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Thursday, August 25, 2016

September Film Club

Hey everybody!

Thank you for making our summer series: The Films of Christopher Nolan, such a success! 

Summer is sadly coming to its close and fall is slowly creeping in, so naturally I'm very excited to be planning our annual Horror Fest for October!  But, I'm getting ahead of myself here.  For the month of September I've decided to show one of my favorite films of 2010 (the film that should've won best picture, in my opinion).  David Fincher's masterful The Social Network.

The Social Network is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin.  Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, the film portrays the founding of the social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits.  It stars Jesse Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker.  The film was released in the US by Columbia Pictures on Oct. 1, 2010.

The Social Network received widespread acclaim, with critics praising its direction, screenplay, acting, editing and score.  Although several people portrayed in the film criticized its historical inaccuracies, the film appeared on 78 critics’ Top 10 lists for 2010; of those critics, 22 had the film in the their number-one spot, the most of any film in its year.  At the 83rd Academy Awards, the film received eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Fincher, and Best Actor for Eisenberg, and won three for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing.  The film holds a 96% Fresh rating on out of 290 critical reviews.  Roger Ebert placed it as his top film of 2010 and awarded the film 4/4 stars saying this in his review: “David Fincher’s film has the rare quality of being not only as smart as its brilliant hero, but in the same way.  It is cocksure, impatient, cold, exciting and instinctively perceptive.  It hurtles through two hours of spellbinding dialogue.  It makes an untellable story clear and fascinating.  The Social Network is a great film not because of its dazzling style or visual cleverness, but because it is splendidly well-made.  Despite the baffling complications of computer programming, web strategy and big finance, Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay makes it all clear, and we don’t follow the story so much as get dragged along behind it.  I saw it with an audience that seemed wrapped up in an unusual way:  It was very, very interested.”

This is one of my favorite films released in the past decade so, naturally, I would love to share the viewing experience with all of you.  We will be meeting Thursday, Sept. 15th at 6:15pm.  Hope you can make it out!

Here's the trailer:

1 comment:

  1. My grand daughter is a Freshman in college this year. This movie made me afraid for her. She is not going to an ivy league college- Ohio State, but still... The movie stuck with me. i guess that's what good movies do.