Bart Chilton, the commissioner of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, wants stronger financial regulations. He also loves movies. On Thursday, he combined those two things into the best financial reform speech ever.
This is Bart Chilton. He has amazing hair.
Bart Chilton has been a commissioner on the Commodities Futures Trading Commission since 2007 and is easily the coolest financial regulator of all time. Look at his hair! Look. At. His. Hair.
Anyway, Bart Chilton gives speeches that are almost as amazing as his splendiferous blond locks. He gave one this February that was several riffs on the color red. But the one he gave today at the Yale Club in New York City, titled "Cinema of Uncertainty," may take the cake. It's a call for writing strong rules in Dodd-Frank, the 2010 financial reform and regulation bill, as explained through a ton of movie references. Here are almost all of them:
The Great Gatsby
I know the Yale Club only from Fitzgerald's Nick Carraway of Gatsby fame who "...took dinner usually at the Yale Club." In fact in the new Gatsby movie Nick (Tobey Maguire) and Jay himself (Leonardo DiCaprio) mention the Yale Club. If you haven't seen it, The Great Gatsby (2013), my take is that it’s full-on super cinema. Go right after we're done here. In fact, if you do, it will be a great finale to our little mini movie montage here at the Yale Club.
Belly of the Beast
First, I extend a heartfelt greeting from the belly of the beast—the nation's capital. (By the way, Belly of the Beast—2003—direct-to-video (DVD) Steven Segal film. The action sequences are impressive, but the script is pretty hurting. Nuf said). However, government does seem like a beast at times, right? I came up from D.C. the other day and I can tell you that the town that continues to take a licking keeps on ticking. That's not welcome news to some of you. In fact, at times, I'm with ya.