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, California] :, Paramount Pictures,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Big 2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
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Feb 20, 2021

An excellent portrayal of how easily a whole community of well-paid executives, from bankers, credit raters, and investment consultants, can be lured into a bubble of their own importance, and totally miss the point of life on earth. Many of the supporting characters seem to have confused their morals with their paychecks, and their ethics with their net worth and job security/prestige. The diverse group of main characters who see through the housing bubble offer up great performances, and emotions ranging from sickening horror at the fraud they are witnessing, to elated profiteering. They take us on a ride of what it's like at the 'big boy's table' of investment, which, actually looks a lot like a massive gambling addiction. I was glad to read at the end of the film that they attempted to sue the credit raters, and inform the government of the crimes done, but in this day (Feb 2021) it is even less surprising to me that the Government (of the US), A. Did nothing to protect the laypeople, B. Audited the whistleblower, and, C. Used public money to bail out the big Banks...and then blamed the economy crash on immigrants and poor people.
I like the one character's comment when he gets into one of the big banks after it crashed; to paraphrase: "I thought there'd be grown ups here."

Apr 09, 2020

A much needed popular explanation of the housing crisis. It's bit confusing and long winded at times though. Fantastic performances from an all star cast make this one shine.

Dec 26, 2019

Inaccurate and incomplete telling of the housing crisis of 2005 to 2010. For one thing, the biggest villains were not the bankers, but the politicians, after all, they are the ones who make the rules and enforce the regulations. Yet, the pols and regulators barely get a nod as to their culpability. You want to find the villains to this story? Start by looking at the US Senate banking committee. That's where the corruption started.

Nov 30, 2019

This is a film which takes a potentially arid and perplexing subject and makes an entertaining, amusing, and most amazingly, understandable story out of the financial collapse of 2008. Even the fact that the characters are mostly obnoxious doesn’t make the movie unpleasant to watch. The Big Short is such a fascinating story that you won’t notice that it’s also educational and informative.

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.

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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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britprincess1ajax May 28, 2016

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


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