Alright, some background info. I graduated with an accounting and finance degree, I worked in an insurance company’s tax department for 4-5 years and currently work as a contract underwriter. I also actually enjoy reading the business section of the newspaper. So I was very much looking forward to watching Margin Call. My wife, who teaches middle school social studies, was less enthused and was asleep before I even hit play. But I will say, as long as you know and accept what you’re about to watch, it’s a pretty good movie.
Rarely does a movie hit you with almost every emotion. Comedies are funny, dramas are tense and sometimes upsetting, action flicks get your blood racing. Usually filmmakers are not ambitious enough to try and work totally separate emotions throughout the course of a movie. If done poorly, it can make a film almost unwatchable. But if they can pull it off, what usually transpires is an unforgettable experience. Dear Zachary pulls it off magnificently. It is a documentary that makes you laugh, makes you cry, enrages you and inspires you.
In this day and age, there really are very few true mysteries out there. With the click of a mouse, you can basically find the answer to any question you ask. One of the things I love most about documentaries is when a passionate filmmaker chases a storyline that most people know nothing about in search of answers or some form of conclusion. Resurrect Dead is one of the best examples of this that doesn’t involve a murder. It is documentary about a true-life mystery that has gone on for decades.