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Earlier this week, a video was posted online of NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna blasting a bunch of people at the Occupy Wall Street protest. Judging by the clip, it appears the spraying was not exactly warranted  and despite an initial statement by the police department expressing doubt as to whether it was edited to make the guy look bad, today it was reported that an internal investigation has been launched re:  Bologna maybe having an itchy trigger finger. While the NYPD probably would have preferred the incident not have been recorded, at least one guy thought it was great. Read more »

“The underlying dynamics are pretty good, pretty broad-based and getting stronger, not weaker,” Dimon said today. [Reuters]

  • 28 Mar 2011 at 11:02 AM

DB At The Movies: Margin Call

The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest.

“Margin Call” is not “Wall Street,” “Boiler Room,” or “Glengarry Glen Ross.” It’s not trying to be any of those. There are no fistfights, car chases or explosions. There are no dick jokes. Strippers, hookers and blow are alluded to, but remain off-screen. Despite the short time line and urgency of the situation, nobody races against a literal ticking clock. And the kind of person who hates “Star Wars” because sound doesn’t travel in a vacuum or who gave up on “Full Metal Jacket” when Pyle somehow managed to get a loaded gun off the range will not be able to sit through “Margin Call:” it requires some suspension of disbelief.

On the other hand, if you want to spend two hours reliving the feelings of despair and helplessness from 2008, this might just be your movie. Read more »

  • 04 Oct 2010 at 1:54 PM

DB At The Movies: Inside Job

The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest.

Had Travis Bickle had made a good-looking documentary about the perils of deregulation, he would have made “Inside Job.” Sony Pictures Classics gave auteur Charles Ferguson complete creative and editorial control over his sophomore effort. It shows. Read more »

  • 08 Sep 2010 at 4:20 PM

Jess And Bess At The Movies: Money Never Sleeps

Daily Intel Jessica and I saw a screening of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps last week. We haven’t shared our thoughts on it until now because we haven’t wanted to/been ready to talk about it. I’m not going to say it’s so bad you shouldn’t see it, but that’s just because it’s so bad it needs to be seen to be believed and we want more people to be able to share in our collective trauma. Like being stripped naked, covered in honey and sewn ass to mouth to your fellow members of the incoming Goldman Sachs analyst class, you can’t truly understand unless you’ve gone through something like that yourself. Read more »

  • 23 Jul 2010 at 11:23 AM

Which Bank Employee Will Call You In The Morning?

Which one is a mama’s boy? Which one has a huge package? Author Ivana Takitall has apparently slept with loads of guys at every financial institution (I’m kidding? Though I don’t think she could say definitively unless her sample size was big enough so maybe I kid not) and reported back to Here in the City. She claims that SocGen employees are the best lay, Credit Suisse guys are pretty boring, and that the men of Goldman Sachs will make it rain ka-ching on your face. Also: Read more »

As you may recall, a couple months back, a managing director at UBS was pulled over in Connecticut and charged with a DUI (he also had an unlicensed firearm on him, for good measure). At the time, the man for some reason felt compelled to tell the cops that a) he worked in the financial services industry and b) he was coming from Beamers Cafe, Stamford’s premier strip club. As I read the story, a coupla things became clear to me: 1) that guy likes to party and 2) that the cultural relevance of this institution to Wall Street North could no longer be ignored. You may also recall that I proceeded to announce a DealBreaker Field Trip to said establishment, and invited some people from CNBC to come with. The field trip is still on. However, I decided I couldn’t just take you a strip club without scouting the location first and having an idea as to what we could expect, you know? Rather, performing some on-site due diligence ahead of time was necessary. Last night, I did just that. Read more »