The Call of the Countertrend

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William Eckhardt in The New Market Wizards … I have to re-read his chapter from time to time when things start to go awry in my own trading:

“Are there any other natural human tendencies that you think tend to sabotage success in trading?”

“There is what I refer to as ‘the call of the countertrend.’ There's a constellation of cognitive and emotional factors that makes people automatically countertrend in their approach. People want to buy cheap and sell dear; this by itself makes them countertrend. But the notion of cheapness or deamess must be anchored to something. People tend to view the prices they're used to as normal and prices removed from these levels as aberrant. This perspective leads people to trade counter to an emerging trend on the assumption that prices will eventually return to ‘normal.’ Therein lies the path to disaster.”

Movies Watched -- La La Land (2016)

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128 minute running time so at least 30 to 40 minutes too long. Mainly watched on ffwd. Stars bug-eyed Emma Stone and Ryan “Mouseketeer” Gosling. A modern-day musical. They’re both attractive people and it looked charming in parts, but it was way way way too long, and for that reason it’s an avoid. Is Damien Chazelle gay? Probably a popular movie with homosexuals despite the hetero romance.

Amy Nicholson wrote a good review: “… the movie is an overpriced mason jar that poaches its artificial authenticity from the past.” … “When they kiss, it’s like an apple colliding with a banana.“

Always a green screen

Always a green screen

Movies Watched -- Hereditary (2018)

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127 minute running time so at least 30 to 40 minutes too long … horror movie, but looked lame when watched on ffwd. Didn’t grab me, didn’t interest me, I’m not really into horror. Most critics loved it, but you can always count on Rex to tell the truth: “Hereditary, the long, pretentious occult thriller … boasts the four-word label in film-festival jargon that often reliably guarantee a torturous disaster: ‘Big Hit at Sundance!’ … Toni Collette has never appeared more deranged and out of control.” Full red, avoid it.

Allergic to nuts

Allergic to nuts

Movies Watched -- Loving (2016)

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123 minute running time so at least 20 to 30 minutes too long. I watched most of it on ffwd. About the Loving vs. Virginia verdict … the woman who played Mildred Jeter was absolutely stunning, no doubt of mixed race herself … wasn’t interested in the story, plus it was too long. Give it a miss.

We ain’t hurtin’ anybody

We ain’t hurtin’ anybody

Movies Watched -- Prisoners (2013)

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153 minute running time so at least an HOUR too long … I watched most of it on ffwd. Pair of young girls kidnapped, which means no parents of young girls will voluntarily watch it. Wolverine’s daughter and her token black friend and neighbor disappear. Wolverine then abducts and really graphically tortures the suspected kidnapper, but of course he’s off track … Jake Gyllenhaal plays a detective with a squinting problem and inexplicable neck tattoo. Anyway, I wasn’t thrilled, and a running time of 153 minutes is just inexcusable. Skip it. (Edelstein called it a long sentence.)

Creepy eyeglasses means he’s guilty

Creepy eyeglasses means he’s guilty

Movies Watched -- Lone Survivor (2014)

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120 minute running time so 20 to 30 minutes too long. Short underwear model, Marky Mark, has cast himself as the lone survivor of a tragic special ops mission in Afghanistan (which really happened, it’s based on a true story).

It’s War Porn, but sort of reverse War Porn since it shows the Americans getting beaten for once … turns the SEAL team into superheroes as they are shot and bounce down mountainsides, yet heroically fight till the bitter end. All the soldiers are handsome white boys. A Chinook helicopter was shot down during a rescue mission for the trapped four (another 16 dead).

I wasn’t thrilled with this, you can give it a miss.

Marky Mark chewing Backy and strictly following those Rules of Engagement

Marky Mark chewing Backy and strictly following those Rules of Engagement

Movies Watched -- A Fantastic Woman (2018)

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100 minutes so the right length, but I quit watching this after 20 minutes, and it was a Blu-Ray disc so I don’t have a screencap to accompany the post. It’s about a transgender man/woman in Chile… his/her older male partner croaks and he/she has to deal with his family afterwards… it didn’t grab me, I wasn’t interested, I have no idea why it has won any critical acclaim. Could be that the transgender issue is hot now and the media latched onto this thing, but you can definitely give it a miss.

Tony Lane also wasn’t thrilled.

Movies Watched -- Leave No Trace (2018)

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109 minute running time, so at least 10 to 20 minutes too long. Unusual movie, directed by a woman from a script written by women. About a damaged guy (a Marine vet with PTSD) and his teenage daughter who live in the woods outside of Portland … “social services” brings them in and tries to house them (they’re all very nice, no stupid people in the mix), but Dad wants to run away again and does, taking his daughter with him, even though she just wants a place to settle down and live a “normal” life. Mom is absent, dead or divorced, we don’t know.

I didn’t buy the story. Just how long have they been out in the woods? And the father is not going to abandon his fine-boned daughter, I don’t care how much shock and awe he saw in the desert. Critics (esp. women like Zacharek, who wrote a good and glowing review) are going to love it, and it’s not terrible, it’s just that the premise is flawed.

Miss Quivering Chin with yet another Kind Earthy Woman

Miss Quivering Chin with yet another Kind Earthy Woman

Movies Watched -- Support the Girls (2018)

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90 minute running time so the perfect length, but I have no idea how this ended up on my to-watch list. About an overwhelmed woman who manages a Hooters-style restaurant in Houston? Not sure what demographic they’re targeting with this one, but it isn’t mine. The lead is sweet, but the story is depressing. Give it a miss.

Burgers, beer, and boobs

Burgers, beer, and boobs

Movies Watched -- Green Zone (2010)

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114 minute running time so at least 20 minutes too long. Bouncy cam, non-stop action, video-gamer special (never forget how many thousands of people really died). War Porn of sorts, and at its heart, a really dumb Hollywood thing… yes, of course non-existent WMD were a pretext for starting the war, everyone knew that from the beginning … but we need chief warrant officer “Miller” going rogue to get to the bottom of this fiction … funny to see the Entertainment Tonight host as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, he probably would have done as good a job as the real guy … god, I hated this … fast forward. Give it a miss.

Don’t be naive, Freddy.

Don’t be naive, Freddy.

Movies Watched -- Foxcatcher (2014)

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134 minute running time, so they could have trimmed 20 minutes or so, but this was really good, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Steve Carell with prosthetic eagle nose plays John Dupont, nutty supporter of the US Wrestling Federation, Channing Tatum plays Mark Schultz (whom I do remember from early cage fights), and Mark Ruffalo plays Dave Schultz, Mark’s older brother, also an Olympic gold medalist. Interesting (tragic) story, well told. Highly recommended!

(Rex also liked it.)

Ornithologist, Philatelist, Philanthropist

Ornithologist, Philatelist, Philanthropist

Movies Watched -- Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

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113 minute running time, so it could have been trimmed a bit … but this was a special film … a documentary, but not a conventional one. Life on the small island of Lampedusa (population 6,000) off the coast of Italy (shown through the simple times of a young boy), and the front line of the refugee crisis … desperate people crossing the Mediterranean trying to get to Europe — Sudanese, Syrians, Eritreans, etc. — first arrive here. I enjoyed it and can recommend it.

So many body bags….

So many body bags….

Movies Watched -- Too Late For Tears (1949)

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98 minute running time so just under the sacred 100 minute mark. A real film noir with blackmail, a femme fatale, multiple murders, Los Angeles and sleazy Mexico locales (once again, see Touch of Evil and The Hitch-Hiker), double-crossing dames, old wartime buddies, and sex — not graphic sex of course, but a more explicit approach, surprising for a movie made in 1949. My copy from “Alpha Video” was in terrible shape, but apparently there’s a restored version on Blu-ray available now. The movie wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad, and it’s a must-see for noir fans.

You’re quite a gal, Mrs. Palmer

You’re quite a gal, Mrs. Palmer

Movies Watched -- Swing Time (1936)

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103 minute running time … some great dance scenes, lovely songs by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields (The Way You Look Tonight, A Fine Romance, and Never Gonna Dance — the last has the best dance scene, really moving, I shed a tear) … goofy story / comedy in between the musical numbers. I’ve always liked Fred Astaire’s singing. He does one scene in black-face, which will drive the PCs crazy, but those were the bad old days. Certainly a top ten movie from 1936, but I haven’t seen them all. Recommended if you like song and dance.

Ginger suffering from a mild case of nipple-itis

Ginger suffering from a mild case of nipple-itis

Movies Watched -- The Arbor (2011)

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90 minutes, so the perfect length, but I only made it an hour in before quitting because it was just too depressing. Another horror story from a British housing project, just awful stuff … poor, dumb, foul-mouthed, miserable people — why watch them? Some toff down in London published the play, slumming it. Avoid.

I was a vewy pwetty girl, until someone waped me with scissows

I was a vewy pwetty girl, until someone waped me with scissows

Movies Watched -- Touch Of Evil (1958)

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95 minute running time but feels much longer. I’d seen this one in the past and forgot about it. Old Orson Welles grumbling and bumbling around… some really neat camerawork, no doubt the man was way ahead of his time. Dumb story though. Mexican lesbian dopers a novelty in 1958. Sleazy California-Mexico border town featured (same as in The Hitch-Hiker). Welles as corrupt cop, Marlene Dietrich as fortune teller… Aiding justice, partner! Wasn’t thrilled with it, though it’s something every movie buff oohs and aahs over, but it’s just not that well put together, the story is no good. You can give it a miss.

Janet Leigh (Jamie Lee Curtis’s mom) in repose

Janet Leigh (Jamie Lee Curtis’s mom) in repose

Movies Watched -- Widows (2018)

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128 minute running time so at least 30 minutes too long. Dumb, dumb story. Just ridiculous. A twist in the middle, but still, just bad. I have a soft spot for Steve McQueen (the director) because he made “Shame,” which I thought was brilliant, but this was just lousy. One good shot as they showed a car driving from the ‘hood in Chicago to a more gentrified part of the city, a short drive, well done, clever, but doesn’t make a movie. Bobby Duvall comes out of a crypt to swear a blue streak… way too much profanity in this movie. And some really graphic violence. Not recommended.

Rex, as usual, gets it right: “I never believed these grieving widows could ever form a workable alliance of lady gangsters.“

Dick Brody also didn’t like it: “These details … fit together with a technically impressive coherence that’s also dramatically ridiculous.“

A beautiful Latina, black, and Polish woman walk into a sauna….

A beautiful Latina, black, and Polish woman walk into a sauna….

Movies Watched -- The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

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70 minutes, so on the shorter side, nothing wrong with that. Rare 1950s movie directed by a woman … story of a psychopathic killer who takes two men hostage and into the Mexican desert … some interesting dialogue about the guys being soft and not being able to escape because they cared about each other … one truly scary scene where the bad guy forces one of the men to shoot a tin can out of his buddy’s hand; you could see a psycho doing such a thing. It wasn’t a terrible movie, but I don’t recommend going out of your way to see it.

Bum eye, not bad, eh?

Bum eye, not bad, eh?

The Sideshow Is Now the Audience

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There’s a new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I watched the episode with Melissa Villaseñor, whom I’ve never heard of, but thought was funny (despite her annoying laugh, and the false hilarity that fills most episodes). Anyway, Jerry said the following, which I loved:

"People in the circus sideshow, huge, fat, tattooed ... these are the people in the audience now. What used to be the sideshow is just regular people now."

Here’s a YouTube thing that Villaseñor did called “Bjork’s Vlog,” which made me fall off my chair laughing: