Archive for October, 2010
25 Oct

A Blip of a Movie Review: “The Social Network”

Alternate Title: “Geeks Gone Wild”

Short Plot: Harvard computer geek gets dumped by his girlfriend, takes out his anger in his blog, creates a who’s hotter website that crashes Harvard’s systems, gets idea for a new website from two snobby rich twins, develops the dang thing and it explodes across the world and billions of dollars are at stake.

Pros: If this really is the “true” story of Facebook (or something close) it is a pretty amazing story, the lead role was made for Jesse Eisenberg, showcases greed in a new and different way – sometimes not even motivated by money, excellent direction by David Fincher, Justin Timberlake really can act, and it is probably one of the best films of the year.

Cons: The time line shifting may put off some folks (but I thought it was well done), how easy these twerps fall into money will make you wanna vomit, will make you feel totally stupid when they jibber jabber about computer stuff and you don’t know whether to like Mark Zuckerberg or smack the sh*t out of him (probably both).

Verdict: Excellent film. It is getting universal praise from critics and it seems to be a hit at the box office. However, although it might get Oscar nods I don’t think it will be in the envelope as a winner. I believe there are some Oscar bait movies coming out this fall that will most likely keep it as a nominee. Regardless, the story of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg is fascinating and the work of director Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin is top notch. If you are on Facebook and use it, you should see this movie and marvel at how it all got started.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Blips  ••••

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19 Oct

A Blip of a Movie Review: “Let Me In”

Alternate Title: “Driving Miss Vampire”

Short Plot: American remake of the Swedish film “Let the Right One In” (reviewed in an earlier Blip). So basically the same plot. Girl moves in next door, only comes out at night, befriends her little neighbor and makes him her boy toy. She’s creepy, he’s bullied. Together they take care of each other.

Pros: One of the better US remakes of a foreign flick (they actually left the plot alone – shocking!), the girl and boy are terrific, a great scene in a car that will make you check your back seat for the next 2 weeks, the evil cats are gone from the first film, a few minor changes actually enhanced parts of the story.

Cons: The final pool scene was not as good as the original, Richard Jenkins was under used (and the role not as fleshed out as it should have been), the girl/boy relationship (while good) was not as moving, and as much as I hated those damn evil cats, I kinda missed them.

Verdict: I enjoyed the film and was impressed that someone actually did a remake of a great foreign film that can stand on its own. There were a few minor changes in the film that surpassed parts of the original – like the previously mentioned car scene which was staged in a gym locker room in the original – but also some aspects of the original that I missed. The lead kids were really good and most of the effects were up to par. I’m just really pleased that the tone of the film and the ambiguity of the girl and her guardian’s history was left in tact. So, if you hate subtitles but are interested in a vampire-lite film, you can see this one and not have everyone say you should have seen the original.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Blips  •••

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