On the art of ‘Wall Street’

Posted by · 6:10 pm · September 30th, 2010

Last week, Kris and I came to a disagreement over the merits of Oliver Stone’s splashy, silly and consistently surface-level sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Neither of us is disputing that the film is a mess, but where Kris thought it clumsy, ill-judged junk, I was more forgiving in my Cannes review: for me, […]

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Stone charges back with subprime ‘Money Never Sleeps’

Posted by · 10:58 am · September 21st, 2010

It’s taken me some time to get around to writing about Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” because watching the film was like have your bubble burst (no pun intended).  Where the director’s 1987 original worked from a tight, disciplined script that never took its eye off the ball, this follow-up is a loose, […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (**1/2)

Posted by · 10:29 am · May 14th, 2010

Cannes Film Festival “Is greed good?” Gordon Gekko asks near the beginning of Oliver Stone’s glib, gleaming and endearingly trashy sequel to his 1987 corporate morality tale. Delivering the line, a looser-haired but stiffer-skinned Michael Douglas can barely resist licking his lips and winking; this is his earlier, Oscar-winning performance turned inside-out, emerging as lascivious […]

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TORONTO: Douglas tops in the tedious ‘Solitary Man’

Posted by · 8:14 am · September 17th, 2009

People tend to forget that Michael Douglas won his first Academy Award not as an actor but as a producer, bringing the classic film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” to the screen in 1975. His father Kirk had given him the project after years of trying to get the things going and Michael went […]

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6/10 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:58 am · June 10th, 2009

• A belated Happy Birthday to Kim Voynar, who digs back into the not-so-subtle themes of “Up.” [Movie City News] • Counting down the worst movie politicians. [Empire] • Taking a look at the key films of Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke’s career. [Daily Telegraph] • Patrick Goldstein talks to Tony Kaye about his most […]

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‘Wall Street’ sequel moving forward with Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf?

Posted by · 1:36 pm · April 28th, 2009

Not long ago, what with the housing market on the fritz and certifiable capitalistic ruin staring down the face of America, not to mention stoke brokers being painted as the devils of the earth, it seemed a great time to revisit Oliver Stone’s 1987 film “Wall Street,” the Michael Douglas starrer that put “greed is […]

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10/14 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 14th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil covers the landscape of double-dipping performers this year. [Gold Derby] • It looks like Don Cheadle will be replacing Terrence Howard in “Iron Man 2.”  Fucking lame. [The Hollywood Reporter] • How Kyle Buchanan missed the boat on some obviously awkward moments in “Rachel Getting Married.”  Seriously, what’s with the critical love-fest […]

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Weiser on the prescience of ‘Wall Street’

Posted by · 2:09 pm · October 6th, 2008

Buried in the pages of the Los Angeles Times’ entertainment section over the weekend was this intriguing op-ed from “W.” screenwriter Stanley Weiser.  But it wasn’t his upcoming George W. Bush biopic he had on the mind, it was 1987’s “Wall Street,” which Weiser co-wrote with Oliver Stone. It’s a real coup for the Times, […]

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Prescient

Posted by · 12:57 pm · September 29th, 2008

Might as well — the Dow is going to shit as we speak:

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