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Steve Carell and co. all yell at Ryan Gosling in The Big Short.

A look at ‘The Big Short’ and its use of pop culture imagery

With Adam McKay’s (director of Anchorman and Step BrothersThe Big Short landing on DVD, Blu-Ray, and online streaming services last week, I decided to take a second look at it, my mind having warmed up to it in the months that followed my initial viewing. This is not to say I disliked it first or that I dislike it now. But I do find it to be a cluttered clash of tones, moods, and imagery that lacks strong character arcs, though it does offer an informed perspective on the housing crash of 2008 that is accessible to the layman.  Continue reading A look at ‘The Big Short’ and its use of pop culture imagery

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The Oscars, to be awarded tonight.

Complete Guide to Predicting the Oscars

Every year I make personal predictions on at least the top eight categories at the Oscars. And on a couple of occasions I’ve written broad prediction pieces that glossed over the major awards. But I realize, to my surprise, that this is the first time I will be providing a complete list of all twenty-four categories. I will also follow up tomorrow with a list of the winners and an analysis of how I did against the experts. But the chief purpose of this post is to provide a framework for anyone with limited knowledge to watch the show with a little more context. Continue reading Complete Guide to Predicting the Oscars

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