Great comic. Looking for a great movie? Joanne Laurier (WSWS) reports:
The release of Margin Call—which fictionally (and rather scathingly) chronicles 24 hours in the life of a major Wall Street firm during the September 2008 financial crisis—in the midst of the Occupy Wall Street protests is a further indication of a change in global popular mood.
The film by J.C. Chandor of course took some time to prepare and create; it has now emerged in a situation where the hostility of millions for the bankers and the super-rich is an acknowledged fact of everyday life. It is to the credit of the filmmakers that they embarked on the project, with whatever trepidations and limitations, when they did.
Margin Call attempts to enter into the thinking, motivations and psychology of the Wall Street power brokers who helped crash the world economy in 2008.
The WSWS wrote about the film as part of the coverage of the Berlin film festival earlier this year. Its North American release and a rapidly moving political landscape give the work a refreshed significance.
Margin Call opens in September 2008 as an unnamed, 107-year-old investment firm is terminating 80 percent of its risk-management team. The professional firing squad contracted by the corporation is armed with glossy pamphlets entitled “Looking Forward” (with a peaceful photo of a sailboat on blue water on its front cover) intended to quash any objections on the parts of the victims. And if that fails to pacify, security guards stand by.It is a great movie too. I streamed it online at Amazon. It's like 9 dollars (twelve?) but it's still in the movie theaters and that's why it's so expensive.
"Maybe Chuck didn't air," Carl e-mailed. I wondered about that too. But, as you can see here, the ratings for it were awful. It aired Friday.
Now quickly for Third. Dallas and the following worked on the edition.
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And here's the new content:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: Oh, the damn liars
- TV: Fairy tales for grown ups
- Firm & Burn with Ann & Dona
- CCR's Articles of Impeachment Against Bush
- Ron Paul wins straw poll
- Solyndra explained in less than sixty words
- Idiot of the week: Dorian Warren
- Historians Condemn Honoring of Kissinger (ETAN)
- Wall St & the anti-immigrant campaign (WW)
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"