Wednesday, December 30, 2015
No Such Thing As A Safe Bet - The Big Shortby Tinsel & Tine Editor - Le Anne Lindsay
Does anyone else feel like THE BIG SHORT just sneaked into the Awards season without warning? I never saw a trailer, it features big names like Christian Bale and Steve Carell, yet I hadn't heard any buzz, there was only one screening on the press list, added late. Maybe I just missed knowing about it, but once it was Golden Globe nominated [category:Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy] I had to make a point to see it, although the rehashing of the housing market collapse and subsequent economy, was not top on my list of can't wait to see subject matters.
T&T Synopsis: First thing to know is that bonds made up of many AAA rated mortgages was a safe, great investment for years, started back in the early 70's. You know how back in the day no one didn't pay their mortgage. Think about all the Howard Cunningham's or Archie Bunker types who kept steady middle or even low middle class incomes and never missed a payment. So for years no one needed to look closely at Mortgage Bonds, they just were, until... "the '00s".
The Big Short introduces us to several characters, all of which work within the trading, banking, stock market industry, but not all the character's paths cross...
For director of photography Barry Ackroyd, McKay's dialogue-driven drama offered a change of pace from shooting acclaimed action thrillers like The Hurt Locker, Captain Phillips and United 93. "When Adam approached me about doing The Big Short, he referenced United 93 because there's a huge amount of action in that film yet it's also very confined," says the Oscar-nominated cinematographer. "He and I talked about how to ramp up the energy for scenes of people talking in offices so that we bring the audience into the middle of the conversation. We want you to feel like you're in the room with the subject, so you listen harder to what's being said." Production Notes
lf : Barry Ackroyd / rt: Adam McKay
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Bottom Line: The movie doesn't talk down to the audience. At times they use easily understood analogy devices involving celebrities to explain the finer points of the game - like cutting to The Wolf of Wall Street's Margo Robbie in a bathtub, drinking champagne to explain sub-prime loans. But basically you either catch up and get the gist or you don't, and I like that. I complained about In The Heart of the Sea missing the heart part, but in this movie, I don't think they should have wasted time with flashbacks of Burry as a kid playing football and having his glass eye fall out during the game. And we don't need to know Baum's wife (Marisa Tomei) or other details about his personal life. These characters are just used to tell the tale. Yes, it's great they have built in personality and the actors find their quirks, but we don't need to be personally invested in any of them.
When I think about the fact that I went back to school at the beginning of 2008, right before the bottom fell out, in order to increase my earning potential and now I make less than I did in 1998, and let's not talk about the debt! All because an industry got greedy, didn't stick to the rules and systems in place, and then just let everyone else pay for it ... Well, one thing's for sure, it proves right all the spiritual philosophies which teach us how cosmically connected we all are.
T &T's LAMB Score: 3.5 outta 5
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