John Forlines III connects the dots between "Myth & Reality in Markets & Movies"

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It's Oscar season, and media coverage makes it easy to get caught up in the Hollywood money machine, but for some of us it's still about the art. There are many years when there are simply no great movies—the stuff that our grandkids will care about. 

This is not one of those years. For our money, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman” flies above the rest as a magnificent statement of human failings, desires and above all, the perilous intersection between relationships and the nature of love.  

Michael Keaton plays a has-been superhero movie star trying to reinvent himself as a serious director and actor on Broadway. He has adapted a classic Raymond Carver short story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” as his comeback vehicle. 

The ensemble cast with Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts make the harrowing process (for play investors and actors alike) of developing and opening a play come alive in a slow-burn mixture of fantasy, gritty backstage politics and emotions.  

So, what does this great art have to do with financial markets? What do we talk about when we talk about markets?

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