Movie Diary 11/30/2011

Margin Call (J.C. Chandor, 2011). A relatively unknown director got an awful lot of top-line talent (Spacey, Irons, Bettany, Tucci, et al.) to participate in his movie; but seeing the thing, you can understand why. The strong sustained mood is matched by an admirable sense of clarity in (and explanation of) the financial meltdown that messed up the lives of so many people well beyond the boardrooms and boiler rooms seen here.

At What a Feeling!, all hail Ken Russell, with a review of one of his maddest Eighties pictures, Salome’s Last Dance, which I feel rather warm toward. One more Russell title in tomorrow’s Eighties cavalcade.