BE FIRST, BE SMARTER OR CHEAT

MARGIN CALL (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

One of the more underrated movies of 2011, Margin Call features quite a spectacular cast – Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Simon Baker, Zachary Quinto and Penn Badgley (the last three are considered eye candy as well).

Will Emerson: Well, that was fucking hideous.
Sam Rogers: It’s gonna get worse before it gets better.

The movie goes along at a steady and calm speed, even though you know what’s going to happen (the BIG financial crisis). They calmly analyze, they calmly hold meetings and they calmly process the matter. There is little or no shouting at all. Well, there’s sobbing, courtesy of Badgley but that’s another matter altogether. I was really impressed with Demi Moore’s role in the film as some high-powered career woman because she was the only woman among all the men! Bravo!

Somehow, watching such movies helps to tinkle my memories of what’s left of my finance education. And I was really amused by the fact that they all have the same reaction to the “big revelation”… which is saying “fuck me” aloud. Imagine the good-looking cast saying it together, in one big gif. Oh well, that’s just my Tumblr-self speaking out loud.

With Oscar season round the corner, Cathay Cineplexes are re-releasing the movie! Go catch it before its run really ends.

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HORRIBLE BOSSES (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are three friends who believe they have the worst bosses anyone could possibly have. They hatch a plan to kill their bosses and things start to go wrong after they take the advice from someone in the “most dangerous bar”.

Bobby Pellitt: You can fire Professor Xavier.
Kurt: You mean Hank.
Bobby Pellitt: Creeps me out, rolling around all day in his special, little secret chair.

There’s simply too many hilarious moments in this movie to count. The part where Jamix Foxx describes how he got his name, Motherfucker Jones? The part where Jason Sudeikis places the entire bathroom up his ass? The part where Charlie Day gets high on coke, sings “That’s Not My Name” and his tiny jabs?

Also, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston played characters that were way off! Farrell looks weird (hello, combover!) and his comments about a colleague in a wheelchair was outrageous! Aniston was just talking dirty all the time and it’s a bit disconcerting to hear but it’s even more shocking to watch her when she tries to seduce Dale. And it’s so cute because Charlie Day’s voice gets really squeaky when he’s nervous!

Some other familiar faces were John Francis Daley (Sweets from Bones), Ioan Gruffudd and Julie Bowen (Modern Family). Gruffud’s cameo was the funniest! WET WORK!

STAY FOR SOME OUTTAKES DURING THE CREDITS!