The Big Short review

There is a real anger and sadness to The Big Short, and as wild and as funny as the movie is, the humor never makes light of or sugarcoats the 2008 financial crisis. The humor, if anything, heightens the drama and the pain we see in co-writer/director Adam McKay‘s (Step Brothers) uproarious dramedy.

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The Big Short trailer

The Big Short is a slight change of pace for Adam McKay. The man behind Step BrothersTalladega Nights, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is taking on a more serious subject matter with his adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ nonfiction book. As serious as the housing crisis is, that doesn’t mean McKay isn’t bringing his outrageous sensibility to the film.

After the jump, watch a featurette for the director’s newest picture.

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The Big Short trailer

Star-studded ensemble prestige dramas might be to the fall season what superhero movies are to the summer one. Following Black Mass and ahead of The Martian comes the first trailer for The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Gosling as four men who bet against the banks ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

The Big Short is the first drama by Adam McKay, better known for comedies like Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. McKay and Charles Randolph (Love & Other Drugs) wrote the screenplay based on the nonfiction book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball). Watch The Big Short trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Michael Mann has found his Enzo Ferrari. Christian Bale has signed to play the driver and businessman who founded the Ferrari car manufacturer in 1929. It’s a subject Mann has come back to via a couple different projects over many years. This version is the Ferrari film that Mann recently seemed to set as his next production, and with Bale lined up to star the rest of the cast should fall into place pretty quick.  Read More »

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Rosamund Pike may have lost the Oscar to Julianne Moore this year, but she’s still reaping the benefits of her star-making turn in Gone Girl. Her latest new project is James Mangold‘s The Deep Blue Good-by, which teams her with Christian Bale. More on the Rosamund Pike Deep Blue Good-by casting after the jump.  Read More »

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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman lead the latest from the acclaimed auteur. Get the new Knight of Cups synopsis and details after he jump.  Read More »

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Let’s just put all the good-looking, well-established movie star types in one movie. Maybe that’s the secret to success for a financial downturn movie. Adam McKay is writing and directing The Big Short, based on the book written by Michael Lewis of Moneyball fame. The book is the story of “the build-up of the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s,” so it may be quite a departure from McKay’s typical comedies. Brad Pitt‘s company Plan B is producing, and now Pitt is in line to star, along with Christian Bale and Ryan GoslingRead More »

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Knight of Cups trailer

If you’ve thought over the past couple years that Terrence Malick has been too tied to a specifically contemplative tone and aesthetic, then Knight of Cups could be a partial antidote to feelings taken out of To the Wonder and The Tree of Life. When this film was announced earlier today as one of the Berlin Film Festival selections set to premiere in February, we couldn’t tell you much more than the title and the fact that the film stars Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale. Now we’ve got the Knight of Cups trailer, and while this is recognizable as a Malick film, it is also noticeably different than his recent work.

Sure, there’s some of the now-signature Malick aesthetic here, and that reflective voiceover. But as we see Christian Bale playing (apparently) a guy who has lost himself in easy pleasures, there’s also more overt energy here than we’ve seen in Malick’s work over the past couple decades. There’s also that glossy modern LA setting, which isn’t something we’re used to seeing from the director. Check out the trailer below. Read More »