Steve Carell

THE BIG SHORT Review: Caustic Comedy

“I’m standing in front of a burning house and I’m offering you fire insurance on it.” That’s how trader Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) describes the titular transaction at the heart of The Big Short, a dramedy based on the build up to the 2008 financial crisis.  (more…)

Foxcatcher (TIFF 2014 Review)

Foxcatcher (2014)

Steve Carell steps out of the office and into the dark mind of John du Pont in Bennett Miller’s gripping drama Foxcatcher. Bolstered by a trio of awards-worthy performances and heavy on the verisimilitude, it’s an exceedingly dark tale of classism, corruption, and how the strong prey on the weak. Returning to the true crime genre that he so successfully mined in his debut feature Capote, Miller’s Foxcatcher takes its time in its portrayal of a distinctly American tragedy and says a lot about the country that spawned it, much of it unflinching and bleak. (more…)