All is Lost AKA Robert Redford on a Boat

Surprised there wasn’t a threat on this movie. JC Chandor’s second movie after Margin Call, what I consider to be the best movie on the financial crisis. Saw it, thought it was fantastic, but don’t want to talk to much about it unless others have seen it.

What I will say is that both of Chandor’s movies deal heavily with the chaotic nature of the world and how we deal with it. While Margine Call is focused more on how people deal in competitive groups, All is Lost is all about the individual.

Guess it would be a short movie if he’d followed common boating safety guidelines and had an EPIRB on-board.


If I remember correctly he does have some sort of distress beacon.

I didn’t see one, or else it was part of the stuff that gets broken right at the start. Anyway, great film. Has there ever been a 3x3 for best uses of your one allotted “fuck” in a PG-13 movie?

I don’t know specifically what he had, but there was a bunch of emergency equipment that was broken in the initial crash. Is there any way Redford doesn’t win an Oscar for this?

Well, as Desslock has pointed out in the Gravity discussion, 12 Years a Slave is sure to be a heavy favorite in almost any category it gets nominated in.

This is what I was thinking of. Could be wrong on the specific equipment. Glad Tom and Co. did a podcast on it. As someone who wasn’t a fan of 12 Years a Slave I find this movie to be a great relief.

I’m taking my father to see this on Saturday, as he’s sailed solo a number of times across the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans, and nearly collided with shipping containers on more than one occasion. I’m very interested to hear what he thinks of it.

Ask him whether Our Man’s lifeboat should have had an EPIRB, or whatever!


So I just got back from the film with my father, who has been an active solo sailor for almost fifty years, and he was ecstatic about it. I was a little concerned how well he’d like it, despite the subject matter, as his cinematic tastes tend more towards Jim Belushi and Michael Bay, but he just gushed about this the entire way back from the theater.

I did ask him about the EPIRB, and he said that while you really should have one, it’s not really that uncommon at all for people to sail without one, even on longer or more dangerous trips than that.

Similarly, when I pressed him about whether there were any mistakes made by Our Man, he felt that if he were thinking absolutely clearly, there were a few things that probably should have done differently (attaching his harness to the railing as soon as he went out of the cabin in the storm, using a piece of a sail or sail bag to help patch the hole, preparing a ditch bag beforehand, putting more of a priority on emptying the water early on) but nothing felt like a “mistake” to him, and just about all of his action seemed to be understandable, appropriate, and accurately depicted.

He did say that the only thing that didn’t feel authentic was “I would have said ‘fuck’ much sooner, and much more often.”

EDIT: That is, except for the few bits that were clearly and obviously intended to be mistakes. But even those were understandable and could be made by even a very experienced sailor.

Your dad is awesome.


What Tom said.


So I’m rewatching this film and listening to the commentary track and they point out a cool little easter egg: in at least one scene early on, there’s a financial statement floating around inside the boat that has the logo from the bank in Margin Call printed on it. I love the idea that Our Man was one of the investment bankers working at that firm. Also, they apparently toyed for a while with the idea of just cutting out the voiceover at the beginning.

Cool. Do they mention the severance package packet with the sailboat on it in Margin Call?


Dunno. I haven’t listened to that commentary track yet.

Not what I meant. I was asking if they mention it on All Is Lost, like it’s a pre-Easter Egg or something. Or if it’s just a coincidence.


Sorry, I didn’t realize there was a severance package with a boat on it in Margin Call, so I thought you were making a joke. So, nope, no mention in All is Lost.

Oh. Sorry about that. When we did the podcast I went back and watched Margin Call to prepare, and was delighted to see this when Stanley Tucci was given his walking papers in the beginning:

I wondered if there was an intentional connection or if this was just a happy accident of prop design.


“Some people like driving the long way home.”

Hah! That is awesome.

Dammit, now I want to go back and rewatch Margin Call. Loved that movie the first time, and my appreciation has only grown.