The Big Short
First screened in December 2015
Director: Adam McKay. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Jeremy Strong, Rafe Spall, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, Brad Pitt, Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei, Adepero Oduye, Max Greenfield, Billy Magnussen, Melissa Leo, Jeffry Griffin, Byron Mann, Oscar Gale, Andrew Farrier, Wayne Pére, Karen Gillan, Rudy Eisenzopf, Hunter Burke, Anthony Marble, Leslie Castay, Vanessa Cloke, Rajeev Jacob, Ryan Broussard, Stanley Wong, Joseph Brooks, Colette Devine, Heighlen Boyd, Marcus Lyle Brown, Margot Robbie, Anthony Bourdain, Selena Gomez, Richard Thaler, Lyle Brocato, Tony Bentley, Lara Grice. Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Twitter Capsule: Frequently obnoxious, built on shady premises, but within those parameters, often kind of fun. At least it's trying?

VOR:   The perfidies chronicled remain widely misunderstood and easily repeatable. The unusual style, for better or worse, is what you get after a decade of Daily Show and Funny or Die.

Photo © 2015 Paramount Pictures/Regency/Plan B

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Adam McKay
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
Best Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Best Film Editing: Hank Corwin

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Christian Bale
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Steve Carell
Best Screenplay: Charles Randolphand Adam McKay

Other Awards:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film Editing (Hank Corwin)
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Adapted Screenplay
National Board of Review: Best Ensemble Cast

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