The Big Short

  • Hypertrophile

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    Mar 21, 2016 10:48 PM GMT
    Just saw The Big Short over the weekend. Loved it! I thought the cast was great, and especially liked the editing and the mix of dramatic and documentary style direction.

    What I found fascinating were the flashbacks it was giving me to those days. I had at that time a friend who happens to be the most informed person I have ever met in my life. I used to sit for hours as he would school me on political issues. Then I'd go look up his facts and at no time could I find anything he told me to be false. An amazing mind. He's probably close to Brad Pitt's character in terms of knowledge of economics and ability to think critically.

    One night in 2007, he told me about what was happening in the housing market, all about tranches, credit default swaps, and how the whole thing is about to come crashing down. It could have been the script of the film, and it saved my ass because I heeded his warnings.

    About that same time, I was installing a point of sale system for a guy who was opening a hat store that was really a front for for the mortgage business he was running out of the back room. He was a pretty shady character who came to our first meeting late having just flown in from Vegas, and still drunk. Probably using a bit of blow, too. (This next part could be a spoiler, but not much.) In the film, we are introduced to two mortgage brokers in Miami who reminded me of the hat guy. It wasn't long after that the store closed and he disappeared. Too bad his fate was worse than the guys in the movie. We found out later he committed suicide. Probably too deep in the hole and couldn't find a way out.

    Anyway, just wanted to relate that.

    The film is necessarily information-dense with lots of math due to the subject matter, but they use a couple of devices that I thought were pretty cool to keep your attention and make it easy to follow. For those who haven't seen it, rent it and hang in there. It's got a great payoff!
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    Mar 22, 2016 4:12 AM GMT
    I wrote about the film here, back in Sept 2015. http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4117063 This was one of my films I prescreened in post production for the studio (Paramount). I saw the finished film during limited release here in LA, Dec 17

    I was shocked to hear Paramount push the film release in Dec, in time for Oscar season. The film was scheduled for release March 2016. It was nominated for 5 Oscars and won, best adapted screenplay.

    I was disappointed that the films subject matter was downplayed by Hollywood, it was the studio Paramount that pushed this film, Hollywood elite were a bit slow to recognize the importance of the subject given it had affect on the entire world. When faced with the truth (what wall street really did) even boring to most, in the comedic form made for a more understandable option


    Its now available on Blu-Ray
  • Ironman4U

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    Mar 22, 2016 8:46 PM GMT
    Just rented it this week. Very well done and very sobering for what it shared about our system.
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    Mar 22, 2016 11:50 PM GMT
    An excellent film.
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    Mar 23, 2016 9:41 PM GMT
    yep, I enjoyed it too. I was hoping that it would win the Oscars.
  • StevenB

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    Mar 25, 2016 11:39 PM GMT
    It seems this whole scene is about to be repeated since
    Wall Street has not learned their lesson.

    but this time it will be much worse.

    Stephen !!
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    Mar 26, 2016 2:19 AM GMT
    StevenB saidIt seems this whole scene is about to be repeated since
    Wall Street has not learned their lesson.

    but this time it will be much worse.

    Stephen !!




    Yeah, it appears that way. Now like a commodity, like corn or beans. icon_confused.gif

    As they say in the stock market "buy low, sell high", am sure 'flipping' is back too icon_confused.gif