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My review of The Social Network.

I just got back from seeing what I will probably regard as the best movie of the year. I spent the entire ride home thinking about it. It's a movie that washes over you and comes back to you in waves at a time (and will do so for a long while I suspect).

I was amazed how a movie about a subject that the entire world knows already (at least in part) can seem so fresh and completely engrossing. The pacing is so quick that the words spewed out of Jesse Eisenberg's mouth at light speed, and before you know it you've just spent two hours in a theater. Trent Reznor's score is more akin to that of a suspense thriller and it gives the film more depth then I would guess a John Williams type score would achieve. Everything about it seemed to push it forward into almost epic territory.

The screenplay from Aaron Sorkin is sharp, witty, and gives the actors some of the most interesting and clever dialogue, that it deserves Oscar contention. I don't want to spoil anything for people that have yet to see the film, but one of the Winklevoss twins in a scene with his brother and friend puts forth one of the best lines I've ever heard. Some of these lines are so sharp and smart that most people's reaction will be awe, and something like "awww SHIT!" Another such line is uttered by Zuckerberg's girlfriend in the first scene that brilliantly sets up the movie's entire mood. Aside from the dialogue, the plot is split between the beginning of Facebook and a deposition taking place years later in a conference room. It helps give the film it's pace and keeps the film from staling or even slowing down for a second. It also gives the viewer two perspectives, the one of the characters at the beginning of their venture, and another of how it tore most of them to shreds and rewarded them more money then they could have imagined.

The direction is amazing, and I'm impressed that David Fincher has gone from Fight Club and Seven to more subtle but complicated fare like Zodiac and now The Social Network. And that he's doing it so damn well. He is the ring master that brings every element together and throws it in your face in a very self assured way. He should be getting an Oscar nod as well. He's probably crafted the movie that will, to my utter sickness, define this decade.

Lastly, I can't think of one miscast actor in this movie. Everybody is pitch perfect and seems born to play these roles. Jesse Eisenberg is so uncordial and calculated that his eyes seem to be made of ice. He obviously hasn't a clue how to communicate with people, but he is supremely talented and certainly cares about the social class that he's represented in (his almost bromantic crush on Timberlake's character shows this beautifully). It's an odd and mesmerizing combination to see, and had to be insanely complicated to represent in character. Somebody that wants nothing more then to be cool but would never be able to fill the part if he were thought of in that way. Aside from Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake proves that he can really act and pulls out all the stops, proving his snake-like douchbagness as the inventor of Napster. The only likable person in the mix is Zuckerberg's "best friend" Eduardo. He's soft spoken, business minded and for some reason cares about what happens to Mark. This proves to be fruitless, even though he has done nothing but support Zuckerberg every step of the way.

At the last scene I had a single feeling in my gut that sums up the main character, and in turn the entire movie....pity. One of the final lines is Zuckerburg telling someone: "You know, I'm not a bad person." While that may be true, it surely doesn't mean he's a good person either. Even as Zuckerberg sits there with his vast $6billion personal wealth, I pity him. For all his money and connections and social status, with all the resources one could ever accumulate in a lifetime, none of it....not a single piece of it....would make you like him.





On a personal note, I must say this movie had an effect on me. For one, it made me want to write. I haven't felt that need in a long time. In the first scene of angry blogging, the main character fires up his laptop and what is displayed? Livejournal! I saw it and squealed on the inside.....how 2003! I even remember trying to join Facebook when it was still college student's only. Maybe it was the fond recollection of my blogging days that made me write this. But either way, I think I should write some more. My inner nerd was definitely turned on by this film.
I admit I don't read livejournal much anymore. But reading my friend's page I see that only two people still post semi-regularly. I never thought I'd say this.....but I think I'm done with livejournal. I just think Facebook is a much better social tool now. I will keep my account just in case I feel like ranting about something in the future. Everybody still on here.....lots of love guys, find me on Facebook. :)

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And the Britney song came on!!!

Just in case you haven't seen this, I wanted to share with you all my new addiction. This song, and the video, have been on repeat on my computer for the past four days. It's like crack. I smile SO much when I watch this. It's like a happy drug that only lasts four minutes. I wanna be in Fire Island with these guys!

Maybe America doesn't deserve health care.

Contrary to what my last post stated, I have come up with something that I really need to talk about. And that is the ongoing health care "debate" that's going on right now. So many things about this "debate" upset me that this is going to be a long entry.Collapse )

Drag me on over

It has been forever and a year since I posted in here. I don't know what to say. Maybe my time in Livejournal land is coming to an end? I suppose Facebook is taking more of online time and I just don't have much to write about I think. Maybe once life throws me some change I'll pick it back up and write some more. Till then though, I doubt I'll be on here much. Sorry folks, just lettin ya know. I do still read everybody else's journals though, so keep it coming.

Enjoy what's left of your summer everybody. Have a lemonade on the stoop and turn on a good record. High five me when I walk by.

French Open

My boy Rafa made it through the first round at the French Open this week....amen. And you have to love the man for knowing how to dress for the occasion....he is in France after all:

And if you have the extra time, you need to watch video of a certain Gille Simon from France. I watched his match Sunday and there's something going on in his shorts, something big.
If you're a fan of Legos, you have got to take a look at this article. You wanna build the Guggenheim out of little plastic bricks? Now you can! Amazing.

Glee it up!

I had to write a bit about this fabulous new show I watched last night. For some ungodly reason, I watched the last bit of the American Idol final, and after it was over I was treated to the best new show on a major network since 30 Rock! And to top it all off, it was on Fox....WTF? It follows the formation of a high school glee club and it was funny, touching, and actually had great musical numbers in it. I was shocked to say the least. They say the pilot aired last night, but the regular season doesn't start till the fall. So I am hoping that enough people watch this show online to guarantee it a full season, and hopefully more after that. Here is the pilot in it's entirety, so make a cup of tea and slap on some headphones, you won't be sorry!

And if you don't believe me, check out this review.

Plan B

Since my desperate search for employment has gotten me exactly nowhere, I decided to branch out and try new things. I recently placed an ad on two different sites to promote myself as a professional manny. Yes, I have turned myself into a babysitter. After several spam emails, I finally got a legit inquiry this past week and answered it.

I went to interview with the mother that needed her baby sat. First off, her place is a dump. I'm being polite with that description too. There is garbage all over and papers stacked on the dinning room table up to a foot high. Bill collectors called twice while we were talking (to which she yelled at the phone to stop calling her). They were nice enough people, but they really don't seem to be able to afford anything. I went in with the intention of asking about $7 an hour. She insisted she couldn't pay more then $5 an hour, and in desperation I agreed. (After looking at the house, I really wanted to ask for a lot more). Fast forward to today when she leaves me a message to call her back. She seems to have a problem with our pricing agreement. After much contemplation, she decides she can't afford more then $2 an hour. My first reaction is that of shock. I mean....really? REALLY? Would that even cover gas? NO. After I realized that taking care of her kids would not only infect me with new variations of herpes by just touching their kitchen counter but that I wouldn't even be able to afford a morning latte with her new pay rate, I told her there was no way I was going any lower. I suggested she find somebody else that will practically work for free and that was that. Unreal....that's all I can think about it all.


In other news, I just got done watching this French musical on Sundance channel this evening. It's called Love Songs, and it stars my favorite French beau, Louis Gerral.

It was an interesting film, and I absolutely loved the ending. I mean, how can you not love it when a gorgeous man buries his girlfriend only to find out he really needs a boyfriend? :) The musical numbers were not all that magical, but it was sweet and I would love to watch it again sometime.

OK then....it is a dark 2:26am and I really need my sleep. Gotta wake up early to get the kiddos to school on time. Babysitting for a bit tomorrow, then hopefully I can meet up with Kevin in some fashion. :)

Randomness

Just because I feel like, I think I'll ramble on about thingy things. One, I went to see Star Trek last Friday and it was AWESOME. I took my mom for mother's day and she loved it as well. Seeing as how she's the one that made me the Trekkie that I am, I figured she'd appreciate it. It was a slick fast paced movie with a good story and a brilliant concept to reboot the entire franchise. My only gripe is that I couldn't see it in IMAX since the lame Harrisburg theater isn't playing it. Bastards. But I have to agree with Becky that Spock is indeed HOT. And I've actually liked him long before this movie or even Heroes. One might recall a a show from long ago that stared him and Tori Spelling, where Zachary played a gay Iranian friend of Tori's. You don't remember it? Well don't feel bad, nobody watched it.....except me. :) Check it out, here is Spock in some nice gay action in the steam room:



Secondly, I would love to tell the world about my ongoing ubercrush on Mr. Seth MacFarlane. He was recently on the Bill Maher show last Friday and he has managed to make me love him even MORE. Somebody get me his home number!

To see the ultra-awesome part where the cutie Reza Aslan admits his love for Seth, you'll have to skip to 4:18 or so, but the more time spent with Seth, the better, so feel free to watch it all.
There just isn't anything better then man love.