Don’t Short the Big Short

Paul Krugman himself praises The Big Short, the new feature film on the financial crisis. Let’s all go see it.   Here’s a list of auxiliary reading to accompany the film.

There are lots of good reviews. This is by Peter Travers in The Rolling Stone:

It sounds like a horror show: a doomsday epic about the 2008 financial crisis and the Wall Street wolves who got rich off it. Gone were the homes, jobs and savings of average Joes. But wait. As directed and written by Adam McKay – the dude behind Anchorman and other giddy hits with Will Ferrell, his partner on the website Funny or Die – The Big Short is hunting bigger game. I’d call it a Restoration comedy for right the fuck now, a farce fueled by rage against the machine that relentlessly kills ethics, and a hell of a hilarious time at the movies if you’re up for laughs that stick in your throat.

So who doesn’t like it? Um, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Post, and Fortune. Um, do tell.

I haven’t seen it, but now I’m going to have to make a point of it.


6 thoughts on “Don’t Short the Big Short

  1. Now I have to see it – wasn’t planning to. Anything to push back on the right’s Big Lie, as Krugman called it.

  2. “So who doesn’t like it? Um, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Post, and Fortune. Um, do tell”

    So I take it this movie is not a 20th Century Fox production!

  3. Looking forward to this movie, but on the way to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a few minutes. This week I saw that SunTrust had to give $1300-1400 to thousands they had illegally evicted/foreclosed due to robosigning. I wonder how many of their people went to jail for what amounted to theft of property. Nope! I don’t wonder at all. Zero.

  4. “Come one!
    Come all!!

    See how you were de-pantsed!

    Is my d*ck showing?
    Well, that’s part of the plan, now wasn’t it?

  5. I was wondering why the reviews veered so wildly between praise and disdain, and now I know. The positive reviews mentioned darkly hilarious “asides,” cameos by real people, to explain the insanity that was mortgage-backed shinola securities.

Comments are closed.