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A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.
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…
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.
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…
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,…
This is one of those movies where everyone calls flawless but I think it's well done on a acting and directing point of view, but I do think it's a bit overrated in my opinion.
The story to Margin Call takes place in 2008 as a tense action as we follow one 24-hour period at an investment bank just before the financial crisis hits.
Margin Call is a movie that I thought was alright. I do think the movie is well acted and nicely written, but to me the movie is a slow burn and I just don't think it's brilliant as people thought it was. It's not a bad film but I don't think it's a great film, just alright in my opinion.
A wide shot of New York City with a fish-eye lens. This is how Margin Call starts. It is not only a shot that marks a great beginning for the career of a potential auteur in J.C. Chandor, but it is also a microcosm of the entire film. New York City is a diverse, yet expensive city to live in, and it's financial centre is about to burst. This is one shot that works as great foreshadowing for what is to come and also one of the reasons why I've learned to like J.C. Chandor's direction. The use of simple means to convey something lofty and grandiose.
Margin Call works for me mostly because of Chandor's direction and the cinematography…
When you get a look at how high rollers in the investments game justify screwing their fellow citizens over for a few bucks.
The most fascinating movie that only people with a background in finance will be able to fully understand.
83 / 100
Its been superceded by The Big Short, but this story of the financial crisis is well worth a watch; thanks to its tight script, great cast and their performances.
Of the movies I've seen lately, one of my absolute favourites was a little movie called "All Is Lost". Though this movie shares its writer/director credit with that one, I feel like the two couldn't possibly be further apart.
J.C. Chandor is a really odd filmmaker to me, having now seen all of his (completed) films, I can't seem to pinpoint any particular voice between them. Margin Call has some similarities to "A Most Violent Year", but even those aren't entirely strong. I suppose it's pretty early to be looking for something of a personality in his filmography, but I don't have a sense of him as a deeply personal artist ("All Is Lost" aside) nor do I get any…
Oh my god how I love processes and hierarchies. Chandor spends a good third of the film just slowly digging through all the layers of the company, and then slowly and meticulously readies us and the firm for the inevitable. And then the actual sale is over in two minutes.
And, on top how sharp and intelligent it is, Margin Call also looks phenomenal. Frank DeMarco shot All Is Lost as well.
Sobre el día en que caen los mercados y los entresijos de las personas que están detrás del día a día de estos.
If The Big Short was the film that made me want to punch a banker, Margin Call is the one that made me want to take the banker home, give him/her a warm bowl of soup and a hug.
Set over the course of 36 hours, the film tells the story of the people who saw the 2008 economic crash coming and used it for their gain. The film is excellent at establishing the feeling of impending doom, and the tight time frame makes you feel like this is an urgent problem. First time director JC Chandor also does a great job of setting a visual aesthetic. The film is drab and bleak, but purposefully so. Everything is set up…
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