Who says learning about money can’t be fun? It can now be accomplished with the same ease as viewing a movie. In fact, that is what you must do. You can learn so much about budgeting, debt, and the keys to a successful financial life by viewing films about characters who cope with their finances. We’ve compiled a list of five films that will teach you priceless financial skills that should have been taught in school but weren’t.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
You are missing out on some of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill’s best performances if you haven’t seen this Scorsese-directed movie tracing the rise and fall of a well-known stock scammer, Jordan Belfort.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” is based on actual events that took place around the infamous Stratton Oakmont, an over-the-counter brokerage firm, and a pump-and-dump scheme that assisted the IPO of several significant public companies in the late 1980s and 1990s (again, with significant dramatic license).
MARGIN CALL (2011)
The 24-hour day in the life of a Wall Street corporation on the verge of collapse is shown in “Margin Call,” maybe the most financially realistic film on the list (modeled closely after some of the large bulge brackets).
Margin Call tries little to hide its disdain for some of the biggest banks’ careless risk-taking in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, including trading complicated derivative contracts that they themselves hardly comprehended. Two of the film’s main characters are discussing the imminent disaster that will soon befall their bank and the unprepared financial landscape in a sequence that is immensely heartbreaking. A janitor is standing between them and is utterly unaware of what is happening.
THE BIG SHORT (2015)
The Big Short is an American biographical drama movie that won an Oscar in 2015. It has a strong ensemble cast. Adam McKay is the director and the film’s cast includes Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, and others. It is based on a 2010 book that describes how the US housing bubble contributed to the 2008 financial catastrophe. The movie discusses how important it is to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages before making a market investment and how one shouldn’t follow blindly without conducting their research. It is a plus if the wall street conditions have been thoroughly researched and analyzed. Additionally, in “The Big Short,” celebrities like Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie make financial terminologies more understandable for the audience.
WALL STREET (1987)
“Wall Street”, an Oliver Stone 1987 American drama movie starring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah, has gained cult status. Sheen plays a young, inexperienced stockbroker who works with veteran stockbroker Gordon Gekko, played by Douglas, who is rich yet astute. We all know that greed is bad and only leads to wanting more than is necessary, thus the movie’s subtitle, “Greed Is Good,” is a lesson in and of itself.
However, it is excellent to be greedy in areas of unrelenting passion, in the form of knowledge and a desire to study, as a means of continuously improving and achieving more important life goals. And the film brilliantly conveys that point while also illuminating how the stock market operates.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992)
“Glengarry Glen Ross”, written by David Mamet, is a film that is well worth seeing merely for the iconic Alec Baldwin monologue and is full of insightful, sophisticated dialogue. The focus of the entire film is a struggling Chicago real estate office. We witness the lengths people will go to in order to obtain a large sum of money as each salesman is under intense pressure to clinch deals or risk losing their jobs.
Despite the fact that these particular working men are crooks, this movie is about the struggles of the average working man. The tagline is: “Lie. Cheat. Steal. All in a day’s work.”
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Malayalam filmmaker Ashokan dies at 60
Raman Ashok Kumar, also known as Malayalam filmmaker Ashokan died on Sunday (Sep 25). He was 60. Recently returned from Singapore, he passed away while receiving medical care in Kochi, Kerala, at a private hospital.
Ashokan, a Varkala native, began his career in film as filmmaker Sasi Kumar’s assistant. After roughly 25 years of working as an assistant director, Ashokan released his first picture, “Varnam,” in 1989. The ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed movie “Varnam” included Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Ranjini, Thilakan, Meena, Jagathy Sreekumar, Parvathy, and Mukesh. He collaborated with director Thaha to co-direct the Suresh Gopi and Parvathy-starring film “Saandaram” a year later, in 1990.
He teamed up once more with Thaha in 1991 to co-direct the slapstick comedy “Mookkilla Rajyathu,” which starred Mukesh, Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Siddique, and Vinaya Prasad. The movie “Mookkilla Rajyathu” earned positive reviews and became hit. After that, Ashokan directed “Aacharyan” in 1993, starring Thilakan, Suresh Gopi, and Sreenivasan, and the movie also succeeded in attracting viewers. After that, according to reports, Ashokan relocated to Singapore and concentrated on business, but he never lost his love for movies. The telefilm he later directed, “Kaanappurangal,” earned him the Kerala State Award for best telefilm.
The filmmaker’s funeral will take place on Tuesday at his Varkala home. Ashokan is survived by his wife Seetha and their daughter Abhirami.
PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi wish Manmohan Singh on his 90th birthday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sent Dr. Manmohan Singh his birthday wishes on his 90th birthday, wishing him a long and healthy life.
“Birthday greetings to former PM Dr Manmohan Singh Ji. Praying for his long and healthy life,” tweeted PM Modi.
Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, sent Dr. Singh birthday greetings as well.
Wishing one of India’s finest statesmen, Dr Manmohan Singh ji a very happy birthday. His humility, dedication and contribution to India’s development, have few parallels. He is an inspiration to me, and to crores of other Indians. I pray for his good health and happiness,” tweeted the Wayanad MP.
Before the partition, Singh was born on September 26, 1932, in the Punjabi village of Gah. He studied at Oxford, Cambridge, and Punjab University.
Today marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Singh, who served as prime minister for two consecutive terms (from 2004 to 2014). He is a well-known economist who is credited with enacting significant reforms in the 1990s.
PM Modi conveys condolences to families of those killed in Kullu accident
Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives when a tourist vehicle crashed into a ravine in the Kullu area of Himachal Pradesh on Monday. According to PM Modi, who described the tragedy as “very sad,” “all possible care is being provided to the injured.”
“The incident of a tourist vehicle falling into a ditch in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh is very sad. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones in this accident. Along with this, all possible help is being provided to the injured. I wish him a speedy recovery,” he wrote on Twitter.
After a tourist vehicle crashed into a gorge near Kullu, at least seven visitors perished and about ten others were injured. Around 8:30 p.m., the collision happened on National Highway 305. Ashutosh Garg, the deputy commissioner of the Kullu district, reported that there were 17 passengers total in the vehicle, including the driver.
“As per the initial report, there were 17 people travelling in the vehicle including the driver. Police, home guards, and local administration teams have reached the spot. Some of them are feared dead and the priority is to save the lives and rescue the injured”. Garg said.
Five of the total injured people have been sent to the Kullu Zonal Hospital, and another five are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital in Banjar, according to the police.
According to local BJP MLA Surender Shourie, those involved in the accident were from a number of different states, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana. The victims’ identities are now being determined. At 12:45 a.m. on Monday, Shourie streamed a video on Facebook informing users of the incident.
Mallikarjun Kharge, Ajay Maken to meet Sonia Gandhi today over Rajasthan crisis
Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken, two Congress observers who were in Rajasthan on Sunday to attend the legislature party meeting at the home of the chief minister Ashok Gehlot, are anticipated to meet Sonia Gandhi on Monday afternoon.
With Gehlot expected to run for presidential polls next month, the state is currently dealing with a new crisis. Numerous Gehlot’s supporters resigned on Sunday and handed them to Assembly Speaker CP Joshi as a result of Sachin Pilot’s name being mentioned. The resignation is reportedly from more than 80 MLAs.
The MLAs made clear to the observers their demands, emphasising that the next chief minister should be chosen after October 19, once the party’s presidential elections are over, that the Gehlot successor should be chosen from among the roughly 102 MLAs who supported the party during the 2020 crisis, and that Ashok Gehlot should be kept informed throughout the decision-making process. They were reminding the party of Sachin Pilot’s uprising against Gehlot when he visited to Haryana by bringing up the 2020 dilemma. Later, after guarantees from the senior management, he returned.
Ajay Maken said: “We came for the CLP meeting fixed by the CM at a time and date of his choice. Very strange that MLAs didn’t come for that. We also wanted to follow the procedure of speaking to individual MLAs about what they want so that they can speak freely.”
The condition that no announcement – on the chief minister – should be made before October 19 seems to be conflict of interest as resolution authorises the Congress president to take the decision, and by October 19, Ashok Gehlot would have been the Congress president,” he further said.
Netizens divided over Deepti Sharma ‘Mankading’ England’s Charlotte Dean
Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma’s act of’mankading’ England’s Charlotte Dean at the non-striker’s end has generated a lot of polarising reactions on social media, leaving the cricketing fraternity divided.
This was first done by Indian cricket legend Vinoo Mankad during 1947-48 during India’s tour of Australia by running out Australia’s Bill Brown at non-striker’s end, which earned it the name ‘Mankading’. Though many cricketers argue that it is against the spirit of the game, it is totally legal as per the laws of the sport.
The Indian cricketers were extremely quick in coming to the defence of Deepti.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who had run out Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler during IPL 2019 in a similar manner while playing for Punjab Kings, quipped on him trending after Deepti’s act, saying that “tonight is about another bowling hero, Deepti Sharma.”
“Why the hell are you trending Ashwin? “Tonight is about another bowling hero @Deepti_Sharma06,” tweeted Ashwin.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag also defended the all-rounder, posting a meme and sharing the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) law as per which mankading is completely legal.
“It’s funny to see so many English guys being poor losers. #Runout” tweeted Sehwag.
Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer also defended Deepti, saying that the ball comes into play when the bowler starts his run up and as a non-striker, one must have his eye on the ball.
“It’s actually quite simple. Ball comes into play when bowler activates run up. From that moment on, as a batter or non-striker, you have to keep your eyes on the ball. If you are a bit careless, the opposition will get you out. And you can get out at either end,” tweeted Jaffer.
Deepti found support from international players from other countries as well.
South African bowler Tabraiz Shamsi seemed to voice his support for Deepti, saying that batters can also learn to stay behind the line just like bowlers are forced to stay behind the line while bowling.
“I’m on no one’s side here but my opinion is that if bowlers are forced to stay behind the line while bowling due to the laws in place…. batters can learn to stay behind the line too while backing up due to the laws in place. Seems fair to me if we all just follow the laws,” tweeted Shamsi.
Former English spinner also said that though it will be questioned, but mankading is under the laws of the sport. “It would be questioned for a long time but it’s in the law of the games. You can be run out by #mankading. Bear in mind it’s in the laws of the game. #ENGvsIND,” tweeted Panesar.
By fulfilling over 650 wishes, John Sena emerges as real-life genie
Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena has officially broken the Guinness World Record for the most Make-A-Wish Foundation wishes granted with a 650 count, Guinness announced. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he is the most requested Make-A-Wish celebrity, with no other star even coming close to granting as many wishes as Cena has in the foundation’s decades-long history.
Back in 2015, when he was honoured for granting 500 wishes, the ‘Peacemaker’ actor opened up about the foundation and how much he enjoys doing what he does. “I just drop everything. If I can offer a fantastic experience, I’ll be first in line to do my part, “ Cena said at the time.
Cena has been granting wishes since 2002, a few years after he began his career as a professional wrestler. As his popularity as a 16-time world champion soared, so did children’s requests for him to grant their wishes.
Of why he continues granting kids’ wishes, Cena said, “I want them to have an experience that will stay with them forever. I don’t ever want the children or their families to be treated in a way where they feel as if they’re up against anything at all,” reported The Hollywood Reporter.
A champion WWE wrestler, Cena has made huge strides into acting, tackling profane comedies (‘Blockers’, ‘Vacation Friends’) and family comedies (‘Playing With Fire’) in equal measure, as well as adventure and action movies.
Last year, he starred in both ‘F9: The Fast Saga’ and ‘The Suicide Squad’, the latter a Warner’s DC movie that spun off his character, Peacemaker, into his own series for HBO Max.
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