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Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.
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.
Jeremy Irons has an Oscar. Kevin Spacey has two Oscars. J.C. Chandor will have one very soon if he continues to deliver anything as good as this and All Is Lost.
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…
GET FIRED , IT'S LIKE ...
... Is like ... losing everything and anything that makes you get rich, will lean cows and the milk they are spouting sour and no longer make you richer, and the flesh has rotted and no longer has the to drink or eat, and times of plenty is over. And their horses were killed, mangled, butchered, and disappeared from their thick and steady hands. And not only their horses disappeared from their properties, and pigs; fat and rosy creatures too, and his hands have lost their strength to tie them. Because there's nothing left for you. You are weak and powerless.
And, if you have no more to claim will not be your patience,…
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…
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…
Un film di cui conoscevo già la storia a grandi linee. La storia ispirata al crac del colosso finanziario "Lehman Brothers" e, in particolare, fa riferimento alle fatidiche 24 ore. Vediamo molti aspetti portati dalla sensibilità dei personaggi sulle possibili conseguenze di questo "enorme inganno" ed in particolare la crudeltà con la quale un dirigente inquina il mercato (portando alla fame migliaia di persone) pur di mantenere la sua carica e il suo patrimonio. Non spiega molto bene le cause che hanno scatenato questo disastro, ma il risultato è buono. Ottima, come ormai ci ha abituati, l'interpretazione di Kevin Spacey e Stanley Tucci. Un buon film nel complesso...
Margin Call combines the bleakness of Up in the Air with the intelligence of LA Confidential. Capturing the fatigue of the film's characters without ever coming across as tired itself, it is a cold reality of what life is like on the other side of the curtain.
Despite constant pleadings from the characters, Margin Call's subject matter is too complex for the average viewer to absorb. Just know that bad financial stuff is happening and you'll get through it. When the screenplay isn't dabbling in financial lingo, it produces more than a few gems - mostly delivered by acclaimed cast members Jeremy Irons and Kevin Spacey. Of the ensemble cast there's no Daniel Plainview acting to make you take notice,…
In effectively dramatizing the world of entitled white asswipes whose unparalleled incompetence and incomparable greed nearly destroyed the world economy in 2008, rendering hundreds of thousands of average workers jobless while the miserable pieces of shit at the top (who are shown to know much less about their own jobs than their underlings) made off with millions, J.C. Chandor has created a victory for those who aren't in the top 1%; he's given them a chance to get a glimpse at the actions of the people who pretend to service them while cheating the system by selling intentionally toxic morgages for personal gain. The fact that he does this all while causing you to feel a sliver of sympathy for…
After HOUSE OF CARDS, I was surprised that Spacey's character isn't the worst human being in the room.
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"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat." This movie does not cheat, and it is also not the first (maybe Inside Job?). But it's certainly smarter than most.
Una historia sólida, que cuenta unos hechos incompresibles (por su complicación técnica) para la mayoría de los espectadores, pero que deja de lado el intentar explicar esos hechos para adentrarse en sus repercusiones: en las personas que los manejan y en todos los que quedamos por debajo. Así se hacen clásicos. los que quieran entender dentro de una pila de años qué ocurrió en 2008 en Wall Street, tendrán que ver esto.
Después de ver A Most Violent Year tenía que volver a ver esta. hacía tiempo que no tenía una experiencia con el cine así.
Right up my alley, which in this case is Wall Street. Quality thesps, thesping all tense, walking along corridors talking about fancy spreadsheets or sitting in boardrooms banging on about finance or something. Those greedy little buggers make me so mad!
gr8 engineer who compute the money
J.C. Chandor, where did you come from?
All is Lost was my introduction to to Chandor's work and whilst I was impressed with Robert Redford's largely wordless performance, the story left something to be desired; so for a long time I put off watching Margin Call.
The film is involving from the opening as we watch the realisation of economic collapse occur to our intimate cast of characters and the resultant dissolution of the company. The script is tightly written and delivers just enough nuance to differentiate the characters, it helps that the cast all solidly pull their weight.
I particularly appreciate Chandor's obvious skill and restraint in the filmmaking, the majority of the film is silent, like a stylistic tribute to Altman's Network. Though this Wall St style drama isn't my type of film I thought Margin Call was thoroughly enjoyable and intelligent.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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