+1 for the positive review for margin call. one of my favorite lines is when seth of gossip girl fame says to will emerson:
seth: this is really gonna affect people isn't i?
will: yeah - it's gonna affect real people like me!
haha spoken like a true trader. i'm still waiting for an et movie where all of the famous et'ers are on one trading floor and we follow them for the day. here's the first scene...
a trader going by the screen name 'betterthanSAC' puts on a monster NG position 2 minutes ahead of the weekly inventory number. he pops open a red bull. and waits. he never understood why some traders get bored during the day. if you're bored just double your size. as the clock ticked down to 10:30 EST his heart pumped faster and faster. it was soooo cold last week. there would be a huge drawdown - it was only a question of how big.
NG drops 3% in a nanosecond. WTH? is this a bad quote? he punches NI into his bloomberg and finds the inventory number story. a drawdown of 53 bcf vs 150 expected. there is no justice in the world. he quickly did the mental math to see how much he lost. $0.45 x 10,000 x 100 cars = speed dial suicide hotline. it could've been worse - he could've been trading with real dollars instead of virtual ones.