Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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 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…
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…
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…
This movie's portfolio is full of good acting stock but most of the actors seem tired or uninterested. Maybe they are distracted by the memories of all the money they lost in the real financial crisis.
Despite what you might think for a film set at the start of the financial crisis, it feels like remarkably little actually happens. And when every character is an investment banker, I cannot imagine how the pitch ever succeeded. But when the cast is this good (Spacey, Irons, Tucci, Moore, Bettany, Quinto), you honestly will not care. The real triumph of the film is in depicting each banker as a fully realised person: in turns despicable, admirable and pathetic.
Lots of great actors on the poster, but I only decided to watch this after reading an interview with Steven Soderbergh:
I saw Margin Call, twice in 36 hours, and thought, why isn’t that as big as sex, lies? I watched it with my wife, and we ordered it again two days later. I just thought that movie was great. Why didn’t that gross $25 million?
And what makes even less sense than Hollywood? The financial industry.
A drama circling the 2008 recession, I had very little interest in this film so unfortunately my attention wasn't held very well.
A solid drama circling the 2008 recession which caused damages that are still being felt today for various families, except this film tells the story from the perspective of the stock brokers and how unforeseeable it was. It started off so well with its slick editing, camera work and solid performances but it slowly ends up becoming rather boring and then adds in some sentimental moments that kind of felt aimless with an ending that didn't seem very appropriate but had a somewhat chilling nature.
Probably only slightly exaggerated. Margin Call succeeds every second in transmitting the coldness of the financial system, the cynicism of the players and the total lack of compassion. It's an artificial world, all bridges to the real world are burnt.
A great criticism on the capitalistic system that manages to stay clear of hopeless Occupy activism while being entertaining at the same time.
Solid performances, great dialogue and a fast pace help to make Margin Call a beyond watchable movie.
"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat"
Based on a frantic 24 hrs at an investment bank prior to the financial disaster in 2008. Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany feature in a great ensemble cast. The story, very simple and acting to a high standard,very similar in style to Glengarry Glen Ross. Directed by J.C Chandor who went on to direct the equally impressive 'All is Lost'.
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