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Mar 022013

So, let me get this straight. What you’re telling me is that I’m supposed to be sitting around with my thumb up my ass and my fingers crossed hoping that one of these fucking days somewhere down the line one of these rich assholes is going to say the wrong thing loud enough so that we can’t choose to ignore ‘em anymore.

– A furious New York Police Detective Michael Bryer to the Judge in Arbitrage

As part of my mission to wean you schmucks from those mind-numbing, trashy Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood films, I present Arbitrage (2012) starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Nate Parker and Brit Marling.

Yes, notwithstanding your misinformation, Richard Gere, the Dalai Lama’s bosom pal, is still alive and kicking.

And Gere continues to make movies when he’s not espousing Tibetan causes.

In Arbitrage, Richard Gere plays a crooked hedge fund magnate Robert Miller who’s cooked the company’s books to the tune of $412 million so that he can sell his company to another Wall Street crook.

But if Arbitrage were merely about the financial shenanigans of Wall Street, nobody would have watched this film.

The average Joe is a stupid Joe with no patience for serious and important stuff, even if it’s about gross corruption and reckless behavior by the wealthy.

So director and writer Nicholas Jarecki livens up the picture. Continue reading »