Monday, February 22, 2016

Read the book, saw the movie

Well, that statement "the book was better" once again played out as I finally got the chance to see the movie "The Big Short."  The movie was excellent.  In fact I had no idea how the directors/producers would be able to pull off the story told by Michael Lewis in his book "The Big Short."  The book is amazing. It helped me understand the great economic crash of 2007-2008 a little better.  The book lays it out in detail helping those of us who are not economist understand the crash.  Lewis is a tremendous author and some can probably recall his book "The Blind Side" which ended up being turned into a movie.  Once again "the book was better."  "Blind Side" was an excellent movie but it was a little too Disneyish. Lewis is an incredible author who has the ability to tell a story and weave in the interesting tale of the characters involved.

I did like "The Big Short." It was an excellent movie. The characters were superbly cast.  Steve Carell is amazing.  He plays a hedge fund manager who is witty, funny, and smart - while also being an incredible businessman.  After watching Carell's antics in The Office - I thought I would have a hard time displacing those memories but it was easy as he captivates on screen in this movie.  The movie is packed with superstars - Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt headline the characters involved in the scheming and investment craps game that pays off handsomely for some while the American financial market crashed.

You should see the movie.  In the end though it will leave you with a sinking feeling in your stomach because you'll see first hand how our government bailed out these big banks only to see them go right back to their scheming ways.  I would recommend reading anything Michael Lewis writes.  He is an outstanding author. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spotlight is amazing

I knew I wanted to see the movie Spotlight.  Chronicle staffer Matt Marvar saw it, told me to go see it.  I finally got the chance to see the movie last weekend and it was worth it.  This movie is GREAT.  If you go see the movie, you're not going to leave happy or cheerful.  You're going to leave with an agonizing feeling in your gut.  I was amazed by the journalists.  The story they're covering is mesmerizing but the story of these journalists is equally enthralling.  I don't think investigative journalism is for everyone and this movie sheds light on that.  An investigative journalist is a soldier. They have to be courageous, strong, unbending, and of course have the ability to dodge bullets (and maybe even take a few. -figuratively speaking-)

The reporters covering this story for Spotlight changed the world.  Journalists have many reasons for going in this field.  It's usually not about the money.  It is about a passion for finding, covering, writing, and reporting news that will impact readers and maybe even the world. These Boston Globe reporters did just that - they made an impact on the world.  I feel indebted to these journalists and those who work in the trenches of this challenging genre of journalism. 

The story of the priest abuse scandal will absolutely rip your heart out as you hear the stories of the victims and in the movie they are termed survivors because of what they had to endure. They truly are survivors.  Every aspect of this movie is amazing.  Filmography, culture, dialogue, characters, casting, story, message, impact - it's all there. This movie is going to rake in the awards during the entertainment awards' season.