An aged Gladys Knight singing her big hit from ‘73 while sharing the stage and the song with some kids… you can see how great she is by comparison, there’s just no comparison, really. God bless true talent!
Big fan of Morcheeba … check out Skye Edwards’ body language… what a voice.
Mostly in Japanese. 95 minute running time so a good length, well within the sacred 100 minute limit. Not a feel-good pic. Unusual one, I liked it, sort of… bleak, but they made sure the ending wasn’t completely tragic. Love that Josh Hartnett played the English teacher… I only know him from Black Hawk Down… I have a lot of respect for him for taking this kind of risk. The critics will love the movie but I’m not sure about the general audience — may be way too dark, too weird. Ideas of loneliness, and middle age, and routine, and… misery. Not a comedy.
Tentatively gets a green rating from me… may make my Top Ten list for 2018, but I haven’t seen many movies from that year yet.
In French. 134 minute running time so at least 30 to 40 minutes too long. I watched it at 2.5x ffwd. World War I France … prosperous farm family takes on a lovely redhead orphan to help them while their sons are off at war … one of the sons knocks up the girl, but then he drops her like a hot potato when he thinks she’s fooling with American soldiers, which she isn’t…. the matriarch of the family turns out to be rather cruel herself, but preserving their social status is everything. It wasn’t terrible, just way way too long. Yellow rating at best.
120 minute running time which means it was 20 to 30 minutes too long. About a crew of blue-collar German guys building a hydro power plant in Bulgaria. It's sort of a modern cowboy thing, but just strange. The lead actor looks like an aged Marlboro Man with a two-pack a day habit. He's alone and he's lonely ... doesn't really get along with the other crew members, has a weird relationship with the Bulgarian villagers. Everyone looks poor and sort of hopeless, which reminded me of China. I wasn't thrilled, it just sort of made me uncomfortable, the whole movie. Not sure why Netflix has it listed as a thriller, but it's pure Art House stuff. Yellow rating if you’re interested in German expatriates in a Balkan country.
Too exhausted to post at end of day… crazy day with BPTH, I didn’t lose anything thank god (or make anything in it, bah). SEEL also active, I did trade that one and did ok. Feeling sort of burned out from doing these daily notes… I’ll put it on hiatus for now. Here’s a 1-minute chart of BPTH through 12:30PM:
Broad tone poor, indexes down half a percent (the horror), but I had no idea since HTB SDJ BPTH (246K EOD) had all my attention. Took one stab at it with the bookie (0.02 borrow), lost, and of course didn’t have another day trade to “make it back.” Little angry with myself since I sized 2.25x in a greedy effort which means the loss was 2.25x more than normal, bad… but with multiple day trades of course woulda “made it back.” See how dangerous the thinking is? :-) Also ignored an early long in it which I approached as a potential short only (fixed thinking), which is terrible and costly. AYTU (34.5K EOD) and SSLJ (8.97K EOD sub-dollah) were interesting briefly in the morning, but BPTH was the only game in town, what a screamer. Kind of thing that could bust a cheesy ‘stache kid from the sunshine state, but we’ll never know since he only wins. Included four Day Two charts for your StuckAtaProfit enjoyment.
Wife had doctor appt so more or less out all day … tried a quick short flier on DSS before leaving and stopped out at tightened stop, reversing there woulda worked, but it was a no play gamble, bad. Also the IB borrow effect was in play, since I had a borrow I just shorted willy-nilly as a result. That will change when I move to the bookie with the bulk of trading… also commish on 10,000 shares add up quick ($50 a side). TSX played a nice one minute reversal in PETZ (see chart below), but I didn’t open the bookie. Broad market mixed it looks like.
DSS 50.6K, PETZ 44.8K HTB, NCTY 31.1K HTB, AWSM 24.0K HTB … included CIFS and JMU charts to show what it’s like to be StuckAtaProfit after paying 7x for an overnight borrow.
Broad tone neg, gasp, the horror, but indexes only down slightly. CIFS and JMU to HTBs du jour … IB had some CIFS PO but had to be pre-borrowed … JMU totally impossible to borrow, even the bookie didn’t have some at first (then found some) … CIFS 119K, JMU 55.6K … worked on getting long today, went pretty well though it felt extremely weird and unnatural, but I have to overcome this problem if I want to get back to making half a mill a year. Was flipping through watchlist and STNE was on there and I caught it just about right and it tanked, sort of complete dumb luck. BPTH Day Two was squeezy and I wasn’t involved since there was so much action in CIFS and JMU. YRIC sub-dollar Chynar garbage, no borrow at IB and bookie doesn’t allow sub dollar shorts oh well.
In Danish. 85 minute running time so well within the sacred 100 minute limit. I loved this movie! It all takes place in a police dispatcher’s room, with one cop on the phone, yet it’s totally thrilling and completely engrossing, with things revealed bit by bit, assumptions getting flip-flopped. Really well done. Highly recommended. Will definitely make my Top Ten Movies of 2018 list (which will come out in 2020 since I’m still working on the 2017 list now). The Danes can make some really good movies (and TV shows). A rare case where the 99% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes is actually accurate. Green go, see this one!
Broad tone poz, you guessed it, market was up again, can’t have two down days in a row, hasn’t happened since last December. BPTH the HTB du jour… 191K … I took one stab at it in morning, took 0.5R loss and then was locked out under PDT. Crazy that I haven’t sent money over to the bookie yet, but will rectify next week for sure … good opportunity to short it in afternoon, but I’m not sure how many losses I would have taken before catching that, and then it rallied to new highs EOD as stuck shorts covered (didn’t want to pay 7x borrow cost, lol) … PBYI also in play 41.7K, shorted it late morning, got good cover on half, didn’t trail second half aggressively enough but still a sizable gain. Then it ran all the way back and made new highs, brutal. I’m sure people blew up on BPTH, it was nearly ZSAN-like scary.
Broad tone slightly neg … RKDA the HTB du jour (117K) … TGTX also in play (38.7K)… TTOO less so (20.3K) … ENDP (28.7K) woulda been good , but I didn’t see it in time, too busy goofing on TWTR. Traded RKDA and TGTX well, had to go to bookie broker for afternoon borrow in RKDA (0.02), which was a doozy — they smashed people and I was lucky to be able to hop on for the ride … didn’t handle exits especially well and had to leave early for massage, but I learned from some mistakes once again. TGTX dropped an offering at 16:01 the dirty bastards, but I was long gone. GEVO did 1,600 trades total on Day Two. :) Laying out the chart differently so I still have to tinker with that a bit. Found some neat YouTube videos from Steven Du … can’t say if he’s totally legit, but I like what I see. Glad to finish an atrocious month, probably my worst in the last two years, but I’m still standing and always learning so it’s good.
Broad tone mixed … GEVO the HTB du jour, no good spot pre-open, woulda had to chase … shorted TNDM, messed it up a bit (paranoid given number of recent all-day runners) but finally got decent average, happy with covers, shorted SE on a 15 min setup, went my way more than 1R then reversed and I didn’t get out immediately, ended up taking planned loss which was an error, shoulda been a scratch at worst… I’m still working on the 15 minute play, how to manage, it’s tough, woulda been perfect long but of course I couldn’t do that! MTP another HTB SDJ, sub dollar though, didn’t really watch since no way to play.
Poz tone, though flattish prices … FTNW the HTB du jour… 76,400 trades, nothing like CFIS yesterday but still… HTBX and ZYNE PO movers but no spots and FTNW had all the attention and money in the day trading world. Glad to finally exit KNDI, though driven out at trailing stop on final bit. Notes on charts:
95 minutes so a good length, but I still had to watch it at 1.5x ffwd. The story of two childhood friends, one black, one white. Black guy has three days left on probation (convicted of a horrific assault on a hipster, his white friend got off, inexplicably), when he witnesses a white cop shoot a black guy in the back. Issues of race and the gentrification of Oakland, but it wasn't very good, a muddled message at best. Clearly the black guy playing the part is educated, probably a sweet middle class kid who grew up in a nice suburb. I wasn't thrilled. Lots of unnecessary swearing too. Dude, do you have to use so many cuss words? Again the rotten tomatoes ranking leads me astray. Red rating, avoid.
Richard Brody gets it right: “… the movie’s substantial observations are dispersed in theatrics … the conflicts are schematic, the characters are thinly sketched….“
Poz broad tone, never a down day … CIFS TTNP KNDI UXIN … ACHV day two down 24% 9,600 trades, 181,000 last Friday, lol. Notes on charts.
Poz broad tone (predictably, can’t have two down days in a row, been the case for months now) … ACHV the HTB du jour and the only game in town … all ZSAN losses recoupable but only if you acted off of PO difangs, no spot in regular hours, and they triggered SSR early, the dirty bastards … finally stopped out of DBD, crazy to hold it that long but better than monkeying with the original stop. KNDI the clown car company still holding up… it’s either going to go to new highs or collapse, take your pick.
Slightly negative tone (don’t worry, it’ll go up again tomorrow) … ZSAN all-day runner, Killer of Flying Pig Players, KNDI, ADIL, CREG … notes on charts.
Poz tone for the SPY yet again. Never a down day, for months now. PO HTBs KNDI, CLSD, RIOT … interestingly IB had a few shares of KNDI and CLSD which I anticipated would all be pre-borrowed and was correct about … RIOT is full red unshortable … KNDI squeezed all morning and into 13:30 and I shorted C&B and eventually A off of PO difangs, IB gave me a very nice fill on the A since they ran out of borrows in the morning then found some in the afternoon and filled me right then (near top tick of course) … would have been awkward if I wanted to add at C1 and had no shares available, woulda been a major bummer but it didn’t happen. KNDI has had a $300M shelf in effect for a year and a half now and this NHTSA approval the perfect spot for them to sell into, but we’ll see. Able to carry since not paying 7x for the overnight barrow, ha! CLSD a little more straightforward, shorted C&B and could have added A but they ran out of borrow (didn’t pre-borrow enough, same as KNDI), woulda been near top tick (of course) but I’m fine with this ave and will hold into a StuckAtaProfit day(s) and eventually cover out for the expected gain (he says confidently (hopefully?)) … they did find 20K more shares after hours, but we’ll see about adding them, probably won’t.
In French. 93 minutes, so the right length, but so grim I had to watch it at 1.5x ffwd. Custody battle, 11-year-old boy and his teenage sister caught in the middle. Father, a hulking brute, is menacing in a Tony Soprano-ish way. Doesn't have a good relationship with his own old man, gets thrown out. Ugly biz. Father snaps in the end. Miserable, who wants to watch this kind of thing? Not a thriller, don't know why it's categorized that way. Yellow rating at best.