Escape to the Movies: The Social Network

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The premise of this movie struck me as interesting exactly because it seems like such a boring topic. One of my fave movies is Rogue Trader. I mean, that's a movie about nothing other but financial transactions plus legal mumbo-jumbo. This is about a website plus legal mumbo-jumbo.

Both movies are also based on real world events, which always adds a little spice to it for me from the reality-is-stranger-than-fiction-shaker.

It being well-received and having good acting performances throughout makes me happy indeed.

The fact that I don't care diddly-squat about Facebook doesn't mean I don't care about the story about the creators of the site. Those are two entirely different things in my mind.

Also:
So that's what happened with Spidey 4? They should make a movie about that.

cursedseishi:

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.

Changing mythology to make it more palatable for modern audiences is not an out there concept. Wasn't there a film earlier this year about christian mythology? Something about angels and a diner (I didn't see it). I'd watch it same way as many Disney features that take liberties with source material, such as Hercules did with Greek mythology.

Fr]anc[is:
Ok so the movie isn't about facebook, that deflated most of my initial disgust. But it's still... about facebook. Which still makes me roll my eyes. Plus the main character looks like a gigantic tool, and we are supposed to be rooting for this 'protagonist'?

Not all main characters have to be heroic.

OT: it looks great. I'm checking it out as soon as I can.

I'm not a fan of the pretentious ads and trailers for this movie (seriously, it's a movie about FACEBOOK, stop it), so I'm inclined to just wait until I can rent it. I'm not doubting it'll be a good movie, I just don't like supporting annoying ads lol.

Drat, was hoping you'd review this next week and wall street this week. Which should i see tommorrow?

Great movie.

I don't know why people are so against it on principle. If that were the case they wouldn't watch any war film ever.

Michael Flick:
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.

Is the reason you wont see it because it's about the creation of Facebook or because there aren't any explosions?

saw it yesterday with a few friends....was preeeeetty damn good, too. Jesse Eisenberg was born for that role, and Justin Timberlake is a perfect "asshole friend".

People who aren't seeing it because it's "a movie about Facebook"- Your lose.

Sounds interesting. The 4Chan movie would be pretty scary if they made it, hopefully they do not.

cursedseishi:

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.

It's not a true story or even based on a true story.

Next time you want to try and "pwn" me maybe you should have used an example with evidence based in historical fact and not a religious text in which the stories may or may not even have happened.

Now if you had taken the same exact scenario and placed it in, let's say, they Civil War era then yes this would have been BASED on a true story.

The term "BASED on a trues story" is total BS because you can literally take a true event and change it any way you wish and still have the statement be true. I think there should be a more specific term to describe movies based in actual events...

CK76:

Changing mythology to make it more palatable for modern audiences is not an out there concept. Wasn't there a film earlier this year about christian mythology? Something about angels and a diner (I didn't see it). I'd watch it same way as many Disney features that take liberties with source material, such as Hercules did with Greek mythology.

Ahh, I believe the movie you're talking about is Legion, and I doubt that it has much of a basis in Christian mythos outside of the ideas of angels and gods (which themselves are nearly universal in many religions).

Nautical Honors Society:

It's not a true story or even based on a true story.

Next time you want to try and "pwn" me maybe you should have used an example with evidence based in historical fact and not a religious text in which the stories may or may not even have happened.

Now if you had taken the same exact scenario and placed it in, let's say, they Civil War era then yes this would have been BASED on a true story.

The term "BASED on a trues story" is total BS because you can literally take a true event and change it any way you wish and still have the statement be true. I think there should be a more specific term to describe movies based in actual events...

Ohoh, yet Jesus was an actual person, though I'm more than certain you lack the historical evidence to prove otherwise. And before you say anything, the hypocrisy is strong in your statement. Both examples have some basis in history AND myth.

The 300 Spartans were a tale, as the true battle had a small force of Spartans, and a larger backing of soldiers, still facing a much larger Persian threat. Spartans were heavily trained, very skilled warriors, the legend was made just to support it further.
Jesus was known as a healer, and did preach and help, far as any historian can find. People who took his beliefs and ran with them, glorified him as more than human when forming Christianity. Which, if you have never noticed during any history class, is rather common.

As for the virgin birth, it is actually possible and is called Parthenogenesis. While there hasn't been any proven recorded births from this, it has been shown possible in mammals, and even used for cloning embryos.

And, feel like mentioning this, but 300, neither the graphic novel or movie, ever tried to claim themselves as "based on a true story", that would be your fault for assuming as much.

cursedseishi:

CK76:

Changing mythology to make it more palatable for modern audiences is not an out there concept. Wasn't there a film earlier this year about christian mythology? Something about angels and a diner (I didn't see it). I'd watch it same way as many Disney features that take liberties with source material, such as Hercules did with Greek mythology.

Ahh, I believe the movie you're talking about is Legion, and I doubt that it has much of a basis in Christian mythos outside of the ideas of angels and gods (which themselves are nearly universal in many religions).

Nautical Honors Society:

It's not a true story or even based on a true story.

Next time you want to try and "pwn" me maybe you should have used an example with evidence based in historical fact and not a religious text in which the stories may or may not even have happened.

Now if you had taken the same exact scenario and placed it in, let's say, they Civil War era then yes this would have been BASED on a true story.

The term "BASED on a trues story" is total BS because you can literally take a true event and change it any way you wish and still have the statement be true. I think there should be a more specific term to describe movies based in actual events...

Ohoh, yet Jesus was an actual person, though I'm more than certain you lack the historical evidence to prove otherwise. And before you say anything, the hypocrisy is strong in your statement. Both examples have some basis in history AND myth.

The 300 Spartans were a tale, as the true battle had a small force of Spartans, and a larger backing of soldiers, still facing a much larger Persian threat. Spartans were heavily trained, very skilled warriors, the legend was made just to support it further.
Jesus was known as a healer, and did preach and help, far as any historian can find. People who took his beliefs and ran with them, glorified him as more than human when forming Christianity. Which, if you have never noticed during any history class, is rather common.

As for the virgin birth, it is actually possible and is called Parthenogenesis. While there hasn't been any proven recorded births from this, it has been shown possible in mammals, and even used for cloning embryos.

And, feel like mentioning this, but 300, neither the graphic novel or movie, ever tried to claim themselves as "based on a true story", that would be your fault for assuming as much.

Still with this?

Move on dude, I have.

OT: Going to see social network tonight, I have high hopes.

Edit: I really don't feel like arguing over the validity of our statements when we both seem to be making somewhat valid points, let's just forget this and be buds :D
Edit 2: And this is getting really off topic and I am not about to discuss embryology and theology in a thread about The Social Network.

Yes. Yes it is October. ^^

Also, I'd really like to know what you thought of Let Me In, MovieBob. Did you see the original Swedish film?

Nautical Honors Society:

Edit: I really don't feel like arguing over the validity of our statements when we both seem to be making somewhat valid points, let's just forget this and be buds :D

Agree to disagree, and that both sides have their valid points?
Heh, works for me!

this is kinda like Pirates of the Silcon valley if you dont know what that was look it up

I like October too. :)

Of course we have tons of people suddenly flocking to the movie because Movie Bob said so. Huh, imagine that.

As for the thread, I dislike most of the actors in the movie and completely hate Facebook. I refuse to give that worthless internet site my cash for a little history lesson of it. No, absolutely not.

Diamondback One:
Of course we have tons of people suddenly flocking to the movie because Movie Bob said so. Huh, imagine that.

As for the thread, I dislike most of the actors in the movie and completely hate Facebook. I refuse to give that worthless internet site my cash for a little history lesson of it. No, absolutely not.

I'm pretty sure Facebook isn't getting money from that movie.

moviebob describes himself as anti-social yet he likes the themes of the movie about people being bought together.

really moviebob, first i thought you were just another internet reviewer(every internet reviewer, tbh) who held himself very highly because you think to yourself ''those proles don't know good movies but i do, hah!'' but now you're p.cool, giving positive reviews on things that are p.popular.

Wait, I apparently like Zodiac? OH HELL NO!!! That thing, along with The Happening and Super Hero Movie, where proberly the three worst films ive ever seen. It was so boring, even if the acting was quite good.

Although I will agree with what was said about J.T. Good singer, good dancer, good actor, nice guy, cool dude. Did anyone else see when him and Avid Marian slapped each other with slabs of meat?

Tim Chuma:
Sounds interesting. The 4Chan movie would be pretty scary if they made it, hopefully they do not.

You the know quote at the bottom of the poster would be:

"Child porn, child porn everywhere"

: DEAR GOD, KILL IT WITH FIRE!

watched a boot leg copy.

Not impressed.

Machete is still the best movie to come out this year. Go ahead. Flame me. I dare you. It will feel good. I promise.

ShadowKirby:

Diamondback One:
Of course we have tons of people suddenly flocking to the movie because Movie Bob said so. Huh, imagine that.

As for the thread, I dislike most of the actors in the movie and completely hate Facebook. I refuse to give that worthless internet site my cash for a little history lesson of it. No, absolutely not.

I'm pretty sure Facebook isn't getting money from that movie.

you would be correct.

BlueInkAlchemist:
The director of Fight Club shot a script by the mastermind of The West Wing? Sign me up.

I need nothing else to make me watch this movie.

Yeah just because you CAN make a movie out of anything doesn't mean you SHOULD make a movie out of anything. This guys performance in Zombieland was as dry and emotionless as Michael Cera's roles. So I can see why moviebob likes this considering he was all over Scott Pilgrim.

I find myself not being able to care enough about this movie to justify the $10 expense of seeing it. I can appreciate movies that don't have much action and are dialog heavy, but there's no suspense here, nothing to keep a person watching as the entire story is true and we all know how it plays out.

I don't think I can take people acting out what should really be little more than a documentary, although it does make me wish the History Channel would hire actors and directors like these to spice up some of their dryer topics.

cursedseishi:

Nautical Honors Society:

Edit: I really don't feel like arguing over the validity of our statements when we both seem to be making somewhat valid points, let's just forget this and be buds :D

Agree to disagree, and that both sides have their valid points?
Heh, works for me!

Booyah!

By the way The Social Network was amazing. The script was impeccable and the acting was great. Jesse Eisenburg may even get a nom, who knows? Also, Justin Timberlake is a triple threat...

i like these reviews but i can't handle the way this guys talks. and he seems kinda' like a cocky moron

Well derp, double post.

Sorry.

deth2munkies:
I find myself not being able to care enough about this movie to justify the $10 expense of seeing it. I can appreciate movies that don't have much action and are dialog heavy, but there's no suspense here, nothing to keep a person watching as the entire story is true and we all know how it plays out.

I don't think I can take people acting out what should really be little more than a documentary, although it does make me wish the History Channel would hire actors and directors like these to spice up some of their dryer topics.

That's exactly how I feel.

I don't doubt it being good, just hold little to no interest in seeing it.

I got more excited out of the rendition of 'Creep' in the first trailer then much anything else.

I wasn't so sure about watching a movie based on Facebook. Sure the concept seemed kinda bland, but as I do use Facebook for games I thought it might in the very least serve as an informative movie. Understand the roots of Facebook, and therein by understanding the basis of the social networking sites in general. Still unsure if I should watch it though.

Saw it. Didnt like it. It gets a big "Meh" rating from me. totally not the or one of the best movies of the year for me, Inception has that down in my book.

Zeeky_Santos:

superfan3371:
I hoped this movie would be great.

And I still do have hope for Spider-Man...

How? It's not even a decade and they feel they need to reboot it? Why?

Because I'm just a sucker for spiderman. And spider Man 3 was pretty bad. I doubt a new team can do worse than that.

Why didn't you mention the inaccuracies of the film? The characters and the real people are completely different/

The film is just a work of fiction. A well told FICTIONAL story. It also has some heavy anti-nerd and anti-geek tones. It is a good film of that there is no doubt. But it is undeniably horrid in the exaggeration department. I saw the film not for the popularity of facebook, but how it portrays free thinking programmers that refuse to be bought off. The film fails to express this on multiple levels. It instead paints portraits that you hear endlessly on the 6:00 news about "evil hackers." The Social Network emulates modern day media perfectly. All opinions and scarce accuracy.

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