Movies

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Wall Street

“Greed is good,” was the line given by Gordon Gekko in this classic tale about capitalism, greed, money and American culture.  It appeals to the basest of human desires, wealth, greed, opulence, competition, winning while stepping on the throats of others.  Check it out and enjoy.

 

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The Big Short

If you’ve ever wondered what happened during the financial crash of 2008, this is a great film to watch.  It is based on the book written by my favorite author, Michael Lewis, and follows the story of a few savvy individuals that saw the crisis coming and “bet” against it, or shorted the market.  I loved this movie, such a great story and amazing actors, and the way it was filmed was unique and interesting.  You don’t need to know anything about finance or financial markets to enjoy this film.  Check it out today.

 

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Inside Job

At first glance I thought this documentary, narrated by Matt Damon, was going to be a hit piece from the left, bashing the right and Republicans, blaming them for the financial crisis of 2008.  I misjudged it.  Let me just say, this film throws everyone under the bus.  It is a real in depth look at the different White House administrations that contributed to the crash, deregulation, tax cuts, etc.  It was very well made, and I learned a lot, but I was furious when it was over.  There were so many people involved in the crash from the big banks, to government, to private institutions and none of them did any prison time for their crimes, in fact many of them were given raises or golden parachutes.  You must watch this film to really understand what happened, how it happened and who was involved.  It was very eye-opening and compelling.

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The Founder

If you’ve ever wondered about the world’s largest restaurant and how it got its start, check out The Founder.  Michael Keaton is amazing as entrepreneur and Founder, Ray Kroc.  It is such an intriguing story about the many risks he took and how he changed the game for fast food as we know it.  A must see for the whole family.  Watch it while downing some McNuggets and an apple pie.

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Moneyball

Another one of my favorites based on the book from author Michael Lewis about Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane and his unique way of valuing baseball prospects given the financial constraints of a small market baseball team.  It combines two of my favorite things, baseball and economics.  I love love love this movie.  I recommend you just go and buy it on Blu-Ray today, you will not be disappointed.

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Boiler Room

This film delves into high pressure world of “pump and dump” stock sales.  In a huge room, recruits cold call for hours on end, pushing the latest and greatest tech or pharmaceutical penny stock, in hopes that they get their hooks into some unsuspecting buyer.  They get people to buy the penny stocks in mass quantity, pumping the price, and then they sell or dump the stock, leaving the Boiler Room guys rich and the unsuspecting buyers broke.  It’s a very interesting movie, one that you’ll definitely enjoy.  Check it out today.

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Freakonomics

Based on the bestselling book from economist Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, this movie is basically the documentary version of the book.  It’s well made and explores the “hidden side of everything.”  It’s a great film, easy to digest and understand.  It will give you some topics of conversations at the proverbial water cooler at work or at your next dinner party.

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Wall Street 2

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps is a continuation of Wall Street and is set right in the middle of the 2008 financial crash.  Gordon Gekko returns to make billions and, ironically, profits from the greed of financial markets and banks that are “too big to fail.” The names of the big banks and financial institutions, and government leaders have been changed, but if you know anything about these Wall Street firms you’ll get the message Oliver Stone trying to get across.  It interesting and in a strange way you kind of root for Gordon Gekko in this one.  Check it out.

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

The inside story of one of history’s greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America’s seventh largest company walked away with over one billion dollars, while investors and employees lost everything. Based on the best selling book by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind.

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Money for Nothing

Narrated by Liev Schreiber, Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve is an independent, non partisan documentary film that examines America’s central bank in a critical, yet balanced way.  This documentary will change the way you look at the Fed.

trading places movie

Trading Places

I remember watching this when I was a kid and remember them talking about “pork bellies and orange juice.”  That’s not far off.  This movie made in the ’80’s, is about two guys, Dan Aykroyd who is a millionaire commodities broker, and Eddie Murphy who is a petty thief and how they trade places because of a bet made by the Duke brothers who thought you couldn’t reverse fortunes overnight.  Shenanigans ensue in this hilarious comedy.  And as far as the commodities piece, o.j and pork bellies, they were pretty accurate on the financial aspects and processes. (There’s a great podcast episode on Planet Money about it.) Funny and financially accurate, check it out.

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Margin Call

Set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, this film is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during the earliest hours of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as the firm’s employees must weigh whether to save their own company (and their jobs) at the risk of fleecing millions of investors.  Very interesting movie with a great cast.  Watch it.