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Everyone likes ‘The Social Network’ more than me


Yeah, so, I’m happy to report that I really didn’t do anything with my three-day weekend. I spent a majority of my time lounging on the couch, watching TV shows and movies.

It was kinda awesome.

Through my unnamed source, I had a copy of “The Fighter” on DVD. I know it’s nominated for a ton o’ Oscars, but honestly, I thought it was going to be a boring boxing movie. Plus, it’s got Marky Mark in it, and his presence doesn’t always spell quality film to me. I was wrong. “The Fighter” is really, really good. Christian Bale … holy shit, that guy. He is amazing in the movie as a drug-addicted washed-up boxer. He is completely convincing. He reminded me of, well, several of my uncles. He is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but it’s really his movie. I loved Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, too.

I actually liked “The Fighter” more than Oscar favorite “The Social Network,” which I also saw this weekend. Now, let me start off by saying, I liked “The Social Network.” I did! I thought it was good, but, I’m kinda surprised that it’s winning all these awards. It’s a good movie, but it’s not a great movie. At least not for me, anyway. You can tell me why I’m an idiot in the comments, and then you can unfriend me on Facebook.

Sure, the performances were good, and there were some really great scenes. Still, it’s an Aaron Sorkin-scripted movie, and I have the same problem with this movie that I had with Sorkin’s TV shows such as “The West Wing” and “Sports Night” (two shows I totally worship, by the way), which is that everyone talks the same. EVERYONE. Everyone speaks really fast and can spout off numbers and stats off the tops of their like-minded heads. I found it distracting, and it takes away from Jesse Eisenberg’s performance of Mark Zuckerberg. Maybe Zuckerberg is really like that. I have no idea. But when everyone in the movie speaks the same way, it lessens the effect. I can let it slide on the TV shows, but in a movie, especially a movie that’s supposed to be a true story, I find it hard to believe that everyone speaks the same way.

Right now, if I was a voting member of the Academy I would write-in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” for Best Picture or I would vote for “True Grit.” I can’t decide.

I still have three Oscar-nominated movies left to see: “Winter’s Bone,” “The King’s Speech” and “127 Hours.” Like I’ve already mentioned, I won’t be seeing “127 Hours,” because I have no interest in watching a dude cut off his own arm. Sounds like an art-house “Saw” movie. I’ll pass. So, really, that leaves me with two Oscar-nominated movies to see before Sunday.

Mighty, mighty good man David wants to see “The King’s Speech” so I’m hoping we will get a chance to see it this week. Also, the Oscar-nominated animated shorts are playing this week, and we both really want to see those as well.

Speaking of Oscar movies, this weekend I watched “My Fair Lady” on TCM. So, yeah, I didn’t like it. This is the second time I’ve watched an Aubrey Hepburn classic and didn’t like it. (I thought “Breakfast at Tiffany’s was stupid). First of all, “My Fair Lady” is a musical and Hepburn doesn’t do her own singing. Strike 1. Second, Rex Harrison is too old to play her love interest. It’s not a cute or funny love story. Instead it’s creepy and weird. Strike 2. The movie is three hours long, and it includes musical numbers that have nothing to do with anything. Strike 3. You’re out!


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

7 thoughts on “Everyone likes ‘The Social Network’ more than me

  1. Sonia, I thought the same thing about The Social Network. It was alright, but I still can’t understand why so many people are losing their shit over it.

    • I read in some magazine that when “King’s Speech” wins the Oscar for Best Picture over “The Social Network” it will be another case of the “cool” film losing to something boring and safe such as when “Pulp Fiction” lost to “Forrest Gump.” But is “The Social Network” really considered a “cool” film? Wouldn’t “Inception” be cooler? I suspect more people will be talking about “Inception” in five years.

  2. i thought fincher’s description of his own film was apt: he called it “the citizen kane of john hughes movies.” personally, i was taken with the fact that the movie tells a pretty complex story in a very simple, easy-to-follow way.

    you want to be disappointed with a classic? try watching the original john wayne “true grit.”

    • I LOVED the Coen Brother’s version, and I was looking forward to seeing the original, so that’s a bummer to here, Terry. My dad WORSHIPS the original True Grit. I will spare your life, and I won’t tell him what you said. You’re welcome!

  3. I thought this movie was kind of stupid. These were my points.

    1) Yeah, everyone talks the same in that Sorkin, Gilmore Girls, maybe Juno kind of way. No.
    2) No protagonist. Am I rooting for anyone to win? Nope, I hate them all equally, including the somewhat-likable Eduardo.
    3) Much has been said about this, but yeah, all the women are mentally retarded at best. Not a fan. Tech is probably an old-boys club but they went out of their way to portray these women this way. Real-lief Zuckerberg isn’t supposed to be a misogynist asshole near that level.

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