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The Social Network is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, based on the 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. It portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, Armie Hammer as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Max Minghella as Divya Narendra. Neither Zuckerberg nor any other Facebook staff were involved with the project, although Saverin was a consultant for Mezrich's book.
On October 28, 2003, 19-year-old Harvard University sophomore Mark Zuckerberg is dumped by his girlfriend, Erica Albright. Returning to his dorm, Zuckerberg writes an insulting post about Albright on his LiveJournal blog. He creates a campus website called Facemash by hacking into college databases to steal photos of female students, then allowing site visitors to rate their attractiveness. After traffic to the site crashes parts of Harvard's computer network, Zuckerberg is given six months of academic probation. However, Facemash's popularity attracts the attention of twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and their business partner Divya Narendra. The trio invites Zuckerberg to work on Harvard Connection, a social network exclusive to Harvard students and aimed at dating. Zuckerberg approaches his friend Eduardo Saverin with an idea for the Facebook, a social networking website that would be exclusive to Ivy League students. Saverin provides $1,000 in seed funding, allowing Zuckerberg to build the website, which quickly becomes popular. When they learn of the Facebook, the Winklevoss twins and Narendra are incensed, believing that Zuckerberg stole their idea while misleading them by stalling development on the Harvard Connection website. They raise their complaint with Harvard President Larry Summers, who is dismissive and sees no value in disciplinary action on the Facebook or Zuckerberg.
Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal praised the film as exhilarating but noted: \"The biographical part takes liberties with its subject. Aaron Sorkin based his screenplay on [...] The Accidental Billionaires, so everything that's seen isn't necessarily to be believed.\"Among the film's very few negative reviewers was Nathan Heller of Slate, who described it as \"rote and deeply mediocre\" as well as \"maddeningly generic\", and believed that, \"Sorkin and Fincher's 2003 Harvard is a citadel of old money, regatta blazers, and (if I am not misreading the implication here) a Jewish underclass striving beneath the heel of a WASP-centric, socially draconian culture... to get the university this wrong in this movie is no small matter.\"
Journalist Jeff Jarvis acknowledged the film was \"well-crafted\" but called it \"the anti-social movie\", objecting to Sorkin's decision to change various events and characters for dramatic effect, and dismissing it as \"the story that those who resist the change society is undergoing want to see\". Technology broadcaster Leo Laporte concurred, calling the film \"anti-geek and misogynistic\". Sorkin responded to these allegations by saying, \"I was writing about a very angry and deeply misogynistic group of people\".
Since its release, The Social Network has been cited as inspiring involvement in start-ups and social media. Bob Lefsetz has stated that: \"watching this movie makes you want to run from the theatre, grab your laptop and build your own empire,\" noting that The Social Network has helped fuel an emerging perception that \"techies have become the new rock stars.\" This has led Dave Knox to comment that: \"fifteen years from now we might just look back and realize this movie inspired our next great generation of entrepreneurs.\" After seeing the movie, Zuckerberg was quoted as saying he is \"interested to see what effect The Social Network has on entrepreneurship\", noting that he gets \"lots of messages from people who claim that they have been very much inspired... to start their own company.\" Saverin echoed these sentiments, stating that the film may inspire \"countless others to create and take that leap to start a new business.\" In one such instance, the co-founders of Wall Street Magnate confirmed that they were inspired to create the fantasy trading community after watching The Social Network.
Following the close of the decade, The Social Network was recognized as one of the best films of the 2010s. Metacritic reported that it was listed on over 30 film critics' top-ten lists for the 2010s, including eight first-place rankings and four second-place rankings. Metacritic ranked The Social Network third overall, following Mad Max: Fury Road and Moonlight. Esquire named The Social Network the best of the 2010s, calling it Citizen Kane \"for the Internet age\" and dubbing it \"the movie of our new millennium\". With Facebook going \"from a utopian, world-shrinking force of good to a potential threat to democracy\", Esquire wrote, \"Fincher seemed to sense all of this and more long before anyone else. And his brilliant, troubling film bristles with that queasy sense of prophecy and prescience.\" Polygon, calling The Social Network the best film of the decade, wrote, \"The Social Network, by chance or by design, has become one of the most immensely relevant movies of this decade... But after nearly a decade of watching Facebook 'move fast and break things,' including news websites, social video, politics, etc., the movie's tangible sense of tension can easily be reinterpreted as foreboding for what comes after you make a billion friends.\" Director Quentin Tarantino called the film the best of the 2010s, singling out the script by Aaron Sorkin, whom he described as \"the greatest active dialogist\".
Xbox LIVE, the industry-leading online gaming and entertainmentnetwork, will soon offer its 20 million community members even moreblockbuster partners and features, introducing a whole new era ofsocial entertainment in the living room. Starting this Autumn, youcan interact with friends on Facebook and share photos andreal-time status updates right from your television, or stayconnected to Twitter by reading, posting and replying to Tweets.1And visit the Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace for the latest fashionsor download full Xbox 360 titles to your hard drive through Gameson Demand.
Netflix customers now all have the option to stream their favorite television shows and movies in the highest quality bit rate that the company offers. HD No, Super HD. It's 1080p, but with less compression. Netflix first rolled out this higher quality offering way back in January, but they only worked with ISPs with whom they have a direct connection. Now they're ready to stream Super HD to everyone. They're also hoping more ISPs will adopt Netflix Open Connect, their video content delivery network that tries to reduce internet congestion by storing content on servers as close to users as possible.
The following titles are being released on Tuesday, Dec. 20, unless otherwise noted:The Banshees of Inisherin (Blu-ray)Details: 2022, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution-Buena Vista Home EntertainmentRated: R, violent content, language, brief graphic nudityThe lowdown: The lifelong friendship between two men living on the island of Inisherin off the coast of Ireland ends abruptly, leading to pain, recriminations, violence and darker tragedy.Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reteam with their \\u201CIn Bruges\\u201D writer-director Martin McDonagh (\\u201CThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri\\u201D) for this dark story with comic overtones about the events that follow after Colm (Gleeson) abruptly ends his association with P\\u00E1draic (Farrell) without any explanation.P\\u00E1draic is befuddled, lost and hurt, looking for an explanation for Colm\\u2019s decision. The more he pesters Colm, the more violent consequences ensue.The movie is a memorable meditation on mortality that offers no easy answers nor solutions.The film, which earned an impressive 97 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, features strong supporting performances by Barry Keoghan as a young friend of P\\u00E1draic\\u2019s and Kerry Condon as P\\u00E1draic\\u2019s sister, Siobh\\u00E1n.Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 descriptive audio track; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: Bonus content includes a creating the movie featurette and deleted scenes.House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season: Limited Edition Collectible Steelbook (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + digital)Details: 2022, Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentNot rated: violence, sexual content, nudityThe lowdown: This prequel to \\u201CGame of Thrones\\u201D is set 200 years before the events in that series.The focus is on the reign of House Targaryen, which is ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Even so, there is unrest as a civil war is brewing within its own house.Matters only accelerate when King Viserys (Paddy Considine) seemingly upends tradition by proclaiming his daughter, Rhaenyra (Emma D\\u2019Arcy), his heir.Events change when the widowed Viserys marries Rhaenyra\\u2019s best friend, Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), and bears Viserys a son.Besides the usual violence, the 10-episode series is loaded with intrigue, most perpetrated by Alicent\\u2019s father, Otto Hightower, who is Hand of the King, and is plotting to usurp Rhaenyra and place Alicent\\u2019s son on the Iron Throne.The cast also includes Matt Smith (\\u201CThe Crown\\u201D) as Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother of Viserys, uncle to Rhaenyra and her future husband.There\\u2019s a lot to digest in the first season of this series. But you have plenty of time to review it all, since the second season reportedly won\\u2019t be airing until sometime in 2024.Technical aspects: 4K: 2160p ultra high definition, 2.00:1 widescreen picture; English Dolby Atmos-TrueHD and French, German and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English and German SDH and French and Spanish subtitles; Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 200:1 widescreen picture; English Dolby Atmos-TrueHD and French, German and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English and German SDH; French and Spanish subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: Bonus materials include \\u201CWelcome to Westeros,\\u201D \\u201CReturning to the Seven Kingdoms,\\u201D \\u201CA New Reign,\\u201D \\u201CReturning to Westeros\\u201D and \\u201CHeight of the Empire\\u201D featurettes; a \\u201CBefore the Dance: An Illustrated History with George R.R. Martin\\u201D featurette; a look at the various noble houses and familiar locations; and an introduction to all the major characters.Call Jane (Blu-ray + digital)Release date: Dec. 13Details: 2022, Lionsgate Home EntertainmentRated: R, language, brief drug useThe lowdown: Considering the Supreme Court decision of a few months ago, this movie \\u2014 directed by Phyllis Nagy, who received an Academy Award nomination for her screenplay adaptation of \\u201CCarol\\u201D \\u2014 could not be more timely.The movie set in 1968 in Chicago, centers on Joy (Elizabeth Banks), a suburban housewife living the all-American dream with her husband and daughter.Her idyllic world is shattered when her life-threatening pregnancy forces her to go outside an unresponsive medical establishment for help.Joy is steered toward the \\u201CJanes,\\u201D an underground network providing the only available alternative to pregnant women in distress.The group is led by Virginia (Sigourney Weaver) and Gwen (Wunni Mosaku), who not only help save Joy\\u2019s life, but change it in a most profound way.Joy is so inspired by Virginia and Gwen\\u2019s commitment that she joins their movement to help others as she was aided.The movie takes some dramatic licenses and is not as compelling as the documentary, \\u201CThe Janes.\\u201D Still, it is a positive experience that earned an 82 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 (16x9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH and Spanish subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: Extras include deleted scenes, a making of featurette and a commentary track.\\u201CCinema\\u2019s First Nasty Women\\u201D (Blu-ray)Details: 1898-1926, Kino ClassicsRated: Not ratedThe lowdown: This four-disc set examines the impact of women filmmakers and performers in the early, silent years of the industry.The set features 99 movies from around the world. The movies cover a variety of genre, including comedy, farce, Westerns, melodramas and adventure thrillers.More importantly, they also look at feminist protest, slapstick rebellion and suggestive gender play as women in these movies organize labor strikes, explode out of chimneys, electrocute a police force and assume various identities.The films come from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Denmark and Sweden. Many of the movies dismantle traditional gender norms and sexual constraints.This is 875-minute set is one that fans of early cinema will embrace and use as an educational resource as well as for entertainment.Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.33:1 full-screen picture; English, French and Spanish subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: Bonus materials include video introductions from the curators of this series, 11 more introductions to movies and performers, commentaries on selected films and a 116-page booklet with essays, interviews, photos and detailed film notes.The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)Details: 1974, Kino Lorber Studio ClassicsRated: R, violence, languageThe lowdown: Walter Matthau heads the cast of this thriller in which four men \\u2014 Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo and Earl Hindman \\u2014 hijack a New York City subway train, threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their demands for ransom are met.Matthau portrays transit chief Lt. Garber, who must use his wits to outmaneuver Shaw\\u2019s Mr. Blue, leader of the gang. The cast also includes Jerry Stiller, James Broderick, Julius Harris and Dick O\\u2019Neill.The movie, directed by Joseph Sargent, is a suspenseful and exciting feature that keeps you engrossed to the final frame of film. The film received an impressive 100 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.Technical aspects: 4K: 2160p ultra high definition, 2.35:1 widescreen picture; English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio monaural; English SDH subtitles; Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 2.35:1 widescreen picture; English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio monaural; English SDH subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: Supplemental options include two commentary tracks, a vintage making of featurette, interviews with Elizondo, film editor Gerald B. Greenberg and composer David Shire.The Loneliest Boy in the World (Blu-ray)Details: 2022, Well Go USA EntertainmentRated: R, violent content, languageThe lowdown: Once upon a time, a sheltered loner named Oliver is tasked with making new friends after the unexpected and devastating death of his mother.The unsocialized Oliver decides that literally digging up a few people would be his best move.When he awakens the next day, he finds that his newly acquired friends have mysteriously come to life overnight.This predicament launches living and living dead into a series of misadventures as they try to keep their secret from neighbors, bullies, classmates and social workers.The film is satiric and charming, with dark humor that will amuse viewers.Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 16:9 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles.Don\\u2019t miss: A behind-the-scenes featurette is the main extra.Maigret: Season One (Blu-ray)Details: 1960-61, Kino LorberRated: Not ratedThe lowdown: Rupert Davies stars as Georges Simenon\\u2019s famous French detective in this three-disc set that features 13 episodes highlighting Commissaire Jules Maigret\\u2019s investigative panache.Davies\\u2019 performance was praised by Simenon, who called him \\u201Cthe perfect Maigret.\\u201DDuring this first season of this BBC series, Maigret follows clues to solve murders and other felonies.Though shot mainly in studio, several exteriors were shot in Paris, adding to the show\\u2019s authenticity.Most of the episodes were based on Simenon\\u2019s novels or short stories.Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.33:1 full-screen picture; English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio monaural; English SDH subtitles.The Last Bookshop of the World (DVD)Details: 2017, IndiePix FilmsRated: Not ratedThe lowdown: Four Europeans from different cultures and fields of art begin a journey to find a remote place to establish the world\\u2019s last bookshop.Along the way, they discuss the power of literature and reveal how certain classics have profoundly changed them.The documentary-drama hybrid highlights the almost-lost purpose of books and asks important questions about reading and its importance to individuals and civilization as a whole.Technical aspects: 16:9 widescreen picture; Spanish, French, German and Finnish 2.0 Dolby digital; English subtitles.Other titles being released on Tuesday, unless otherwise indicated:The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales (DVD & VOD) (Fork Films)Paradise City (Blu-ray + digital & DVD) (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)T\\u00E1r (Blu-ray & DVD & digital) (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, STREAMING or VODBrainwashed (Kino Lorber)Maigret: Season 1 (Kino Lorber)The Super 8 Years (Amazon-Kino Now)Welcome to Chippendales: Episode 6 (Hulu)DEC. 21Echo 3: Episode 7 (Apple TV+)Emily in Paris: Season 3 (www.netflix.com/emilyinparis) (Netflix)DEC. 22The Inspection (A24)DEC. 23Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (www.netflix.com/GlassOnion) (Netflix)The Mosquito Coast: Season 2, Episode 8 (Apple TV+)Mythic Quest: Episode 8 (Apple TV+)Slow Horses: Season 2, Episode 5 (Apple TV+)Strange New World (Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution)Dec. 25The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse (Apple TV+)I am a founding member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. I review movies, 4K UHD, Blu-rays and DVDs for ReelBob (ReelBob.com), The Film Yap and other print and online publications. I can be reached by email at email@example.com. You also can follow me on Twitter @ReelBobBloom and on Facebook at ReelBob or the Indiana Film Journalists Association. My movie reviews also can be found at Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com. 153554b96e