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You can keep the note

September 14, 2009

I re-watched the classic Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup last night and three (barely) finance-related bits stuck out. Yes, this as a thinly veiled attempt to get the Marx Brothers on TGR. First, a timely discussion of the politics of debt, in Groucho's extended introduction: Groucho: "Now, how about lending this country 20 million dollars […]

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Land speed

September 2, 2009

I saw this ad for the new Cadillac lineup, in particular the CTS coupe, on Sunday night and was left with the feeling that I had seen something almost-but-not-quite-like it before. The sand, the straight-line speed, the radio-quality voices, the ambient nothingness... and finally, I remembered. Here's the Cadillac ad: And here's the classic BMW […]

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Suspend your disbelief

July 13, 2009

Best plot summary ever: Elsewhere, the giant shark leaps thousands of feet from the ocean and attacks a commercial airplane, forcing it to crash into the water. The movie's trailer is here.

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Top Gear season 13 is coming!!

June 19, 2009

This is the second trailer, and I like it a bit more than the first: Truth be told, the first trailer really is worth watching if only for the way mini-James yells "Clarkson, you great oaf!" near the end. ...All right, you've talked me into it:

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Hamsters... in 3D

June 12, 2009

You may know that I like to watch movie trailers (massive understatement). Today, I'd like to discuss the trailer for Jerry Bruckheimer's new movie G-Force. As one might expect from a Bruckheimer flick, G-Force is about an elite squad of spies who are forcibly retired and subsequently called back to action. As one might not […]

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It is not only possible - it is essential!

May 3, 2009

It has just come to my attention that the most highly rated comedy on Rotten Tomatoes is Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick's dark comedy about the Cold War shouldn't be missed by anyone. Therefore, as a public service (and thanks to the magic of the internet), I present the Peter Sellers extravaganza in its entirety. Please enjoy […]

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A Few Greedy Men

February 11, 2009

Classic email I received from R (and if you don't know, now you know): I picture the following dramatic scene unfolding later today: Barney Frank: What did Paulson tell you? Ken Lewis: [stonefaced] Barney Frank: WHAT DID PAULSON SAY TO YOU IN YOUR MEETING IN MID-DECEMBER? Ken Lewis: You want answers? Barney Frank: I think […]

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"Skewered. One sympathizes."

April 22, 2008

The Aston Martin featured in the new 007 movie was driven off a cliff and into Lake Garda on Saturday morning. Great, except it wasn't a stunt... the driver had an accident while delivering the car to the set.  Apparently it was the only car available for the film, and at £120,000 (~$240,000 USD) I'm […]

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Coming this November

February 20, 2008

So I got this email alert from the NYTimes last night: The New York Times Tuesday, February 19, 2008 -- 9:25 PM ET ----- Television Networks Project Barack Obama as the Winner in Wisconsin The victory is Mr. Obama's ninth straight victory over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in their epic struggle for the Democratic presidential […]

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