Movie Review: The Big Short

I work with securities lawyers. Which is pretty weird, I must admit. Example: returning back to work after christmas break, instead of being asked “Hey, did you see the Star Wars movie over the break?” I was asked “Hey, did you see The Big Short?”

No. I did not.

So I finally went out and watched it. And loved it.

The 2008 recession hit me hard. It actually completely changed my life, so I’ve always been obsessed with¬†everything that happened back then.¬†Do I understand it better after seeing the movie? No. But it did educate me a bit, especially with all the celeb cameo appearances dumbing down the financial mumbo jumbo, like explaining what a mortgage-backed security really is and why it all became so volatile.


Steve Carell’s scenes gave me chills. His acting was downright haunting, and in between all the shaky-camera work and the moments of “Wait, the economy is going to crash by HOW MUCH??”, it was almost like watching a horror movie. Maybe because, as Ryan Gosling says to the camera at one point, “This¬†actually happened.”

There’s nothing spookier than that. This actually happened. It fucked up so many lives.

“The Truth is a lot like poetry. And most people¬†fucking hate poetry.” (a quote from the movie)


Finally, the humidity subsided slightly today. It was enough to finally indulge in my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season.

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Apparently this year, Starbucks changed the recipe for their iconic fall drink, using real pumpkin instead of just the syrup.

No. Worst news ever. I hate change. HATE change. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Right?

It was actually okay (deep sigh of relief). It smelled and tasted absolutely divine, with the perfect amount of spice and rich flavour to help me appreciate fall.

Maybe it’s just been too long since my last one.