All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every dream has a price.
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.
Oh, my, this is dated. It seems the 80's will do that to a film.
I didn't expect to be blown away but I usually find Stone to be a solid director and I like Michael Douglas. Charlie Sheen is not really a good actor but I enjoyed him in Platoon so I figured maybe Stone knew how to get something worthwhile out of him. Not the case. He's pretty bad, something that is especially notable when he interacts with his father, the great Martin Sheen. He's nowhere near as bad as Daryl Hannah, though. She is terrible. Every single scene she was in she bothered me.
From a visual standpoint it's an ugly film. The cinematography is messy and unspectacular. Really the whole ordeal is beyond forgettable. The only things to enjoy is Douglas who is solid and Martin Sheen who is of course very good.
"The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good."- Gordon Gekko
Before Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street there was Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Both films focus on an up-and-coming stockbroker who gets involved in screwing people out of money and getting rich in the process. I'd take Scorsese's film over this one any day, but this one is still quite good.
First of all I'd like to admit that much of the talk about stocks and such went right over my head. That probably took away from my overall enjoyment of the film a bit. Charlie Sheen is decent in the lead role, but after watching the film I found out…
Led by two fine performances from Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, and strong direction from Oliver Stone, "Wall Street" is an engaging, entertaining, and captivating crime drama.
GREED , for the lack of a better word is good .
Greed works .
Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
Greed is beautiful .
Greed is sexy !
I wanna marry Greed !
Oh I'm so horny right now !
TO THE FAP CAVE !
AND BY THAT I MEAN MY GORGEOUS LIMO AND YOU'RE NOT INVITED !
Douglas , his character and charm is so interesting you almost forget you have no idea what's happening for the rest of the movie . It's just hard to care .
Honorable mention : Charlie Sheen's good-hearted daddy .
There are multiple scenes in this where character A lectures character B, generally in very broad strokes on money and the stock market. When Lumet does something similar in Network a fundamental necessity for these types of scenes to work is always fulfilled, the character being lectured to is uninformed, ignorant. Oliver Stone, in his desperation to tell everyone just what he thinks of wall street brokers forgets this first step, and so you end up with totally unnatural pieces of dialogue that may have sounded neat in Stone's head but contextually make little to no sense, as Bud Fox is frequently subjected to Gekko's increasingly obvious platitudes on the very basics of the job he is clearly quite adept…
Michael Douglas is really, really great in "Wall Street." His performance is exciting, slimy, charismatic and overflowing with energy. While I can't necessarily say he deserved his Oscar win, largely because I haven't seen all the nominees from that year, the fact that he won is unsurprising. He's excellent.
It's too bad that every other performance- from a leading actor or someone with only one line- is godawful.
I had the same problem here with Charlie Sheen that I did with Charlie Sheen in "Platoon"- he just lacks screen presence. He seems so bored and uninterested in every scene, and he can't hold his own during the film's dramatic moments. One particularly demanding scene- which requires a major emotional reaction…
Somehow I remembered this was better, more encaging, more intrigue, just more. I guess 26 years changes the perception of speed and all...
I think there is a really great movie here, I'm just not convinced Oliver Stone is a good enough director to deliver it. This film is really good but feels sloppy and unfocused, and lacking almost any flair or style. It's all very interesting and enaging watching Fox wade his way into Gecko's world, but one it shows its dark underbelly, it doesn't seem to dig much deeper. The stakes don't feel like much higher and the we don't feel any sort of looming guilt for the characters. I think Oliver Stone wanted to tell a compelling story and forgot to make us feel it.
Most of the praise undoubtedly revolving around the character and performance of Gordan Gecko, Michael…
Well what do you know, another great score, and I realize that Stewart "Rumble Fish" Copeland from The Police has struck again!
Wall Street is the story of the inner workings of insider trading and the cruel backlash inflicted on all parties involved. Wall Street foreshadows the reality of the topic decades before ENRON or Martha Stewart blindsided our generation. The story follows Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) as he struggles to succeed as a stockbroker, which includes calling potential clients and getting them to invest in certain stocks. Fox focuses his energy on gaining his professional hero, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), as a client. Gekko is a big deal and when Fox’s relentlessness gains him a meeting with Mr. Gekko, what transpires can only be described as a proverbial rollercoaster ride through the stock market with lies and deception playing a huge…
Damn Charlie Sheen can act. And Michael Douglas as well, I guess.
In all seriousness they're both terrific in this.
My general belief is that a movie is defined by it's ending. This had a worthy and tense conclusion, bringing together and finishing off every element established earlier on.
As my script writing teacher says, "Wrap up and get out" is how you finish a film. This wrapped it all up nicely, and allowed the audience to leave that setting satisfied.
Top-notch performances and chemistry between the actors, complex and at times shocking plot, great cinematography.
It is a shame that the American Public did not take this film more seriously and thoughtfully at its release. It could have prevented much of the financial devastation that Americans have suffered since.
With the (notable) exception of Daryl Hannah, the supporting performances really knock it out of the park -- Terrence Stamp, Martin Sheen, James Spader, John C. McGinley, right on down the line.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Smile, for justice comes to everyone. It is a belief of Wall Street; the movie, not the actual one. The collective mind of real life Wall Street is so deluded in the core principles of their own fucked up reality, I believe justice doesn't come up much. In that sad reality, the Bud Fox's of the world don't turn against the Gordon Gekko's. They grow bigger and bigger and crash economies. They don't do it alone. The world is far too big, full of far too many scumbags. This is a film, though, so I'll relent. Oliver Stone has crafted a very engaging piece that confounds with its insider knowledge yet remains levelheaded in its moral compass and genuine discord…
Boring. Maybe it's Stone's style, or the thought he could get a spellbinding dynamic out of the Sheens or even the atrocious Hannah, but this film killed me.
Complete list. :-(
Well, I've spectacularly failed to do the May one, but we'll see how we go with June.
Task # 1:…