Friday, September 24, 2010

The Social Network

New Rule: Nobody wants to see a movie about Facebook. What's the big Second Act crisis, a server going down? If this is a hit, what next? "Google: The Musical?" "Craigslist 3D - The Search For A Slightly Used Rowing Machine?" They might as well make a sitcom out of that blog where some guy just repeats shit his dad says.
-Bill Maher. "New Rules." Real Time with Bill Maher. 2010 September 17.

Last night I attended a press screening of The Social Network.

The Social Network
Dir: David Fincher
By: Aaron Sorkin
Book: Ben Mezrich
Score: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
This screening is the first I've been to since I saw Bill Maher's Religulous. Sorry, Bill, bit I enjoyed both films. I couldn't help myself from chuckling at Maher's new rule about The Social Network, but I fully expected a film by Dave Fincher and Aaron Sorkin with music by Trent Reznor to be emotionally effective.

I was not disappointed. Even though I opened my Facebook account back when it was still called thefacebook.com, the film made me feel like I want to be a part of the website. I am adding Facebook integration across the online Bad Mutha Boobiverse, and this film is absolutely responsible for my decision to do this.

Allegedly the film paints Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a negative light, but the film made me want to work with him. If he's much like the character Jesse Eisenberg portrayed him as, he and I have a lot in common, including a distaste for money and condescension.

The movie is called The Social Network, but the film is not about Facebook. The film is about a fictional character named Mark Zuckerberg based on a character named Mark Zuckerberg from the nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires based on a real man named Mark Zuckerberg. And the movie is a fine film.