#19 The Social Network

Dear Rache,

Now here is the movie that will set all our pecuniary concerns to rest. The Social Network (2010) lets us in on the secret on how to strike it really rich– that is, through audacity, audacity, and more audacity.

The Social Network is the story of how Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) founded Facebook while he was still a Harvard undergrad, and quickly became the world’s youngest billionaire. If the movie has taught me anything, that will be that in order to fulfill our dreams, we need to really, totally, unconditionally believe in ourselves. Zuckerberg, you see, is no doubt very smart, but what catapulted him to success was his in-your-face self-confidence, scathing arrogance, and hauteur. He takes everything- getting dumped, lawsuits, etcetera- in a stride. He is annoyed- because these things waste his time- but he is never daunted.

There are many great things about this movie– the snappy editing that makes the film never boring, the snazzy musical score that makes computer programming look like the coolest thing on earth, the engaging script (many have compared the storyline to that of the classic film, Citizen Kane), the casting (Justin Timberlake was spot-on as the spineless, verbose founder of music website Napster). I have to hand it to director David Fincher– he makes dorkiness look really, really good. He made Mark Zuckerberg a rockstar.

Rating: A must-see! We have much to learn from Mr. Zuckerberg, Rachey, if we intend to get rich.

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About 500 Movies for Rache

Rache is one of our friends, who, though smart and wonderful in every way imaginable, is particularly deficient in terms of her film knowledge. Now no friend of ours can be allowed to go on believing that movies such as Batang X and Little Mermaid 2 represent the height of cinematic excellence. And so, it is with a mixture of compassion and messianic complex, that we've decided to watch and review 500 movies for Rache, until March 31, 2011. There are three of us behind this blog, and we have decided that there is only one way to go about the movie-picking and reviewing process: indiscriminately. We will sit through the campy and the compelling, the indie films and the blockbusters, the critics' darlings and the straight-to-video. This is how much we love you Rachel. This is also - let's face it - how much we love ourselves. By March of 2011, we hope to have a good cross-section of cinematic genres, traditions, cultures and periods. (But in all likelihood, it will be mostly Hollywood fare). So Rache, our dear, pretty, wonderful, cinematically-clueless friend, and the many others just like her, THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU.
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5 Responses to #19 The Social Network

  1. Barry Glibb says:

    It also reminded me a bit of Fincher’s last movie, Zodiac. He loves the introverted, that David.

  2. lia says:

    i love david fincher!!!

  3. Barry Glibb says:

    Me too. That’s what got me in the door of the theater, actually. I wasn’t sure a movie about facebook would be worth my time, but when I saw it was him, I gave it a shot.

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