The Social Network

7 10 2010








Do not dismiss David Fincher’s The Social Network as simply “that Facebook movie,”  as its themes are universal and definitely pretty relevant.  Think of it more as a tragic character study about an incredibly young, smart, and troubled billionaire.

Regardless of any mixed feelings you or I may have towards any of Fincher’s past movies (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, etc.), all of the “below the line” technical work, such as the cinematography, lighting, sound and visual effects, editing, blah blah blah, are always perfect.  This is espcially true for the The Social Network.  Everything just looks and sounds flawless the whole way through (the crew race comes to mind as one of the best examples).  I wasn’t even aware until after I saw the film of all the incredible special effects work that went into it because of how seamlessly integrated everything is.  As it turns out, the Winklevoss twins (the characters suing Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg) were both played by Armie Hammer, at least sort of.  Hammer would apparently always play the main twin in every scene while another actor would play the other twin, however Fincher would then digitally replace the other actor’s face with Hammer’s in post-production, similar to the effects work in Benjamin Button, where Fincher CGI’d Brad Pitt’s face onto a baby or an old man or something.  Pretty amazing stuff.

The score, done by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, is another stand-out for me.  I’m not much of a fan of Nine Inch Nails thanks to Reznor’s vocals and, in my opinion, awful teenage emo lyrics, but the man can write haunting instrumental works.  It’s a brilliant score and really propels the film to another level.

But besides all of that, the film works because it’s such an interesting and current story and is so wonderfully told and acted.  It’s an important movie that everyone in this Facebook generation should see.  Also yes, Justin Timberlake can act, in fact he’s pretty good.


Some new trailers

11 07 2010

The Social Network, directed by David Fincher.  I think this looks great, much better than I thought it would, and I really love the use of “Creep” in this trailer:

This one looks like a lot of fun:

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut.  Doesn’t look too special to me but Hoffman’s always great to watch and I’m curious to see how he fares as a director:

The new Woody Allen:

I’d say this looks like a good crime thriller (and it’s getting lots of good buzz) but Affleck’s presence is really off-putting.  He really brings it down for me:

And finally, the new Inarritu (Babel, Amores Perros) film, which I think looks amazing.  It sparked a lot of controversy at Cannes this year, and that’s always a good thing if you ask me.  Definitely give this one a look:

Quick review of “Zombieland”

18 10 2009


When I first saw the trailer for Zombieland I thought it looked like a bad American version of Shaun of the Dead.  But, it turns out I was a little too quick to judge.  It’s a fun movie, it holds its own, and it’s got a brilliant cameo appearance that steals the show.  I still can’t tell the difference between Jesse Eisenberg and Michael Cera, whose cutesy and awkward quirkiness drives me insane, but that whole shtick fits fine in a movie such as this. 

I like pretty much anything with zombies, and Woody Harrelson’s fun, so I enjoyed it.  If nothing else, it’s worth a rental on a sick day.

Rating: 7/10