Escape to the Movies: The Social Network

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yellowhead:
Broken Video. It stops working ater 5 seconds :(

Same, happened with the latest Extra Credits too. I'm going to have to download the .flv file again.

MovieBob:
basically they want "Twilight" but with the genders-swapped and now Bella is Spider-Man. Sounds awesome ;)

So Mary Jane sparkles and Spider gets hit in the face by a basket ball?

Well...it would be true to the original....Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!

Every time i try to watch a video on the escapist now it plays to about 4 seconds then goes back to the start and continues like that forever... how do i get it to work?

kinda like Moviebob I hate social networking despite having a Facebook page. Don't ask

Surprised to hear that this movie's premise is so overshadowed by its presentation that it becomes a quality film. I'll be sure to check it out.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Scrumpmonkey:

canadamus_prime:
I don't have to accept Timberlake as anything.
Also I still refuse to see this movie, mostly because I hate Facebook and don't want to have anything to do with it.

That's a little childish, no one from facebook is even remotely involved in this movie. It has about as much financial links to facebook as Zodic or Seven do. That's like saying you will never see the godfather becuase you dissaprove of the Mafia.

Sorry, I'm with Canadamus on this. Whether or not it has anything to do with Bookface or not, it's still promoting it as something that's great.
I like Ridley Scott. I don't like his Apple commercial - for exactly the same reasons.

This isn't a movie about Faceache, as Bob said, but it's a movie that promotes ideas embedded into it that are a social toxin - and is itself as much a social toxin as those god-awful Meet The Spartans.

It's about taking Nerds and making them Jocks - at its base. Letting the Jocks know what that Nerds are just Jocks with Social problems and Mental Muscles.

That's bullcrap; and I'm surprised that Bob supports this film. Perhaps there just have been too few good ones around recently.

This, as a film, is like Mazes & Monsters. It ignores what's actually happening to spoonfeed the idea to the audience that "These guys aren't so bad". I'd be surprised if their cute puppy dog wasn't called Zynga.

Sorry, apathy is always easier to show, and that means I won't be seeing this. You can quote me as "Oh you're so..." but, imho, this film is just showing sexualised fiction as history - and I don't go in for all that.

Thank you! You just hit on the other problem I have with this film. It's not so much that it's about Facebook, or rather the dickheads that started Facebook, it's that if the trailer is to be believed, they invented Facebook, it was a success, and all of a sudden they had shallow materialistic whores throwing themselves at them. Never mind the fact that the existence of such shallow materialistic whores makes me sick with disgust, the fact that getting said whores to fuck you for no other reason then because your successful is set up as a measure of one's success really makes my stomach turn.

yellowhead:
Okay, now its working =) Hey, it was a better comment then "FIRST OMGWTF!!!???"

But anyway, i wasn't gonna see this movie but now nearly all of the critics have been praising it then i might give it a look.

By the way MovieBob, what are your thoughts on the 'professional Troll' Armond White?

The critic who hated District 9, The Dark Knight, Every Pixar Movie and loved Transformers 2, Norbit, Epic Movie and Every Film that everyone hates. I'd be interested in knowing what you think.

I like what Pixar's lead director had to say about White

"You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity."

It still doesn't look interesting. This review hasn't really done anything to convince me otherwise. Maybe it's a technically high quality movie with good directing and acting, but the story itself just seems boring to me.

broken vid, gets past the escapist intro then restarts...iv refreshed twice and its still doing it :/

I like Timberlake...I've liked him for a long time...since this:

And I even like some of his music.

I'd sooner dip my naughty bits in some chum and attempt to go spear hunt a shark then waste my money on this crap.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Scrumpmonkey:

canadamus_prime:
I don't have to accept Timberlake as anything.
Also I still refuse to see this movie, mostly because I hate Facebook and don't want to have anything to do with it.

That's a little childish, no one from facebook is even remotely involved in this movie. It has about as much financial links to facebook as Zodic or Seven do. That's like saying you will never see the godfather becuase you dissaprove of the Mafia.

I'd be surprised if their cute puppy dog wasn't called Zynga

What world do you live in? This isn't an extended Facebook commercial.

I honestly never liked Tobey Maguire as spiderman. He didn't convey the humor that peter is supposed to use all the time very well. I don't know this new actor they are going to play spiderman but honestly I can't see him being worse then Tobey.

And I would really LIKE to have a good spiderman movie.

Honestly the movies so far have been ok, but missing a vital part in my opinion. The humor should be one of the biggest parts and it has been missing all together pretty much.

So yes, reboot it please, just do a better job this time. Thanks

MovieBob:

bojac6:
They aren't rebooting Spider-man and X-men because of some continuity thing that's easily (if really lamely) explained away. (Nobody else new about Doc Ock's secret lab, nobody else knew about the Statue of Liberty, etc.). They're rebooting because Spider-man 3 and X-men 3 sucked. And sucked hard. And ruined the franchise for a lot of people.

Technically, they're rebooting Spider-Man for two reasons, neither of which have anything to do with the studio disliking the 3rd one - they DON'T, it made the most money of the entire series ;) Also, the people "in charge" of the reboot are the ones who suggested/insisted-upon all the stuff that went wrong in part 3 and then fired the director when he wouldn't let them pull the same stuff on #4.

REASON #2: Every studio wants to have their own version of "Twilight," and Sony is betting that sending Spider-Man back to High School and involving him in "love triangle" situations with other characters this can be theirs. The last anyone heard about the proposed story it was a "new" origin-story built around a Peter/MJ/Gwen Stacy/Flash Thompson fighting-over-boyfriends/girlfriends deal with smaller-scale action stuff and minimal use of the Spider-Man costume (though that may have changed) so... basically they want "Twilight" but with the genders-swapped and now Bella is Spider-Man. Sounds awesome ;)

REASON #1: If Sony doesn't make another Spider-Man movie within a certain amount of time, the "movie rights" to the character revert back to Marvel Films. If that happens, Marvel would likely immediately fold the character into their "shared universe" (Coming Soon: "The Avengers meet SPIDER-MAN!!!!") and make a FORTUNE, and a bunch of mid-level executives at Sony would get axed as "the guys who let Spider-Man get away." This is also why Fox is re-doing X-Men and Fantastic Four, though at least X-Men seems to be going in an interesting direction...

I can understand your reason #1 (the studios wanting to keep the rights), but I'm not sure about your reason #2.
I thought they were rebooting Spidey because of the outcry of Marvel and Spidey fans. Spiderman is a kid when he was bitten by the spider (if you read comics or watch the TV show). When he fights crime, he does it as a teenager. Also Spiderman is super sarcastic and that was missing in all of the Spidey films. I want to see a wise cracking, young Spidey.

Also, the choice of actor was pretty terrible. The Green Goblin and Doc Oct characters were pretty spot on, but most other characters were massive failures. Toby Macguire is too old, doesn't look the part and is honestly a pain to watch on screen. He doesn't have any attributes that would even make me think he COULD be Spiderman. Mary Jane was awful too. Whiny, old and just awkward.

Now, I think a reboot is risky, but needed. A reboot would help revamp the series and give it a fresh breath of air. Hopefully with new characters and new script, the reboot will be a success.

JaredXE:
Nahhhh

Never had any intention of watching, look really f'ng boring, like that crappy movie with the MIT kids, 21.

The problem is....real life sucks. The words "Based on a True Story" almost guarantees the movie will be shitty, because real life is boring. And therefore movies ABOUT real life are boring.

It guarantees the movie will be shitty?

Really? So:

Goodfellas
Casino
Braveheart
Saving Private Ryan
Erin Brokovich
Ali
Ghandi
Shindler's List
Black Hawk Down
Catch Me If You Can
The Pianist
Monster
Hotel Rwanda
Walk the Line
Ray
Finding Neverland
Basketball Diaries
Munich
Syriana
The Last King of Scotland
300
American Gangster
Into the Wild
Defiance
Invictus

were all bad movies right? Since they were all based on true events.

OT: I can't wait to see this movie, everything about it seems great from directing, to script, to even actors.

Casual Shinji:
I wont go and see this movie simply because Justin Timberlake in it.

I fucking hate that guy and everything he does.

Why, because he is mainstream? Just curious. He is probably gunna show up in a lot of movies, so you may be missing out...

Eh, the movie still reeks of bandwagon jumping altogether. I might see it, might not.

I'm kind of surprised that all these reviews seem so positive. I'm not expecting Zero Punctuation, of course, but when most of the movies get a thumbs up you have to wonder about the worth of the piece...

JaredXE:
Nahhhh

Never had any intention of watching, look really f'ng boring, like that crappy movie with the MIT kids, 21.

The problem is....real life sucks. The words "Based on a True Story" almost guarantees the movie will be shitty, because real life is boring. And therefore movies ABOUT real life are boring.

Yea, you're absolutely right. Nothing even remotely interesting ever happens in real life.

I'll watch it, but I guarantee you if they portray Mark Zuckerberg as some kind of free internet hero then I'll hate it. Zuckerberg is scum, I have no problem with Facebook but I have a problem with him.

Nautical Honors Society:

300

Your list was decent, even spot on, til you tried to pass off 300 in it, which is based off a Graphic Novel. Saying its a based off a true story is so far from the truth. Its based ever so loosely upon a battle that had 300 spartans AND an army, and never had a pit, never had ogres or giant men.

As for this movie? I could care less. Just because the movie has a damn good director, doesn't mean I should, or even need to, see it. Just because critics are loving it, and people say its a damn good Human Drama, doesn't mean I am obligated to watch it, and ignore the whole focal point of it is.

I get a weird vibe from the movie, something telling me Zukerburg wanted to make himself look like a decent guy who was just trying to get back at some people, and suffered crap while trying to do something. Did he probably have hardships? Sure. But the guy is a total prick, who cares little for the people using his site, even to the point of calling them fucking stupid for trusting it, and is more than willing to sell off personal information to friends. All this movie seems like, to me, is an attempt to try and show him in a positive light.

HK_01:
Yay, MovieBob dislikes Facebook, just like me!

Guess that means your not as unique as you think you are hehehe I love it when the innocence drains from their eyes :D (only kidding mate)

Justin Timberlake can act now?
How very interesting.
He should also recieve the luckiest bastard in the universe award for getting to shoot a movie with Mila Kunis.

cursedseishi:

Nautical Honors Society:

300

Your list was decent, even spot on, til you tried to pass off 300 in it, which is based off a Graphic Novel. Saying its a based off a true story is so far from the truth. Its based ever so loosely upon a battle that had 300 spartans AND an army, and never had a pit, never had ogres or giant men.

As for this movie? I could care less. Just because the movie has a damn good director, doesn't mean I should, or even need to, see it. Just because critics are loving it, and people say its a damn good Human Drama, doesn't mean I am obligated to watch it, and ignore the whole focal point of it is.

I get a weird vibe from the movie, something telling me Zukerburg wanted to make himself look like a decent guy who was just trying to get back at some people, and suffered crap while trying to do something. Did he probably have hardships? Sure. But the guy is a total prick, who cares little for the people using his site, even to the point of calling them fucking stupid for trusting it, and is more than willing to sell off personal information to friends. All this movie seems like, to me, is an attempt to try and show him in a positive light.

I knew someone would get picky and point this out. Loosely based on a true story is sill based on a true story. I never specified to which degree of accuracy I was relating my list of movies too. I obviously was just trying to prove a point that such a statement is ridiculous.

Based on a true story means the following:

"Oh so this happened in real life?"

"Yea!"

"Wanna make movie using that as our BASE?"

"Yea!"

"But it'll be almost completely different from the original event, but will still maintain a few key aspects of the truth, is that ok?"

"Yea!"

"Ok, let's make a movie"

Nautical Honors Society:

Casual Shinji:
I wont go and see this movie simply because Justin Timberlake in it.

I fucking hate that guy and everything he does.

Why, because he is mainstream? Just curious. He is probably gunna show up in a lot of movies, so you may be missing out...

Some people just hate Micheal Cera.
Other people just hate Seth Rogen.
I just hate Justin Timberlake.

I seen him in to many stupid pop videos dry humping some hip chick to take him serious as an actor.

Blind Sight:
I'll watch it, but I guarantee you if they portray Mark Zuckerberg as some kind of free internet hero then I'll hate it. Zuckerberg is scum, I have no problem with Facebook but I have a problem with him.

BAWW Someone is more successful than me, now I'm gonna hate 'em for it!
That guy donates hundreds of millions to charity. What have you done lately? By the way, the critics are actually saying that the movie depicts him as some kind of jerkass like you say, so I guess you can rejoice along with everyone else out there who didn't have the entrepeneurial spirit he had.

Casual Shinji:

Nautical Honors Society:

Casual Shinji:
I wont go and see this movie simply because Justin Timberlake in it.

I fucking hate that guy and everything he does.

Why, because he is mainstream? Just curious. He is probably gunna show up in a lot of movies, so you may be missing out...

Some people just hate Micheal Cera.
Other people just hate Seth Rogen.
I just hate Justin Timberlake.

I seen him in to many stupid pop videos dry humping some hip chick to take him serious as an actor.

Ok well this:

"I seen him in to many stupid pop videos dry humping some hip chick to take him serious as an actor."

is a valid reason to dislike him.

But this:

"people just hate Micheal Cera.
Other people just hate Seth Rogen.
I just hate Justin Timberlake."

is never a statement that can make sense. There is a reason for everything. But you have a valid one so....yea

Nautical Honors Society:

I knew someone would get picky and point this out. Loosely based on a true story is sill based on a true story. I never specified to which degree of accuracy I was relating my list of movies too. I obviously was just trying to prove a point that such a statement is ridiculous.

Based on a true story means the following:

"Oh so this happened in real life?"

"Yea!"

"Wanna make movie using that as our BASE?"

"Yea!"

"But it'll be almost completely different from the original event, but will still maintain a few key aspects of the truth, is that ok?"

"Yea!"

"Ok, let's make a movie"

Well, by that definition, I'll be back in a few years.

I'm going to go make an origin story about Jesus, where God comes down (played by Ron Jeremy) gets Mary pregnant, and she has Jesus erupting out her loins in a shower of light, already of age (and played by Christian Bale). He then spends his time helping others by battling off rogue aliens, robots, and mythological beasts, only for the Romans, who had released the horrors onto the world, to capture him. They will then torture him and eventually nail him to a cross built from cursed wood to suppress his powers, only for the wood to catch fire as his holy blood touches it. After burying him thinking he's dead, he rises up 3 days later, rains holy fire on the Romans, then disappears.
All this? True story bro, it has god blessing mary with jesus, him helping people, the romans capturing him and nailing him to the cross, and him rising from the dead.

punkrocker27:

Blind Sight:
I'll watch it, but I guarantee you if they portray Mark Zuckerberg as some kind of free internet hero then I'll hate it. Zuckerberg is scum, I have no problem with Facebook but I have a problem with him.

BAWW Someone is more successful than me, now I'm gonna hate 'em for it!
That guy donates hundreds of millions to charity. What have you done lately? By the way, the critics are actually saying that the movie depicts him as some kind of jerkass like you say, so I guess you can rejoice well as everyone else out there without the entrepeneurial spirit he had.

Someone who's also called his customers 'dumb fucks' because he openly shared their private information with friends of his who asked. Someone who has stated that he doesn't believe in privacy, yet refuses to publish his own private revenues due to hypocrisy.

And don't give me crap about hating someone because they're rich. It doesn't factor in, what factors in is the way he treats his customer base. If it weren't for the fact that the majority of Facebook employees are rebellious little pro-privacy nuts, Zuckerberg would be selling information left and right.

What a surprise! Another review by someone who hates social networks, and loves this movie!

Normally, I love you MovieBob, but this time you've fallen into the same trap as everyone else (including everyone involved in making the movie,) by insinuating that this movie is remotely accurate to real life.

The movie is fiction. To be clear, I'm not a fan of Zuck, and I think he's trouble. But, this movie is based on a book which fictionalized interviews from Eduardo Saverin and the Winkelvos twins, so right from the start it's biased against Zuckerberg. Then, the movie was written by Aaron Sorkin, who OPENLY ADMITS that he didn't bother trying to find the truth, and simply wanted to write a work of FICTION about real people and events. No one involved uses Facebook, and thus no one understands what it is or why it's important. Like it or hate it, Facebook is one of the most important and culture-changing products in a long time.

No matter how well made, well written or produced, I cannot in good faith support a movie that blatantly ignores any form of accuracy about characters or events, when it claims to represent true stories. And, I cannot support a movie that tries to damn hard to avoid WHY Facebook is important, and WHY Zuck did what he did.

Blind Sight:
Someone who's also called his customers 'dumb fucks' because he openly shared their private information with friends of his who asked. Someone who has stated that he doesn't believe in privacy, yet refuses to publish his own private revenues due to hypocrisy. And don't give me crap about hating someone because they're rich. It doesn't factor in, what factors in is the way he treats his customer base. If it weren't for the fact that the majority of Facebook employees are rebellious little pro-privacy nuts, Zuckerberg would be selling information left and right.

And you wouldn't if you had that kind of power? I'm sure the guy probably says asshole things all the time, but is any of that reason enough to hate him? Hell I know how important his work is and I don't even use facebook. I'd just hate to see a film that paints him as the bad guy just because he became more influential while his friends supposedly "got left behind." As billionaires.

Hmmm, a movie about Facebook that actually seems to be fairly good? I may be interested in seeing this one. I'm debating on whether or not to see it or Buried as a birthday gift from my folks when I go visit them.

mikeydangerous:
And, I cannot support a movie that tries to damn hard to avoid WHY Facebook is important, and WHY Zuck did what he did.

Did he do it for attention and money? Because I think he did it for attention and money.

Are people actually upset that Timberlake is doing well as an actor? What small pathetic people they must be. So what if he was in the Backstreet Boys, or was it the other one, what does it matter?

punkrocker27:

Blind Sight:
Someone who's also called his customers 'dumb fucks' because he openly shared their private information with friends of his who asked. Someone who has stated that he doesn't believe in privacy, yet refuses to publish his own private revenues due to hypocrisy. And don't give me crap about hating someone because they're rich. It doesn't factor in, what factors in is the way he treats his customer base. If it weren't for the fact that the majority of Facebook employees are rebellious little pro-privacy nuts, Zuckerberg would be selling information left and right.

And you wouldn't if you had that kind of power?

No I would not, why? Because I respect privacy, I understand the need for it, and I feel it's a good businessman's moral obligation to respect their customer base. I work in statistics, I usually have to go out and talk to people about touchy political subjects. I always read them my statement of privacy first (technically I have to when doing academic work) and have never used personal information for anything but analyzing social and political norms, and even then all subjects are anonymous. I respect my own privacy far too much to try and interfere with others'. That's why I'm not a hypocrite, and Zuckerberg is.

People say that power and money corrupts, but in reality it's the person who corrupts power and money.

Bleh, hate facebook, not gonna watch the movie.

But still, thanks for the review.

Well, this is definatly a suprise. When this came up as an advert when i went to see Inception i just groaned in anger. Perhaps it will actually be entertaining...

You have this very annoying habit of flashing great walls of text at us and talking over them.
Do you know how distracting that gets?

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