THE BIG SHORT – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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bigshortposter If you never saw 2010’s silly but wonderfully subversive Will Ferrell buddy-cop comedy The Other Guys — which features a Wall Street financier as its villain — then you missed the astonishing spectacle of its end credits. They play alongside an animation that you would be forgiven for believing was created by Michael Moore about the injustice of the Wall Street bailout in the wake of the 2008 economic crash, likening it to a Ponzi scheme that made all of us ordinary taxpayers the suckers, the victims. And now, the Other Guys director — Adam McKay, who is also responsible for the Anchorman movies and a lot of other silly Will Ferrell flicks — has made an entire movie covering that same ground. Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).