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Friday, December 25, 2015

Adam McKay's "The Big Short"

In a 1990 interview with David Lynch, David Breskin asked if the filmmaker, hot off Twin Peaks, had ever heard of the “Moment of Shit.” Lynch was interested to know what it was. “The ‘Moment of Shit,'” Breskin replied, “is what TV writers call it when everything comes together, and you have that edifying moment, when you are supposed to get the Message, and the Morality comes across…”
The Big Short
Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling in “The Big Short”
Breskin was complimenting Lynch on how Twin Peaks had “turned the fan on all that” with its more offbeat approach to TV. I bring it up here because the Moment of Shit, when it hits the fan and the audience can see below the detritus of conflict, is running throughout the whole of Adam McKay’s surprisingly well-received true-life satire The Big Short, based on the Michael Lewis (Moneyball) bestseller about a handful of credit default swap players who, simply by doing the math, forecast the 2008 economic collapse. An estimable ensemble of eccentrics–played by Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Finn Witrock, John Magaro–guides us through the inevitable bubble burst of obscene wealth, where lines between absurdity, stupidity, and fraud swirl into a scrumptious cone of wealth.

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