It has been a wild week for the inventory market, with novice merchants from Reddit’s r/WallStreetBets subreddit battling conventional traders. The previous a number of days have been stuffed with large swings in shares like GameStop and AMC and app-fueled drama that’s sparked a bigger debate over the character of Wall Avenue as an entire.
However in case you had been hoping to relax this weekend, calm down, and revel in a basic enterprise film about shark-like traders and over-confident Wall Avenue executives, you’re most likely out of luck. Practically each main finance movie isn’t obtainable to stream proper now within the US (no less than, not on the time of publication of this text), due to the capricious nature of the streaming market, the more and more fragmented libraries of studios, and the byzantine licensing offers that regulate what you may stream and the place.
This week’s quick inventory drama have you ever hankering for The Massive Brief? You received’t discover it on Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Max. Proper now, you can stream it with advertisements on Crackle, of all companies. Paramount (which distributed the movie) is perhaps saving it for Paramount Plus, which is set to launch in March, however that received’t do you any good this weekend. As a substitute, your solely possibility is to purchase or hire it — which, it appears, many individuals are doing, on condition that the movie has shot to the No. 3 spot on iTunes.
Possibly the ups and downs of the inventory market reminded you extra of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Avenue, chronicling the rise and fall of investor Jordan Belfort. However the Paramount movie is nowhere to be discovered on any streaming platform. So until you’re prepared to pony up some precise money to purchase or hire the movie (which, like The Massive Brief, is capturing up rental charts), you received’t be having fun with Leonardo DiCaprio’s profanity-fueled chest-thumping both. The identical applies to 2000’s Boiler Room, which can be absent from any streaming service.
20th Century Fox’s Wall Avenue is — predictably — not on Disney Plus to stream, but it surely’s additionally not obtainable on Hulu or every other service. If you’re on the lookout for a monetary movie to look at this weekend, although, the sequel, Wall Avenue: Cash By no means Sleeps, is on Amazon Prime. There’s additionally Margin Name, which is streaming on Peacock (for now).
However the dearth of basic Wall Avenue movies isn’t a novel subject. It’s one which streaming companies have been grappling with lately, as huge gamers like Netflix and Hulu have been much less encompassing and streaming companies have centered extra on increase libraries of unique content material. There was the same subject in the course of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when tens of millions of viewers trying to watch Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 movie Contagion had been pissed off that the film wasn’t available to stream anywhere.
The truth that iconic Wall Avenue movies will equally miss the massive second round bold traders and skeevy quick promoting is indicative of an even bigger downside with streaming in 2021, one that can doubtless proceed to worsen as an increasing number of studios proceed to reclaim their content material for their very own companies.
Then once more, it’s virtually becoming that the one method to watch The Wolf of Wall Avenue or The Massive Brief this weekend is to pay slightly further money again into the massive monetary machine.