A movie many didn’t see, Worth a chance

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Two Face

How can you enjoy living when everything around you is swirling dangerously in a cyclone? This question plagued me as I witnessed The Social Network. When I saw the preview I was so excited for this film I stood in place, forgetting about the world around me. The song creep by Radiohead, remade by Scala, explains Mark Zukerburg so well! (I don’t belong here.) It is so much about friendship, betrayal, and life, and not centered around facebook completely. The themes of greed and loneliness travel throughout. In fact I do not have a facebook account and I truly enjoyed this film. The main Mark Zukerburg, is introverted and is starving to belong to a sorority, The Phoenix. His friend gets invited and this is where they start to drift apart. Mark is SO angry that he is not in. Although Eduardo has the money so he is important. I can feel the tension cutting the air and see it. The non-verbal eye contact in this film is astounding! This film’s director (who has done Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) brilliantly takes us through a series of flashbacks between the deposition and what led up to it as we see Eduardo and Mark’s friendship dissolve because of the creation of “the facebook” which just becomes “facebook”at the suggestion of Sean Parker. He is in the film long enough to leave me impressed. He created Napster, is broke, and is a villain!

Played masterfully by Justin Timberlake who I expected to butcher his role, did a remarkable job as the puppet master of this movie. Although Eduardo tries to warn Mark, Sean Parker has him strung on by the end of their first meeting at a restaurant as Mark hangs on to every word. Eduardo is our hero in the story but he cannot save Mark because Mark has been taken by computers, technology and greed. The movie shows Harvard’s beauty but human cruelty. When three Harvard elites want Mark to help them launch a website, he agrees. They end up suing although I watched as one of the twins did not want to sue for the longest time because he “was a gentleman of Harvard”. The lawsuits really interested me, and although this movie goes so quickly, everything is a joke to Mark. The cinematography, the lighting, and the quick way that Zuckerburg talks are all absolutely genius. There was an empty theater but I adored so much about what this film means. Mark Zuckerburg is truly two-face, pretending friendship, but hypnotized to making a name for himself. 500 million friends now, by to whom is he really connected to? I feel like he has become a computer a robot, with no emotion. Even if you do not like Facebook like me, you might find this film captivating. So blinded by compulsiveness Mark dies inside. This move truly displays acting and images that left me pondering and awestruck. It is blended with rich fragrant spices of sex, alcohol, violence, and, fury. After all the lawsuits it is about this – “young people who will stop at nothing to get what they want.”

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What is a life of purpose?

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Mistakenly listed under comedies of 2010, I eagerly turned on The Joneses only to discover this was not a comedy at all, but by the end I was so glad of the websites error in judgment. I was in the mood for laughs, but got something with substance in this film. This movie seems like a plot that wouldn’t actually work for when my sister read the plot I literally groaned. A group of four people posing as a family in order to sell products to everyone around their affluent neighborhood: please there was no way this was going to turn into a movie worth seeing. I was wrong though, and shocked by the depth and layers that this movie had. It shows the greed of society, that dying need to fit in. It has things we all struggle with one being: how quickly are we willing to let others influence our individuality. One man in this film goes too far and ends up taking his own life when the lifestyle of the rich and famous is one he can no longer swallow. One of the main characters, Steve soon discovers he is “selling a lifestyle” and begins getting really good at convincing people of the products. Being a rookie, he wrestles with wanting a real family. It is these psychological and emotional aspects of this film are what make it unforgettable.

Imagine this life for yourself. You have it all but really you have nothing. Sure you have money, a beautiful house. When it comes to a life of meaning or love well Steve discovering he wants those things and will blow his cover to be with Demi Moore’s character while they all run away proves he didn’t slip into the lifestyle. What blew my mind what the son that came out but maintained this fake lifestyle said “Steve I am in college and I am out. I don’t have to hide anymore”. The irony is his life isn’t real and he doesn’t comprehend that. He is still hiding and pretending to be someone he is not. Steve was not sucked into this lifestyle. I believe that they could have done even more with this film but it is worth seeing so that you can ask yourself: How far would I go to fit in or become an outsider to maintain my individuality?