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Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.
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.
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,…
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…
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.
It was interesting watching this movie about the Great Recession from a single company's point of view. However the movie lacks direction and tension at times, and it seems like there are some significant sound issues.
"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat"
I don't think there's a more fitting double bill in existence than The Big Short and Margin Call.
This was such an fascinating glimpse into the backstage of the origins of the global economic crisis of 2008. The acting was superb, as you'd expect from such a great ensemble cast. The writing was stellar as well. A very cool and interesting film. It would be kind of nice to see more films like this one.
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Among all the kinds of movies I've long dreamed of making someday is a thunderous adult drama where scores of actors yell and argue dramatically at one another for some important reason, a la "Glengarry Glen Ross", "Any Given Sunday, "12 Angry Men", or the intense parts of Aaron Sorkin scripts. Just give a long bench of familiar stars and thespians two hours of juicy, over-the-top, ideally challenging subject matter that is conducive to explosive debates, machine gun fire-like back and forth duets, impassioned declarations, profane frustration, and operatic fury. It'll be like a…
a really, really uneventful film. The big short would be more of a thriller than this but even that isn't a thriller
also audio doesn't usually bother me but the mixing on it is really weird (at least how it appears on netflix anyway), like the technician has just gone "let's just mute this through this entire scene cause no-ones talking")
it all takes place (or 95%) in the same place and usually i like that, especially with a decent cast which this kind of has too?
I DUNNO MAN
not for me
Intriguing in its broad ideas but lackluster in its minutia. I understood the general ideas and moral quandaries the film posed, but what about the details? What EXACTLY was going on? What does this company even DO? I understand that in the grand scheme all of that doesn't really matter, but it leaves the film feeling too opaque. Nevertheless, I was entertained. Spacey and Irons give Oscar-worthy performances and the whole thing is quite well made. I just needed the movie to meet me halfway.
Margin Call is one of those movies that sports an impressive cast and more than capable direction, but the material just doesn't grab you the way it should. The performances kept my attention well enough, but at the same time, the story that they were supporting (while it started out kind of interesting) quickly devolves into a slew of business jargon that becomes stale, despite the obvious relevance of what they're talking about. I don't think there's any denying the talent of writer/director JC Chandor, but like all other talented directors, he first needs compelling material to back him up. Oh, and I'm perfectly okay with symbolism and everything, but I just don't get the relevance of Kevin Spacey's character's dead dog.
Ya fucked it guys
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore" - Inequality, Corporate Irresponsbility & Corruption
There is no question that the Global Financial Crisis sucked. Some people lost their jobs, their homes and their retirement…
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