Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Culture Warrior

I was living in New York in September 2008, and took some time a couple of days after the stock market crash to visit way downtown Manhattan and see what was going on. The quietude was shocking, as the alarms being sounded on cable news networks made it sound like I shouldn’t be surprised to see brokers peddling on the street, people running around on fire for no apparent reason, or CEOs segway-ing off of cliffs. As I rarely visited the Financial District, I had no idea whether or not this was normal. Maybe the crash had invoked a necessary meditation or speechlessness, a rare time of reflection for capitalists-run-amok. But the truth was that such panic wouldn’t be visible on the street amongst the common folk (houses around the country owned by low and middle-income families told that story), rather the chaos was happening inside the buildings themselves. Oliver Stone’s latest entry into his “W” trilogy dealing with major 21st century American events (alongside World Trade Center and W.), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is an attempt to inquire on the conversations that may have gone on in those buildings.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, the guys get way too into Sarah Jessica Parker and Rob Hunter manages to offend every single listener ever.

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Explore the mind of a man who would defraud the Native Americans, help keep sweatshops open and cuddle up nice and close to politicians while showing how his actions played a role in the collapse of the housing market.

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This week in the world of movie posters, we explore the ever-growing phenomenon of the Mondo Tees exclusive print, something that our long-time readers and fellow Austinites know something about. Mondo Tees is the beautiful sore that grows out the side of an Alamo Drafthouse, selling t-shirts, posters and geek paraphernalia to the masses as they stumble out of the Drafthouse, drunk with movie love — and Guinness milkshakes.

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Last year, I was mildly successful in writing a list of 13 Films You Should Be Excited to See at Sundance 2009. This year I’m getting bold and adding two more films to the list. Take that!

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