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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SO DARK THE CON OF MAN

THE DA VINCI CODE (2006)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Good thing: it was as thrilling as I thought it to be. Although I must say I got quite many shocks when Silas appeared, cos he kept ‘BUMP’ appear from nowhere and THUD’ hit someone or kill that someone. Sad to say, his nice figure is full of scars.

Anyway, the book is much, much, much better. Maybe the sense of thrill and anticipation is all gone when the actors reveal the clues a little too quick without much thinking. But of course, there’s lots of sight-seeing and the revelation at the ending. A little bit different from the book, the last part, or did I remember it wrongly? The actors gave solid acting, especially Ian McKellen (Leigh Teabing) and Alfred Molina (Bishop Aringarosa).

Oddly, those people who haven’t read the book all gave it 4 stars and above..