You Know What's Cool? A Billion Dollars

You Know What’s Cool? A Billion Dollars

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Zac: The Social Network tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the creation (and subsequent meteoric rise) of Facebook.  What started as a project in his Harvard dorm room has now grown to over 500 million users and is the 2nd most visited site on the web.  As someone who was in college when first launched, it was a bit of a trip down memory lane (wow, that really sounds like something an old person would say, huh?) to see Facebook evolve from its initial rollout to what it has become today.  Aaron Sorkin definitely takes some liberties with the truth (shocking, right?), but overall I thought the movie was interesting and fun to watch.

Nic D: The first thing I thought of when I saw The Social Network was “I wonder what number I am on the official Facebook register?”  I bet I’m in the top 200,000? (UPDATE: Nic is approximately #19,706,559, good guess though)…That’s pretty legit when you think about it, because Facebook has like 500 million friends (at least that’s what the movie said).  Being in college when this site first came about made me really think about its evolution.  (I kept thinking…OH YEAH!?  I remember when Facebook was like that.)  Shot me right back to the days where we used to sit down on a couple of wobbly, wooden chairs from the basement of the fraternity, crack a couple beers and see what the girls of Arizona U had to offer.  What in the hell can I invent like that?  It was a trip to re-live the boom, all the way from what Facebook was, to what it is today.  Over the past few years we’ve continued to hear about the people who’ve taken their shots at Zuckerberg and tried to ride his coattails to the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but to see it in action was a great adventure and fun to sit through.  Gotta give it a 4.6/5 on the Nic D. scale…Well done Sorkin!

Zac: Forget 200,000 or 500 million, I saw recently that Twitter wants to be the first service to reach a billion users. A billion!  Is that even possible?  That’s like 1 in every 6 people on earth using Twitter.  Do rice farmers in rural China really care about whether or not Justin Bieber is a trending topic?  Probably, that kid is everywhere, if the voting age was 10 instead of 18 he would be President of the United States, hands down.  Anyway, back to the movie.  I think Jesse Eisenberg was an great choice to play Mark Zuckerberg, and he really stretched himself for the role.  Instead of playing his usual bumbling, innocent, talkative nerd (Zombieland, Adventureland) he played a conniving, awkward, rich nerd instead.  Start prepping that Oscar speech now Jesse.  I also enjoyed Justin Timberlake’s performance.  And speaking of Justin Timberlake, shouldn’t he be invited to host SNL at least once a month?  Or better yet, couldn’t he take a break from movies and music to join the cast for a season or two?  Maybe Peyton Manning could join him once he retires from the NFL.

Nic D: I’m not a fan of Twitter.  Technology makes me SO NERVOUS.  There is no end in sight!  I feel like eventually we’re all going to be wearing sunglasses, that are cell phones, tv’s, cameras, ect.  They’ll have DRE earphones, LZD/3D SUPER lenses, and each have 100 Terabytes of memory so literally, our whole lives are right there in front of us.  Although, I do agree Timberlake should be contracted for at least 3 appearances a year on SNL (along with Peyton Manning), I think the awards in this movie should definitely go to Eisenberg.  I thought he was damn good.  In the movie, the part where he was starring out the window, not paying attention to what was happening in the conference room.  “Mr. Zuckerberg? Do I have your full attention?” — “You have PART of my attention – you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.” – That was awesome, and Eisenberg knocked it out.  I’m not sold on an Oscar win, but he’s in the discussion.

Zac: That was a good part, I’ll give you that.  I wonder how much of it was actually true.  The movie was based on the book The Accidental Billionaires, which was written with the help of Eduardo Saverin, so it’s more than reasonable to assume that there’s some bias.  Then again, if I got screwed out of a billion dollar company I’d probably be a little bitter also.  And in the discussion for an Oscar win?  Come on now, you’re better than that.  I saw somewhere that Aaron Sorkin said he thought the audience would dislike Zuckerberg for the whole movie until the last 20 minutes, then he would become a sympathetic character.  I didn’t see it that way.  If you’re the world’s youngest billionaire, and you got to that position by (allegedly) stealing an idea from a couple yuppies and then screwing your best friend out of ownership, you aren’t a sympathetic figure (a role model, maybe).

Nic D: I was reading my Maxim the other day (yes, reading) and I ran across a few things Mezrich said about the movie.  He compared The Social Network to Superbad.  “It’s really about these kids who wanted to get laid.” I thought that was some funny shit.  He also described Sean Parker as a guy who “looks” like he’s on coke all the time, but that’s just how he is.  He called him a “Rockstar” and talked about his Playboy Mansion type parties.  Doing pretty good for a guy that “failed” at two companies (woops, Napster and Facebook).  I guess this just proves that you can get just as good information from half naked girlie magazine.  Take that Carl Marx.

Zac: Maxim huh?  Well, I just read an interview with Sean Parker in Vanity Fair, and he said that he met Timberlake once, at a club, and Justin wanted to get to know him for the part.  He basically told him that getting to know him wouldn’t do any good, because the character that Sorkin wrote and the actual Sean Parker are different people.  But honestly, doesn’t that pretty much have to happen in any movie?  Real people are boring.  That’s why reality show producers buy alcohol by the barrel and encourage confrontation…people don’t want to see “reality”, they want to see a trainwreck.

Nic D: Maxim is awesome. Reality shows make me feel awkward (Jersey Shore).  annndddd I could watch a show about real life…Ever heard of the Truman Show? Ed TV?…case…rested…

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