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.

Screen shot 2009-10-01 at 10.46.45 AM.pngAre you out of job? Homeless? If you haven’t checked your email yet this morning, please allow me to disseminate some incredible news. Michael Moore is here to help. How? Movie night! Oh, that’s right. You might not have a paycheck or a place to live but tonight lady luck enters your universe. Moore is offering free admission to his new movie. For those who haven’t been keeping up, the flick is all about how the Ponzi scheme that is capitalism screwed you, and the reason you’re in your current predicament (it’s a rom-com). While you’ll have to pay for your own popcorn and snacks (this ain’t no free for all), you should allow your mouth to remain agape a little while longer, in awe of such generosity. Would Goldman Sachs ever do anything like this* for you? That’s what I thought.

From: Michael Moore
Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 7:48 AM
Subject: Free Screenings Tonight of “Capitalism” for the Jobless and Homeless in America’s Hardest Hit Cities (plus local benefit premieres all across the country)
Friends,
We’re just one day away from the widest opening I’ve ever had for any of my movies. Tomorrow, Friday, October 2nd, “Capitalism: A Love Story” opens on over a thousand screens across the United States, a record for an independent documentary.
This follows last weekend’s limited opening in New York and L.A. where “Capitalism” set the box office record for the highest per screen average of ANY movie released so far this year. Not just any documentary — any MOVIE! It was, as the studio said, a good indicator of just how well the movie may do when it goes wide this weekend. I sincerely hope they’re right because I believe deeply in this film.
To kick off the national release of “Capitalism: A Love Story,” I’ve asked the studio to offer a number of screenings in the nation’s hardest hit cities — the ones with the highest unemployment rates and highest foreclosure rates — where those who’ve lost their jobs or who are in foreclosure (or have already been evicted) may attend my film free of charge. They’ve agreed, and so tonight (Thursday), the night before our opening day, ten cities will grant you free admission if you have fallen on hard times. The list of theaters and cities is below. You don’t need to bring any “proof” of your situation — just show up — it’s the honor system, no questions asked.

*The best LB has ever done is deeply discounted tickets to watch slides of his youth.

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