THE BIG SHORT
"The whole housing market is propped up on these bad loans. They will fail," warns Christian Bale's character in this movie set in the cusp of the financial housing crisis in America.
Somebody has done a Moneyball-expose on that major doomsday fallout and hired comedyfriendly director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, 2004) to helm this captivating Economics For Idiots tale, which would be hilarious if it was not so real.
McKay installs a spectacular cast for his movie, including Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling. You have not seen sleaze until you see Gosling in black pouf hair literally smelling bank cheques in this morality tale where a stripper is able to own five houses and one condominium on a mountain of bad loans.
A roller-skating waitress (Jessica Biel), on her wedding proposal night to a motorcycle cop (James Marsden), has a nail driven into her head by a nail gun.
The accident turns her occasionally into a Spanishspouting, Incredible-Hulk angry person with a hyper sex drive.
Since she has no health insurance to get that nail out of her head, she goes to Washington DC and hooks up with a congressman (Jake Gyllenhaal, above right) to help him campaign for health care for people with bizarre injuries.
Oscar nominee David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, 2012) is apparently so embarrassed by this screwball comedy he directed that he changed his name in the credits to a pseudonym, Stephen Greene.
Tay Yek Keak