Five Reasons You Should See The Social Network

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Five Reasons You Should See The Social Network

The writer and stars of The Social Network tell MovieBob why you should see their movie.

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I think my general reaction to the Facebook movie would be 'I don't care.' I haven't been to see any movies since Toy Story 3, and this one will not be the one to change my mind. Simply put I don't like 'human dramas' because I tend to view 'realistic' fiction as the sort which is even more fantasy than Tolkein, and I hate Facebook.

I use it, don't get me wrong, but I think it's annoying and gimmicky and if there is a better option for keeping in touch (texts, calling people, e-mail, carrier pidgeon) I'll use that before I even log on to the Social Network. For me seeing this movie would be much like going to see the Justin Bieber flick, or a Lady Gage autobiography. I don't care, and it's likely to make me mad.

Plus, Trent Razor (he of Nine Inch Nails fame) contributed (quite a bit) to the soundtrack.

I'm now intrigued. Though while I don't mean to be pedantic:

moviebob:
The sort of things that Aeschylus would write about, that Shakespeare would write about, that a few years ago Paddy Chayevsky would write about.

Escalus is a character from Romeo & Juliet. Not a Greek tragedian.

A movie about Bookface?

Sorry, even if it was the best movie in the world, I wouldn't want to see it. Social Networking, in general, is poisonous and I would rather not fund any more views of this socially destructive urge.

Wait, Andrew Garfield was in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus?

Darn it, I thought I recognized him from somewhere.

Either way, this piques my interest, mostly because of Jesse Eisenberg. Emma Stone already has her own very good vehicle for stuff, and I'd like to see Jesse Eisenberg also do really well in a movie where he plays the central character.

You're showing this to a community that probably doesn't have Facebook and won't be able to relate to the movie. However, the 500 million people who do have Facebook (myself included) will probably go see it.

I still dont understand why we need movies on facebook, it jsut feels redeundent, no matter what good might coem from it

Of course Microsoft believes the Kinect will sell better than everything else, it's their product... oh wait, wrong article.

Ya that still did absolutely nothing at all to convince me watching that movie isnt both a waste of my time and my life. It still just seems like a crappy movie about something I couldnt care less about.

Ok...I now have an interest in the movie.

I'm....... intrigued.

Might have to see this after all, if it's that good...

Movie Bob doesn't usually make Intermission about the same topic as Escape to the Movies, so I may check this out.

But off topic: The new Wall Street has been out for a week now, and he hasn't even mentioned it that I've seen, even to say it's not worth mentioning. Oversight, or condemnation through silence, Bob?

I was going to see it already. Fincher gets a lifetime pass for making Seven, Fight Club and Zodiac, and he (in my opinion) has never made a bad movie.

I don't really get the people saying that they won't see it because it's about the creation of Facebook. I think of what Roger Ebert likes to say: "The movie isn't what it is about, it is how it is about it."

The movie is not about promoting Facebook; the story of Facebook is just the clay that the movie is made from, and a vehicle to tell a story and explore different themes. I don't use Facebook myself, and I don't view it necessarily as a positive thing; that doesn't mean it isn't great fodder to tell a story with.

Wakikifudge:
You're showing this to a community that probably doesn't have Facebook and won't be able to relate to the movie.

I wouldn't believe the impressions you might get on internet forums or comment threads. The people who comment negatively about things (for example, about not using Facebook) are generally a vocal minority, because those that aren't don't generally feel the need to comment without a good reason.

25% of our recent users have Facebook linked to their accounts, while only half that have added Xbox Live handles, and 1/3 have added Steam accounts to their profiles. But nobody would think that having an Xbox Live account or Steam account would be a minority around here.

Virgil:

25% of our recent users have Facebook linked to their accounts, while only half that have added Xbox Live handles, and 1/3 have added Steam accounts to their profiles. But nobody would think that having an Xbox Live account or Steam account would be a minority around here.

Why should i add my STEAM account to my profile? To show off my games list? Am i that much of an attention whore that i have to let everybody know what i'm playing at the moment? Surely not. Besides there is something called privacy and i like it very much.

On Topic:
I don't care about any social network in general and i despise Justin Timberlake(imo he is not a tripple threat - i've seen him in Black Snake Moan and he sucked monkey balls), which leads me to one question: How much screen time did the douche get?

I was incredibly wary at first. I was afraid it would be idolized the crap out of and give Facebook more unwarranted "moral high ground." Now I see it's not a shameless two hour (or whatever) ad for Facebook. It actually has depth, good acting, good filming, etc. It's the story on a personal level of how the phenom occurred and the price of success. I'll give it a shot.

Arnie Hammer is such a badass name

Virgil:

Wakikifudge:
You're showing this to a community that probably doesn't have Facebook and won't be able to relate to the movie.

I wouldn't believe the impressions you might get on internet forums or comment threads. The people who comment negatively about things (for example, about not using Facebook) are generally a vocal minority, because those that aren't don't generally feel the need to comment without a good reason.

25% of our recent users have Facebook linked to their accounts, while only half that have added Xbox Live handles, and 1/3 have added Steam accounts to their profiles. But nobody would think that having an Xbox Live account or Steam account would be a minority around here.

Not to mention the people here who haven't linked their facebook accounts out of shear privacy or separation of their internet lives like me.

The Imp:

Virgil:

25% of our recent users have Facebook linked to their accounts, while only half that have added Xbox Live handles, and 1/3 have added Steam accounts to their profiles. But nobody would think that having an Xbox Live account or Steam account would be a minority around here.

Why should i add my STEAM account to my profile? To show off my games list? Am i that much of an attention whore that i have to let everybody know what i'm playing at the moment? Surely not. Besides there is something called privacy and i like it very much.

On Topic:
I don't care about any social network in general and i despise Justin Timberlake(imo he is not a tripple threat - i've seen him in Black Snake Moan and he sucked monkey balls), which leads me to one question: How much screen time did the douche get?

Impotent rage!!!

I used to hate the guy, too, but then he made "Dick in a Box" and hosted the ESPYs. The guy's funny, and is responsible for some of the only palatable SNL sketches in recent memory.

Oh, I also hated him less once I started getting laid on a regular basis, got my M.D., and started making six figures. When you're successful and have your libido satisfied, you have a lot less motivation to hate a genuinely talented person out of jealousy. I'm still not a huge fan of his music, but I'm able to appreciate that he has more talent than pretty much every person in the rest of the "pop" genre combined. I'll take him over Ke$ha or Lil Wayne pretty much any day.

As for the percentage of people on here who use facebook, I'll state from experience that the number of people who link their accounts isn't necessarily a hard indicator of the number of people who use both. I use facebook, and I use this site, but I will never link the two accounts. I don't lilnk accounts. The increased convenience isn't worth the "none of your freaking business" factor involved.

I was intrigued to see this before, and am now totally sold. It's pedigree suggested more than met the eye. Your summary confirms my thoughts. :)

Damn you guys are the most prejudiced people I've ever...read.

The movie doesn't revolve around Facebook's functionality and how super amazing it is. It's more about the effects the business aspect had on the relationships of the main character. FFS, I don't even like Facebook enough to have an account and I loved the movie's characterization and storytelling.

Come off it.

While it's not my favorite film this year, it's my favorite DRAMA this year so far. It's incredibly well made, well written, well acted, well directed, well...everything. The film has all the traits of excellent execution of film. Fincher is an impeccable director and the script is truly something to behold. The actors all bring their A-game. Everything just works in this film somehow.

Btw, Bob many people already agreed with you that this movie is worth their time. It's #1 in the box office.

I really don't get what the whole argument of "But i haet Faceboook!!11" has got to do with a movie.
I don't use nor have FB account myself but im a sucker for a well made movie, plus while i don't personally participate in the 'social networking' thing i still consider it as an interesting topic due to it's impact on the society.
You may hate it but it's a fact and dismissing it is just plain old ignorance.

I'm sorry but why would anyone want to see some kid get ridiculously rich??

Even with these reasons, there is no way I want to watch this. It seems like the equivalent of the FB creator sniffing his own farts.

And I agree that Scott Pilgrim was sorely overlooked but I think this one probably deserves it.

Hairetos:
Damn you guys are the most prejudiced people I've ever...read.

The movie doesn't revolve around Facebook's functionality and how super amazing it is. It's more about the effects the business aspect had on the relationships of the main character. FFS, I don't even like Facebook enough to have an account and I loved the movie's characterization and storytelling.

Come off it.

Agreed. Facebook could be replaced with "Corporation x" and would essentially be the same film (from what I've seen of it.)

I'm a little interested now, Fincher is a damn good director...

I really liked the movie and I'm glad The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is being made by the same director, and the book of that and Swedish movie was reasonably good.

Edit: A lot of you guys are still refusing to watch this movie, trust me, it's good.

::spoilers::

I was lucky enough to see a prescreening of "The Social Network," and while it had, from a production standpoint, everything going for it, it didn't leave me with any sense of dramatic fulfillment -that nothing in the drama played out or tied up enough strings to satisfy me.

I was passing it off as an issue indicative of source material films until I read the script for Erin Brockovich. It is possible to organically develop a character and make them arc subtly throughout the tale. The line "You're not an asshole, but you're trying so hard to be one" that both encapsules Zuckerberg's character and serves as his one-line character arc is an easy way out. Even the tragic "I'm CEO, bitch!" moment isn't enough for me to feel anything other than a sense of intellectual understanding. "So that's how it might've gone? Ok, then. Makes sense."

I argue that "The Social Network" would've been a stronger, and more compelling documentary.

Good read. Still not going to see it. Hell i wouldn't even waste the Download on it lol. I personally don't think this movie is interesting enough to keep my attention.

Wakikifudge:
You're showing this to a community that probably doesn't have Facebook and won't be able to relate to the movie. However, the 500 million people who do have Facebook (myself included) will probably go see it.

I don't know a single escapist who doesn't have facebook.

MelasZepheos:
I think my general reaction to the Facebook movie would be 'I don't care.' I haven't been to see any movies since Toy Story 3, and this one will not be the one to change my mind. Simply put I don't like 'human dramas' because I tend to view 'realistic' fiction as the sort which is even more fantasy than Tolkein, and I hate Facebook.

I use it, don't get me wrong, but I think it's annoying and gimmicky and if there is a better option for keeping in touch (texts, calling people, e-mail, carrier pidgeon) I'll use that before I even log on to the Social Network. For me seeing this movie would be much like going to see the Justin Bieber flick, or a Lady Gage autobiography. I don't care, and it's likely to make me mad.

You didn't read the article, did you? You just saw another Escapist article that said 'facebook' and wanted to get up on your soapbox and bitch about the pervasiveness of social networking sites.

I'd even go as far as to say if you don't like Facebook, you're MORE likely to enjoy The Social Network.

dogstile:

Wakikifudge:
You're showing this to a community that probably doesn't have Facebook and won't be able to relate to the movie. However, the 500 million people who do have Facebook (myself included) will probably go see it.

I don't know a single escapist who doesn't have facebook.

i don't have a facebook

ot don't really have an intrest in seeing the movie, but don't hate it either

Might check this one out, I heard Brad Pitt makes an appearance, where he does an impersonation of Bill Gates while he kicks Eisenberg's ass, in it.

Wait, Moviebob, really? You're comparing the Box Office Potential of The Social Network with Scott Pilgrim?

Putting aside all issues of quality and such (I didn't like Scott Pilgrim half as much as you did) I really think you're stretching to compare the two. Scott Pilgrim was an eclectic action-comedy romance piece with a visual look unlike anything else. The Social Network is a classic talk-heavy drama with a trailer so generic and dull that it felt pre-parodied. No surprises which one will be felt by many film-goers as safer, and thus which one will be watched. (And it has been. #1 at the Box Office opening weekend, 23 million dollars.)

Cousin_IT:
I'm now intrigued. Though while I don't mean to be pedantic:

moviebob:
The sort of things that Aeschylus would write about, that Shakespeare would write about, that a few years ago Paddy Chayevsky would write about.

Escalus is a character from Romeo & Juliet. Not a Greek tragedian.

Yep, you are right on that one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeschylus

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