Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I may be the last human in the United States NOT to have a Facebook page.  After seeing "The Social Network" my reluctance feels justified. . . Truth be told, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg comes across as oddly heroic in this excellent flick by West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher, that is, if capitalism is capable of producing heroes.  I walked into the theatre armed with a healthy dose of skepticism.  I didn't expect to like the movie.  That said, its probably one of the smartest movies I've seen all year.  

Two thumbs up, and an extra third "thumb" for the drop-dead goregeous WASPy Winkelvoss twins, both played seemlessly by actor and real-life trust-fund baby Armie Hammer.  Despite his ironic-sounding, porn-ready homonym, he's no baking soda.  The name is for real.  His great-grandfather was oil tycoon Armand Hammer, the only man to claim he had befriended both Vladimir Lenin and Ronald Reagan (also know for his illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon). 

Armie plays the Winkelvoss twins, both 6'5" and 220lbs of muscle, stars of the Harvard Crew, who went on to win 6th place in the Beijing Olympics for rowing (and sued Zuckerberg over the intellectual property rights to Facebook).  New to the silver screen, Armie recently dropped out of the latest Batman franchise, but played a young Billy Graham in 2008.

If you're hankerin' for a double feature, I highly recommend pairing "The Social Network" with "Catfish" (the movie not the bottom-feeder). Borrowing Blair Witch style suspense, this nesting doll documentary also features Facebook intrigue, revealing one fiction buried inside of another.  Anyone who has ever questioned the occasional Manhunt profile should appreciate this surprising, suspense-fueled doc.  Plus, both movies feature a TON of hot Jewish boys.  :-)

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