Cinecast Episode 423 – A Confident Know-Nothing

The year isn’t quite over yet for the folks in the third row. There are some pretty amazing loose ends to tie up. Before we get into Iñárritu next week, we’ve got some David O. Russell and co. to cover as well as one of the most unlikely best films of the year, The Big Short. The Watch List has Kurt seeing some “lesser” Kubrick in 70mm, Andrew watching the biggest waste of space of 2015 and Matt Gamble having his mind blown by streaming documentaries. If only you could’ve been privy to our off-air discussions, this might have been one of the best Cinecasts in history. Wait til next week when we round off the year with all of our “best of” stuff. Until then, we appreciate you dropping by and having your ear for a couple of hours in this new year, 2016.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!

 

 
 

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TIME TRACKS:

Joy spoilers ends @45:35
The Big Short spoilers ends @1:15:07
See comments for more time track listings – thanks to Ultimolee for the extra elbow grease!

Opening Quote:
Margin Call

Closing Tunes:
“When the Levee Breaks” (Led Zeppelin)

 

MAIN REVIEWS:

Joy
The Big Short

 

THE WATCH LIST:

KURT
Spartacus (70mm)

ANDREW
– “Fargo” (s1)
The Walk

MATT
– “Transparent” (s2)
– “Making a Murderer”
Best of Enemies
Call Me Lucky

The Credits Sequence from The Other Guys

The Other Guys – End Credits from Matthew Vincent on Vimeo.

 

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Kurt Halfyard
Guest

I am really coming to love the pop-cultural writings of Alyssa Rosenberg.
Here she is on McKay and The Big Short,

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2015/12/28/why-adam-mckay-is-americas-most-powerful-political-filmmaker/

UltimoLee
Guest

Opening:
In-house business: 1:38
Joy [SPOILERS] 18:46
The Big Short [SPOILERS] 45:38
The Watch List: 1:15:09
Next Week: 2:19:31
End: 2:21:29

Gerry
Guest

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Having finally seen The Big Short (thank you yet again Screen Unseen) I agree with you re it’s merits. (Though I don’t agree with your disparaging comment about The Wolf Of Wall Street).

It outlined with clarity how the crash happened, i.e. bankers created CDO’s, financial packages of the worst sub-par mortgages into bonds / designer fish stew made from 3 day old halibut, then created further bonds which essentially were multiple bets upon bets on the outcomes of these bonds, i.e. Synthetic CDO’s, ridiculous products that they knowingly misled investors into buying just so that they could ‘earn’ their percentage of them.

It boggled my mind at how these presumably very intelligent people could engineer this situation, then when the dust from their ruination of the worlds financial system settled, seem to be doing it again.

My protagonists / heroes were hedge fund jackals betting on the collapse of this bankrupt and corrupt system, but the screenplay did such a good job that I actually felt anxious for Bale that the major of the two evils was defrauding his and Carell’s lesser evil from making their profits.

Bale was sympathetic and great, as was Carell, (I’m always going to like a protagonist who studies the Talmud forensically to find ‘inconsistencies in the word of god’) and pretty well the entire cast were great too, one of the best ensemble performances of the year.

Major kudos to the film’s writers who made the crash easy to understand, had me rooting for hedge fund managers and who turned incredibly dry subject matter into an entertaining and at times funny film. This is my screenplay of the year so far. Maybe not the most entertaining, but the most skillful.

Based on this film, the end of Fargo season 2 really nailed it re who the real criminals in America are today.

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