Film Review: The Big Short

The Big Short

The Big Short written by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, directed by Adam McKay (Plan B Entertainment, Regency Enterprises, R, 130 min) Starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Rafe Spall, Hamish Linklater, Jeremy Strong, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, and Brad Pitt. Ode to the Housing Market Let’s talk housing markets. In the glorious green belt known as the Pacific Northwest, a city named after one of the area’s most famous chief of its local Native American tribe faces prodigious housing growth. My small family resides in North Seattle in a two-bedroom, 900 square foot lot. A big yard for our little one to explore counters what little we have in square footage. Having spent years saving, my… Read More →

Television Show Review: Show Me a Hero

Show Me a Hero

Show Me a Hero written by David Simon and directed by Paul Haggis (Blown Deadline Productions, Pretty Pictures, Home Box Office) Starring Oscar Isaac, Carla Quevedo, Alfred Molina, Ilfenesh Hadera, Natalie Paul, Peter Riegert, Jon Bernthal, Winona Ryder, and Brianna Horne. Literary Quotes “Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald The path of righteousness is a lonely road. The right side of history does not often equate with the populace. When a hero takes a stand, you better bet she’ll face opposition. It’s the nature of the beast. Even more interesting are the people whose leadership emerges in shades of gray. Taking a stand occurs as a matter of convenience, or as the best… Read More →