Slavo Zizek reviewed the new film by Ralph  Fiennes, Corioluanus. A retelling of the Shakespeare play that TS Eliot once proclaimed was superior to Hamlet.

Money quote:

And this is why Fiennes’s Coriolanus is like the eyes of God or a saint in an Orthodox icon: without changing a word in Shakespeare’s play, the film looks squarely at us, at our predicament today, offering us the figure of the radical freedom fighter.

One of Shakespeare’s best plays is being brought to the big screen with Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave and Gerard Butler.

The trailer:

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quionto, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore.

This is a little gem of a film. It’s not easy to create a compelling film that takes place entirely on two office floors, but director J.C. Chandor manages it with ease.

Based loosely on the collapse of Lehman Brothers (the CEO is named Duld God’s sake), the film covers the 24 hour period from the discovery of bad securities by a young risk assessor (Quinto) on the firing of his boss, (Tucci). From there, the seven or so odd characters are all sent scrambling on how to save their firm (and their jobs in the process).

Jeremy Irons is used perfectly as the CEO. Moore, whom I really am not fond of as an actress manages to deliver a solid performance by playing against her bellicose normal sermonizing.

However, it is Paul Bettany that steals the film. His witticisms and amoral views makes the least complex, but most enjoyable character to watch. It is refreshing to see Bettany take on roles more suited to his dapper ability. That whole apocalyptic film thing was not good.

At the heart of it Margin Call is a film about relationships. The bonds and trust that people build. From the CEO to the senior staff, and from the traders to their buyers. When that trust erodes, nobody is buying or selling. In a roundabout way it shows the crux of investment banking: you have to trust that the guy who is selling you a securities product, or its just not worth.

And that’s the big lesson of this film.

Several films are coming out soon that I am super excited about and needed to share.

Weekend

A visceral and emotional looking story of potential love.

Immortals

A  ‘300’ style retelling of the Thesius and the Titans myth.

Killer Elite

DeNiro, Statham and Clive Owen shoot at stuff and try to kill each other.

Mozart’s Sister

Rene Feret’s proactive telling of the other Mozart child.

Underworld: Awakening

The fourth installment of the Selene and vampire vs. lycans movie series.

Red Tails

A fantastically looking shot and acted film about the heroes of the 332nd “Tuskegee Airmen”

Lady Ann Keys, nicknamed “Glorious’ by her brother, is slowly going mad.

After her retired barrister and MP father Sir Alexander (Nighy) celebrates his birthday, Ann stumbles upon a recording in her father’s shed of a seemingly innocuous LP that actually is the recorded meetings of aristocratic British appeasers and Nazi sympathizers.

As her friends and lover start dying in overly-coincidental ways, Ann slowly realizes nobody is who they seem and her life she has know is starting to slowly fall apart.

With a fantastic in media res opening that showcases Christopher Lee’s talent for the small part,, and finish that careens at the corners, Glorious 39 explores the actions people will take in order to defend the lifestyle and world they won’t bear giving up.

Special props should go to Romola Garai, who really comes into her own with this film. Her descent into madness and paranoia is superb. Jeremy Northam, who plays the sinister Balcombe, is delightfully evil, and Eddie Redmayne (remember he was the son in The Good Shepard) shows he can play the slightly narcissistic chauvinist perfectly.

And finally, Julie Christie is in top form. She steals every scene she is in, and her haunting little statements such as “this little war makes everything uncertain” stick with you well after leaving the film.

Glorious 39 is availble on Netflix now.