December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

July 7, 2011

The Social Network (2010)

When it's over,  I liked that the film focused on the emotional journey rather than just the physical birth of Facebook.   As the film's tagline suggests, "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies," is what's at the heart of this story.  It's the emotional price tag that goes along with such a monumental success, and it's the things we lose along the way -friendship, loyalty, and self-identity.  Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook and the youngest billionaire in history.  I felt Eisenberg played this "grown up" role well and managed to incite in me a sense of loathing for his character, while at the same time, sympathy. Also, I think director David Fincher skillfully threaded the emotional conflict into the plot keeping it constant and escalating.  At the end of the film, Facebook remains a global success, but the  road to success has been laced with bitterness by all the players involved. 

My rating: 4 out of 5


  1. Ahhh, the price of being filthy rich. This is a classic story of an outsider who's always wanted to be in. I like it. It's one of those generation-defining movie, sort of like Dazed and Confused, or Reality Bites.

  2. Yeah, Reality Bites, that was an oldie but a goodie.