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Boiler Room (2000)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Ben Younger and producer Jennifer Todd Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on March 20th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
This track, at least on my dvd, also includes Giovanni Ribisi and the composer, Angel, both edited in separately. The Jennifer Todd and Ben Younger portions are the best and most scene-specific. Todd and Younger talk about Younger as a first-time director, how they met and developed the project, the intentions in depicting the financial world and Judaism in New York. They speak to the hommages to Wall Street and Glengary Glen Ross. Casting was certainly a market for the buyer as many young actors sought to be involved in this film. They only filmed on location, using no sets, and insisted on New York, rather than Los Angeles, which would have been cheaper and meant a shorter studio leash on Younger. They talk about the impetus behind tweaking the ending and reshooting or filming new footage to support the new conclusion.

Angel talks about being a woman, a minority in the DJ field and music scene in New York, how she entered into the collaboration with Younger and even that he turned her onto some music that she came to appreciate. She draws parallels between the financial sector and the DJ club scene being both male-dominated. Todd, part of a production team with her sister, clarifies that the film was not intended to be misognystic.

Ribisi talks about his research and preparation for the role, learning about the financial market and Judaism. Younger was instrumental in helping him reach the emotional level for some of the father-son scenes. He felt that it helped the chemistry among the cast because he had worked with Diesel previously and had known Katt for years. Ribisi goes off the rails a bit, with his thoughts often not coinciding with what is on screen or even this film but other projects he has in the works.
Commentary 2: Composer The Angel, with isolated score Rating:10.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review