In case you’ve been in a cave for the last six months, the Social Network is a somewhat fictionalized account of the early days of Facebook, as told in the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. The film characterizes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a great innovator who, despite a nagging proclivity toward egotism and elitism (both of which became cornerstones of Facebook’s staggered rollout model), created a platform that has changed many people’s lives.
He also may have stolen parts of his idea from some hunky upperclassmen at Harvard before later cutting out his original business partner after Facebook became successful. Continue reading
Highways connect cities, people, and places. Lost Highway, the mystery thriller from director David Lynch, explores the tenuous connections often made between people. The film compares Fred Madison (Bill Pullman), a cuckolded jazz musician, and Pete Dayton (Balthazar Getty), a confused mechanic whose affections catch the attention of a villainous mobster with serious anger management problems. This comparison comes through a surreal and somewhat confusing plot wherein one character literally replaces the other. Continue reading
Author’s note: I wrote this before the release of Ritchie’s “reimagining” of Sherlock Holmes. Whether my conclusion holds true, I leave to you, the reader.
Guy Ritchie‘s second film Snatch is so close to his previous movie that it could be renamed Lock, Stock, Two Smoking Barrels, and Brad Pitt. This is not to say that Snatch is a bad film; its breakneck pacing and slick camera movement make it very enjoyable. Also interesting is the glimpse into the social hierarchy in gangster London where everyone “fuckin’ hates pikeys.” Continue reading
Very rarely do movies rattle you to your core with nearly every scene or come together as well as Pink Floyd: The Wall. Told in a circular style, the film only makes complete sense after having watched it in its entirety. Combining music, animation, and live-action sequences, Pink Floyd: The Wall takes a concept album and fleshes it out to a wonderful feature-length film. Continue reading
John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy—a character study of Joe Buck, a Texan who immigrates to New York City with dreams of being a hustler—is an X-rated update of the old fable about the country mouse and the city mouse. Continue reading