December 24, 2013 |
THE BUCKET-SHOP swindler whose story is told in "The Wolf of Wall Street" is now a "motivational" speaker, but he's got nothing on Martin Scorsese. Though conceived as a put-down of Wall Street excess, Scorsese's new movie is almost certain to recruit new blood to our ongoing bull-market bender. I'm not sure what the director had in mind, but his images send a definitive message: If you are possessed of ambition, drive and moral flexibility, you too can have Lamborghinis and yachts and snort cocaine from the bums of hookers (the first thing you see in the prologue, so don't say you weren't warned)
January 13, 2012 |
It was as if Oliver Stone had written a Mitt Romney sound bite when this week the candidate was quoted as saying, "I like firing people. " After all, Stone directed Michael Douglas, as Gordon Gekko, saying similar things in the 1987 movie classic Wall Street . Men in their 40s and 50s still quote Gekko: "Lunch is for wimps"; "I create nothing. I own"; "What's worth doing is worth doing for money"; "If you're not inside, you're outside"; and of course, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
December 24, 2010
IF YOU WANT an Angelina Jolie movie to make a pile of money, you have to put a gun in her hand. Better yet, a gun in each hand. This is the lesson exhibited by "Salt," an over-the-top action yarn featuring Jolie as a CIA agent with slo-mo ninja acrobatic skills and the ability to anticipate and counteract the most diabolical double-cross, if you don't count her agent's decision to book her in "The Tourist. " Also up: "Money Never Sleeps," Oliver Stone's lackluster follow-up to "Wall Street" featuring a watered-down Gordon Gekko, and Shia LaBeouf as the corruptible apprentice.
October 27, 2010 |
The most famous quote from Wall Street is delivered by Gordon Gekko. It's a line that's been recited countless times since Oliver Stone's malfunctioning morality tale was released in 1987. "The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good," Gekko says. Days after the Phillies unexpectedly were bounced from the postseason, it's the rest of Gekko's monologue, the forgotten and overlooked parts, that makes the most sense: "Greed is right, greed works.
September 25, 2010
Music M.I.A. With Rye Rye. Maya Arulpragasam doesn't want to be a proper pop star. "It's like people want me to become some kind of Cinderella," says the rapper known as M.I.A., 35, who will be found headlining the Electric Factory on Sunday, with her protege Rye Rye opening the show. Talking on the phone this week from Montreal, where Arulpragasam was preparing for the start of a U.S. tour in support of her confrontational third album, Maya, she spoke about "the spirit of punk, of not lying down and accepting things.
September 24, 2010 |
Oliver Stone's bookend to Wall Street , his brazenly entertaining 1987 melodrama that seemed to explain the stock market crash two months prior, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps glistens and bursts like the 2008 banking bubble it chronicles. It boasts sharp performances from Michael Douglas reprising his role as slimy financier Gordon Gekko and Shia LaBeouf as stock analyst Jake Moore, engaged to Gekko's estranged daughter. The film whipsaws between hyperbolic character study and preachy account of the recent financial meltdown.
September 23, 2010 |
You expect Oliver Stone to smash his big socialist hammer over the head of high finance in "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps," but it's a blow that never lands. The movie is short on outrage, long on character, even longer on anticlimax - it's like heading out to a heavyweight prizefight and ending up at the avant-garde theater. Stone, who farmed out the writing to Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff, is surprisingly soft on the subject of the recent mortgage-bubble meltdown. The movie ruminates thoughtfully on bubbles as an inevitable outgrowth of human nature, of nature itself, and is resigned to the idea that boom and bust cycles are part of life.
September 15, 2010 |
Filmmaker Oliver Stone has amassed more controversial moments in his storied career than Gordon Gekko has cutthroat life lessons. Whether it is due to his foot-in-mouth tendencies around reporters or the often revisionist nature of his films, Stone seems to court the salacious and scandalous. Among them: His last theatrical release "South of the Border," a documentary about South America's lean toward the left, makes guys like Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez out to be all soft and cuddly.
September 15, 2010 |
OLIVER STONE had little interest in resurrecting Gordon Gekko, but the "Wall Street" character refused to stay in the crypt of the '80s. "Greed-is-Good" Gekko found vampire life as a perverse icon on Wall Street, and periodically financial rags would buttonhole Stone, asking Gekko's counterculture creator to explain his enduring appeal to the pinstripe class. Three years ago, Stone had this to say to Fortune magazine: "Gordon Gekko couldn't manipulate markets like he did back then.
June 11, 2010 |
Well, it's official - nobody's better at playing narcissistic megalomaniac rich guys than Michael Douglas. For conformation, you don't have to wait for his Gordon Gekko reboot in September's "Wall Street" sequel. You get the full Michael right now in "Solitary Man," featuring Douglas as Ben, a disgraced businessman in the throes of colorful midlife(ish) self-destruction. When we meet him, he has junked a great marriage (to Susan Sarandon), has imploded a string of successful car dealerships and seems determined to sabotage things with his new girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker)