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A Trader’s Oscar Preview 2011 - Recapping Five Fine Films - -

Oscar the Trader

Hollywood’s biggest night is fast approaching in a year that produced some of the finest films in recent memory.  Let’s take a look at some of the nominees for the top prize.

Black Swan - Director Darren Aranofsky once again manages to keep viewers squirming in their seats with anxious delight as the plot squeezes forward.  Natalie Portman captures the duality of her role with her much expected charm and beauty set against a backdrop of black turmoil.  If you enjoy lesbian fantasies, schizophrenia, and swarthy Frenchmen this movie is for you.

Toy Story 3 - Can Pixar do wrong?  The conclusion of our cherished trilogy brings all of the heart, humor, and hurrah beget by the first two films.  Toy Story 3 reminds us that a child does not require an iPhone to inspire imagination.

True Grit - “I loved it” “It was too slow” “The Coen Brothers were confined by the boundaries of a remake.”  With such a myriad of opinion, it seems unlikely this film will claim top prize; however, True Grit holds much to enjoy.  Travel to the wild West with all of its tough talk, gun totin’, and dirty rotten scoundrels.  Plus, a bear on a horse.

The King’s Speech - When was the last time you heard a great story?  A beautifully simple plot is illuminated by veteran acting and brilliant photography.  Truly moving and my pick for the big one.

The Fighter - A movie that captures the hardships and pipe dreams of blue-collar suburban Boston.  Christian Bale evokes the willing suspension of disbelief with his inspiring portrayal of a drug addict.  The Fighter is a classic feel bad feel good movie.

Not Taleb’s, Natalie’s Black Swan

I saw Black Swan this weekend.  While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, I know that many people won’t feel the same.  The movie is dark, and left me feeling uncomfortable most of the time.  This is due to the tremendous acting skill of Natalie Portman, who emanates tension throughout the movie.  For all of us who recognized her talent in ‘The Professional’, we feel pride at all of her performances.  She is ‘ours’ (creepy huh?)

And here I come to the real point.  The director of the film is Darren Aronofsky.  He  also wrote and directed ‘Pi’.  A movie about a man, Max, who believes **(1) Mathematics is the language of nature; (2) Everything around us can be represented and understood from numbers; (3) If you graph the numbers in any systems, patterns emerge. Based on these principles, Max is trying to figure out a system to predict the behavior of the stock market.

Well, I know a man like Max.  We’ll call him Jack, because thats his name.  I’ve known him for nearly the last 8 years, and traded with him for 2 of them.  Jack understands chronometrics and cycles.  Like clockwork, when the computational numerical simulations and stellar dynamics  collide to form a black hole, Jack gives me a call.  He has sent me some of his recent work, which includes forecasting and technical analysis.  It has been good enough to make me take notice.  I have invited him to come to the office on Wednesday.  While I hope he can help generate positive P&L, there is one thing I know for sure.  Once the wormhole has been opened, there is no telling what is going to happen, and there is no going back.  But I guarantee it will be extremely entertaining.

Todays Aprox P&L:          $1,500

December  Aprox P&L:  $187,000

Portfolio:  2.7mm Long Value,  2.2mm Short Value


**taken from IMDB

‘Risky Money’ Sizzle Reel


Michael Franti Hangs with Pal Jeremy Frommer

Check out this great new video of music superstar Michael Franti visiting CEO Jeremy Frommer.

At his recent concert in NYC, Michael made a special visit to the VIP section in order to hang with his friend Jeremy Frommer.