Weekend Open Thread   4 comments

I was hoping for the third day in a row of beating the indexes today, but my portfolio could only manage a 0.38% profit. Maybe next week…

In the meantime, welcome to another weekend! You know the routine…weekend open thread…discuss what you like…etc.

For this weekend, I offer for your consideration, my three favorite Paul Newman films:

1. The Color of Money (1986): Color of Money is technically a sequel to The Hustler (1961), which is another great film featuring Paul Newman as “Fast Eddie Felson”. However, I prefer the sequel. You don’t need to see the first film to appreciate the second one, but watching them together will help you appreciate the evolution of Paul Newman as an actor. He is so much better in Color of Money. Plus you get Tom Cruise in the sequel, who is up to the task of working with Paul Newman at his best. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio rounds out the cast. I would also rate The Color of Money as the best movie about pool ever made.

2a. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969): No list of the top movies of Newman or co-star Robert Redford would be complete without this film, considered by many as an all-time great film. It’s just a fun western, with two great actors in their prime.

2b. The Sting (1973): The second film to feature Newman and Redford, although quite different than Butch Cassidy. Sting might have to be given the edge for it’s entire cast, which includes: Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, and Harold Gould. But both Butch Cassidy and Sting were directed by George Roy Hill, and I can’t really decide which I like better.

Honorable Mention: The Verdict (1982), which is one of the all-time great courtroom dramas.

Enjoy your “government-free” weekend folks!

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Posted October 4, 2013 by edmcgon in Open Thread, Portfolio

4 responses to “Weekend Open Thread

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  1. The Hal 9000s are losing:

    http://qz.com/131420/if-your-money-is-in-a-fund-controlled-by-robots-youve-lost-3-5-this-year/

    The real problem comes down to quantum physics. Specifically, by observing a particle, the nature of the particle is changed. By observing, and trading, the market, the market is changed by the computers, making it harder for all the computers to make money. When all the computers are reacting to the same stimulus, only the fastest computer can make money. The rest are left grabbing for air.

    On the bright side, until the programmers realize they should be trading the long-term instead of the microsecond, that leaves us humans with hope. 🙂

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