend taking a listen to Denis Lahane’s Shutter Island on Audible and cozying up with the psychological nightmare drama. A little mentally unstable DiCaprio before you head down to Wall Street for an even crazier ride.

Daniel Hardy & Rupert Wyatt on ‘Gravity’ & the Death of the Medium-Budget Movie

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Inside Movies is a series of video conversations hosted by screenwriter Daniel Hardy in conversation with various people from within the film industry. This series looks to offer an insider’s perspective—and an absurdly geeky passion for film —as all manner of current movie-related topics are discussed.

Our first guest, director Rupert Wyatt , has been Daniel’s co-writer of many years—whose 2008 debut movie The Escapist began both of their careers, with Rupert going on to make the well-received blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In this segment, they discuss Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and the death of the medium-budget movie in current Hollywood.

And in case you ever find your self drifting off into space, we recommend packing the best medium-budget movie ever: The Godfather. Original budget $1 Million. Actual Budget $6.2 Million. Of course we’d bring the Audible Version, because if you clinging to life, how will you hold on the book?

Enjoy the conversation in full below.