Martin Scorsese's new movie hits the ground running with a montage of dwarf tossing, sex grappling, and extreme drug behavior of a sort I don't believe I've ever seen on-screen before. Then it gets really crazy. Frantically edited down from four hours to three, and now arriving at the last moment for Oscar consideration, The Wolf of Wall Street is hilarious and appalling and, by the end, a little exhausting. Kurt Loder says it's hard not to get caught up in these people's demented exuberance.
Problematic deforestation continues, but the "lungs of the earth" are still breathing.
Nonmedical use of prescription analgesics did not become more common, but it did become more dangerous.
Plus: delusions about the First Amendment, hype about the Apple Card, and more...