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 autistic-like 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 fictional 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.


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Oct 02, 2017

God awful!

Jul 25, 2017


Jul 24, 2017

I want to see a movie without the "f" word in every sentence! Lost interest in this within 15 minutes.

May 19, 2017

Excellent, gripping coverage of the lead-up to the 2008 financial crash, and the people who both saw it coming and ultimately dealt with their roles and their conscience. Christian Bale is especially effective as brilliant, stubborn forecaster (with apparently some degree of Aspberger's/autism) who slogs through the actual tranches of toxic mortgages and discovers a ticking time bomb. On-target cultural depictions of Vegas and Miami and the privileged world of finance.

May 15, 2017

excellent and very important movie to watch

Mar 23, 2017

You cannot burn yourself then blame the fire for it. It is up to individuals to educate themselves. Give power back to yourself. Stop being distracted by the drama, consumerism, and fear-based news on the television. Do your research, read up. You'd be surprised how much actual living, happiness and peace you can create simply by killing your T.V., or at least watching less and choosing what you watch. Don't forget to mute those commercials. When people are distracted like this, the eyes turn away from those abusing power. It's up to each individual to do their part in creating a better world by focusing on their actions, thoughts, behaviours and their overall contribution to the planet.

Very thankful for movies such as these and for the people who have the patience to watch them.

Mar 01, 2017

Do people NOT know how to make movies anymore ? What's with the 4 character stories ? They should have stuck with just ONE character development ( OK, maybe 2 at most).
And what's with the rock music ? Anytime I hear rock music, I know what's coming is typical Hollywood crap.
Brad Pitt playing a bit role (and unsuited to it) was excruciatingly painful to bear.
They had a perfect opportunity to tell the story of the 2008 crash and blew it by trying to mix bad humor with real life ruins.

Feb 14, 2017

I couldn't understand why people were saying it was funny, having read the book, until I saw the ridiculous treatment it was given by the filmmaker. But given the importance of the subject matter, if the silliness gets the point across to just one person, it was worth it.
However, I highly recommend reading the book - much better.

Feb 14, 2017

Fairly entertaining. But more importantly, pretty good at simplifying and explaining how messed up the global financial markets are, and how much of the American financial system in particular is based on fraud.
And nothing has changed.

A valiant effort to dramatize in didactic fashion the 2008 financial crisis with frame breaks from Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie speaking to the camera about CDOs. We live in a system, capitalism, that is completely fraudulent. That is the takeaway. And for that reason the movie is very worthy of your time. Plus, Ryan Gosling is brilliant as always.

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May 28, 2016

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

May 28, 2016

"Saints don't live on Park Avenue."

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?"

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."

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."

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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May 28, 2016

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


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