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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.
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.
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…
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.
If '12 Angry Men' was about the economy
This movie came out in 2011 and I so wish I saw it then. 2008 was a fucked up year for the economy and that’s what this movie is all about. Seeing it in 2014 feels a little too far removed from the pain ’08 caused. Oh, well…
Watching this movie was a long time in the making. I had actually borrowed it from a library a year ago while I was on vacation visiting my parents and I was all set to watch it but I got busy doing other things and before I knew it, I was getting taken to the airport (not having seen the movie). However, it remained on my list of movies to see and…
Having watched the Big Short a couple nights ago, I (subconsciously) decided tonight was the night to watch Margin Call, without realizing that it was about the 2008 financial crisis. The two films couldn't be greater contrasts. The Big Short's snappy script, flashy cutaways to celebrity explanations and comedic aspirations couldn't be further away from this quiet, methodical yet gripping depiction of one firm's response to the realization that "we're all fucked". The two films do have one thing in common: a stellar cast. Here, Paul Bettany is the standout for me but you can't go far wrong with Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci, not to mention Zachary Quinto who acquits himself well among such wizened masters. It's…
We're all fucked.
Ein spannender Thriller der sehr detailliert Zeigt was passiert, wenn die Finanzielle Lage eines Unternehmen kurz vor einem Desaster steht. Die zahlreichen grandiosen Schauspieler machen ihre Arbeit überzeugend und Zachary Quinto überzeugt ebenfalls in seiner führenden Rolle. Es ist alles spannend inszenieret und spielt an einem Einzigen Abend, wodurch der Film auch keine großen Zeit Sprünge aufzuweisen hat. Allerdings darf man bei diesem Film auf keinen Fall müde sein, da man bei diesem Werk jede Sekunde mitdenken muss um alles genau zu verstehen.
Mir hat der Film durch seine Intelligenz, Inszenierung und Spannung gut gefallen wodurch er von mir 7 Punkte bekommt
Intriguing, solid movie about the collapse of the stock market and the start of the financial crisis. They give very crystallised explanations of difficult financial constructions, but with a little bit of effort from the audience the film can be understood. The acting's top-notch, the cinematography beautiful.
‘Margin Call’ is a very easy film to admire but a less easy film to like. In many ways it’s the film that ‘The Big Short’ wants to be, not that I particularly think ‘The Big Short’ knows what it wants to be. But it approaches the same topic in a way that is notably less infantile and more intelligent, mature and subtle, yet is also much more accessible and easier to follow. It knows what it’s doing and has confidence in its own screenwriting enough to know that what it’s showing us is uncluttered and interesting enough to keep us engaged despite the inherent complexities and the amoral actions of its protagonists. In fact, you do get the impression…
J.C. Chandor's Margin Call is certainly easier to understand than Adam McKay's The Big Short that made my head hurt. Both tell a very similar story, both have excellent casts that deliver top notch performances, but for me Chandor's film takes the plaudits over McKay's, just. Maybe it was Spacey's two Oscars, Irons' one, and Stanley Tucci being one of the best actors on the planet not to have a gold statuette that swung it for me, regardless, if you want two brilliant dramas that focused on what a corrupt, inconsiderate bunch of greedy cunts bankers are, then look no further.
Kind of a poor man's The Big Short, it has an equally impressive cast but doesn't put them to nearly as effective a use.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!