RR Movies: Greed

I could have continued down the list of topics from week 1 but that’s something of an endless quest methinks…

So, following Shoey’s lead, I’ll pick a topic relating to the news*: greed. It doesn’t have to be greed for money – there are plenty of films about greed for power, sex, food and so on – but I’ll kick this off with Scorsese’s amoral romp, The Wolf Of Wall Street. It’s crammed with greedy, grabbing arseholes, but they did seem to have fun.

What films about greed would you recommend?

*A fruit-based company might have to shed less than 1% of its $200bn (no, sorry, it’s now $230bn) stash.

21 thoughts on “RR Movies: Greed

  1. I’d argue that Morgan Spurling’s Supersize Me is fundamentally about greed and the addictive nature of junk food.

  2. Well, Goldfinger would be the easy first thought. Or probably Diamonds are Forever could fit the bill as well. But I’m sure I can come up with some others.

    • Shoes put up The Usual Suspects last week. I’m thinking of films like that, where a group pulls a heist, and then knocks off others in the group afterwards to keep the divvied portions of the booty between fewer people. Reservoir Dogs would be another.

  3. Lots of great films about greed – Chinatown, Double Indemnity, Once Upon a Time in America, The Lavender Hill Mob, Sweet Smell of Success, The Night of the Hunter, All About Eve, to name a few !

    • Ooh, definite donds for Chinatown and Double Indemnity. I think any crime film that’s not about a crime of passion or desperation is probably about greed.

    • Another one that occurs to me – although it might be more about ambition – is 2007’s There Will Be Blood with Daniel Day Lewis as the utterly ruthless oil man.

      • Goodness gracious! Right at the top of the page. How did I miss that? [Slow down]

        Instead, I’ll go for something lighter but with some well aimed shots at the beginning of the yuppie era and also featuring a couple of greedy, racist, mean misanthropes. Right; I had to search the internet for this from Trading Places:

        Louis Winthorpe III: [approaching the New York Commodities Exchange] Think big, think positive, never show any sign of weakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high. Fear? That’s the other guy’s problem. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness. Super Bowl, World Series – they don’t know what pressure is. In this building, it’s either kill or be killed. You make no friends in the pits and you take no prisoners. One minute you’re up half a million in soybeans and the next, boom, your kids don’t go to college and they’ve repossessed your Bentley. Are you with me?

        Billy Ray Valentine: Yeah, we got to kill the motherf… – we got to kill ’em!

  4. Maybe The Big Short is the appropriate film for the Apple story. A bunch of smart alecs exploit the accepted commercial wisdom and find a way to screw loadsamoney out of everyone whilst somehow presenting themselves as maverick heroes, rather than the greedy amoral bastards they actually are.

    • Anything based on a Michael Lewis book would work. Did they make a film of Liar’s Poker?

      I thought about American Psycho, but that’s more about status than greed I think.

  5. “Bonfire of the Vanities” with Tom Hanks as Sherman McCoy, a Wall Street investor whose life turns upside down after his mistress runs over a “hoodlum”. The film didn’t get good reviews and I’m not a Tom Hanks fan but I enjoyed it – the book is good, too.

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