Screened Out – The Big Short

By : Stephen Miller
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Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Finn Wittrock, Max Greenfield, Billy Magnuson, Rafe Spall, Tracy Letts, Margo Robbie

This Oscar-nominated dark comedy succeeds – and the people in the film succeed – by betting on failure. While the rest of us were reeling from the financial crash of 2008 – foreclosing our houses, losing jobs, watching our retirement funds disappear – a small group of counter-thinkers were getting rich.

Director/co-writer Adam McKay (Talladega Nights, Anchorman) finally arrives with a film that entertains while it infuriates. It’s callous, cavalier comedy about a subject sometimes hard to understand: subprime loans. Next to Spotlight – another true story about uncovering a scandal – The Big Short has the best ensemble cast this year.

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Screened Out – Love is Strange

By : Stephen Miller
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John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson

The late, great Roger Ebert once said, “The more specific a film is, the more universal, because the more it understands individual characters, the more it applies to everyone.” He was talking of Brokeback Mountain. I once said he could’ve written this for The Kids are All Right. Now there’s another film that deserves such accolades: Love is Strange, a small, quiet romance with such an honest script and beautiful, intricate performances that it feels like a warm hug.

All of the titles I mentioned are considered “gay films,” and they are certainly informed by the struggles of the LGBT community. But more than that, they are also so specific to character and to tone that they become all-embracing. Anyone can relate to their struggles, because we connect them as individuals.

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