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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.
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…
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 tie them. Because there's nothing left of you. You are weak and powerless.
And if you have no more claim will not be his patience, and his…
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…
Il debutto del regista che recentemente ha sbalordito
con "All is lost" è qualcosa che fa il botto.
Classico e moderno, tagliente e acuto, ci si rischia di
ferire a maneggiarlo senza attenzione.
Grandi interpretazioni: si comincia con Stanley Tucci,
cupo e dolente come un messaggero del Fato, per arrivare a quella
coppia di giganti che sono Kevin Spacey, straziato e spietato,
disilluso e arrivista, e Jeremy Irons, anti-eroe di levatura
shakespiriana, per cui "il denaro è quello che impedisce che
ci ammazziamo per un po' di cibo".
One of the best directorial debuts of the modern era.
Margin Call seems like the perfect post-Wolf of Wall Street palate cleanser. Scorsese’s film wielded kinetic entertainment as provocation, presenting the unlimited excess of the American dream before turning the camera on the audience and insisting on their culpability.
Margin Call isn’t on the same level, trading absurd hedonism for dry didacticism on the verge of the GFC. We get the same messages: our capitalist complicity in the inherent unfair market economy, defined by falseness – profits built on nothing. But unlike Scorsese, Chandor ensures we don’t miss the message, giving his stacked cast big speeches that underline these themes, leaving the film’s approach unambiguous.
Frankly, this all could have been pretty insufferable, but the screed is elevated by two…
Curiously gripping economical thriller. Great performances all around, especially from Stanley Tucci and Spacey who kill it more than usual. Definitely worth a look if you have a thing for thrillers.
The day the dog died.
Well made and compelling wall street thriller shines bright thanks to a wonderful cast. At times its seems to border on being preachy with its economic commentary but a well written script helps hold it all together and seem all the more real.
Resolution and finale seem a tad overdone but the film manages to hold on to a strong resonance as the credits roll.
J. C. Chandor has got my attention. His first two films, with their fleshed out characters and emoting through performance rather than piano score make for some of the most unique filmmaking around today. I really hope he doesn't fuck his career up.
I found this to be pretty engrossing, and though it had that Glengarry/Wall Street vibe at times, it was never really derivative (coughBOILERROOMcough).
I think what I liked most about the structure of the story was the way it introduced us to the lower-rung of the company, and then kept going up and up and up (literal, "boss levels," if you will), until you get to the Big Guy at the very top. As much as you think Kevin Spacey is a big shot, he ends up being small potatoes at the end of the day. It really showed the breadth and scope of these giant corporations.
Demi Moore aside (she was good in "About Last Night" and I think…
A great cast with splendid performances. The film is very intense and although it is about a company involved in the financial meltdown of 2008, it really is about much more. I particularly liked the way the film depicts the frightening absolute and ruthless power of the corporation over the lives of people that work there as well as the implications and ripples for everyone else.How those people get sucked in to the embrace, security and pleasures of what the corporations have to offer and the consequences and vulnerabilities of those choices.The freedom and comforts that we cherish here in twenty first century USA are not as secure as we might think. Don't want to say much more, other than that "Margin Call" is very involving and in the end affecting and thought provoking.It packs a powerful punch.
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