Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
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"Margin Call"

As I mentioned in a post from earlier in the week, I had loaded up the Netflix queue with ALL of the full-length films nominated for an Academy Award. Most are not yet available. Two of the documentaries are available on-demand, "Hell and Back Again" and "If A Tree Falls." The first was about the struggle of a wounded Afghan War veteran as he returns to the States. Powerful but kind of standard. The second was much better as it told the story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front who used arson in the name of environmentalism.

The other day we watched "The Help" (up for Best picture) which Kitty had received as a Christmas gift. It was a mighty fine movie but seemed like typical Hollywood fare. It felt a bit disjointed.

Today we watched "Margin Call" which is up for Best Screenplay. To me the plot of a movie is the most important thing. You have to have a good story to tell! This one did not disappoint. This film is on par with "Glengarry Glen Ross" which was one of the best character plays I have ever seen. If you haven't seen it, rent it! With a cast that includes the likes of Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, and Alan Arkin, you know you're going to get some great performances. The same is true for "Margin Call" with a cast that included Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore. There's no action but lots of drama. It basically covers a 48-hour period in 2008 of a major Wall Street firm as they realize that all of their investments are garbage. It's essentially a fictitious account of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. There are some real stellar performances found here. Unfortunately nobody got a Best Actor nod. If you want an intellectual movie and a little more insight into the crap that brought about the Great Recession, give it a watch.
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