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; Jarred Vennet, a smart-aleck broker who confirms the ominous suspicion; and Charles Gellar and James Shipley, small-time players who hit it big.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Paramount Home Pictures,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA BIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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uzebdrumz
Dec 13, 2017

I've seen documentaries that offer more information & better entertainment value than this film. The most significant revelation comes when Christian Bale plays with drumsticks & tries to play drums; there is no greater demonstration of ineptitude than someone pretending to know what they are doing on a musical instrument. Actors: people who repeat lines until they get them right & pretending to do things that they can't do very well.

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vinifera_1
Oct 02, 2017

God awful!

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kpelish
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.

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courtney92_0
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.

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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sertaoprincess
Jan 05, 2017

a very fun ride.

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AmyEighttrack
Dec 29, 2016

Worth watching and re-watching just to get a good idea of what the housing/mortgage crisis was all about. Funny, hip and dramatic. A great portrait of the players.

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JOSEPH SARDO
Dec 22, 2016

Highly entertaining and informative. Brad Pitt had a smaller and less entertaining role, but Bale, Carell and Gosling were excellent. The movie was a bit fragmented and verged on a documentary or a really good high school informational video rather than a movie, and may have benefitted from taking itself more seriously but ultimately this was a very cool movie

AL_KEVIN Nov 28, 2016

One of the most frightening movies I have seen in years. Some of the financial information and terminology was above my head, but it didn't take away from the film. Great acting throughout!

AL_KATI Oct 21, 2016

Loved seeing this movie in the theatre. It was funny and the greed of the companies in this film infuriated me. Highly recommend.

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jimg2000
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.
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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.

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jimg2000
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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