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Mr. Ziffel

Nice review, but a quick correction: you've mixed up Fincher, director of The Social Network, with David O. Russell, director of The Fighter.

Lance Mannion

Oh good grief! And I know better! Last night's post and my review of The Social Network have it right. Thanks for the catch, Mr Z. I fixed it.


Bale did a movie called The Machinist, where his character can't sleep and is slowly deteriorating throughout the movie. He loses weight during the film to the point where he looks dangerously thin and like death warmed over. Good flick. He really put himself all in.

El Jefe

Very good stuff, especially the commentary on one of my two favorite redheads (screen ones, that would be three when you include The Redhead at home :) And I was very happy to see Melissa Leo's success, working-class flub and all, I've loved her work since she was the Charlene of the squad room in Homicide. (And while the roles aren't/weren't the same, they still rhyme.) Bale's scary-intense but he earned his keep in this.

And OT on the Oscar subject, I really enjoyed King's Speech (and as a lapsed British historian, among other kinds, should hop into that thread) but Social Network shoulda oughta for Best Picture. It really is Citizen Kane for the 21st century, in a crisp, original way. Very glad to see Reznor & co. get best score, at least. And Sorkin may have stayed focused (sober? Un-self-referentially gilb?) long enough to earn that Best Adapted.

El Jefe

And by "working-class flub" I mean to minimize, not talk down at it. It took the son of a former steelworker to actually point out to the President that even his watered down corporate health care bill was, in the words of Father Ted, a big feckin' deal. I'd probably have said the same.

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