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Gary Farber

Lots, lots, and got me a house-sit through at least next August.

Via, yes, Facebook.

Bill Altreuter

There is a lot of good movie-making technique on display in The Social Network-- you nail one instance, at the beginning when we hear Mark talking before we see him. He literally self-defines his own context in that moment: no background, no one else in his life, just the sound of his own voice, working out a potential social structure.

The other thing that's going on in the movie is that it is an actor's movie. The performances are really quite remarkable. Interestingly, for the most part it's all one-on-one interaction, a fact which is cleverly obscured by the Winkelvi, a two-headed construct. In a movie about networks, most of what happens is far more intimate.

I'm not sure how good a movie it is, but I'll say this-- it kept me completely engaged even though the story has no suspense, and the style of the thing was really mostly just talking heads. Is it Citizen Kane? It might be closer than I'd be prepared to admit. What will we see come awards time? I think nominations for Timberlake and Hammer are in order, and Eisenberg deserves some attention too.

Are there problems with it? Yeah, I think the portrayal of women is troubling, and the whole thing may be so nuanced that it's actually only two dimensional. Maybe.

Ken Muldrew

"His software includes information on how human beings act and interact but vital code about how to complete those actions and achieve those interactions are missing or full of bugs."

The most succinct description of adolescence ever written.

Kevin Wolf

I've skipped through this, Lance, because I haven't seen the movie yet. But I hear good things. David Fincher is kind of an odd one, having made Benjamin Button, which I found way too obvious and silly, as well as Zodiac, which I'd rate as one of the best American films of the past 20 years. In other words, I'm interested in seeing The Social Network. FYI: A recent New Yorker profile of Zuckerberg paints him as basically an asshole, I thought. But perhaps you herein discuss that.

Kathleen Maher

I remember wanting to be cool and seeing almost immediately the impossibility. Leaving aside the connotation of sexual attraction (please, for once), my personality is way too hot.

FormerlyApostate

I have 140-or so friends on Facebook.

In reality, I have, I think, about two, and one of them is my ex-husband.

FormerlyApostate

I read your review, which made me want to watch the movie. Then I watched the movie, and came back to re-read your review. It's a perfect review. Great movie, great assessment.

This was especially perceptive and well-noted: "Eisenberg has perfected on of the most expressive deadpans since Buster Keaton and without a twitch of a facial muscle he gets us to see all sorts of emotions play themselves out within Mark---within him, not without."

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