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Television Takes On Two of the Biggest Crime Stories of the Past 25 Years

Date: 02/03/2016

Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss stars in the story of one of the biggest financial frauds of all time, Bernie Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme, with Blythe Danner as his wife. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uAG0jiDVCI[/youtube] People who want to know more should watch the documentary "Chasing Madoff." [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62L7VxMDg68[/youtube] Robert De Niro a ...

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I'm Only Human

Date: 06/28/2015

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwnR7f4PxoU[/embed] Why is being a human so hard? Why is taking the high road even harder? I remember being in my twenties and truly only living for me. I wanted everything my way and when things didn't go my way, I moaned, groaned and had a big chip on my shoulder like the world owed me something. Gosh, I was so ignorant ...

Related Topics: Christian Inspiration, Faith And Prayer, Deception

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Magic in the Moonlight

Date: 07/31/2014

Woody Allen's 44th film is an amuse bouche without a meal, a dollop of whipped cream without the dessert underneath.  In last year's film, "Blue Jasmine," the strength of the performances (especially Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett) and the resonance of its Bernie Madoff-ish crossed with "Streetcar Named Desire" plot line provided a simulacrum of seriousness of purpose that suggested a deeper meani ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Movie Review, Trailer, Quotes, Woody Allen, Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Magic In The Moonlight

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Blue Jasmine

Date: 08/01/2013

Two sisters. One imagines herself living a life of ease, comfort, graciousness, and elegance that does not really exist. The other is more accepting of her lower middle class life, her carnality, her limited expectations. The first sister loses everything and comes to live with the second. Woody Allen may have been inspired by Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire" in this modern San Franci ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Movie Review, Trailer, Quotes, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K., Entertainment

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Interview: Nicholas Jarecki of "Arbitrage"

Date: 09/10/2012

Documentary-maker Nicholas Jarecki wrote and directed his first feature film, "Arbitrage," with Richard Gere giving one of his best performances as a hedge fund manager hiding massive losses who gets caught up in an even bigger cover-up when he and his mistress are in a car accident and she is killed.  Susan Sarandon is superb as his wife and indie darling Brit Marling plays his daughter and CFO ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Nate Parker, Corruption, Richard Gere, Nicholas Jarecki, Arbitrage, Hedge Fund

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Thoughts on "Tower Heist" and Occupy Wall Street

Date: 11/08/2011

Here's today's dispatch from the crossroads of faith and media. Tower Heist raises moral questions. Over the weekend I caught up with the comedy starring Ben Stiller as the leader of a group of working stiffs (that includes Matthew Broderick) in a caper that involves hiring a professional thief (Eddie Murphy) to break into the penthouse apartment of a Bernie Madoff-like portfolio manager/swi ...

Related Topics: Occupy Wall Street, Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Bernie Madoff, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Ipads, One Percenters

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Tower Heist

Date: 11/04/2011

If the Occupy Wall Street crowd decided to make it movie it would be "Tower Heist," the story of 99%-ers stealing back from a 1% guy what he stole from them. Alan Alda has a lot of fun playing a bad guy for a change, a Madoff-style villain named Arthur Shaw who takes a daily swim in his rooftop pool with an enormous painting of a hundred dollar bill along the bottom.  He lives in the penthouse o ...

Related Topics: Tea Leoni, Casey Afleck, Gabourey Sidibe, Ben Stiller, Quotes, Eddie Murphy, Trailer, Movie Review, Tower Heist, Blog 97

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Exclusive "Chasing Madoff" Clip

Date: 08/18/2011

Remember when Bernie Madoff defrauded his investors of over $18 billion dollars, a number so staggering that you can't even begin to comprehend it? Well, a new documentary is coming out that focuses on the efforts of one man, Henry Markopolos, who tried to blow the whistle on Madoff for nearly 10 years. No one, not the SEC, not the government, not even the press would listen to him. The docume ...

Related Topics: Conspiracy Film, Documentary, Bernie Madoff, Ponzi Scheme, Blog 87

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