The Big Short

The Big Short

DVD - 2016
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The financial meltdown from the perspective of a number of players: Michael Burry, a bizarre stock-picking genius, and the first to realize that the market's housing boom is based on a "house of cards" sham; Mark Baum, self-loathing character whose firm picks up insider trading information from a wrong number phone call; Jared Vennet, a smart-aleck broker who confirms the ominous suspicion; and Charlie Gellar and Jamie Shipley, small-time players who hit it big.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD BIG SHO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
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Language Note: In English, dubbed French, or dubbed Spanish with optional English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese subtitles; closed-captioned; descriptive audio


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Aug 30, 2019

not worth putting your name on the library hold list. this is a silly comedy that could have been just 90 minutes. it jumps from one crazy character to another with ear deafening music in the background. it reveals little about the mortgage crisis of the mid 2000's.

May 21, 2019

Fairly mediocre account of stock market finagling that involved relatively few people. It DIDN'T result in another depression, it hadn't the scope of October 1929. Steve Carell is manic sometimes and bland other times, Brad Pitt phones it in, Ryan Gosling is appropriately cynical and cajoling by turns. The real excitement is provided by two young guys who don't know they need 1.5 billion to qualify to sit at the table with the big players--they are entertaining.

Apr 24, 2019

Didn’t like.

Mar 19, 2019

yes, this can and has actually happened. you do have to watch and pay attention, not just go along, trust your gut.

Mar 01, 2019


Jan 16, 2019

This quasi-documentary is done in the style of Assaya's "Carlos", but isn't nearly as informative (or good.) It would have been a lot better if it was extended to 5 or 6 hours and a lot more detail given regarding the details of the various bank failures. There was also no mention of the worst apologist for the debacle, Timothy Geithner.
On the plus side - it was fast paced and had quite a few good jokes. I especially liked the analogy of a blackjack game, with layered betting on the results.

Dec 24, 2018

Directed by Adam McKay in 2015 based on the 2010 book of the same name, this dramedy depicts the 2007–2008 financial crisis triggered by the United States housing bubble.
Although prominent actors star in thie movie, the depiction of the story appears foolish and nonsensical.
I hate those actors who talk to the camera.
They don't seem to know what they are talking about.

Dec 13, 2018

In Adam McKays hyped-up comedy-drama based on Michael Lewis’ book he gives a distinctly sardonic spin to what went down in the months leading up to the Great Recession of 2007 and his all-star cast—Ryan Gosling as an amoral opportunist, Steve Carell as the only manager with a conscience, Brad Pitt as a big player turned disillusioned hermit; and Oscar-nominated Christian Bale as an autistic wunderkind—are more than capable of maintaining the manic energy McKay’s vision demands. Jarring edits combine flashbacks with stills of Wall Street bigwigs and the newly homeless; freeze frames are laced with intertitles defining the plot’s more technical terms; surprise celebrity cameos from the likes of Selena Gomez and the late Anthony Bourdain explain exactly what’s happening in layman’s terms using everything from blackjack tables to fish fillets as props, and throughout it all the cast routinely break that fourth wall to help us separate fact from fiction. The result is a giddy, quasi-satirical look at the unchecked greed and ridiculously flawed trade dealings—shored up by government oversight and corporate collusion—which determine just how much our life’s savings are really worth. But the film’s comedic elements never quite mask its bitter cynicism, for all the clever turns in the world can’t erase the fact that those responsible for inflicting so much hardship on others not only avoided jail time, they actually got bailed out with tax dollars raised from the very people they hurt. Nominated for Best Picture of 2016 and winner of Best Adapted Screenplay.

Informative and entertaining. Steve Carrel is a treat to watch, as always, even when he's being serious. Christian Bale does admirably, and I was surprised to find Brad Pitt as well. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously, and the best parts of the movie are the frequent breaks to the fourth wall that clarify the details between the movie and reality.

Apr 12, 2018

A strong cast helps make the events of the 2008 financial crisis understandable and entertaining.

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Jan 16, 2018

Mark Baum: I have a feeling in a few years people are going to be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming immigrants and poor people.

britprincess1ajax May 28, 2016

"I don't get it. Why are they confessing?"
"They're not confessing. They're bragging."

britprincess1ajax May 28, 2016

"Saints don't live on Park Avenue."

britprincess1ajax May 28, 2016

"If we're right, people lose homes. People lose jobs. People lose retirement savings, people lose pensions. You know what I hate about f**king banking? It reduces people to numbers. Here's a number: every 1% unemployment goes up, 40,000 people die; did you know that?"

britprincess1ajax May 28, 2016

"I have a feeling in a few years people are going to be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming immigrants and poor people."

britprincess1ajax May 28, 2016

"We live in an era of fraud in America. Not just in banking, but in government, education, religion, food, even baseball. What bothers me isn't that fraud is not nice. Or that fraud is mean. For fifteen thousand years, fraud and short-sighted thinking have never, ever worked. Not once. Eventually you get caught; things go south. When the hell did we forget all that? I thought we were better than this; I really did."

britprincess1ajax May 28, 2016

"So, mortgage bonds are dog s**t, and CDOs are cat s**t wrapped up in dog s**t?"

Mar 27, 2016

Deeb: Dr. Burry?
Burry: Yeah.
Deeb: Deeb Winston, Goldman Sachs. Listen, I've been reviewing your position. I wanted to discuss your marks and make sure they're fair.
Burry: Yeah, I think you mean that you've secured a net short position yourselves. So you're free to mark my swaps accurately for once because it's now in your interest to do so.
Deeb: I'm not sure what you want me to say.
Burry: I think that...I think that you've already said it.
Jamie: Casey, right now every bank in town is unloading these shit bonds onto unsuspecting customers. And they won't devalue them until they get them off their books. This level of criminality is unprecedented, even on fxxking Wall Street.
Casey: Jamie... And this is me being honest here, okay? It took me years to build my relationships on Wall Street. No bank or ratings agency is going to confirm a story like this just because it comes from two guys in a... Sorry, garage band hedge fundthat thinks it's the apocalypse.

Mar 27, 2016

Selena Gomez: Okay. So here's how a synthetic CDO works.Let's say I bet $10 million on a blackjack hand. $10 million because this hand is meant to represent a single mortgage bond.
Dr. Richard Thaler: Okay, Selena has a pretty good hand here, showing 18. Dealer showing seven. That's a really good hand for Selena. Good odds. In fact, her chances of winning this hand are 87%. So, my odds are good. I'm on a winning streak. Everybody in this place wants to get in on the action. How could I lose, right? Now, this is a classic error. In basketball it's called
the Hot Hand Fallacy. A player makes a bunch of shots in a row. People are sure they're gonna
make the next one. People think that whatever's happening now is gonna continue to happen
into the future. During the real estate boom, markets were going up and up and people thought
they would never go down. So people who are watching and think that I won't lose will make a side bet. Now, this is the first synthetic CDO.


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Coarse Language: Extremely rough language, but almost all of it is used to describe financial trends.


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