movie night

  • 17 May 2011 at 2:28 PM

DB At The Movies: Too Big To Fail

If you’ve been keeping up with your HBO original programming schedule, you know that Too Big To Fail, the movie based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s 2009 book, airs next Monday evening. Last night was the premiere at the Museum of Modern Art and while the trailers looked promising, in order to make sure none of you wasted any of your precious time or DVR space in the event it wasn’t worth it, I attended to see how things turned out and report back. Warren Buffett did the same, though was initially met with some opposition at the door, in an encounter that went like this:

Door girls: Do you have your ticket?
Buffett: Uh…no…
Door girls: You need your tickets.
Buffett: Oh, uh…we were invited..
[One of Buffett’s dates]: This is Warren Buffett.
[The group is seated]

Other people in attendance who did have their tickets, included but were not limited to: George Soros (with a entourage of lady friends), Meredith Whitney in a white pinstriped suit, Becky Quick, Rodgin Cohen, Regis Philbin, Michael Douglas and all the actors from the flick (William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, James Woods, Bill Pullman, Evan Handler, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Modine, Ed Asner), though not all the real life people they portray (Jamie Dimon was getting ready for today’s JPM shareholder meeting in Ohio, Fuld was probably busy plotting his comeback).

The movie condenses Sorkin’s 539 page book into about 90 minutes and traces the slightly tense moments that were 2008 just after Bear Stearns was bought to the day Paulson locked the top bank CEO’s in a room and and forced them to accept his capital injections. William Hurt does a pretty badass Hank– who gets the most screen time by far– having spent a few days fishing with him in preparation for the role (during which one would hope HP described what it was like threatening to send Ken Lewis home in a body bag if he backed out of the Merrill Lynch deal). I liked it, you probably will too.** Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Read more »

Hint: his profession prior to money managing made him uniquely qualified to offer commentary on the flick of choice, Major League. Read more »

  • 26 Oct 2009 at 11:30 AM

What Flicks Should We Send Over To Team Galleon?

rajwallstreet.jpgSo Galleon employees are still rolling up to the office, which makes sense given that Raj has shot down the “baseless” allegations that he did anything wrong, promised the firm that this thing is far from over, and sworn that Galleon will rise again. Nevertheless, things have slowed down a bit from the usual pace pre-shit hitting the fan, and with their resumes already updated, Team G apparently needs some new ways to pass the time.

Had drinks with a friend of mine at Galleon– they are getting paid to show up but the traders are all just watching movies at their desks. DB should send them copies of Boiler Room and Wall Street to pass the time.

We should! And we would, if we didn’t think you guys could come up with some more out of the box titles, since they’ve probably already watched the above, many times (possibly as required viewing for working at the fund). If we want to go topical there’s Shawshank, The Fugitive and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. But why go topical when they probably want to get their minds of the news off the day? In which case, its really just a matter of taste. How about the entire Made series to date, including the episode “I want to be a model,” in which the subject was told by her coach, “Girl, I’m going to eat you up on the runway,” a line oft quoted by Raj while on the desk? Figure it out by noon and we’ll messenger something over, with snacks.