Movie about the housing market collapse- The Big Short- Oscars? SAG nomination Globe nomination, huge limited debut, reviews are out. 5 Oscar nominations!

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    Sep 23, 2015 5:55 AM GMT
    Wow, I just screened this one and the trailer is already out, just today icon_eek.gif

    You are going to love this one, or be extremely pissed off, highly recommend, for everyone icon_lol.gif

    (just my take, not really a fan but, Steve Carell? could be award nod/win for this performance) icon_wink.gif


    Watch Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale Team Up in 'The Big Short' (Trailer and Interview)
    https://www.yahoo.com/movies/watch-brad-pitt-ryan-gosling-1262322844418102.html






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    Sep 23, 2015 6:45 AM GMT

    This was still in post production a few weeks ago, normally something like this would take another 4-6 months to finish and to even get a trailer released. Christmas???, that is Oscar sweeps during holidays.

    I am predicting, this will undoubtedly be a part of Oscar award season. This maybe why the production company got this out so fast. The very recent test screening(s) must have gone very very well in order to get this into theaters so soon. Not so much female actors but this all male, highly recognized, cast have all been nominated before.

    With its subject matter, the housing collapse, economy and reality for so many Americans, watch for this film in 2016 Oscar buzz.
    You heard it here first icon_wink.gif



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    Sep 23, 2015 11:59 AM GMT
    Should be interesting. I've watched some excellent documentaries on Netflix about the financial crisis. I find them more gripping than any Hollywood cliffhanger (even though I know what happens at the end).

    Six Films on the Financial Crisis
    http://billmoyers.com/content/six-films-on-the-financial-crisis/
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    Sep 23, 2015 3:10 PM GMT
    Wow, all these about the dismal science? Maybe I retired too soon.

    BTW I long said that this should not be called "the Great Recession" but rather the Second Depression. Any takers?
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    Sep 23, 2015 3:22 PM GMT
    oldfart saidWow, all these about the dismal science? Maybe I retired too soon.

    BTW I think this should not be called "the Great Recession" but rather the Second Depression. Any takers?


    Sure, fellow "oldfart," but I disagree on the moniker. This time there was nowhere near the poverty and misery that ranged from 1929 until the eve of WW2. The first time, EVERYONE was affected; the second, primarily only those who left themselves unprotected due to their own financial recklessness. From my perspective, the recession of the early '90s had much more of an impact. Things were tough then, and businesses everywhere were affected. IMHO, the 2007 collapse is best called "The Burst Housing Bubble."
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    Sep 23, 2015 5:01 PM GMT
    Looks good! icon_smile.gif

    My home still has not fully recovered from it.
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    Sep 24, 2015 12:34 AM GMT
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    oldfart saidWow, all these about the dismal science? Maybe I retired too soon.

    BTW I think this should not be called "the Great Recession" but rather the Second Depression. Any takers?


    Sure, fellow "oldfart," but I disagree on the moniker. This time there was nowhere near the poverty and misery that ranged from 1929 until the eve of WW2. The first time, EVERYONE was affected; the second, primarily only those who left themselves unprotected due to their own financial recklessness. From my perspective, the recession of the early '90s had much more of an impact. Things were tough then, and businesses everywhere were affected. IMHO, the 2007 collapse is best called "The Burst Housing Bubble."


    "recession of the early '90s"

    That was pretty well confined to SoCal as a result of the 'peace dividend' and defense employment loses.

    I lost exactly half on a home in PV that I bought in 1990 at the peak of that cycle and sold in 97 at the bottom.

    And the 1980 recession was deeper with higher unemployment than the last. And you can bet that we will have another crash before too long.



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    Sep 24, 2015 12:59 AM GMT
    MGINSD said
    oldfart saidWow, all these about the dismal science? Maybe I retired too soon.

    BTW I think this should not be called "the Great Recession" but rather the Second Depression. Any takers?


    Sure, fellow "oldfart," but I disagree on the moniker. This time there was nowhere near the poverty and misery that ranged from 1929 until the eve of WW2. The first time, EVERYONE was affected; the second, primarily only those who left themselves unprotected due to their own financial recklessness. From my perspective, the recession of the early '90s had much more of an impact. Things were tough then, and businesses everywhere were affected. IMHO, the 2007 collapse is best called "The Burst Housing Bubble."


    There was only one quarter we saw aggregate earnings across the business down. Profits did not disappear, partly because it was obvious in early 2007 what was going to happen. In the quarters that followed earnings were significantly higher than in a two year period prior. It is not unlike flying. When you have the controls, don't be stupid.
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    Sep 24, 2015 3:26 AM GMT
    metta saidLooks good! icon_smile.gif

    My home still has not fully recovered from it.




    Its happening again though, in certain markets (umm, the San Francisco bubble)
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    Sep 24, 2015 8:50 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidShould be interesting. I've watched some excellent documentaries on Netflix about the financial crisis. I find them more gripping than any Hollywood cliffhanger (even though I know what happens at the end).

    Six Films on the Financial Crisis
    http://billmoyers.com/content/six-films-on-the-financial-crisis/


    I watched and then bought Inside Job. I felt the need to put in my personal library some of the causes of events that changed my life.

    Too Big to Fail, Margin Call, Enron, and the Flaw are movies I might watch.

    The Warning is not something I want to watch because people not heeding warnings is just too common.
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    Sep 24, 2015 4:07 PM GMT
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    MGINSD said
    oldfart saidWow, all these about the dismal science? Maybe I retired too soon.

    BTW I think this should not be called "the Great Recession" but rather the Second Depression. Any takers?


    Sure, fellow "oldfart," but I disagree on the moniker. This time there was nowhere near the poverty and misery that ranged from 1929 until the eve of WW2. The first time, EVERYONE was affected; the second, primarily only those who left themselves unprotected due to their own financial recklessness. From my perspective, the recession of the early '90s had much more of an impact. Things were tough then, and businesses everywhere were affected. IMHO, the 2007 collapse is best called "The Burst Housing Bubble."


    "recession of the early '90s"

    That was pretty well confined to SoCal as a result of the 'peace dividend' and defense employment loses.

    I lost exactly half on a home in PV that I bought in 1990 at the peak of that cycle and sold in 97 at the bottom.

    And the 1980 recession was deeper with higher unemployment than the last. And you can bet that we will have another crash before too long.


    I was living and practicing law in SF at the time, and it was very apparent there as well.
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    Sep 25, 2015 7:33 PM GMT

    I knew something was going on here icon_wink.gif



    Brad Pitt's 'Big Short' to Get Big Push for Oscars
    https://www.yahoo.com/movies/brad-pitts-big-short-to-get-big-push-for-oscars-172227534.html

    Paramount Pictures has sprung a surprise new entry into the awards-season mix, setting the Adam McKay-directed adaptation of the Michael Lewis book The Big Short to be AFI’s closing-night gala film on Nov. 12 before it opens limited on Dec. 11 and goes wide Dec. 23. That adds another film to what is shaping up to be the most competitive year-end movie market in recent memory



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    Dec 04, 2015 4:50 AM GMT

    Movie gets its review, from Forbes....


    Studio must be serious, I saw the giant movie poster on the outside wall of Paramount Studios, Melrose Ave


    'The Big Short' Review: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt Anchor Angry Financial Crisis Lark
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/12/02/the-big-short-review-christian-bale-steve-carell-brad-pitt-anchor-angry-financial-crisis-lark/



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    Dec 09, 2015 8:01 PM GMT

    SAG Awards Nominations Surprise with ‘The Big Short’, ‘Straight Outta Compton’
    http://collider.com/sag-awards-nominations-2016/



    Best Ensemble (Motion Picture)
    “Beasts of No Nation”
    “The Big Short”
    “Spotlight”
    “Straight Outta Compton”
    “Trumbo”


    Best Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
    Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
    Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
    Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
    Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
    Jacob Tremblay, “Room”
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    Dec 10, 2015 7:39 PM GMT

    Steve Carell got his nomination! Movie picks up 3 Globe noms!




    Golden Globes 2016: Complete list of nominees
    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/la-et-mn-golden-globes-2016-nominees-winners-list-story.html



    Motion picture, comedy

    "The Big Short" | Video: Review
    "Joy"
    "The Martian" | Review
    "Spy" | Review
    "Trainwreck" | Review


    Actor in a motion picture, comedy

    Christian Bale, "The Big Short"
    Steve Carell, "The Big Short"
    Matt Damon, "The Martian"
    Al Pacino, "Danny Collins"
    Mark Ruffalo, "Infinitely Polar Bear"


    Screenplay

    Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, "Spotlight"
    Aaron Sorkin, "Steve Jobs"
    Quentin Tarantino, "The Hateful Eight"
    Emma Donoghue, "Room"
    Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, "The Big Short"



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    Dec 14, 2015 7:41 AM GMT
    open Dec 11-13 (wide, 2K theaters Dec 23)

    Box Office 'Limited Release' weekend results are impressive for only 8 theaters icon_confused.gif $720,000 ($90K average per) icon_eek.gif
    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=bigshort.htm

    This is probably no surprise, a financial movie like this the limited release cities are:

    Chicago, IL (1 theater)
    Hollywood, CA (1 theater)
    West Los Angeles, CA (2 theaters)
    San Francisco, CA (1 theater)
    New York, NY (3 theaters)


    ‘The Big Short’ Gets Big Boost From Globes, SAG Nominations in Box Office Debut
    http://www.thewrap.com/the-big-short-gets-big-boost-from-globes-sag-nominations-in-box-office-debut/


    Opening weekend audiences gave the R-rated “The Big Short” an “A” CinemaScore, which was in line with the critics, who have it at 86 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes.


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    Dec 14, 2015 8:18 AM GMT
    The end of August is when I saw it but my screening was not on the Paramount Studio lot icon_confused.gif The day of the first trailer debut, was a shock to see so close to when I screened, this article explains the studios reasoning.

    I am very happy how this is turning out, this article today mentions our test audience reaction(s) to the film. These screenings, we have to sign a confidentiality agreement not to talk about the film in work, especially on any social media. Once the trailer is released, then its ok, then it becomes just a spoiler alert. Same reason I couldn't talk about Stonewall 2015

    My bet is still on Steve Carell, Oscar-best actor nom. Sept 22 post above, I predicted Oscar for this one!



    The Big Short’: Oscar Season Box Office Breakout or Another ‘Steve Jobs’?
    http://variety.com/2015/film/box-office/big-short-box-office-steve-jobs-1201660073/


    At the end of August, Adam McKay unveiled “The Big Short” to a test audience on the Paramount Pictures lot.

    In one sense the film, with its jaundiced take on the financial institutions and money men whose reckless bets plunged the global economy into disaster, was a departure for McKay, a director best known for broad comedies such as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” But what impressed Paramount executives who attended the showing that day was that McKay had excavated the humorous side of “too big to fail.”

    “We were shocked by how much laughter we were getting,” remembered Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice-chairman. “Adam has such a wry sense of humor that he was able to take a subject matter that’s dense and academic and make it entertaining.”

    The Big Short” was originally slated to debut in February or March, but believing they might have an Oscar contender on their hands, Moore and Paramount chief Brad Grey pressed McKay to get the film finished in time for a December release. They were adamant about one thing: it was critically important that McKay have the picture locked in time for screeners to be sent to awards voters, something the studio failed to do last year with “Selma,” which many pundits felt resulted in the Civil Rights drama being snubbed by the screen actors, producers and directors guilds.

    Paramount went ahead with the release shift and based on “The Big Short’s” limited release and strong showing at the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations this week, it was the right gamble. The film scored the second-best per-screen average of the year with $90,000, and made a solid $720,000 from eight theaters. It is now viewed as a leading contender to capture a best picture Oscar nomination, something that could boost its box office results.

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    Dec 15, 2015 9:35 AM GMT

    Another excellent review, Steve Carell kudos!



    Tackles complex subject matters with a proportionately complex narrative structure, but with creativity and smart sensibilities that come together as an equally thought-provoking and amusing film.
    http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/Big-Short-68657.html


    It’s really left to you as a viewer to decide how you feel about all of it – though obviously the bet on the movie’s behalf is that it’s all going to seriously piss you off, and possibly convince you to pay more attention to what’s going on in that arena.

    The nature of the narrative isn’t without its pitfalls – specifically that everyone in the audience already knows what happed in 2008, and by extension what happens to all of the main players. But what really keeps you engaged are the fantastic performances from everyone in the ensemble. Though he’s almost entirely isolated in his corner of the story, Christian Bale is fantastic as the oddball Burry and provides The Big Short with some of its best moments as he does extreme levels of research and fights against those in his company who think he’s insane for betting against the housing market. Brad Pitt is also wonderful in what is a more-limited role, playing a former insider turned outsider who gets reluctantly pulled back into the financial world after the soon-to-burst bubble is brought to his attention.

    Really, though, it’s Steve Carell’s turn that anchors it all. Mark Baum is not only a good character representation of all the anger that the film generates about the fucked up banking world, but also is the one who makes you realize that the protagonists of the story are not heroes. They’re people who saw a broken system, and ultimately profited from its complete failure (and by proxy the financial ruin of thousands of people). It’s tricky water to navigate, but Carell really pulls it off with an emotional and complex performance.
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    The Big Short is The Wolf of Wall Street with a conscience
    http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/10/9881780/the-big-short-movie-review-christian-bale-brad-pitt



    The performances in Big Short are unashamedly broad. Gosling's sneering affect as the voice of the film is deliberately off-putting, reminding viewers that even though he's their guide, he isn't on their side. Carell is the closest thing the film has to a hero; Baum is there to profit off the criminality he sees around him, but he at least has the humanity to be sick about it. Carell has had a long run of characters filled with impotent, seething rage, and he throws himself into this one fully. Bale, a tremendously committed actor who's too distinctive to disappear into roles easily, is the biggest surprise, with his wheedling voice, unfocused expression, and gaping mouth. He's effectively disarming and repellent at the same time, like so much about this playful yet purposefully alarming film.

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    The Big Short, Like Our Financial System, Is Hilariously Infuriating
    http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/news/a40726/the-big-short-review/


    It's meant to leave you angry, presumably, especially as you are coerced into rooting for a group of men (and it's pretty much just men) who made millions of dollars by betting that the market would crash and destroy average people's lives. You get a small sense of those lives throughout the film, especially when characters visit abandoned housing developments and meet mortgage brokers intent on selling as many mortgages as they can convince one person to buy. But McKay is centered on those who knew what was coming and did what feels like the wrong thing. It's conflicting to empathize with Carell's character, who is mourning the death of his brother, and still recognize that his actions are morally baseless.

    So does the film succeed in leaving you angry? Yes, in a way. But there's nothing to be done to these men—what they did was legal—conniving players in a corrupt game. McKay's intentions may be to ask his audience to pay more attention, to be more mindful of the movement of money around America, to consider what Wall Street is doing as we move forward as a country. That's pretty good for Hollywood. Oh, and did we mention a cameo by a half-naked Margot Robbie?

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    Dec 24, 2015 5:42 AM GMT

    The movie already has its first parody, the hair wigs icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif



    Meet the Woman Behind All The Big Short's Exquisitely Bad Haircuts
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    Jan 14, 2016 4:38 PM GMT
    5 Oscar nominations! I hope you had a chance to see it icon_cool.gif



    PICTURE
    The Big Short
    Bridge of Spies
    Brooklyn
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    The Martian
    The Revenant
    Room
    Spotlight X

    SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Christian Bale, The Big Short
    Tom Hardy, The Revenant
    Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
    Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies X
    Sylvester Stallone, Creed

    DIRECTOR
    Adam McKay, The Big Short
    George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
    Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant X
    Lenny Abrahamson, Room
    Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    The Big Short X
    Brooklyn
    Carol
    The Martian
    Room

    EDITING
    The Big Short
    Mad Max: Fury Road X
    The Revenant
    Spotlight
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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    Feb 16, 2016 6:36 AM GMT

    After the BAFTA's, bets are in, down to three potential best picture Oscar wins out of all noms:


    "Spotlight"
    "The Revenant"
    "The Big Short"

    The American Academy likes realism, and the 3 front runners of the movies nominated for best picture are about real or true stories. I am still going with the Big Short for best picture due to the fact the impact the story had and continues to have on our country and economy. Below is the new TV ad spot, Paramount recently released to help boost its chances.


    Spotlight-
    In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church

    The Big Short-
    In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors' money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America

    The Revenant-
    While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him


    The Big Short Pitches A Hard Sell To Academy Voters In A New TV Ad
    http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Big-Short-Pitches-Hard-Sell-Academy-Voters-TV-Ad-112397.html