Margin Call

"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat." Mr. Tuld

"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat." Mr. Tuld

☆ Masterpiece 

Margin Call (2011) is an insightful, behind the scenes look at the market collapse of 2008.

Directed and written by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin SpaceyDemi Moore and Jeremy Irons among many others.

What a masterful film Chandor weaves with his dialogue, direction and actors. The films looks all cold, uninviting and as quiet as a funeral home. The stars of the film have to be the actors. Each actor gives an in depth and poignant performance that gives you an insight into their characters soul. Kevin runs away with his long monologues. Jeremy conveys the cool, calm lethality of a great white about to attack his unsuspecting prey. Stanley conveys irony and humor in a role that is sad and depressing. Demi really surprised me with her subtle and poised acceptance of her characters doomed fate as the fall guy. I've got to hand it to J.C. for creating a realistic and dynamic film that doesn't use stirring music, or fast edits to create fantastic drama.

In the scene below watch Kevin and Jeremy runaway with their scene. The incredulous look Kevin gives Jeremy, when Irons says, "You know, I'm starting to feel better about this whole thing" Jeremy then kind of laughs to himself after seeing Spacey's amazed look. These two veteran actors are enjoying and milking every nuance out of each others reactions. The scene reminds me of the reactions that Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken had in their scene in True Romance (1993).



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Trivia - J.C. Chandor wrote the script in just four days after thinking about it for a year and a half.



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