Saturday, February 25, 2012

MARGIN CALL



MARGIN CALL is unquestionably one of the best films of the year, yet no one has heard of it. The film is nominated for two Spirit awards tonight, including best first feature, and one Oscar nomination tomorrow for original screenplay. I hope it does well, it is one of the smartest movies I've seen in a long time, with an absolutely fantastic cast: Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Stanley Tucci... even Demi Moore is quite good. I have no idea how this film flew under the radar. The cinematography and sound are quite good as well, although the screener disc seemed to have some color timing issues.

The writing reminded me of David Mamet, but in a good way, and the subject is incredibly important, the events leading up to the banking meltdown. Ironically, this is probably what turned off audiences, you must have a rudimentary understanding of the mortgage collapse to understand the film. Also it is an extremely talky film, and much of the talk is about numbers.

But I highly recommend the film, which can be found at Redbox or Netflix DVD.
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