April 14, 2013 |
It's so easy to make fun of the 1980s. Ray-Bans, glam-rock hair, acid-washed jeans, the yuppie and Reaganomics, and all those regrettable images of women in power suits and tennis shoes. It seemed even as it was occurring an age of Culture Lite, a consumer-driven wasteland after the socially and politically transformative '60s and '70s. Even the title of National Geographic's new six-hour, three-part documentary "The '80s: The Decade That Made Us" seems, at first glance, a bit of a joke.
September 13, 2012 |
It's slightly depressing that some of the most riveting recent disaster films are dramas driven by precisely the sort of deceit that helped derail Wall Street. Last year there was the extraordinarily callous desperation of "Margin Call's" moneymen. Now comes "Arbitrage," taking a sophisticated swing at a hedge-fund magnate who is bankrolled by, and bets with, other people's money. Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki squarely lands that punch, creating a tense and chilling horror story for financially fraught times.
April 15, 2012 |
"It's thrilling left-wing trash," Village Voice critic David Edelstein ended his review of Oliver Stone's "Wall Street," "and it's more or less disposable. " Thrilling (at times), left-wing (I guess), trash (not entirely), the movie Oliver Stone began shooting in lower Manhattan 25 years ago this month has proved anything but disposable. "Wall Street" remains one of the few Hollywood business yarns to lodge itself in our national memory, and, in the character of flamboyant corporate raider Gordon Gekko, portrayed with vulpine, Oscar-winning gusto by Michael Douglas, has added a remarkably durable archetype to American mythology - the personification of capital.
February 27, 2012 |
In a new FBI ad, actor Michael Douglas says his Gordon Gekko character was wrong -- greed is not good after all. As part of a campaign to fight securities fraud, the FBI released a public service announcement on Monday featuring Douglas. It begins with a clip from his Academy Award-winning role in 1987's "Wall Street. " " The point is, ladies and gentlemen, greed, for lack of a better word, is good," Gekko, a corporate raider, says at a shareholder meeting of a company he his trying to take over, in a line that become legendary.
December 18, 2011 |
Submitting to questioning on a Sunday news show interview for the first time in nearly two years, Mitt Romney skewered President Obama's leadership style and defended his own work for a leveraged buyout firm, insisting that he was ready to handle any Gordon Gekko-style attacks that the Democrats might send his way in the general election. In a change in tone from earlier this week, the former Massachusetts governor dealt gently with his GOP rivals, including the current front-runner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
December 2, 2010 |
It's not easy to sum up a life as rich as Michael Douglas', but start with the interior of his sprawling Central Park West home. Tucked away in a corner cabinet are three Academy Awards, almost lost amid a forest of similar trophies. Pictures of his children and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones (responsible for one third of the family's Oscar haul), crowd for space. And on the coffee table at his feet are copies of "Anti- Cancer" and "The Only Answer to Cancer," along with bottles of lidocaine and cotton swabs he uses to soothe the sores on his tongue from chemotherapy and radiation.