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A thriller that revolves around the key people at a investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.
Gotta give WOLF OF WALL STREET some credit - it gave me an appetite for entertainment about The Street and its denizens that was left mostly unsatisfied by Scorsese's film. I've been reading LIAR'S POKER - Michael Lewis's fantastic account of the rise and fall of Solomon Brothers in the late 80s. And then last night I finally caught up with the excellent MARGIN CALL. I guess one of my primary gripes with WOWS was my lack of interest in spending time with its characters and their antics, while also still being interested in the mechanics of their operation. MARGIN CALL is all mechanics. Thrillingly so. Maybe even more of a gut punch a couple years later, as the stock market recovers and we start to forget our rage at these gamblers as they start to line our purses again. As if anything has changed.
Margin Call is one of the better fictional films about the economic crisis. In fact, with the competition being so inept (see The Company Men for proof of this) it could well be the best. Rather than chronicling the collapse from the perspective of the average man on the street it takes the braver position of showing how it impacted on the investment bankers that were part of the problem. Considering most people want to lynch these irresponsible number pushers it is interesting to see writer-director, J.C. Chandor, wanting to humanise society’s new public enemy number one.
For the most part he does a good job showing how their lack of foresight brought down the entire house of cards. Over…
Seeing the name of J.C Chandor’s Margin Call among the nominees of Best Original Screenplay in 84th Academy Awards was a pleasant surprise, many people weren’t aware of the very existence of such movie, an independent film analyzing the roots of the recent financial crisis by telling the story of the imminent downfall of a giant company. Margin Call is full of details, almost all the acts, dialogues and expressions serve a purpose, the way Jeremy Irons moves his hands in the executive committee meeting, the way Paul Bettany smokes, the way Kevin Spacy is digging to bury his dog, the way Demi Moore sits in his room and so many other situations are all examples of how subtle and…
When the shit hit the fan for the banking industry back in 2007 very few people outside the corridors of investment banking really gave a shit. That changed considerably when the fallout affected everyone from the man in the street to wealthy executives. The monumental fuck-ups of these overpaid, bonus obsessed scumbags changed the world...forever.
A fictitious Wall Street investment bank going through a tough time discovers that certain parameters that control the volatile trading limits have been breached and that a critical meltdown of their company is imminent. As complex models of the company's financial stability show serious problems, especially in their mortgage and risk departments, it appears their mountain of toxic debt is going to bury them. 2:00am…
It takes a special talent to make a film about a subject and, for quite a lot of the running time, have much of your audience wonder what the hell anyone is talking about. It has to be a special talent because how else would a film like Margin Call end up being so utterly riveting?
The purported plot sees a troubled Wall Street investment bank wrestle with the decision to sell off all its assets, assets they know are very soon to be worthless, after discovering that the firm has reached the limits of its spending and risk plunging the stock market and banking sector into crisis as a result.
What I watched it as was, "Some bad stuff's…
It is rather unortunate for Margin Call that in the past year I had seen two terrific Wall-Street films.
First, Inside Job. The oscar winning documentary which showed the before, during and after of the financial crisis.
Then The Wolf of Wall Street. It showed what the brokers do in a hyper real fashion. (I have yet to see Ston's Wall Street)
So Margin Call did not have a lot to really show me.
Both those films kind of covered it up.
Still, Margin Call is a really enjoyable and star studded debut of J.C Chandor.
Rather than showing the before and after of the crisis like Inside Job, Margin Call rather focuses on the first 36 hours leading to…
A decent financial thriller with a great cast. Unfortunately, despite the style and sense of urgent despair, the flat ending led this to be a disappointing affair.
I don't know much about Wall Street and stocks, but dammit, if this film didn't make a thrill out of a bunch of meetings with executives. Finely acted by a damn fine cast (Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, etc.), tightly written and directed, the film chronicles a brief period that precludes the stock crash of 2007. The film lasts almost 2 hours, but it really went like a breeze.
I hadn't heard anything about this movie before I picked it out from Netflix one day I was home sick. It's really wonderful and a good watch for anyone who has looked into, or is interested, in the crash.
The Anti-Wolf of Wall Street. This seems destined to end up as a cult item due to its hardcore jargon and slow dirge like pace. Which is a shame as the financial crisis as a slow descent into hell may be the best angle from which to approach.
While it's slow, it's extremely well-written with an absolutely amazing cast. The cinematography is crisp and entertaining all by itself. Margin Call is a dark, intelligent, well-cast piece of art that easily bests J.C. Chandor's later work, All is Lost.
MONEY the film.
Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons were the stand outs.
Some say that Kevin Spacey is still digging....
Very well acted & makes an interesting story out of what is mostly just numbers & reports. Not great, but very good.
Compare this one to The Social Network, Boiler Room & Glengarry Glen Ross.
Huh. People are right. This IS one of the greatest Wall Street movies you'll ever see. This falls into the category of things I'd forgotten about long ago, and were just sitting in my torrent queue. It took me maybe a half hour to realize it was about the credit default swaps scandal. There's a pervasive dread and foreboding here that feels authentic and real. It's basically a less over-the-top Boiler Room, minus Vin Diesel.
The aesthetic of this film is awesome. It mirrors the cold, anaesthetised professional detachment that's a necessity of the participation in shady Wall Street dealings. JC Chandor uses digital photography like Soderbergh or Mann; he accepts that it cannot rival celluloid for sheer beauty, but it always gets the job done, and a kind of clinical naturalism can be found in the way it is so businesslike. To use the latter adjective to describe Margin Call is no coincidence. The digital sterility redeems itself with soft focus and sharp colours, bringing to life an ugly and prosaic world where all that matters is the bottom line. Deftly scripted, it's a smart look at one of the least productive sections of society, who ensure they are deeply ingrained in the social infrastructure by buying stakes in everyone's lives. Kevin Spacey concludes the film by digging the grave of the global economy.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Casino Royale
- If a Tree Falls: A Story of the…
- War Horse
We all had one review that began our Letterboxd addiction. I'm just curious what everyone else's was...
Some will be…
- Dangerous Liaisons
- Keep the Lights On
- The Day I Saw Your Heart
- Now You See Me
- The Queen of Versailles
Well, it appears I'm in for round two. 100 films. No rewatches. At least 60 mins long.
I survived the…