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The Big Short 2015 R CC

Based on the true story of four outsiders who saw what the big banks, media and government refused to: the global collapse of the economy. A bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of banking, where everyone and everything is in question.

Starring:
Christian Bale, Steve Carell
Runtime:
2 hours, 10 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Adam McKay
Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell
Supporting actors Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Paul Donovan TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 25, 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Nine Things About the Film "The Big Short"

1. This movie is based on the book of the same name, and is about the almost impossible levels of corruption and stupidity that caused the world-crippling financial crisis from 2007-2010.

2. The movie is funny, fascinating, and deeply depressing. If you're not cynical about the world yet, you will be after this movie.

3. The story follows a few different groups of people around 2005 who stumble onto signs that big investment banks are selling bonds made of home mortgages that were trash. They decide to bet that the bonds would eventually fail, which would make them rich.

4. It's a complicated subject that involves a lot of moving parts, distant connections, and economic black magic. The movie does a really good job of explaining the main parts of what happened, and makes things more understandable to regular people. But if you want to know the details of what happened and why, you will either need to already be an expert on the situation, or else do additional research on your own.

5. One of the themes of the movie is that regular people had no idea what was going to happen because they were too distracted by other things and weren't paying attention to their own circumstances. This theme is illustrated by periodic montages of pop culture and media that interrupt the flow of the ever-deepening sense of dread building up in the main story.

6. The cast is a great mix of unknown actors as well as well-known ones. Christian Bale is amazing once again, playing a socially awkward investment manager that trusts his math over other peoples' advice. Ryan Gosling plays another version of most of his characters, but he's good at it, so that's fine.
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Format: DVD
"The Big Short" (2015 release; 130 min.) looks at a small group of people who came to realize that the housing bubble building up in the early and mid-2000 was unsustainable, and that the various financial products issued by Wall Street eventually would collapse. As the movie opens, we ge a short introduction on how banking evolved from a boring people's industry back in the 1980s to the hot shot market it would become in the new century. We then get introduced to Dr. Michael Burry (played by Christian Bale), a socially awkward fellow who loves heavy metal music and has an uncanny nose for spotting new trends in the financial markets. We also get to know Mark Baum (played by Steve Carell), an investment manager recovering from his brother's suicide and bent on calling out BS whenever he sees it. At this point we're 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is the latest movie from pretty much the same production team that brought us "Moneyball" a few years ago, also based on the book by Michael Lewis, with Brad Pitt's "Plan B" production company being the main driver. Pitt, a central player in "Moneyball" here plays a smaller role. Second, "The Big Short" is directed by Adam McKay, best known for the "Anchorman" movies. In fact, there is a certain sense of irony and implausibility that is common to both "Anchorman" and "The Big Short". Not that "the Big Short" is a comedy or funny in any way. On the contrary, "The Big Short" is dead-serious in its assault on all things Wall Street, and rightfully so. You will revolt at the shady, and worse, practices that are going on.
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Format: Blu-ray
I went to see the movie the ‘The Big Short” on Christmas Day and it has become my new favorite trading movie.

The movie is funny and entertaining, while telling a good story. It details three hedge funds that made the right trade at the right time to capture huge profits as the mortgage bond market imploded under defaults. The movie theater was full, but I was often the only one laughing out loud at many of the jokes, because only traders would understand. The movie did take the time to explain credit default swaps and CDOs for the general audience in funny and creative ways, including guest appearances by Selena Gomez explaining how bets on mortgage bond defaults worked. Brad Pitt did a great job convincing me he was an ex-trader, and Steve Carell did a fantastic job playing the world’s angriest hedge fund manager. This was in the league of ‘Money Ball’, and one of the few movies I can watch more than once. This movie was made for traders.

15 Trading Lessons from the The Big Short

It’s possible to be right about a market move, but your timing can be too early.
If you trade too big, you can lose all your capital before you have the time to be proven right.
AAA agency ratings are more to make their clients who sell bonds happy than to protect investors.
In markets that are not liquid, you can get in trouble by being right but your assets not reflecting it with a big move.
When there is no risk of ruin to bankers and mortgage brokers they will risk the ruin of their companies and the world economy in pursuit of quick and easy money.
When there is little ‘skin in the game’ bankers and mortgage brokers take risks that they are not held accountable for.
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