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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.
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.
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.
After the greed and the Wall Street evil fades, all we're left with is the thought that normal people are the real schmucks. Fuck normal people.
Penn Badgley's acting career crashed as hard as the economy did.
Great cast in a decent fictional telling of the start of the 2008 crash from the point of the investment bankers. Workman like direction but the cast, story and script work well.
I've seen each of JC Chandor's films and they're each uniquely great. This one provided the alternate angle to The Big Short rather nicely and it was very enjoyable, given what I'd wanted out of it.
This tight thriller set in the hours leading up to the 2008 financial collapse works well thanks to a gripping story and excellent ensemble cast.
"Jesus, Seth. Listen, if you really wanna do this with your life you have to believe you're necessary and you are. People wanna live like this in their cars and big fuckin' houses they can't even pay for, then you're necessary. The only reason that they all get to continue living like kings is cause we got our fingers on the scales in their favor. I take my hand off and then the whole world gets really fuckin' fair really fuckin' quickly and nobody actually wants that. They say they do but they don't. They want what we have to give them but they also wanna, you know, play innocent and pretend they have no idea where it came from.…
This is my first Letterboxd review and while I'm aware this sort of reviewing is reserved for movies watched for the first time, I couldn't help but make my first review about one I began back in October of 2015 and finally finished this January.
I knew absolutely nothing about Margin Call or its director, J.C. Chandor, until a good friend of mine introduced it to me on social media. I began doing my homework of the movie, its well-known actors and plot derived from real-life financial crises of the late 2000's, and was instantly intrigued.
Aside from the appeal the entire cast produces by just being their roles in the movie, I've always had a soft spot for real…
I went in expecting this to be a drier, understated version of The Big Short, but actually... wait, yeah. That's precisely what it is. Good job, Max, buddy. It's truly bizarre seeing Zachary Quinto just portray some guy with a normal, human job.
A solid film that is much more interesting than the poster or name would indicate. The level of acting especially from Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons makes a griping film out of what is basically a secession of people looking at screens and then having meetings. It might be said that the film over simplifies the financial crash but I feel that boiling it down to the events of one night and how a handful of people experienced it gives us a good sense of how so few people hold the fate of so many in their hands.
We get a good look at how the ruthless and above all reckless style of doing business impacted on the world as…
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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