It’s another busy and bizarrely eclectic weekend at your local cinema, which should make going to the movies a strange and wonderful experience over the next few days. There is a generous cross-section of flicks hitting screens, including big-budget wide releases (“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” “You Again”), buzzworthy indies (Gaspar Noe’s “Enter the Void,” the public education system-eviscerating documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’”) and limited-release Oscar bait (the Ryan Reynolds trapped-in-a-box thriller “Buried,” Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”). But the biggest release is undoubtedly “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1987 classic “Wall Street.” The original first introduced the world to Gordon Gekko, a character played by Michael Douglas who came to represent the unfettered avarice of Reagan-era New York, where capitalism reigned supreme and (to paraphrase Gekko) “greed was good.” Douglas reprises the role in the sequel, which sees Gekko getting out of jail and attempting to get back to the business of business. The new film reflects an entirely new economic climate, where actual economic villains like Bernie Madoff have actually gone to jail and the same sort of greed is looked upon less as ambitious and more as insidious.
In order to get yourself in the mood to spend some more time with Gordon Gekko, we put together the following money-centric playlist. There’s no doubt that many, many rappers have served at the altar of Gekko (who was basically the non-violent version of “Scarface,” another classic picture of ’80s money obsession that also happens to be connected to Oliver Stone). So check out pro-dollar anthems from 50 Cent (“I Get Money”), Lil Scrappy (“Addicted to Money”) and Ludacris (“Money Maker”), as well as Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing.” We kick things off with OJ Da Juiceman’s “I’m Getting Money,” as powerful a capitalist anthem as there is.