I went on an adventure this weekend. I saw three movies that were based on a true story. My god, human stories are so moving.
Patriots Day is a retelling of the Boston City Marathon bombing that happened on April 15, 2013. It told the stories of a few of the key people that led to apprehending the bombers. There were scenes that were horrific and there were those that were sad and quiet. The movie was very emotional but the message was beautiful: the bombs were meant to hurt and separate people but instead it brought the people of Boston and other parts of the world together.
The Fear of 13 is about, Nick Yarris, a death row convict who spent 23 years trying to prove his innocence. Yarris is a fascinating storyteller (NST – natural storyteller). 95% of the movie is Yarris sitting on a chair telling his story, but the vividness of his words is captivating. The story itself had several walls that seem unbreakable. Many times I lost hope when he lost hope, found hope when he did and lost it again.
The Big Short is about the United States housing industry disaster that peaked in 2008. My aunt and her husband were both accountants in big New York City firms (they still are) when this happened and a year later when they visited back home, they were telling stories about all the people who sat next to them in their office who were laid off. (Thankfully these two were among the best in their company and survived). I graduated with an Economics degree and all the subprime mortgages I already understood during our pre-dinner discussion sometime in 2009. But f-me. This movie showed how really bad it was. If you understood what synthetic CDOs are and how they are stacked on top of each other–you really feel for everyone living in America during that time: you are f*****. Warning, it’s an esoteric movie and is not for everyone but appeals to my inner geek. It also made my currently growing distrust to the American Life grow even more. The US bailed out their own market crash with taxpayers’ money! The banks, the people who allowed subprime mortgages, did not go to jail. It was a fraud, banks made the fraud, the financial system made the fraud and they got bailed out! And so many American people saw this movie already but are simply happy that their government “fixed” the problem for them.
Sidenote: I listen to The School of Greatness Podcast and Freakonomics Radio and there is a repeating advertisement about “quick and easy loans” that sounds to me like subprime! Wtheck, Freakonomics!
I also love this movie because of this:
This is Selena Gomez sitting next to Richard H. Thaler PhD–FATHER OF BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS–explaining what a synthetic CDO (collateralised debt obligation) is and that is beautiful. (Anthony Bourdain explaining what a CDO is was also beautiful).