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Monday 25 January 2016

The Big Short

Oscar Best Picture Nominee #: The Big Short


I had no idea what The Big Short was about when I started watching the trailer.  F**K! The intensity of the content is magnified ten fold because it's basically "a true story."  How many people and families lost their homes because of the magnitude of such greed?  

The first thing that popped into my mind when the trailer ended was the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes:

What happens to a dream deferred?
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
      Or does it explode?

In this case it explodes.

In Mordecai Richler's classic, "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz", Duddy is told something like "one is not a man until he owns land." 

So, the big American banks have stolen more than just money; they've stolen dignity and in some cases they've stolen lives.  MESSED UP!

As much as I love America for what it was and still can be, I'm sometimes glad I live in Canada.

Don't even get me started on the American dream...

Average folk like us have heard of, read about or experienced the gross injustice of the housing bubble/collapse.  To see a depiction of it, apparently from the inside, on screen is mesmerising.  Like watching a train wreck you know is coming.  Like staring at the bloody mess of a car accident. Morbid fascination had me glued to the trailer.  And, for the first time in years since starting this blog, wishing the trailer were longer.

What about the trailer?

The trailer for The Big Short is powerful.  It evokes so much that I don't recall specifics, just tons of emotion. Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Marissa Tomei...etc... All great! Just watch the trailer, you'll see.

I can't wait to see this film.

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