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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.
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.
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,…
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…
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…
To be honest, I didn't understand a word for the most part. I was entertained, though - couldn't have been that bad, then, right?
Margin Call is a gripping, strongly acted and important piece of cinema that fits in nicely as a companion piece to the 2008 crash documentary Inside Job. It's a fascinating, insightful and at times overwhelmingly depressing film about how members of the financial industry play with fire while rolling the dice with everyone's money but their own. Its script is sharp and extremely intelligent. It's a wonderful first effort from JC Chandor.
Margin Call is a fine film. JC Chandor is clearly a talent, in the mould of a filmmaker like Sidney Lumet; he shifts genre very smoothly but always with an eye on sensibly deconstructing his characters. Margin Call is a dialogue heavy recreation of the Lehmans collapse of 2008, while it may lack the specificity and rigour of someone who actually worked through this incident at that level, the dialogue is a little heavy handed, to many explanations; it remains a technical aware and intelligently crafted film. I could have done without a few sub-strands - Spacey's dog, the needless mystery around Stanley Tucci for 30 minutes, the world of the film seems oddly under populated and Demi Moore's never-so-fake…
J. C. Chandor is a brilliantly gifted filmmaker, as he possesses the knowledge of where precisely to draw the line. He never lays down too much melodrama, despite how Margin Call is nearly two hours of people conversing. Though clinical in style, the film is intimate, leaving most of the work on the talented actors. Chandor creates the ideal situation for performers to attain their best possible work.
Margin Call is an impressively cast little morality play - centered on Wall Street just prior to the financial collapse of 2008, like a kind of Crucible - although it's dialogue often betrays that this is also a first feature film (writer/director J.C. Chandor).
(Esto no es una crítica sobre esta película, simplemente una serie de ideas vagamente conectadas a las que llevo dando vueltas algún tiempo, que me han vuelto a venir a la cabeza viendo esto y que estoy intentando ordenar para intentar explicarme a mi mismo porque algunas cosas me funcionan en el cine, en el arte, en la cultura y en la crítica y otras no me funcionan tanto. Así que la mayoría del tiempo no voy a hablar de esta película, por si quieres dejar de leer justo ahora. Es largo y creo que difícilmente coherente.)
Sobre los problemas de la consistencia.
La mayoría de la gente (y espero que nadie se tome mal esto ni, mucho menos, como…
A gripping thriller crafted from the real-life events of the 2008 financial crisis. Dramatic and self-consciously "important" without being reductive or simplistic (a balance that enjoyable films like Wall Street and Boiler Room haven't been able to strike). Given the fact that the movie is essentially a series of tense conference room conversations, it's kind of unbelievable that writer/director J.C. Chandor followed up this film with the nearly silent (and superior) All is Lost. Allison and I watched as homework for his recently released Most Violent Year, which I'm anticipating even more now.
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