Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Gosling’

PFS Review: The Big Short


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Blogs

By Don Malvasi

Originally posted on Cinedork.comSee it at the Roxy! copy

Like all superb art about significant political events, The Big Short holds a mirror to human beings caught up in forces beyond their control. Highly entertaining and often comical, the film focuses on several maverick financial rocket scientists who go against the grain, trying to take the upper hand in the way they know best. Betting that the economy will collapse long before the rest of their contemporaries catch on, the geniuses here may be wacko eccentric in completely different ways, but they know how to make money.

Michael Burry (Christian Bale), the most extreme of the bunch, appears to be rather far along the Asperger spectrum. He’s also in charge of investments for a California investment firm. He often works barefoot listening to death metal, and doesn’t pay much attention to his staff. His initial investigation of the mortgage housing bubble convinces him he must bet against what had been assumed to be a rock solid bonds contrived from subprime mortgages. The idea was so foreign at the time that Burry must go to the investment banks and ask them to create a new financial entity–in essence, bond insurance.

PFS Rapid Reviews – Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Blogs

BY Fletcher Gelber

When drug smuggler Julian’s brother is killed, he is forced to find and kill whoever is responsible on orders of his villainous mother. Set in a seedy neon-filled Bangkok, this story of revenge plays out much like a horrific nightmare filled with gore and intense cinematography that makes the film a delight for the senses.  Grade B.


Weekly blog topics include "And You Call Yourself A Film Buff?!," "So Bad It's Good," exclusive interviews and more.


Calling all local filmmakers! Submit your latest project to our monthly film series highlighting the Philly-area's homegrown talent!