Swanner: First let me say that this fall has been just packed with really good films. With the exception of the awful owl movie everything I’ve seen has been really terrific. Which bring us to The Social Network. This is the film most people refer to as the “Facebook Movie”. It shows how in 2003 Mark Zuckerberg sat down at his computer at Harvard and developed the idea for Facebook … or did he?
Judd: Who cares? The Social Network was about as interesting to me as Facebook. And for those of you who don’t know, Facebook does not interest me at all. Maybe if the movie was about something important, I would have cared, but at it stands the movie was about over privileged college kids fucking each other over because of a website. Wake me when it’s done.
Swanner: You actually make it sound more interesting then than the preview showed. I was surprised how interesting the film was considering the plot, but Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) wrote the script and David Fincher (Se7en) directed the film and with that kind of experience you’ll almost always get something great. I loved the movie. I thought it was exciting and fascinating watching these over privileged college students screw each other over. I’d talk about how good the three leads are but then everyone in the film is good.
Judd: The script was fair but I’ll agree the acting was excellent. Jesse Eisenberg is breaking away from his poor-man’s Michael Cera image, and while I wouldn’t say it’s a stretch for him to play Zuckerberg, an intolerable nerd with Asperger’s, it’s definitely a step away from playing a mumbling pushover ala Cera. I felt the other characters fell away to Eisenberg, but again, I really didn’t care about any of them. At least they were all pretty – way too pretty to be computer geeks, mind you.
Swanner: There are attractive nerds believe it or not. I like Jesse Eisenberg. He’s really made some good choices and The Social Network should propel him into real stardom. Justin Timberlake was another stand out in the film but I’ve grown to expect good things from him since he blew me away in Alpha Dog. I did want to mention that the book which the movie is based was written by Ben Mezrich and was titled The Accident Billionaires. Look for this film come Oscar time to be a big player.
Judd: Attractive nerds? Have you seen the real-life pictures of Zuckerberg or Sean Parker? Not so attractive. The only ones in that don’t want to make you avert your eyes in real life are the Winklevoss Twins, and even then they have a certain Boris Karloff look to them. Anyway, everyone is screaming Oscar, Oscar, Oscar about this snoozer and all I can hope is that the best is yet to come, because if this is the best there is to offer, we’re in for a crap Oscar season.
Swanner: You suck