Monday, January 30, 2012

Addendum to the Best Films of 2011

I forgot to name "Margin Call" as one of my favorite films of the past year--a major oversight! The film follows the members of an investment firm over the course of a night where they realize their holdings are about to be devalued and have to be nefariously dumped onto the market. The tense and terse atmosphere is aided by a remarkable ensemble cast that spans generations, from Jeremy Irons and Kevin Spacey to Demi Moore to Zach Quinto, the insulation of the setting and time (one night in one firm) adds to our understanding of the contingencies that led to the financial meltdown of 2008. The ending is rather abrupt and could have had a coda to give some sort of emotional closure, but this may be disingenuous: have any of us felt any closure from this global recession?

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