The Big Short & A Series of Unfortunate Events

Bad Dads Film Review

03-09-2021 • 1 hr 32 mins

Whether it's for planning an ambush, escaping a crime scene, staging an elaborate fight, or simply used to get from point A to point B via some solid rock, the tunnel has been reliable since it was first conceived over 4000 years ago. In movie terms though it's probably best known as a metaphor for sex, as famously used at the climax of Hitchcock's North by Northwest. This week’s Top 5 Movie Tunnels is lower on the sexiness scale than you might usually expect from us but just like an explosives engineer tasked with blowing up mountains to help with building tunnels, it's ground-breaking work.

If subprime mortgages, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps and spreadsheets are your jam - and let's face it, why wouldn't they be - then Adam McKay's 2015 polemic THE BIG SHORT is worth checking out. Based on the book by MONEYBALL author Michael Lewis, the movie tells the true story of a handful of investors who foresaw the 2007/2008 US financial crisis, identified the underhanded techniques used to compromise the economy including predatory lending and excessive risk-taking and then bet against the US housing market. An angry look at a serious, technical subject which impacted everyone to some degree or another, THE BIG SHORT inventively brings the crisis to life whilst also allowing for some exceptional character work in the hands of great actors such as Christian Bale, Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Hamish Linklater, Brad Pitt and Jeremy Strong. If you only see one dramatization of a recent historical financial crisis this year, let it be this one.

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS is not the name of my sex tape but is in fact Netflix's adaptation of American author Daniel Handler's series of books by the unseen Lemony Snicket. Following their parents’ death in a mysterious fire, the series chronicles the miserable lives of the Baudelaire children as they are placed in the custody of their awful relative, Count Olaf. A sharp script and detailed world design bring the story to life, but will its unrelenting grimness and dark humour be too much for the Dads as we are after all sensitive souls?

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