The film is about a mathematical genius, Maximillian Cohen, who narrates much of the movie. Max, a number theorist, theorizes that everything in nature can be understood through numbers, and that if you graph the numbers properly patterns will emerge. He is working on finding patterns within the stock market, using its billions upon billions of variables as his data set with the assistance of his homemade supercomputer, Euclid.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Will Smith stars in this moving tale inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his five year old son. When his girlfriend walks out, Chris is left to raise Christopher on his own. Chris’ determination finally pays off when he lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stock-broker training program. Without a salary, Chris and his son are evicted from their apartment and forced to sleep n the streets, in homeless shelters, and other less glorious places. Chris rises above all obstacles to become a Wall Street Legend.
Seth Davis, a Queens College dropout has high aspirations. The casino Seth operates from his apartment is a good source of revenue; but does not meet the high expectations of his father. His father is a successful judge who is stern, which makes his approval important to Seth. One night, when Seth looks out his front door at the yellow Ferrari, he is introduced to the wealth potential of stock brokerage. Seth pursues a career with J.T. Marlin, a wire house located on Long Island. As a junior associate he learns the craft of sales over the phone. He is aiming for a position as a senior broker after obtaining his Series 7 license. He’s terrific salesperson. Once he completes his training, the pay is phenomenal. He soon notices the commissions earned at J.T. Marlin are much larger than average. At this point he becomes apprehensive of J.T. Marlin’s business practices. While entering this profession to impress his father; Seth soon figures out he may have chosen the wrong profession.
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.
In Wall Street, Bud Fox is tired of dealing with the small-time cold-calling of Jackson & Steinham, his brokerage firm. His father and he are both sick of the fact that, according to Buddy, “$50,000 does not get you to 1st base anymore.” At least not in Manhattan. Mr. Fox, Sr. would gladly have Buddy work for him at the Bluestar Airline company, or at least living rent free back home while he uses his 50k/year salary to get out from under his bills. Unfortunately, Buddy has other plans.
Both Buddy and his colleague talk about ‘bagging the elephant’. To them, this is getting a shot with the big-money brokers. Enter Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko. Gecko spends all his time on the phone barking orders to his on-the-street brokers and information collectors. Buddy has to effectively bribe his way into Gordon’s office on his birthday with a box of Cuban cigars. However, as Gordon checks his heart rate, his words are “So what’s on your mind, Kemosabe. Why am I listening to you?” Gordon shoots down every tip Buddy throws at him, showing Buddy just how behind he is in the game. “Stop telling me information and start getting me some,” is the last thing Gecko says to Buddy before he leaves. It doesn’t take long for Bud Fox to figure this one out.
The fabulously wealthy Duke brothers make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to be placed in the lap of luxury and trained for a cushy career in commodities brokerage. Simultaneously, they set about to reduce aristocratic yuppie Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd to poverty and disgrace, hiring a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) to hasten his downfall. When Billy Ray figures out that the brothers intend to dump him back on the streets once their experiment is complete, he seeks out Winthorpe, and together the pauper-turned-prince and prince-turned-pauper plot an uproarious revenge. With the good-hearted prostitute and Winthorpe’s faithful butler as their accomplices, they set about to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the pocketbook.
Bret Easton Ellis’s dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s is brought to the screen in this unsettling drama with black comic overtones. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy Wall Street financier, is pursuing his own lucrative career with his father’s firm. Bateman is the prototypical yuppie, obsessed with success, fashion, and style. He is also a serial killer who murders, rapes, and mutilates both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or reason. Donald Kimble (Willem Dafoe), a police detective, questions Bateman about the disappearance of Paul Allen (Jared Leto), whom Patrick murdered several days earlier. As Kimble stays on Bateman’s trail, Bateman’s mask of studied, distant cool begins to fall apart. American Psycho also features Reese Witherspoonas Bateman’s girlfriend, as well as Samantha Mathis, Chloe Sevigny, and Guinevere Turner; the latter also co-authored the screenplay. Controversy followed the production from the start, when speculation that Leonardo Di Caprio would play Bateman sparked concerns that he would lure preteens to an R-rated movie. Di Caprio soon bowed out of the project, and original leading man Bale was reinstated. Later, a group of Toronto residents attempted to block filming in that city after Canadian serial killer Paul Bernardo claimed that Ellis’ novel inspired his murder
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