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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 35. The Social Network (2010)

September 10, 2011

35. The Social Network [Blu-ray] (2010)

Plot: In 2003 Harvard undergrad and computer programming wizard Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) launched a website called The Facebook and is only six years away to becoming a billionaire; with Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) by his side.

But despite all of Zuckerberg’s wealth and success, his personal life suffers as he is mired in two legal disputes, headed by his former college friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), whose generous financial contributions to Facebook served as the seed that helped the company to sprout; and the Winklevoss twins (Josh PenceArmie Hammer and Armie Hammer) battle Zuckerberg for ownership of Facebook.

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies (tagline)

Also Starring: Rooney MaraBryan BarterBrenda SongRashida Jones
Directed by: 
David Fincher
Written by: Aaron Sorkin
Length: 120 min
Budget: $40,000,000
Gross Revenue: $214,517,897 (Worldwide)

Favorite Quote:
Marylin Delpy: You’re not an asshole, Mark. You’re just trying so hard to be.

Review: I actually wrote a review of this movie back in October 28, 2010 and I’m re-reviewing this movie based on that review.

The Script
Aaron Sorkin is a God. The dialog was flawless. Fast paced like in an episode of Gilmore Girls, but believable, real and not annoying. The characters was fascinating. I was hooked from the first scene.

Oscar Count:
3 Wins:
 Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross) Best Achievement in Film Editing (Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall)

5 Nominations: Best Motion Picture of the Year (Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Ceán Chaffin) Best Achievement in Directing (David Fincher) Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jesse Eisenberg) Best Achievement in Cinematography (Jeff Cronenweth) Best Achievement in Sound Mixing (Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Mark Weingarten)

The Acting
Every bit of acting, all the way from Jesse “not Michael Cera” Eisenberg to my favorite “new” actor Andrew Garfield (the new Spider-Man) was great. Justin Timberlake did a scene stealing character and did a really good job, but I never understood the Oscar buzz around him. I mean; is it so much more of a great performance when it comes from somebody that should be singing instead of acting in the first place?

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Mark Zuckerberg originally planned never to see the movie. He ended up taking several of his employees to see it. He later remarked that, despite some of the film’s inaccuracies, they got his clothing right.

The girl
Rooney Mara, my future wife was just lovely and she said that she doesn’t mind dating computer nerds and since I know very little about computers AND have a popular blog I don’t see why we wouldn’t be perfect for each other, right? Sure, one could argue she said it in character in a movie but the way she seems to have method acted her way through the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”-remake with piercings and whatnots she must have meant it.

And finally, the words that emerge from my mouth every time I finished watching The Social Network; I want a sequel!!

Nerdiest Movie Trivia 2: David Fincher was unable to find suitable twin actors to play real-life identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and hired Armie Hammer as Cameron and Josh Pence as Tyler.

Fincher thought that Hammer looked the most like the real brothers, so for some scenes, the visual effects team photographed Hammer speaking Tyler’s lines and created a computer-generated model of his face to paste over Pence’s. Traditional split-screen work, with Hammer’s separate performances as each brother stitched together in the same frame, was also used.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 36. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)


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