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Harry was kind of blown away by THE SOCIAL NETWORK both times he's seen it!

Think about AMERICAN GRAFITTI. Arguably George’s best and most completely satisfying film experience of Lucas’ career. It perfectly encapsulates a life changing evening for a group of friends that led them from the portal of personal independent freedom, and in which direction they were mutually going to set out upon. Think about THE PAPER CHASE – the highest of ambition for the brilliant of our society. This is one of those schools and institutions that change the world. You can be snarky about the conceit of a film based upon the origins FACEBOOK… but you can find yourself discussing and talking about not just AMERICAN GRAFITTI and THE PAPER CHASE, but you can bring up movies like ACE IN THE HOLE and CITIZEN KANE and THE THIRD MAN and FACE IN THE CROWD and then you can start talking about great directors of those types of great movies – and you start thinking about THE SOCIAL NETWORK. I’ve seen it twice now. And I am completely biased, because after my first viewing I could say, without a hint of irony, that the film had changed a direction in my mind that will absolutely change my life. It isn’t necessarily the obvious thing, it’s actually a personal leap that I’ve been headed for and playing footsie, but immediately after that screening, I called my Business & Numbers Man (who happens to be a lifetime best friend & partner) and we began a new process – with a very deliberate resolve to pursue aggressively – and those kinds of moments happen so rarely in life, that I find myself truly indebted to Fincher, Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg and everybody that is responsible for this film, because I believe this personal ‘revelation’ and ‘eureka’ moment will better my life and AintItCool forever. Yes, I’m cagey. But time will tell. When you have a private screening of a film – and you have that teary faced dazed look of profound enlightenment upon your face… you tend to think. Harry, you’re being fucking delusional. Obviously someone placed 3 drops of Liquid LSD in your water glass. Again. Sigh. The screening tonight went smooth as could be. People showed up in droves, everybody buzzing about the film. People being very thankful and aggressively pleasant about thanking me for hosting the event. It was strange, people seemed to know they were in store for a hell of an evening. Everyone of my friends loved it. Many of them sticking it with “Best Film I’ve Seen All Year” – and when you combine just how brilliantly written the film is. I mean. It’s just so well written. In the first 10 minutes or so of THE SOCIAL NETWORK, you have that moment. You know the moment I’m talking about. It’s that moment in the film, where you know… beyond any shadow of a doubt, that you have been seated to a great fucking movie. And it is exceedingly rare to have that moment come in the very first sequence of the film. In JJ Abrams’ STAR TREK – it’s the George Kirk story. In SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, it is that jog with Clarice… Tak Fujimoto’s exquisite camera and Jody Foster lost in ambition, determination, self-doubt and strength of that run… and that score. That box in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, where it absolutely places you in a mindset, a vibe… You are ready for the following feature film, and you’ve scooted to the front of your seat because, GOD DAMN IT, IT IS ON! In THE SOCIAL NETWORK – that “moment” is the opening dinner between two people that we learn are dating and romantically intertwined. Not necessarily because we read that kind of emotion on them – but because of the scene. This is where they break up. And what is particularly remarkable is that both parties came to this establishment with every intention of still being with the other, but because of the conversation they are having, they are about to melt down – and that melt down, that disasterous sharing of spirits will be the first in a series of events, being told in a series of RASHOMAN flashbacks – being told in a series of depositions for lawsuits that the settlements become the kind of settlements that are so huge, that one wonders just how that much money can even exist. Much less be handled in this manner. Now – every single character in this movie is a complete person. The character of “Mark Zuckerberg” in Sorkin’s script in David Fincher’s movie containing Jesse Eixenberg’s hypnotic performance as a self-loathing brilliant geek with asshole reflexes that are undeniably the pure product of some deeply entrenched desire to be alone, while also being a human that craves acknowledgement and companionship. He’s incredibly self-centered choosing to think only about what he is thinking about, while ignoring or dismissing everything that Rooney Mara’s Erica is saying to him. Something Zuckerberg saids about the level of Geniuses in CHINA and it’s relationship to the amount of geniuses in the world. Meanwhile Mark is already 3 subjects past that factoid he spouted but had no interest in following up on. The conversation goes back and forth – each of them getting slightly… and sometimes MAJORLY – hung up on an innocent comment that the other made. It becomes a fight naturally and quickly. The kind of fight you can realistically imagine, but usually someone blinks, here… they’re racing to the finish line – and it is EXCITING. Exciting because the dialogue is punchy, sharp, fascinating to listen to – because beyond the dialogue – their reactions to one another are thoughtful responses that show that the other was listening and even more so – looked for and found hidden meanings, which set them off. It is fast and furious and breathtaking. It is a dialogue action scene. Two people at a table for drinks, but damn could these two trade blows – and it is kind of embarrassing how the dialogue from Sorkin and the way Fincher directs it and how Rooney and Jesse deliver it all… it is electrifying. Yes, I’m getting all hot and bothered about a dialogue scene that opens the film. That’s because that dialogue scene sets the tone for the entire film that follows. Everybody in this film has surface level needs, subterranean unspoken needs – faults & motives. This is something that comes with business. Not just FACEBOOK, not just with get rich quick miracle situations, but every time you enter into business with a friend, you have to be upfront with every turn of the page. You can’t have private agendas with friends, you must be on the level. The second you start maneuvering around them, flanking them… you’re setting yourself up for a pretty big bummer. And yes, I’ve experienced some of those things. AND it sucks massive cock when it happens. Everything about this movie just works perfect. Every role, every shot, every scene… I love the film. NOW – is it the greatest film of all time? NO. Top 100? Probably not. BUT Harry, you said it literally changed your life! Well, so did DON JUAN DEMARCO, but you wouldn’t see me labeling it anywhere near the top romantic films of all time. BUT TO ME – The film unlocked the mysteries of courtship in a manner that has served me extremely well in this life. And I owe that to Johnny, Marlon and Jeremy Leven. Is it the “MOVIE OF THE YEAR”? At this point, I might personally LOVE Edgar Wright’s film the most, but SOCIAL NETWORK is the best film that I’ve seen thus far in 2010 – it really is that fucking good!

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  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    I check back for the first time in weeks...

    by MattmanReturns

    And this shit is what I find?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    You need to follow up your DVD column...

    by JuanSanchez

    This week wasn't bad, but much of the time you haven't seen a fair amount of the DVDs - and you don't follow up once you do watch them. At least follow up on the interesting ones.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    And I can't justify spending $10 to see this. Rental at best.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Comparisons to Citizen Kane

    by georgecauldron

    Citizen Kane was about a man coming to power via journalism, which of course is the power to control information. In the modern era Zuckerberg has essentially become one of, if not the most, preeminent powers over how people now communicate, which is through "social networking". I completely dig and love the comparisons to Citizen Kane, and while some will piss and moan and become defensive about said comparison, I think it's really about how similar the stories are of Kane and Zuckerberg. I can't wait to see this movie. When news broke of its development most people thought it was "Facebook the Movie", but I knew that Fincher and Sorkin would craft a masterful tale. Harry, you've officially gotten me jacked.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Yeah, fuck that, Jack.

    by Grasscutter

    I'm not going to go see the Facebook movie. I'm a grown ass man.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Fincher AND Reznor A SURE THING

    by piltorp75

    Will see this as soon as fuckin possible!! Without a doubt!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    You had me until Star Trek

    by Fortunesfool

    Which, in no way can be used as a benchmark for anything good.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Facebook The Movie!!!

    by Fortunesfool

    Get some fucking brains people. This will be one of the sharpest, wittiest and most intense movies of the year. Having said that, the more idiots who avoid it because they think it's 'Facebook The Movie' means less popcorn munching mall dwellers to spoil my enjoyment.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I'd compare it to that TV movie about The Late Night Wars

    by RPLocke

    That's about it.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Harry congrats for staying awake

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    thats pretty much it <p>

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    "Think about AMERICAN GRAFITTI.

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Arguably George’s best and most completely satisfying film experience of Lucas’ career." <p> Great sentence construction. But seriously, American Graffiti is terrific, but i'd say a little film called Star Wars is the most perfect of his career. THX is pretty amazing too.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    So now we're placing Star Trekwars alongside Silence of the Lambs and To Kill A Mockingbird? Fucking hell.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    David Fincher

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and now this putting together a very very respectable collection there and sounds like this one can be added to high quality films. <p> Zodiac was very unlucky not to be nominated for Best Picture for 2007 (certainly better than Juno or Michael Clayton) and Benjamin Button was very lucky to be nominated in 2008 (but then again ?Milk was also nominated). <p> I actuall also enjoy Alien 3, whilst not on par with the brilliant Alien or incredibly brilliant Aliens its still very enjoyable.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST


    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    be careful, Asi is not far away, though I am hoping that Orci and Asi will have a cage match, throw one knife in there and "two enter but only one will leave". <p> For what its worth my money is on Asi, he is the personification of tenacious.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Reznor's Soundtrack Sounds Like Sequenced Boredom

    by Media Messiah

    He really only gave us more of the same droning Reznor music, but added nothing new to break-up the monotony. I could have come-up with that stuff in just a few minutes, if I was being lazy!!! I love sequencing, when done right, it can be brilliant, but there is no heart in it, here? I was playing my guitar, just the other day, messing around...and I was creating better material, and that is problem with Trent. This is suppose to be cool, what he has done?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    That's: Typo

    by Media Messiah

    "I was playing my guitar, just the other day, messing around...and I was creating better material, and that is my problem with Trent. This is suppose to be cool, what he has done?"

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Good review Harry

    by gun_will_travel

    Seriously, this is the first review of yours that really got me interested in seeing a film that I otherwise would have skipped.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Didnt myspace come first?

    by TheJudger

    And this film gave you a website styled content idea for film fans. A social network for film lovers. Schemers- the joker warned us all about the pratfalls of those who try to control or change things. We need an edit function an avatars and hitlist that shows who we love and why- what we watched with in the week what we want to see. who we thinkg sucks. yada yada ya. And I want the kong log background to return. Enough of this ID4.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST


    by TheTwilightZone

    Know what this movie is about? It's about a bunch of geeky hipster douchebag ivy league asswipes who strike it rich fight over the spoils. It’s about the creation of a fucking website and has Justin Timberlake in it. That’s all you need to know. Knowles has clearly been paid off to promote this and, ever since Fight Club, it’s all been downhill for Fincher. The only other movie that compared to Fight Club, at the time, was Requiem for a Dream and while Fincher has settled into mediocrity with his website movie, Aronofsky has excelled with Black Swan.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    I wish I was more clever or driven.

    by Righteous Brother

    Damnit. Is this film the Anti-Fight Club?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST

    "Arguably George’s best...

    by yodalovesyou

    ...and most completely satisfying film experience of Lucas’ career." You left the 'the' before 'most completely'. But I'm sure George Lucas will be able to take some comfort, knowing his career is often being judged by a baby-brain.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6 a.m. CST

    harry is my facebook friend!

    by iwontwin

    yes, he plays alot of farmville.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST

    The marketing is making me hate this film.

    by Chewtoy

    I found the trailer beyond ridiculous, and every clip and commercial makes me believe that the only way the film could be satisfying is if Jesse Eisenberg's character is kicked in the balls for the last 20 min or so of the film. He just radiates "douche bag", even in the stills, but unfortunately it's not "intriguing douche bag" so much as "insufferable douche bag". I love me some Sorkin writing, but the marketing of this film really wants me to hate it sight unseen.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Sorkin can write a movie about folding laundry

    by glenn_the_frog

    and it'd be witty and intriguing. A Few Good Men The American President Sports Night West Wing seasons 1-4 Charlie Wilson's War The man knows dialogue and character and pacing and wit. It doesn't surprise me that this movie has that, regardless of the director or the music or anything else.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    After years and years...

    by HansBubi

    ...of talkbackers asking for new, more user-friendly features, did it take a movie to convince him? Time will tell.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Arguably George’s best and most completely satisfying film exper

    by afterhourss

    so they're two people now? fucking illiterate texan bonehads all of you on this site.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    unless you mean it. I had zero interest in this film before, but now I'm piqued.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    another train wreck of an a "article".

    by FleshMachine

    harry's writing is a chore to read. is this the american school system at work?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Jesse Eixenberg

    by thinboyslim.

    I bet he wishes that he could spell his name that way. To be honest I was looking forward to this movie until I read the review. I was looking forward to an atmospheric meltdown of relationships and morality. Know it seems I can look forward to an over-hyped geeky version of Date Night. Shame.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    for Oscar glory. <p>Two movies about the perils of mass communication, seen through the eyes of a charismatic protagonist. <p>But one's an inspirational period piece about the king of England and the other's a somewhat bleak story set in modern times, about a shifty, sniveling nerd. <p>Which do you think the Academy will vote for?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Michael Clayton

    by mwhyntie

    Miyamoto_Musashi, Zodiac was great but Michael Clayton was incredible, Maybe the best movie I've ever seen, up with the greats of the 70s. Honest to god, I loved it that much. Why doesn't Harry edit. His writing is horrific. Proof read a little, and use hyphens correctly instead of throwing them in when you feel like it.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Harry, these rollover ads are too much.

    by ColonelFatheart

    It was easy to hate PRINCE OF PERSIA, but I don't wanna hate THE SOCIAL NETWORK before I see it.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Okay, and the DON JUAN DE MARCO bit at the end

    by ColonelFatheart

    is a HUGE non sequitur.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    ZODIAC: my favorite movie of the aughts.

    by ColonelFatheart

    Nothing Fincher had made by then prepared me for how mature and assured that movie was. SEVEN, FIGHT CLUB and THE GAME were very good to great in their own right, but ZODIAC is a movie made by a master. Still haven't seen BENNY BUTTON, though.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by benlinus

    God your a fucking moron...this is virtually unreadable....will you please retire...thank you

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST


    by bigtime_charly

    It's you're not your, you blithering idiot.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Must every one of Harry's reviews

    by The McPoyle Clan

    be prefaced by a childhood memory or some epiphany about how he's going to change his life?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Sounds as procedural as Zodiac.

    by knowthyself


  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    At this rate, we'd be lucky if Harry took some cues from the pre-News Corp. MySpace.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    ‘eureka’ moment will better my life and AintItCool forever

    by savagedave

    It's the edit button for talkback, isn't it Harry?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    So did you finally get inspired

    by crappyfun

    To update this lame fucking site?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Jesus, I offered to build a new AICN siet FOR FREE

    by crappyfun

    And the asshole STILL didnt even bother to respond

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    "Well, so did DON JUAN DEMARCO..."

    by God's Brother

    How does a review for this film start by dropping CITIZEN KANE and end with DON JUAN DEMARCO? Is it actually a good movie Harry? Saying that it 'kinda' blew you away isn't really decisive at all.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    David Fincher...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    is, I think, the best director working today. Everything he does--including the blatant and manipulative award-bait Benjamin Button--is at least interesting. Even his failures (Alien3, Panic Room) have something to recommend them.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    The 'eureka' moment is that AICN is going to become....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ....geek facebook. All the geeks at this site can post pictures of themselves, and what they do on the weekends, we can all rate them, add each other as friends. It will be a geek networking site...and Harry will help end the scourge of virginity amongst his readers by teaching allowing them to hook up with each other on geek facebook, while teaching them the philosophies of Don Juan DeMarco.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Harry's seen it twice!

    by ForgetfulPete

    this brings the grand total of attendees to see THE SOCIAL NETWORK in theaters to at least two. That is all.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Before you call Fincher the best director working today

    by Garbageman33

    You better see Black Swan. Put it this way, I think Aronofsky could've done Fincher's films. I'm not sure the opposite is true.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Don Juan Demarco changed his life....

    by coconutgroves

    Because of the Brian Adams song in it. Fincher is tops in my book - I had no plans on seeing this when I first heard about it, then I heard Finch was directing, Sorkin writing it, Reznor scoring it. Hellz yeah! Seven is in my top 10 and Benjamin Button is a misunderstood masterpiece. I wish everyone got that movie the way I did.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    RASHOMAN? Damnit Harry...

    by D.Vader

    I really wish you'd take some fucking pride in your writing and proofread. If you dont respect your writing enough (or a movie enough to make sure it's spelled correctly), why should I respect it either?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    That RASHOMAN paragraph...

    by D.Vader

    Sure would be empty without the phrase "a series of" wouldn't it?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    It's not baby raping good though, right Harry?

    by Frat Boy

    You sick, sick fuck.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Fincher -v- Aronofsky

    by I am_NOTREAL

    There's no real need to make it adversarial, but what the hell, just for fun...pretty sure Fincher could've pulled off Requiem for a Dream quite well...sure, it would've been his own take, but I feel pretty confident he could've done just as much with the same material. And The Wrestler was just overrated--everyone fell in love with Mickey Rourke because he was playing himself, but on purely cinematic terms, there isn't much there. It's pretty much student-movie level, which I guess is fine, give Aronofsky credit for knowing Rourke was the movie and getting out of his way--but it just didn't feel worthy of the fuss overall. I don't feel like Aronofsky could've done as well with Fight Club, but that's just my take. Look, I'm not bagging on Aronofsky, he's a consistently interesting filmmaker, I just prefer Fincher's filmography overall, while fully acknowledging that it contains some imperfect works (and even some outright failures, like Alien3).

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9 a.m. CST


    by shiekybaby

    I am so fucking sick of people using this piece of shit phrase. I hear this shit more than "It is what it is" now. FUCKING STOP IT.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    Amen. <p>Let's kill "kind of," "that said" and "it is what it is." The latter phrase is especially vile. It's empty, meaningless, a waste of words, a way to sound insightful without providing any insight.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Harry. But "Inception" is the movie of the year

    by gruntybear

    You just missed the train. Truth.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    "teary faced dazed..."

    by Mr.Stiggs

    Harry, did you cry at this movie too? What the hell is wrong with you?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Just drop it already

    by stupidfatginger

    Couldn't go through the whole review without alluding to Scott Pilgrim could you?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Oh that's right. Fantastic Fest. That's explains it.

    by D.Vader

    Doesn't explain his other reviews though I suppose.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    All movies are about Harry

    by quantize

    = all Harry reviews.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    I saw "The Paper Chase" and was reminded of...

    by chibnut


  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    if Harry rates scared

    by Tandemar

    His like and love list is scattered with some real stinkers and he raves about movies that leave most rational thinking people bored beyond belief...but I suppose it's all down to preference. Would you buy a used car from the fat boy?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    3 drops of Liquid LSD, huh...

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by PrivateIron

    That made my day. Perfect series of nested allusions.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    How does the movie deal with....

    by Topher4801

    the part about how Zuckerberg not only stole the idea for Facebook from someone else but also sabotaged their site from starting. Also, when I heard how Zuckerberg and the other "creator" made the film makers change the movie cause it cast them in a bad light, I really lost interest.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Harry`s "revelation": Pretty obvious

    by Primordial_Stu_and_the_Deep_Fried_Bumholes

    He wants to mount up AIN'T IT COOL - THE MOVIE. I called it, bitches.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Why do we give a SHIT about this?

    by TheBLIGHT

    FACEBOOK. Crap. True story. Status: Why do we give a SHIT about this?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    Nuggets such as "Arguably George’s best and most completely satisfying film experience of Lucas’ career.", "It perfectly encapsulates a life changing evening for a group of friends that led them from the portal of personal independent freedom, and in which direction they were mutually going to set out upon.", "the highest of ambition for the brilliant of our society", "the film had changed a direction in my mind that will absolutely change my life", actually the whole fucking thing- confirm for me that Harry is retarded. I'm mystified that this guy ever became a critic who actually gets his blurbs on dvd cases- and I'm not hating- it's obviously the worst writing ever by someone who calls himself a movie critic. Utter fail- time and time again. I suggest that you go back to school Harry- you write like a nine year old girl trying to impress grown ups.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by SonicRiver

    Is a bloody great Idea. It is a story that needs to be told, and anyone who is familiar with Harry's background would agree that the material is solid. He just needs a kick ass screenwriter and the project will grow organically.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    It's better than Harry makes it sound . . .

    by follyway

    This reveiw sounded like it was written by two people, one who thinks it is the most satisfying, well-made life changing film of the year, and one who thinks its not as good as Scott Pilgram and puts it on the level of Don Jaun Demarco. Simply put the film is brilliant. This is the best Sorkin we have on the big screen. For those wondering about Fincher I would put this in terms of qaulity right alongside Seven as either his best or second best film. That being said this is most definiately the man who made Zodiac if you are looking for a referance of the style Fincher brings to the film. It is a beautifully shot character study where Fincher is able to ratchet up the tension and energy of what are effectivly scenes of a couple of people in rooms talking to one another. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the cast as the are brilliant from top to bottom. As far as I was concerned the wasn't a weak link including Timberlake. What I appreciated about Timberlake in this film was that not only was his performance fine, but the fact that he is a superstar didn't distract from the film, because when he walks on screen he is supposed to be the most chrasmatic, all eyes on me alpha male in the room. It's one of those rare cases where the baggage of a huge start doesn't take away from a film but rather enhances it. It is the best film I have seen so far this year. It is my favorite film of the year so far. Do yourself a favor and see this film. I hear alot of people saying they don't want to see a film about facebook or citing Aronofsky for some reason. No one would suggest you should't see the wrestler because you don't like WWE or you should't see Black Swan if you don't go to the nutcracker every year, it isn't a movie about Facebook it is a brilliant movie about facisnating chracters.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    not as good as scott pilgrim? um. ok.

    by antonphd

    i was excited until you said that. shit.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit Harry

    by NoSmellNoTell

    Harry, I've never written in any criticism of you before but you really have to stop with saying "kind of" before EVERY statement you make. The movie "kind of" blew you away? Just say it blew you away and if people don't agree then that's their problem.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by SonicRiver

    That's kind of kewl, mostly. But, sometimes, I'm kind of influenced by south park. Mostly. And Aliens. Kind of.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    That lil hottie from the Disney chanell is in this

    by rogueleader66

    Brenda Song...hopefully she isn't annoying like the character she plays on Disney, but damn she is hot.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    "yawning" at zodiac

    by FleshMachine

    says more about you than it does Zodiac.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Harry saying "kind of" is very revealing about his character...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    What the fuck is 'kind of' or 'sort of'? I'll tell you what - the lazy jabberings of a noncommital oaf. You either like something or you don't. Harry never has any convictions in his opinions and thus, no resolve in any aspect of his life. Instead of that supposed business avenue you're pursuing, Harry, I'll tell you what will really alter your life - losing 200 lbs. That, and taking a college class on the tenets of good written English.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    " choosing to think only about what he is thinking about..."

    by D.Vader

    Jeebus Christ, Harry. This just gets worse and worse.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Did Harry miss Inception?

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Scott Pilgrim is my favorite of the year so far, but I'm in the target demo. But I thought Inception was really pretty solid and is probably the best of the year when the dust settles.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Fincher, Aronofsky, PT Anderson,

    by FleshMachine

    are the 3 most important living american filmmakers by far. nolan, while he makes pretty good films is not of their caliber. dark knight is overrated (it's half a great movie, half an ok movie), so is inception (cool flick..far from classic).

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    also he's not!

    by FleshMachine


  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    So is this the least showy of Fincher's films?

    by skimn

    I mean as in a lot of digital money shots. Granted, he's the master of the CG money shot, but this seems to be a rather visually straight forward story to tell.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    You didn't fall asleep???

    by choonie

    What a Tweest!!!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I was liking this review untill...

    by skycrapper

    you bring up Scott Pilgram. What a sad state movies are in this year.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    Uh, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Steven Spielberg (say what you will about his latest output, he's still pretty goddamn important), Steven Soderberg (I personally don't care for his work that much, but he's pretty important), Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood might beg to differ.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and the Coen Brothers, too.

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by blhotz

    This Facebook is better because of being more interactive is complete BS. Myspace is/was sooooo much more useful. ZuckerDICK got soooooo lucky... genius hell no...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by follyway

    Like I said it is most comparable to Zodiac in terms of presentation. In terms of Finchers digital magic though he actually has one actor play two parts(Armie Hammer plays twins) and even though every scene they appear in they are together it is seamless. Sure this has been done since Parent Trap but my gf was with me on Tuesday and said she didn't realize until about halfway through the Q&A that Armie played both roles.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    American Graffiti VS. Star Wars

    by Skraggo

    Really, Harry? AG is better and more satisfying than Star Wars? Possibly the most surprising thing I've ever heard you say.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by follyway

    I know alot of people keep mentioning Myspace and Friendster and just fyi it is acknowlaged within the film by chracters that these sites exist. It isn't presented as if this is the first Social Network ever conceived but rather one of the key early turning points is about how Facebook would differenciate it's self.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Jesus, that was incoherent

    by reflecto


  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I didn't realize until I was checking an issue of Cinefex just HOW MUCH cg is in Zodiac. Fincher had to create practically all of San Fransisco out of thin air.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Actually Panic Room was a great little thriller. It

    by UltraTron

    had the audacity to not be the epic film fight club was so folks forgot about it. Best hand crushed in a door sequence ever

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Shutter Island. It's still up against

    by UltraTron

    everything this year.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    I haven't forgotten it. I hope it's in the mix for Best Pic this year.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Exactly. I don't get the hate for Panic Room. Its kind of a throwback to early thrillers like Lady In A Cage and The Desperate Hours. And if Dwight Yoakam isn't the slimiest psycho criminal on the screen in years, I don't know who is..

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by follyway

    At the screening on tuesday Sorkin told this story about how they were trying to get a breif ovehead shot of Eisenberg walking through Harvard sqaure that would be cut into the credit sequence at the beginning of the film as he is walking back to his dorm room. Apprently they had permission to shoot in Caimbridge but not Harvard and this particular shot was literally bordered by a wall that was owned by Harvard. Well I guess Fincher wasn't happy with the lighting on the shot because he felt there was a dead spot next to the wall and Harvard would not allow him to put even a single light on this wall. So his solution was to hire a mime/street performer who has a cart with lights on it so he can perform at night to come and perform in the spot he needed the light. I guess the rationale was that this guy was always around and Harvard obviously didn't have a problem with it. Even though it was an open street anyone could walk through apparently Fincher said, "he's a mime no one will pay attention to him anyway, and I can just digitally erase him later." I mean the guy feels so comfortable with computers he has mimes lighting his film for him . . . how coo is that?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Panic Room was nice . . .

    by follyway

    but for me I never understand how The Game is always seemingly forgotten. People may unfairly hat on Panic Room but no one even brings up The Game to criticize it. Granted I am a huge fan of the "Innocent man persued by faceless unknown all powerful entitiy" from North by Northwest to hell I was even a big fan of the TV show Nowhere Man. But, I just think that The Game is such a perfectly polished, exciting and (in my opinion very rare for the genre) ultimately satifying film I don't know how it doesn't have more fans. Not to mention the only time in the history of the world that the "I went to ___, and all I got was this T-Shirt" was ever funny was in that film.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    Thanks for the review, Harry! Some people hated your writing style... pfft, whatever. I didn't mind it. You delivered personal reasons for liking the film, thus readers know your mindset.<p> I'll be interested to see the film's opening conversation, most definitely.<p> As well as the rest of it.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Fucking ridiculous comparisons!

    by alienindisguise

    a movie about a stupid fucking trend will never stand on it's own like Kane or Graffiti...Harry's cred=non-existent

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 . . .

    by follyway

    I can't argue with any of your points about Toy Story 3, up until 3 nights ago it was my film of the year. Not to say that Social Network will bump it off the top of your list but I definately put it on the same level. Inception was fun but didn't have the resonance of either film. Scott Pilgram was proud to be geeky which is nice but didn't have much to say of any real emotion attached to it. Decades later people still bitch about whether Rocky or Taxi Driver was the film of the year. The answer is it doesn't matter they are both amazing seminal films that will live on for years. For me Toy Story 3 and Social Network are the films that we will be remembering 2010.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3

    by skimn

    The scene you mention literally caused me to gasp, at least internally. It's as if a bit of Schindler's List entered a kids film (kids film, ha!). No question it will be remembered next year, but I think live action will always trump "cartoon acting". Yes, editing and increasing use of digital can alter a performance, but sometimes a scene where everything clicks is like capturing lightning in a bottle. Animation can tweak and change and create till its just what the director wanted.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by follyway

    I have no idea where Harry was going with his AG comparison, but the Kane referance is apt. I had heard the Kane referance before I saw the film(I think Fincher himself said it), and it made me very leery. Kane has become shorthand for "Greatest of all time" which is of course to say about any film that hasn't even been released yet. But there are a ton of parrelells that can be made between The Social Network and Cititzen Kane in terms of the actual films. They have very similar structures and themes throughout. Similar to how Kane was told after the events through Cotton's investigation after the fact, The Social Netwok is not told as a real time story but rather through the sometimes disagreeing perspectives of the prinicpals memories as told through depositions. Also without revealing too much, a similarity definiatly exists between Zuckerburg and Kane in terms of that one thing which drives them to their ultimate success at the cost of all else.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Seriously, Harold....

    by Clomenhopper

    Sloppier than usual, friend. That said: "TS3" and "I'm Still Here" have been the two best films of the year. I'm looking forward to "The Social Network" more than any other release in the next few months. Not only do I love the atmospheric damplifiers of Fincher's brushstroke, but I'm totes theatre fag on Aaron Sorkin. Dude's the American Tom Stoppard. Too smart to be anything but a writer. "The West Wing" is up there with "The Wire" and still-running "Mad Men" as one of TV's best, and truly groundbreaking, one-hour dramas. Yeah, I swallow too.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    It's one of my favs of the year, alongside

    by Novaman5000

    Inception and Toy Story 3. A solid character drama... and I agree... As good as everyone involved is, I think it's Sorkin's script that really shines.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    We never again hear even a word about Harry's supposed "Eureka Moment".

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Toy Story3 : Cash Grab = most overrated movie ever

    by Flip63Hole

    I walked out during the incinerator scene. My friend took his daughter, almost left, too. I get it, Pixar, it's easy to write gags for talking toys, but I'm not that easily entertained.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Social networking is not a trend.

    by ColonelFatheart

    It is a new form of mass media and communication.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    god, these "reviews"

    by seteger

    I don't mind the honesty and informal tone, but jesus, Harry, some basic grammar, spelling, and sentence structure organization shouldn't be too much to ask. Do you need a proofreader or something? I'll do it for free.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Harry's review hit me kind of hard.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I have some personal experience about being in business with friends, or people I thought were friends. What I discovered is that I actually have very few real friends and they weren't the ones I really expected them to be; the ones who don't care what you do for a living or what you can do for them. Most of those friends I lost a couple of years ago when my job and career went belly up. Some of the most unexpected people stepped forward when I was at my lowwest low and kept me afloat. They didn't give a shit that I was down because they actually liked me for me. That's a concept I keep learning again and again no matter how much life experience I pile up. I'll be seeing this film as soon as I can.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by Dreamfasting

    I was really looking forward to this review, since as a founder himself of a website with non-trivial influence, I expected Harry would see the film through a very different lens than those of us who merely visit this site. If the movie gets under Harry's skin, then that's enough to sell me on it. I am curious though if the eureka moment was a relationship one, a community one or a business model one.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    loserguy3000, I loved that scene too

    by CountryBoy

    It was more powerful than the ending to me. Something about giving up the struggle and just being glad you're with the ones you love... it was so poignant it was almost painful.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    I'm seeing Wall Street 2

    by RPLocke

    At least that's an actual movie.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Illiterate Boneheads

    by Wrath4771

    Amen, to the Talkbacker who made that comment. Harry, did you even bother to proof read this? "I mean." isn't even close to being a sentence, what the hell was that? No wonder that state believes in Creationism, it's populated by a bunch of mentally retarded Mexican banging monkeys.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by Wrath4771

    Does Penthouse or whoever it is you sucked up to let you write like this?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Harry compared Jar Jar Abrams's BREWERY TREK with TO KILL A MOCK

    by AsimovLives

    Is he insane? And what the hell "kinds blown away" means, anyway? Either you are blown away or you aren't. The expression describes and extreme experience. Jesus, who understands Harry? Only Jesus, i guess.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    And this is not a review, of course

    by AsimovLives

    It's Harry telling, though an alegory using this movie, how he broke up his partnership with Moriarty. It's all there between the lines.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The personification of tenacity, i think you meant to say.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    If I were a betting man...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...I might be inclined to think that Harry dropped that STAR TREK reference just to piss-off AssimovLives. You know, to generate hit-counts while driving Asi over the proverbial cliff.<P>Quote: " he broke up his partnership with Moriarty. It's all there between the lines."<P>Project much?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Asi ... excellent reading between the lines there.

    by ColonelFatheart

    This isn't really a review; it's more a reaction paper you'd be assigned in 10th grade composition class ... which Harry would have failed.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    THE SOCIAL NETWORK latest trailer is great

    by AsimovLives

    It uses a cover version of the Radiohead's song "Creep" sung by Scala, a belgian group of all female teen choir singers who sang the song in choir and in capella. And it's frigging genious. check it out:<br><br>http://www.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Rip On Harry All You Want But...

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    12/12 positive with a 9.9 average rating on RT and a 100/100 on metacritic...yeah it's early but I've never seen an average rating over 9 on RT for anything no matter how many reviews were counted

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    RE: Harry's "Eureka" Moment

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Hmmm...what could that possible entail? The selling off of AICN? Upgrading the Talkbacks and forums into a new era? Avatars? Signatures? Networking? Fanning? Linking? Photos?<P>Don't be cagey, Grande Rojo. Just let it out.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Brewery Trek?

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I remember 1 scene in a bar. Not debating the quality of the film, that's pointless, but you lost me there.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    If you didn't like the new Trek, you're a hopeless loser.

    by HoboCode


  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    most of the interior scenes in the enterprise were shot at a budweiser brewery

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Fincher used to be a rebel film maker...

    by knowthyself

    Now he just makes oscar pandering bullshit like Zodiac, Panic Room, Benjamin Button, and now the Social Network. I miss the days when he wanted to break the mold not stay inside of it.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    This film unlocked the mysteries of life for Harry

    by D.Vader

    And that has served him extremely well... In the very short time since he's seen it.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    If you're still actively hating Star Trek...

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    you're a zero...the goddamn movie was never given any more credit than just being a good action flick...I don't remember it winning any awards or even being nominated for anything other than why do so many people take the flick personally? some self-important pricks on this site

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Someone the other day called Zodiac standard Hollywood fare

    by skimn

    and now its Oscar-bait...can someone explain to me how that is??

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    New Trek deserved more awards than it got

    by RPLocke

    Yet crap like UP and Hurt Locker were nominated for Best Pic. AsmovLives must work for the Academy.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Because they are one in the same. Oscar winners have become standard Hollywood fare for the most part. But for the record I think Zodiac is a fucking masterpiece.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I don't get the Toy Strry 3 hate

    by daggor

    it's a cash grab AND it's a good movie. And really, any studio movie is a cash grab. That's the point.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Thats what I was could Zodiac be considered standard Hollywood fare and Oscar bait, unless you're a moron. The Blind Side it ain't...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius

    by AsimovLives

    kwisatzhaderach also reacted to the Brewery Trek coment, and Miyamoto_Musashi made a very funny coment afterwards. It's not just me, Murray.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Harry's texts is the kind of thign that makes me very agressive agaisnt americans who make coment about my english (my second language) spellings. When native americans write in their own native english language like that, i get a free pass for life.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I got an award for Brewery Trek too: The Brown Turd Award.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    The last trailer made me want to see this movie

    by AsimovLives

    And it's great to see that David Fincher also likes Scala. Their version of "THe Beautiful People" is even creppier then the origina, and it's all just a piano and a girls choir singing.<br>http://www.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Shot in a brewery?

    by I am_NOTREAL

    OK, I never knew that. But is that somehow appropos to the overall merit of the movie? Lots of movies were shot in lots of weird places - abandoned power planets, factories, etc...I guess I'm just not sure what that's supposed to say. I like breweries because they give me beer. So it's OK with me, really.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I'm tired of Fincher's dingy cinematography

    by MattmanReturns

    I could barely tell wtf was going on in Zodiac. Every shot looks like it's filmed through a green beer bottle. Also, Locke is gay.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    We are going to disagree, friend. The cinematogrpahy of Zodiac was brillant, I can't believe it's digital. And it did catch eprfectly how nighttime looked like in the 70s in the city. I still remember how street lights were so yellow and dim back then. There is a reason why even movies made in the 70s were so darkly lit in the night scenes, and not just because it was an aestetic choice, but because even with lgith equipment, nighttime was very darkly then. There's no compare to today.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    The Enterprise D bridge looked like a hotel ballroom

    by RPLocke

    we don't want that again.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Zodiac was great, but fincher still has to answer for..

    by Stalkeye

    ..Alien 3 Dammit!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Harry's totem is a bacon cheeseburger

    by CT1

    Interesting.. I dig the way Harry describes the main character, somebody who only cares what he cares about, and only focuses on what things mean to HIM. That being said, you're basically saying your two favorite movies of the year star what is essentially the same twink actor.. Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg. In Zombieland, I was like, is this guy trying to be EXACTLY like the dweebicus from Superbad? How interesting BOTH of your gushing reviews star this type of character.. perhaps this person is the type of person YOU want to be deep inside? Some super-skinny super-nerd with no real experience with women, one gets to live in this super fantasy "dream a little bigger" world while the other one is a supersuccessful young entrepreneur who is the recipient of many "pwesents" for starting a website that becomes popular. And of course, that's fine, many of us latch onto a certain character type in movies and wish we could BE that. However, as demonstrated in past reviews, this can lead to quite a biased review, where you come from a purely emotional place that only exists for YOU. Perhaps a "kick" to get you to move up a couple of levels? *knocks over Harry's wheelchair* <p><p> Unfortunately, this review ALMOST makes me want to see it.. probably just your enthusiasm coming through and infecting me, or maybe it's just the association of seeing the trailer in front of porn on free "porntube" like sites. Also, with your love and praise of Star Wars, I'm surprised you say American Graffiti is George "I don't need an adam's apple" Lucas' best film. Let us not forget:<p><p> "But.... Guess what?<p><p> Mesa Luved Him!"<p><p>I mean, there's a LOT of compensation you make for your fav flix. However, maybe a rental, but the reality is I'll probably never see it.<p><p>"I need a new suit."<p><p>"Mmm.. Two wheels is a little 90's, Mr. Knowles."<p><p>"I'm not talking fashion, Mr. Fox, so much as function."<p><p>"You want to be able to turn your head, move your legs, arms, chins, fingers, toes, stand up, walk, breathe.."<p><p>"Sure make eating and wiping easier."<p><p>"I'll see what I can do."

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Harry encourages bad writing

    by D.Vader

    By being lazy with his own.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I love it...

    by benlinus

    Harry wont even come on this thread, becuase hes getting ripped to shreds by EVERYONE. God what an embarrasment, I mean fuck, this is YOUR site Harry, and people just come here to ridicule you. You might want to take the constant ridicule as a life lesson.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Asimov, my old buddy

    by MattmanReturns

    I actually do appreciate his cinematography, it's just I'd like him to try something new. Fight Club and Panic Room are beautifully shot movies. When I saw the Social Network trailer I kind of rolled my eyes because it looked EXACTLY the same as his last few movies. Even daylight scenes were very dreary.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    Locke's still gay.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Hey numb nuts, do you enjoy anything?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST offense, but

    by glonth1999

    you write the most tedious reviews. You should just stick to the dvd columns and posting interviews because your actual reviews are ridiculous. The Social Network changed your life?? Come on man...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Harry . . .

    by follyway

    I noticed throwing Rashomon out there when describing the flashbacks. I found this interesting because at the Q&A on tuesday someone asked Sorkin about the structure of the film, specifically dealing with how the Deposition scenes informed the "story" scenes. Sorkin said that it just became a natural thing because after reading transcripts and interveiwing people there were at least 3 different versions and he didnt want to decide on "one truth" and discard the others, so it turned into "a rashomon kinda thing with those scenes". I wonder if Harry would have ever mentioned Rashomon if Sorkin hadn't. Harry has without a doubt seen more movies than me, but the more I see and especially read his stuff it seems he is more interested if making sure everyone knows everything he has seen and knows rather than just developing his thoughts more clearly. We all love referencing different movies to compare and contrast, but this is a review of The Social Network and he mentioned American Graffiti, Paper Chase, Ace in the Hole, Citizen Kane, The Third Man(talk about random), Face in the Crowd, Star Trek, Silence of the Lambs, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rashomon, Don Jaun Demarco and Scott Pilgrim through implication. WHY?! What purpose does listing a bunch of random ass movies make? The only two explainations are that he is insecure and needs to constantly remind us of how many movies he has seen, or when you have no real world experience or writing skills you resort to just spewing the names random movies you have seen. I don't mean to be so harsh, but damn brother can we keep it to single digits movie title vomits per reveiw?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Zodiac is probably the scariest movie of the past decade

    by SoylentMean

    I watched it once and can't bring myself to watch it again. I watch Horror movies all the time, but real life shit like Zodiac freaks me out. Give me paranormal bullshit I can shrug off as make believe any day. But stuff that can happen and has happened? Fuck that noise. <P> Fincher's got my money everytime, because he's one of the few directors that knows how to make me sleep with the lights on. <P>

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Zodiac wasn't scary at all.

    by PinkFloyd7

    Not saying it wasn't a good movie, just not scary. The corpse man coming back to life in "Seven" was a lot more scary than anything in "Zodiac" That scene had me jumping.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Asimov and Kwis are correct

    by Fortunesfool

    Star Trek was a dire film. They took everything that made a 'Trek' movie, threw it in the bin and then made a dumbed down bit of glossy trash, designed to do nothing more than hold the attention span of mall dwelling teens.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Tried so hard to make it through that 'review'...

    by SK229

    For fuck's sake... there are no words, ironically, to describe that vomit of words. And I want to 'get' the review for some reason, but how the fuck are you supposed to take that lazy incoherence seriously, much less make heads or tails of it? I'm always pretty forgiving on this site, especially with Harry's reviews, but that was just too much... <p>Is it too much to ask that after all of his success with this site that he should WANT to do a better job at his JOB.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    "How does the movie deal with...."

    by applescruff

    It deals with all of those things you mentioned in depth and portrays Mark Zuckerberg as, if not a complete asshole, then at least supremely deceitful and shrewd. His image will need some rehabilitation after this film drops, and that's probably the motivation behind that recent New Yorker piece on him and how he's really not a bad guy (He's also going on Oprah today to donate a LOT of money to public schools. I'm sure that's not a coincidence). GREAT movie. Can't believe someone would write if off simply because it has something to do with Facebook. Simple minded fucks.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    PinkFloyd7, sorry, but that lake scene in ZODIAC

    by ColonelFatheart

    is about as scary as you can get in movies these days. And that scene was loads more frightening than that cheap shock scare in SEVEN.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by frozen01

    I love their rendition of "If You Could Read My Mind".

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Fro me, Fincher doesn't have to asnwer for ALIEN3 but for Benjamim Button. When in watched ALIEN3, i knew i was watching a movie from a really talented guy who was trying his best to do his own thing, and i couldn't wait to see more stuff from him. when i watched Benjamim button, i had to recheck to see if Ronnie Howard had directed that crap. To say that Benjamim Button disapointed me, you would hit it on the head. I still cna't beleive that Fincher made a movie that is nothing more then just Forest Gump Part II. Unbelievable!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Mattman does enjoy lots of things... good movies, for instance. How about you?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You like Scala? Alright!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I like turtles!

    by glonth1999

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Circle jerk!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    What I just realized...why oh why didn't Fincher

    by skimn

    direct Red Dragon? Fincher and Hannibal, a natural match..

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    For me, THX is Lucas' best

    by StarWarsRedux

    As for this movie itself, I'll give it a chance, but it still seems way too Brett Easton Ellis to me. Oh, pity the poor genius who went to Harvard and got rich, etc.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by grendel69

    Is great you fuckers. Fincher, The Coens,Malick, Aronofsky and PT Anderson... Ill see anything these guys do.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Thankfully, the public liked New Trek

    by RPLocke

    And there's 1,000 of hours of old Trek on DVD for you to enjoy.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Lifted from a post I made a couple of weeks ago

    by skimn

    I get what Harry is saying...Everyone seems to forget that Mr. Lucas just happened to direct a little film that started the nostalga craze, revived the career of Wolfman Jack (who outside of Cal knew of this dude?), basically created Happy Days, etc.etc.etc. Yes, THX is a fine film, although it has the pretentions of a student film with an added budget feel to it. Graffiti is a model of screenwriting, multiple characters we care about, economy of storytelling, brilliant low budget would be the last film Lucas made truly from his heart. Star Wars and its sequels would be his "golly gee what if?" films combined with the theories of Joseph Campbell and a mash up of popular genres. But Graffiti is his most personal film.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Shock horror, people will continue to like the new Trek

    by quantize

    despite AssholeLives tunnel vision

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I sort of, kind of, like, you know...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... want to slam Harry for his, you know, like, writing? But it' its harder than, then you might think when your, you're not sure what their, there, they're, opinion of your criticism might mite be. And they can be vicious to too two...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST


    by Skyway Moaters

    ... edit function please...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    C'mon bad_ashe...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Don't you ever just give in to being a cultural lemming?Ever let yourself go with the hip pop culture vibe of the moment? No? Maybe that's why you feel so, isolated, so lonely? <p> Who knows? you might LOVE it! Hell, it might be, THE BEST FUCKING MOVIE YOU EVER SAW!!!. Naah, carry on....

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Is SOCIAL NETWORK an epic "social commentary" movie?

    by BadWaldosRevenge ZODIAC is an epic true crime film, albeit focused on procedural. Fincher recovers from the massive and utter contrived shit that is Ben Button. Interesting experiment with visual effects, wrong film choice for Fincher, with a preposterous and ham-fisted script. SOCIAL NETWORK might finally garner Fincher and co some Oscar recognition. I honestly thought ZODIAC was robbed -- no Oscar nomination, not one. <p> Or maybe old geezers continue to be aversive to Internet, for understandable reasons. It's all about connectivity in the real world, which old geezers love to maintain sanity in their lives. I trolled some idiot dude's Facebook page left unlogged on a library computer a few weeks ago, vandalizing it with offensive and defamatory comments and Che "I love mass executions and want Americans nuked to usher in the rise of socialism!" Guevara quotes. I still don't have FB profile of my own for reason of privacy -- not to mention a waste of time. Hopefully Fincher chooses scripts wisely after the pretentious, lethargically written mistake that is Ben Button adaptation.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Y'know, it just hit me what a sneaky/brilliant thing Abrams did.

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Having the last TREK movie simply named "STAR TREK", so it's nearly impossible to identify the movie in conversation without calling it "Abram's TREK". You can try and call it "TREK '09", but that just sounds like you're saying "TREK IX"...<p> In one fell swoop, he's permanently shoehorned his name into the title...something Rodenberry himself didn't do. It's sleazy but clever, in a Credit Default Swaps kind of way...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    For all the people who think this is about a "fad":

    by ColonelFatheart

    From Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Charlie Rose tonight: <p>"There's such an overwhelming amount of information now, we can search where you are, see what you're looking at if you take a picture with your camera. One way to think about this is, we're trying to make people better people, literally give them better ideas—augmenting their experience. Think of it as augmented humanity." <p>

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    "Augmented humanity"

    by ColonelFatheart

    Think about that. That's how the CEO of the biggest Internet company in the world classifies the future of human communication. Facebook is a part of this, and Google sees it as competition. <p>This is not only a timely movie, but it could damn well be a prophetic, timeless vision too. I hope so.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Another telling quote from Schmidt (same article):

    by ColonelFatheart

    "At the moment, the two companies coexist quite well. But social networking is important, and Facebook is a consequential company. The more we know about what your friends do, with your permission—and I need to say that about 500 times—we can use that to improve the experience of getting information you care about. We're actually building social information into all our products."

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    THX 1138 is Lucas best movie. People often mistake most popular with best, you know what i mean?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    And I should clarify that "I hope so" in that the movie

    by ColonelFatheart

    is a great one ... not I'm looking forward to any specific kind of society.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Good for you.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Yeah, but many do that depreciatively. STINO can only be said so many times until it gets tiring.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    As for SOCIAL NETWORK, I suspect it's not the story I want...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Which is about how the most powerful nation in history has been reduced to a whiny assemblage of attention whores jockeying for "friends" while their empire collapses in a pile of debt and banking scams around them.<p> Kind of like a FIGHT CLUB II...Tyler Durden would've found a way to jam Facebook HQ...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I was trying to be funny Fatheart...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Ever notice how much your screen name evokes "Colonel Fart"? You know, like, I mean, kind of, like sort of like, there their they're going to do this rather than then that... its it's inevitable you know? Kind of like, sort of...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Fincher + Sorkin

    by WeylandYutani

    = Potential Gold

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Dude, Waldo, U R so: BAAAAD...

    by Skyway Moaters

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Im sorry.....

    by benlinus

    but to that earlier post I HAVE to put PT Anderson WAY above Fincher...Its so cliche to refer to PT as this genrations Kubrick, but its true, toally true, everything PT has done has been a masterwork, even Punch Drunk Love, TWBB is one of the best movies Ive ever seen, and Boogie Nights Ive probably seen 50 times, his use uf colors, framing of shots, wide angle lenses, etc....hes so on a different level than Fincher its not even funny. Its amazing to see Hard Eight and then watch TWBB and see how much PT has matured as a director...ok, im done jacking off....

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    U R Wrong Asi, as usual (not really)...

    by Skyway Moaters

    We're totally in agreement about Gilliam and Bridges. and many other things, whether you realize it or not. But, the best movie Lucas "directed" is "Ameican Grafitti" hands down. Not THX 1138. <p> How do you feel about... "The Simpsons"? "South Park"? "Doctor Who"? "King of the Hill"? "BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD"???!!!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by WeylandYutani

    Ya Clayton is a terrific film and it almost seems like it's from another era. <P> I remember watching that last shot of Clooney getting into the NY cab and thinking "ya know, it would be awesome if they just held the shot and let the camera roll." It was the right and most satisfying thing to do. I remember thinking "Wow... they actually had the balls to do that." <P> Michael Clayton became an instant favourite for me.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    More thoughts on the use of "kind of"

    by shiekybaby

    as I've had more time to fully digest Harry's use of "kind of", I have come to the conclusion that it is not just lazy writing, but is actually a sign of a loss of conviction, or passion, for this business. Kind of is a completely safe cop out. It's a way to say something about a movie and not really say it. "I cant believe you said that movie was a breathtaking masterpiece, i thought it was average..." ... "noooo i said it was KIND of a breathtaking masterpiece!!" . See? It's a completely bullshit phrase and quite frankly it is a fucking offense to every single intelligent movie fan, the life blood of this site. We respect reviews that we disagree with, but we dont respect being patronized with glorified adds, designed to pander to Hollywood while appeasing the lowly readers. Grow some balls and respect the position you have here.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Got to agree Yutani...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... while it's ever so hip for fanboys to dis films like "Michael Clayton" eventually, in 15 or 20 years, the cream inevitably rises to the top: "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter", "Heaven Can Wait" "Ed Wood", "Phantom of the Paradise", etc. etc. etc....

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Does Harry get fucking drunk right before he starts typing?

    by Ironhelix

    I can't read half of anything that he writes. It's fucking gibberish.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Harry, you need to go to some AA meetings

    by RPLocke


  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    im loving this thread....

    by benlinus

    I really am.....this is good stuff...of course im on my 2nd segrams and Tonic

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Can't forgive Fincher

    by Hipshot

    for Alien3. The autopsy on Newt was simply bullshit. Remember about twenty minutes later when they used a floroscope to look into Ripley and see the alien? Why didn't they do that with Newt? Only one reason: to horrify the audience by ripping open a little girl. Fuck Fincher.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    This is a pisspoor fucking example of "writing"

    by D.Vader

    Seriously Harry. I am deeply embarrassed to say I've read you since I was 15 and that I once looked up to you.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters

    by WeylandYutani

    You'll never believe this, but I just saw The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter about a week ago for the first time. somehow I never had the opportunity to see it before. <P> A fantastic piece of late 60s cinema.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I still don't know what this movie is about

    by animas

    some website? how is that a plot?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    I don't want to come across...

    by CT1

    As defending Harry, but he is writing these things using an iPad.. although all the bullshit like "kind of" and shit is definitely spot on, and the other grammatical errors.. actually, you know what, you're right, Harry you big babybrain. I'd like to keep the belief alive that at some point he'll get his shit together, but he seems to just keep falling down into the abyss of just not giving a fuck except for the "pwesents" he gets from keeping this thing up, so.. maybe I'm just an idealist.<p><p>Out of breath raspy modulated growl: "Sometimes... people deserve.. to have their faith.. rewarded.."

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    As if real-life Facebook weren't enough

    by IronEagle74

    Now we have a movie all about it. This world is far too addicted to technology and it'll be our ruin, no kidding. I'm not anti-technology, but we're losing ourselves in a fantasy internet world and we're withdrawing from real human contact because of it. As someone joked yesterday when Facebook had an outage, productivity in the workplace went up. Scary stuff.....

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    It sounds like a serious Secret of My Success

    by RPLocke

    I wonder why they never did a sequel to that? It was a Wall Street movie before they did a Wall Street movie!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    Did you ever think this movie is as much a critique of Facebook as it is anything else?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    There is no Toy Stor 3 hate

    by slone13

    Just that dumb fuck Flip63 asshole trying to stand out in the crowd.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Writing on an iPad or whatever is no excuse

    by seteger

    Everyone makes mistakes, I get it. No one's perfect. But something resembling following English is still required to make basic sense and maintain some respectability. Pride and the desire to be understood should be enough for a little proofreading. Harry, try reading your own words OUT LOUD before you post them next time. Seriously. We actually WANT to understand and respect you.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Patrick Bateman fucking weeps.

    by Julius Dithers

    And the Reluctant Austinite's posting wins this TB forum.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST

    so many gems

    by cocolopez

    You really have to read this review multiple times just for the sheer stupidity of it. I like this chestnut that I missed the first time- "People being very thankful and aggressively pleasant about thanking me for hosting the event." Aggressively pleasant. lol. Such gold, such strands of gold. Almost sounds like it makes sense- almost. I'm really wondering how much longer the talkbacks will be featured here now that it feels like more than 50% of the talkbackers rightfully abuse Harry for being a grand fool. It's fair to say at this point that the talkbacks are doing him more harm than good. The catch though is that once the talkbacks are gone- so will be most of the talkbackers. It's really one of the few things left this place has to offer. What else have we got? Some moronic baby spouting about his many gifts and "friends" and how he's seen more movies than me or you- and how the first time he saw Colossal Space Dump 12 he remembers what he was wearing and the look of joy in his father's eye and how he jizzed in his pants for the umpteenth time. The guy's a major clown- the only one that could fit in the clown car- the one always getting stuck trying to get out. His dvd column is rarely on time and when it is it's all major bullshit- how he was kinda sorta in love with this movie and how it absurdly changed his life- rarely any mention of the disc and its features- just garbage. The few good reviewers look insanely out of place in this juvenile jester's court- and most of the news is old and to be found at better sites. See that ship in the distance Harry? It's your ship and it's long sailed. Sayonara you fucking imbecile.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Hipshot... sorry to be anal but....

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    cholera is a death by dehydration. A cursory autopsy would be an easy enough way to discover this.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters

    by AsimovLives

    I'm not going to discuss about somebody who thinks American Graffith is Lucas best movie, because i can really understand why you think so. But i'm a hardcore SF fan, one of those who don«'t think that Sw is the beginign and ending of the genre, and in many ways, THX 1138 is a perfect movie for what it intended to tell and how it told. I find THX endelessly fascinating, and i'm evne in awe the movie exists and was made as it was. And it has my all time favorite car chase scene ever.<br><br>What i think of...<br>Doctor Who: I have only seen part of season 5 with Matt Smith as the doctor, but i'm really liking it. It's amazing that after 40 years of the show,they can still bring new stuff and new sotries and new angles for the doctor. And Karen Gillam is just delicious.<br>South Park: hillarious. But they should start to ease on the preaching. Libertarianism is a terrible ideology to be used as a basis for preaching rightousness.<br>"King of the Hill": never saw it.<br>BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD: Well, Picard likes it a lot, so it must not be too bad.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    As much a I worship Fincher

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Button put me to sleep. <p> I actually found it a struggle. It disturbed me and made me feel stupid. With all the comparison's it had to Gump(being touted as the superior, left-wing version had me interested) I was expecting nothing less than a classic. <p> Gump, as entertainment and as a fulfilling emotional journey wraps metaphorical fucking rings around Benjamin Button. <p> Look, I'm an Aussie and usually cringe at the uber-patriotism of any country, and yes, Gump is manipulative as fuck. Who cares. Great fuckin movie. <p> "What are ya twins?" <p> "No sir, we are not related."

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives... THX is Lucas's best film

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Both Star Wars and Graffiti are more fun but THX is quite it's own little beast. The whole film MOVES like The Road Warrior. Thank fuck ol' Georgie left this one alone.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Actually, he didn't.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST

    You Suck Harry

    by RabbitPuncher

    Star Wars is Lucas Best film. And for those douchebags that keep on mentioning THX, stop trying to be different and cool by choosing something so obscure, poseurs.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Whatchoo talkin 'bout asimov?

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    The Director's Cut? Damn, forgot the Director's Cut. I feel like Jerry Seinfeld... "Skin Cancer!"

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    RabbitPuncher.. It's called personal taste asshole.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Asimov, agreed on THX

    by MattmanReturns

    One of the most criminally underrated movies of all time.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    And the THX director's cut was actually good

    by MattmanReturns

    The enhanced, extended scenes helped link certain scenes together. It felt less choppy. Lucas has given post-film-tampering a bad name with Star Wars, but it can be done tastefully. The most perfect version of Blade Runner was The Final Cut.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    MattmanReturns, agreed on BladeRunner

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    The Final Cut trumps all.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 5:30 a.m. CST

    THX 1138: Great movie

    by Rocco Curioso

    Lucas's finest effort, if only from an aesthetic POV. It bridges the gap between "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Logan's Run" (wrap your heads around that one).<P>Thanks for the tip about "Blade Runner: The Final Cut", btw. Bought it on DVD quite some time ago; still haven't found the proper existential moment to actually watch it. Good hallucinogens are so hard to find these days.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Blade Runner's Final Cut is an improvement on all other rpevious versions. But on THX i have to disagree, i prefer the original "rought" version. Lucas's last cut robbed it of some of it's ambiguity, and that is one of the things that makes me love THX 1138, the ambiguity and the hidden nuances. Many people claim that soem movies need multiple vieweing to notice the detaisl and the background info to udnerstand the universe they are se tin, but in THX 1138 its no lip service, it's actually like that. And i think the last cut made more explecit what was already in the movie but had the added fun factor of discovering whenever you rewatched it. I think Lucas always underestimated his own THX movie, specially the way people see it. His movie is an hardcore SF movie, it was never going to be a mainstream darling, no matter how many times he recuts it for "clarity".

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Rocco Curioso

    by AsimovLives

    If you want to find the right existencial moment to rewatch BLADE RUNNER, in it's Final Cut version, well, i have the solution for you: watch the making off first. After you see it, then you will feel a urge to watch the movie. And be even more blown away by what you see onscreen. Just do that.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST


    by Rocco Curioso

    Point taken, sir... I will do exactly that. I only thank The Maker (not Tyrell, but the *real* maker, whoever he/she/it is) that no one in the vast Hollywood wasteland ever thought to desecrate the original "Blade Runner" with a sequel or a remake.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST

    if you look at the

    by Seph_J

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Rocco Curioso

    by AsimovLives

    "that no one in the vast Hollywood wasteland ever thought to desecrate the original "Blade Runner" with a sequel or a remake"<br><br>It's all a matter of time.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    In the making of documentary of Blade Runner...

    by AsimovLives

    ... there's a very funny moment when James Edward Olmos is talking and he mistakes and calls the replicants cylons. What's even mroe funny is that the makers of the documentary decided tl left that in, instead of going for,s ay, another take or something. I found that very funny and amusing. Olmos is great.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Get real, dude. We don't think that THX 1138 is a better movie because it's cool to say so. We say this because we really believe that. I havethis opinion about THX since the first time i saw it. THX blew my mind away. Star Wars didn't. I did actually saw both at about the same time in my life, i was about 16, and even at that age, THX worked much better for me then SW. I'm a really hardcore fan of SF, and as such, THX 1138 is an heaven-sent. THX 1138 is hardcore SF, and if you were a true Sf fan you would know this. SW is popular and easy to like and shit, but it's hardly SF, more of a fantasy genre with space stuff thrown in. I don't say this to berate Star Wars. There's lots of it to enjoy and admire. But it's THX 1138 that blows my mind and completly satisfies me as a SF fan. For a hardcore SF fan, this is a no-brainer. So easy on your assuptions. We who love THX 1138 and rightly proclaim it to be Lucas's best movie, we really mean this for real, it's not some "kewl fashion" statement bullshit. Even the implication is fucking insulting like hell.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I seriously disliked FOREST GUMP. The movie looks like a recruiting material for the George Dumbya Bush GOP. Inm hindsight, it's no suprise that Bush got so well liekd in USA, there was precedent in the sucess of the FOREST GUMP movie, a movie that sings the praises of mental retardness as a great thing. The movie paved the way for Georgie Dumbya Bushie.<br><br>I fucking hate that movie. I fucking hate that retard piece of shit. And as if it wa snot enough, then Zemeckis cesided to take a shit on Carl Sagan and make CONTACT a complete travestry of Sagan's book. And then he made those creepy zombie cartoon CGi mvoies, the worst and most insulting being BEOWULF. When i compare Zemeckis today with Michelle Bay, i'm not kidding.<br><br>I also dislike BENJAMIM BUTTON a lot too. But here's the thing, at least, problematic and bad as it is, i cna tell the filmmaker who made that movie has a brain. I can't tell that about Zemeckis's movies anymore, not after his Back To The Future trilogy. I'll willd efend WHAT LIES BENETH adn CASTAWAY because those movies are technical marvels and masterpieces of slow pacing editing, but all else Zemeckis's movies have become dumber and dumber and stupidier and stupidier, and he can go fuck himself up in his fucking ass. Fuck Zemeckis, man! Fuck him!

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Wow Asi, that's some beef with Zemeckis...

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I get why people hate on Gump, as I said it's extremely manipulative and cloying in it's patriotism. Yet I think what truly makes it work is Hanks. The guy is a freak. <p> Also Asimov, Castaway is a fucking amazing achievement and I agree about his failed motion capture 'experiments'. I don't know about comparing him to Bay, however, as it seems as if Zemeckis does still care. The only thing Bay cares about is getting the next 2 second shot so he can run to his trailer and do some more blow from the hollowed out skull of Ed Wood.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Damn that should have been Don Simpsons skull

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    fuckin perfect fuckin joke down the gurgler....

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Olmos called replicants "cylons"? (@AsimovLives)

    by Rocco Curioso

    Classic Freudian slip... that is FUBAR funny. Glad it was left in. New day/same shit, Edward St. James. Get your DVD commentaries straight, amigo.<P>And yes, "Forrest Gump" is a fucking travesty beyond redemption. Fincher took a perfectly good short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and tried to bastardize it into "Forrest: The Early Years", and I am very happy that the Academy held out all them Golden Twinkies within his grasp, then made 'em disappear. I love both "Seven" and "Fight Club", but will never forgive him for that enormous bit of pandering.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Excuse me

    by Rocco Curioso

    Got my synapses crossed:<P>"Forrest Gump", which blew dog, was not worthy of ANY accolade, past or present.<P>"Benjamin Button" was rightly denied any similar accolades, and sucked equally, if not more.<P>There... now I have closure.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Whats with the Gump Hate?

    by benlinus

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I hate Lucas

    by cocolopez

    and yet I love THX 1138- it's a powerful film, mature and bleak- and George's touchups somehow actually improved on it- unlike his horrific changes to SWOT. I loathe SW- not because it has its legions of apologist fans- though that certainly doesn't help its cause. I hate Lucas because I know somewhere in there lies a great filmmaker- he's just buried in so much ego and money. Honestly for Lucas to become great again he's got to ditch his horrendous overblown use of CGI and he has to get down and dirty again with a shoe string budget AND he has to go back to making films for adults- but I just don't see it happening.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    Anyone who has a bluray player and doesn't own the Blade Runner set with all of the versions of the film should have their bluray players taken from them on principle

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    and then burned while they watch.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    You've seen it twice now?!? How?!?

    by WolfmanNards

    It's official. Harry's better than us. He's seen a movie twice and it hasn't even been released yet.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Rocco Curioso

    by AsimovLives

    You will love the making of, man. The amount of research that went to it, and how much there is to tell about the making of the movie and it's impact is just stagering. You will see good well liked filmamkers like Guilhermo Del toro and Frank Darabont going all geek nerd on the movie. Darabont in particular is very incisive and intleigent in his coments, you will love the stuff he has to say.<br><br>If you have the 5 disk edition like i do, there is one small doc-like feature which is caled "Deck-A-Rep" and it's about different well known filmamkers interpretations of if Deckard is a replicant or not. and yes, this guys are as passionate about their opiniosna bout this subject as we civilains are. Darabont in particular is total adamant that Deckard is human and you can even hint at how infurating it is to him the notion of Deckard as a replicant. Harrison Ford also thinks likewise. And then there's those who love and embrace the notion of Deckard as Replicant (one of those being, of course, Ridley Scott). And then there's guys like Del Toro who just embrace the mystery and pray there will never be an answer. Good stuff.<br><br>By the way Darabont loves THX 1138 too, and he and Steven Spielberg thinks it's Lucas's best movie. Darabont looks like my kinda guy. I'd buy the guy a beer in an heartbeat.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Eric Schmidt?

    by The McPoyle Clan

    He's not in the same class as someone like Jeff Zucker, but he's definitely one of those CEOs in the "right place, right time" scenarios. A visionary he ain't.<br><br>And for all its bluster about improving humanity and no doing evil, Google is in reality a massive advertising and data mining company that uses information to the honey to attract user bees.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Corrected version because AICN is stuck in the 80s

    by The McPoyle Clan

    He's not in the same class as someone like Jeff Zucker, but he's definitely one of those CEOs in the who fell into a "right place, right time" scenario. A visionary he ain't.<p><p> And for all its bluster about improving humanity and not doing evil, Google is in reality a massive advertising and data mining company that uses information as the honey to attract user bees.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Go Ahead Harry, Stroke Fincher's Balls

    by ass clown

    I only have one word for Harry... Inception. That was it, that was the last draw. I will never, ever, take this man seriously again. Want more proof, just ask Harry about Attack of the Clones

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    " It perfectly encapsulates a life changing evening for a group

    by zacdilone

    ...that led them from the portal of personal independent freedom, and in which direction they were mutually going to set out upon." Wow, Harry, wow. I can't even tell if this is you not even trying, or trying too hard.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    One of the most poorly written reviews...

    by LoneGun

    ...I've ever seen anywhere. I read through to the end of this merely out of sheer amazement and fascination. It's impossible to take this gibberish seriously.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    facebook only became famous because of myspace

    by DioxholsterReturns

    myspace became infested with pervs so naturally facebook won

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    From what i gather about this movie...

    by AsimovLives

    ... the twat that invented Facebook, he better get used and get hooked on hooker,s because he will never ever get love from a normal woman ever again til the day he dies. The movie is going to make him famous, but not for the reasons he would wish.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Black Swan IS the film of the year. THAT SAID...

    by TheDark0Knight

    I'm very much looking forward to seeing The Social Network. I can assure you though, there's no way in hell that TSN is better then the masterwork that is Black Swan. It's There Will Be Blood good.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    MySpace may have been infested with pervs....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ....but facebook is infested with stalkers.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    McPoyle Clan

    by ColonelFatheart

    True, Schmidt is no visionary in the sense that Google's founders were, but he is the mouthpiece for that company and its philosophy, which you illuminate so astutely in your post. If Schmidt's on TV saying it, then The Company believes it. And the fact that he and The Company are so frank about it is chilling.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    Seriously, man. I've read and corrected remedial English essays that were better than this.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    "facebook only became famous because of myspace"<p> Too true. Like all things personal computer, yet another case of the winner stealing all the credit...

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I made the mistake recently

    by BlaGyver

    Of making the first time I watched Blade Runner the day after I had my wisdom teeth removed. I was actually feeling fine, just tired....watched the original cut and fell asleep for about half an hour in the middle. Couldn't believe it. I have the four disc set with the four different cuts, been looking for the right time to give it another shot. Also really need to pop in that Seven Samurai Criterion Collection...

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Just like the entire career of Jar Jar Abrams, then.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You watched BLADE RUNNER while still under the influence and hunged-over of heavy anestetics? What were you thinking? Of course you fell asleep, but that's not even BLADE RUNNER's fault, any movie would do the trick.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Jesse Eisenberg again plays....

    by TheHumanBurrito

    ...."the guy you get when you can't get Michael Cera". Solid performance but the Q&A afterwards solidified that just as Michael Cera isn't an actor but is a guy who shows up as himself and reads lines, Jesse Eisenberg isn't just an actor you get when you can't get Michael Cera but he's in the same "I'm not acting, I'm just being myself reading lines" boat.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Blade Runner Zzzzzzzzzzz

    by IndianaPeach

    I always throw on Blade Runner when I come home the time the Vangelis score ramps up i'm zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Mark Zuckerberg is an asshole

    by MattmanReturns

    who can't even grasp the most basic concept of privacy. Facebook's privacy controls are a fucking joke. Why would I want to watch a movie about a douche who makes millions because he can't get laid?

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Blade Runner is a good move

    by RPLocke

    to fall asleep too.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by follyway

    Your picking up on the "aggressivly pleasant" is spot on. I had attended events with Harry before but I had only ever seen him from afar. On tuesday I was there a couple of hours early as was Harry hanging out in the lobby 10 feet away. Harry spent literally 3-4 just looking at his iPad which is fine we were all trying to waste time on laptop, reading books etc. But after about 2 hours of this we were up to about 15-20 people in the lobby and no one had so much as said hi to Harry unless they worked there and knew him. So about 3:30 this really excited guy comes in and makes a beeline for Harry and just starts spewing his excitement about how much he loves and reads Harry, how brilliant Fincher is, how Reznor is the coolest guy ever and how thankful he is to Harry for the opportunity of being there. Not only did Harry not look up from his iPad and make eye contact with this "fan" but he waved him off whil still looking down until the guy finally said "ok, well I wont bother you anymore thanks". At this moment I lost all respect I had ever had for Harry. He wasn't having Easter brunch with his family, he was "at work" waiting 4 hours in a fucking lobby and one fan is too much of a bother? I always tried to defend Harry about his writing and unreliability etc because he wasn't successful because he was a quality journalist or even professinal but he was more like the mascot of movie geekdom. Tuesday changed that for me though. Harry is living a movie geek's dream life because of luck, he was there at the right place and right time. He is a perfect example of someone who was born on third and thinks they hit a triple.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Watching movies isn't work.

    by RPLocke

    All movies start to blend together when you see 10 or so a day.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I fell asleep reading this site

    by Dark Knight Lite

    The AICN I saw in my head was a much cooler thing than the website that Knowles has actually given us.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    There should be a Bang Bus movie

    by F-18

    Not about the origin of the site, just a two hour movie of women getting fucked in the back of a van.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Hail, the Return of Cocolopez!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    A semi-legendary troll from a much more entertaining and happier era here at AICN.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    I know American Graffiti, The Social Network is no American Graf

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Harry is a fag both times he has seen this movie....

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    because this movie is for fags. Scott Pilgrim was for fags and this is for are all fags....and faggots

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    TheHumanBurrito...he's playing the Nerdy Jewish Kid role

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    very common hollywood stereotype....and you are full of my sperm....a sperm burrito

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    wow, now I feel sad . . .

    by seteger

    . . . after what follyway posted. Assuming it's true, of course, but it sure sounds credible from what Harry's given us.<br> I mean, if you can't be competent at the basics of your job, at least be respectful for your people. Everyone knows this site stopped being "cool" and "news" gathering a long time ago. All it really has is a hilarious group of talkbackers. Let's not alienate the fans and the language police at the same time.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    George loves Lucas's movies. Esp American Graffiti

    by D.Vader

    Thats what I got out of the first paragraph. Some guy named George likes Lucas's movie.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    trailer looks good


    thats all i got

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Star Wars was George's best

    by RPLocke

    No one saw THX, and Graffiti was dull.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    follyway just confirmed what I had always known.....

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    That Harry is a fat Ginger cunt. Sure, I've been coming here for years....but not because I like Harry or any of his other Homo writers or their hyping of shitty movies like Scott Pilgrim. I come here to Troll and to spread a good sociopath. But I've always known that Harry was a rude worthless out of shape bag of cat shit. I take pleasure knowing that his fat ass won't live to see 50. Fuck you Harry....hope ya die soon :)

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    "AMERICAN GRAFITTI. Arguably George’s best and most completely s

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Harry, I wish that cart had run over your head and not your back

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Harry needs a proofreader

    by fuzzy_dunlop

    these seem to be getting worse

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    fuzzy_dunlop... nah Harry's just getting lazier...

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    As impossible as that sounds. It's like saying Brett Ratner is getting hackier...

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    harry doesnt respect his fans because...

    by DioxholsterReturns

    ...his fans are a bunch of retards and he knows it. hahaha

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

    I was kinda blown away by this review

    by AsimovLives

    Only Harry knows what that means.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Fincher + Reznor = movie gold

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    they could show me a blank screen for two hours and I'd still love it!

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST


    by FleshMachine

    I'll give you malick..the rest, while generally being good film haven't made an important film in many years...and eastwood?? please.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by BandysTract

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen THX since it was released

    by skimn

    so maybe I need to revisit it, but as I said earlier, it has the pretentions of a blown up student film, which it was. A cold, emotionless society? Lets film major portions of it with a pure white background. Lets make it a police state where the police are actual machines that are prone to breakdown. Oh, and love a crime? So we have to have the main protaganist break those rules by, oh my gosh!, loving a woman. It just seems so obvious. Don't get me wrong. I think its a fine film. Just not Lucas' best.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Eisenberg = hack

    by mintoncard

    It's too bad Eisneberg is in this. I wanted to see it. This will be my first Fincher film I refuse to see. All due to bad casting. Oh well.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by Anthrax

    "...Which is about how the most powerful nation in history has been reduced to a whiny assemblage of attention whores jockeying for "friends" while their empire collapses in a pile of debt and banking scams around them. Kind of like a FIGHT CLUB II...Tyler Durden would've found a way to jam Facebook HQ..." <br> Quite true indeed. I'll reserve a final judgement for when I see it, but this film seems like a missed opportunity. Feels like instead of something poignant, we're getting a story about some whiny, self-important, uninteresting college kids.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Sharktopus is the best movie of the year...

    by theguilty1

    Inception was fucking boring.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    "The character of 'Mark Zuckerberg' in Sorkin’s script in

    by thegreatwhatzit

    David Fincher’s movie containing Jesse Eixenberg’s hypnotic performance..." Harry, who tutored you in jounalism? Ernest T. Bass? Forrest Tucker? Would this incoherent rave have anything to do with the annoying SOCIAL NETWORK ad, posted on this site, which bleeds into the home page? Let's pair this movie with your other face, THE LAST EXORCISM.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    After this film

    by Shubniggorath

    Fincher will have to answer for Farmville.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    This movie looks awesome

    by AshokForgiven

    Trailer rocks.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    you've got to be fucking kidding.

    by VonThunderballs

    one, it has michael cera in it. two, it's about the creation of facebook. two negatives don't equal a positive here.

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Harry- you're ridiculous


    <p>This film is NOT life changing. It's at best a decent biopic of a truly self-absorbed intellectual property stealing borderline autistic asshole - and ya, that can be amusing. But life changing? Every movie you see is now "the greatest" or the "the worst". You've become pure Id and Hyperbole. </p> <p>Harry, YOU MAKE ME WANNA SMOKE!</p>

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Question: If this ends up being the highest reviewed...

    by RedJester

    film of the year as well as garnering best picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes this year, will you still refuse to see it?

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Froduss

    You should always do a quick grammar check before calling someone illiterate.

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    GET AN EDITOR!!!!!!

    by brattyben

    JEEZUS, Harry! That second paragraph is just atrocious! Sentence fragments, dashes in the middle of sentences that have no business being there. Seriously, it's really effin' annoying to know that you RUN THIS SITE, but, you can't write for shit. I love your enthusiasm, but, I don't want to be able to actually understand your ideas. Clean up your act, man! You're supposed to be a professional. Otherwise, great review.

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    That should read

    by brattyben

    I WANT to be able to understand, yada yada yada.

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Sorry still not falling for it... It's "the Facebook movie"

    by andrew coleman

    This movie actually shows what is wrong with people right now. Everyone wants to be a super rich dick bag. The people behind Facebook are fucking assholes who are now billionaires. How in the fuck is this movie life changing? Oh he's a rich prick who goes to Harvard, steals an idea and hacks a computer system, befriends the Napster ass hole and gets rich... Wow how inspirational! Fuck that. I'm sure this movie will make like $100 million dollars and win Globes and Oscars. I'm not falling for it. I know what this movie is, a fucking cash grab that is hiding behind style. It's pathetic that reviewers are coming out and comparing it to classics. Sure fucking tweens and morons will think this is a classic but thank fully a year from now people won't even fucking remember this movie came out. Fuck this movie. Rather go see the Owl flick. At least that movie isn't hiding what it really is.

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    It's not meant to be inspirational spectrebitch...

    by RedJester

    It's unfathomable to me how it's taking everybody this long to figure that out. (Back to my initial point) It's meant to show you that a saint can't strike it Megarich. In short, you have to be willing to do everything short of murder if you want to be a member of the billionaires club.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    This is OMG

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  • Sept. 28, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Catfish was hardling the indie darling they wanted it to be.

    by knowthyself

    People don't want to watch movies about shit they use on the internet every day.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Re: Spectre

    by SK229

    That's kind of the point, though, isn't it? It's more of a cautionary tale about what the need for acceptance and to climb the financial ladder in this country does to people, especially when they also happen to be a sociopath. Honestly, I think that's always one of the most interesting stories to tell, because it runs the gamut of human emotion AND endeavor, almost like a good war movie. What people don't seem to get is that Facebook is just a widget... it could be about the founder of Wal-Mart, the inventor of the slap bracelet, who the hell cares? What's important is to show the way that people will fuck one another over to get ahead and to show just how obsessed many in this country are with status and wealth. But what's REALLY scary is that we're not entering a time where you're going to see many more spontaneous millionaires and billionaires because so many are lacking now and it's either figure out a way to get VERY rich or be poor. There's no middle anymore. Out of that desperation will come some great success stories as well as massive failures but I think we're going to see an awful lot of people swinging for the fences in the next ten years because there's pretty much no other way to afford living a decent lifestyle in this country anymore with depressed wages and opportunities combined with the fact that the country is going broke and can't afford all the entitlements so taxes will continue to rise... and all of it is only going to get worse. Get rich or die trying, indeed.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I eat three drops of liquid acid once a week

    by Joely_Boy

    funny you say that Harry

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Wall Street: money never sleeps

    by Powerring

    Ate a full bag of shit. It was so bad, I can still taste it. I hope social network is good, there have been too many fucking rotten-to-the-core half-assed movies released this time of year. (That goes for Romeros latest pathetic joke POS "Survival of the franchise") I will settle for ANY good movie of ANY genre at this point.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Ninety (90) days, it is, gentlemen!!!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    I'm gonna repost this in a few other talkbacks. Please be kind enough to help me out. In honor of D.Vader and in response to Harry Knowles's email in which Harry threatened to permanently ban D. Vader if **WE** became annoying in our protests ("Chris will have a 90 day ban, unless he and his friends get annoying, in which case his ban will become perm.") Ain't it cool, guys? Threatening to ban someone for a protest initiated by OTHERS? And remember - this is from the fat liberal protest-worshiping toad himself! Guess "peace" and "love" and "power to the people" ain't exactly all that when it's directed at the capricious whims of you, your contributors and your site. For purposes of solidarity and protest, I'm taking Ain't It Cool out of my drop down menu, set my Outlook Reminder, and am avoiding this site for ninety (90) days - I'll return 12/28/10. If Vader's back, cool. If not, well, like others have said, there are plenty of OTHER sites to get this shit from. The one redeeming grace of this site has been the talkbacks and the people (smart, stupid, crazy, fun, insane, wild, angry people) in the talkbacks. But it looks like Harry et al. have decided to behave in a dictatorial and willfully impulsive manner, alienating many talkbackers. I'm done. See you in ninety!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Harry, chill it with the narcissism, seriously.

    by AmericanMovieFan

    I appreciate the fan perspective when it comes to reviews and i love me an inside scoop, so that's why i come to aintitcoolnews daily. but i can see right through your self-conscious need to silently but obviously rub it in our faces that you have a level of unfettered access to movies and movie news which us mere mortals do not. yes, it bothers me that your headline reads "'both times he's seen it" because that adds absolutely nothing to the review, it just reminds us that you are mister awesome, privy to all and we're a bunch of lowly geeks who will never be as cool as you and you have the duty of spoon feeding us. i'm not saying i don't like you- unlike most people on these boards, i don't pretend to hate you even though i frequent your site. on the contrary, i have lots of respect for you and what you've accomplished. however, i think your inflated ego about your type of fandom needs to be jettisoned. ultimately, you're a journalist. an internet journalist with no credentials but your own voracity for film, but still a journalist that gets a press pass and is able to set up film festivals and attend film festivals, etc. you're not really one of us in the end. so stop pretending to be. just do your job, bro.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Harry, chill it with the narcissism, seriously.

    by AmericanMovieFan

    I appreciate the fan perspective when it comes to reviews and i love me an inside scoop, so that's why i come to aintitcoolnews daily. but i can see right through your self-conscious need to silently but obviously rub it in our faces that you have a level of unfettered access to movies and movie news which us mere mortals do not. yes, it bothers me that your headline reads "'both times he's seen it" because that adds absolutely nothing to the review, it just reminds us that you are mister awesome, privy to all and we're a bunch of lowly geeks who will never be as cool as you and you have the duty of spoon feeding us. i'm not saying i don't like you- unlike most people on these boards, i don't pretend to hate you even though i frequent your site. on the contrary, i have lots of respect for you and what you've accomplished. however, i think your inflated ego about your type of fandom needs to be jettisoned. ultimately, you're a journalist. an internet journalist with no credentials but your own voracity for film, but still a journalist that gets a press pass and is able to set up film festivals and attend film festivals, etc. you're not really one of us in the end. so stop pretending to be. just do your job, bro.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    ....and sorry for the double post.

    by AmericanMovieFan


  • Sept. 29, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    It looks like my first prediction of this film came true!

    by RedJester

    Armond White is officially the first person to give this film a poor review lol... Too predictable!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    ...both times he SAW it

    by Jack Shepherd

    Really, Harry, learn how to write.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    this review kind of sucks. kind of.

    by EjkoUSC

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    D. Vader coming to his own defense via fake screen names?

    by EjkoUSC

    Never heard of the dude but doubt he's so profound so as to get 10 plus users to defend his honor. He must have some office job where he has access to multiple computer terminals at once and just blasts this ceaseless shit out.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    SORKIN deserves more credit than FINCHER

    by justanothermoviefan

    This movie is amazing because it was written by Aaron Sorkin. Period.

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Have you ever seen a FINCHER movie before???

    by RedJester

    He's not just "some director" he's David f*cking Fincher, man! Show some respect! I'd say it's fair to state that they deserve equal credit for how this film turned out. I'd also like to express how much joy it would bring me if these two continued their collaborations.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    So you decided that a giant pop up ad was how to sho your love

    by Rex Carsalot

    Thanks - I needed one more reason to NOT come here, besides the random banning and the studio hole sucking.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    "I am completely biased"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Um, yeah--because this site profits from advertising the film in the upper right-hand corner. Duh.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Fincher lost me after Fight Club.

    by knowthyself

    Panic Room, Benjamin Button, Social Network.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    87 Days of the AICN Boycott Left

    by James_Joyce

    D.Vader Reinstatement Countdown

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by Rex Carsalot

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Harry's real review of The Social Network.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    "David Fincher's cheque cleared, therefore, his velvety scrote will enter my waiting mouth. That said........."

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    My Social Network Review

    by follyway

    ht tp://

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by Virginia_Woolf

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Poor Harry

    by Mr. Marbles

    I always thought he was just filled with pizza and tacos, but now it seems like a combination of excess ego, hot air, and estrogen. It would be nice if we could believe every teary-eyed life changing event he describes, but it gets lost in the name dropping, self aggrandizement, and self promotion. Case in point-I care that he was at a private screening even less than I do about a film about Facebook. That kind of shit contributes nothing to a review. And even mentioning Citizen Kane in the same article as this film? Shame on you.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Terrific Movie

    by Hipshot

    About a man trying to heal the hole in his heart with his head. Beautiful. And the creator of Napster as the serpent in the garden? Brilliant. Maybe the best movie I've seen this year. Certainly the sharpest script.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Armond White--

    by Hipshot

    May, just may, be a very sly social satirist. He hates everything popular, referencing obscure films, and demands that every movie have a political or "spiritual" intent. I'm just not certain I'm supposed to take him totally seriously--it's more as if he's being a deliberate gadfly. Not dogmatic about this...just a possibility.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    The social network is the best film i've seen this year

    by AmericanMovieFan

    but harry is still a self-satisfied douche who needs to learn proper humility for his job.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    A made up movie about a web site? No Thanks.

    by TheApostle

    This movie is going to flop harder than Harry's tits when he sits down. Hey-oh!

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Turd Storm Weather Front Coming Through

    by gad

    When one of these Turd Storms come through you know millions of dollars have been spent to tell us how earth shattering and meaningful and wonderful and important some shitty movie is supposed to be. Fake forum posters telling you how it's the best film since Citizen Kane or even worse - people who've bought into the hype, fake reviews, fake buzz - all bought and paid for to try to convince you that that thing you smell is pretty flowers instead of the steamy pile that it really is. The gullible among you will move like Zombies to the Movie Theater, never mind you don't think it's something you would care to watch, you dummies who march to go see Oscar nominated movies as well cause some 'important' folks think you need to be educated and see yet another AIDS movie or another movie to tell you the Holocaust was horrible or how Aliens coming to earth is like Apartheid or Illegal Immigration. Heck, even on the Jim Rome radio show about SPORTS dude was interviewing someone about the movie and story now that was sad but another bit of evidence about why you need your mental umbrella when one of these Turd Storms comes through. Of course you have dudes like Harry who stand there when the crap is coming down like store bought Turkeys out in a Thunderstorm - mouths open and eyes at the thunder and noise - drowning in you know what, too dumb to know any better.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I doubt that Harry has seen CITIZEN KANE

    by thegreatwhatzit

    --unless it somehow wound-up on a double bill with FRIDAY THE 13TH-PART IV or V.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST




  • Oct. 3, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Harry- If the facts are completely wrong- would it be a bad movi

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    How important is FACTUAL TRUTH in a movie?

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Because I'd like to know- is this true or made-up by Sorkin?????

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    I'm curious - what do you know? Is the movie "right"??

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST


    by Rex Carsalot

    Jesus christ, will you just fucking COME OUT already? God, we all figured it out a million years ago, mary.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Gad... Oh Gad... You precious little fool.

    by Anthrax

    Yet another contrarian... When are people going to learn that fashionable non-conformity is about the lamest, most cowardly route one can take, and that sometimes, just sometimes, things become popular because they're actually good?

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST


    by ForgetfulPete

    n Friday, The Social Network was popular, though the box office wasn't quite atwitter with the Facebook drama, while two horror movies about scary children, Let Me In and Case 39, were ignored. Overall business was down from the same Friday last year when Zombieland debuted. The Social Network logged a solid estimated $8 million on approximately 3,800 screens at 2,771 locations. That was greater than Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps's $6.9 million launch last Friday, though it didn't score as highly as 21 among comparable titles. Let Me In nabbed an anemic estimated $1.9 million on around 2,200 screens at 2,021 locations, which was weak by vampire movie standards and even less than Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant from last October. Case 39 claimed a scant estimated $1.8 million at 2,211 locations, which was near the bottom of the supernatural horror subgenre and in the same range as The Haunting of Molly Hartley and The Return. The bears took Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps on its second Friday. The Wall Street sequel fell 53 percent to an estimated $3.3 million, lifting its total gross to $29 million in eight days. Holding well, The Town pulled in an estimated $3.1 million, down 37 percent. It lost more ground to The Departed, but has been a strong performer in its own right, grossing $57.4 million in 15 days. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole ranked fourth for the day but was close enough to The Town and Wall Street that it could rise to second place for the weekend. The computer-animated adventure drew an otherwise unremarkable estimated $2.6 million, off 43 percent for a soft $21.8 million in eight days. Comedies Easy A and You Again had relatively small dips, though their fortunes were far apart. Down 37 percent, Easy A made an estimated $2.3 million, increasing its sum to a good $37.7 million in 15 days. You Again was off 38 percent to an estimated $1.7 million for a poor $12.6 million tally in eight days.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 4:42 a.m. CST

    For Fuck's sake, this movie is making fun of the internet

    by Phantom Einstein

    Aaron Sorkin wrote it. Remember him? The guy who tried to post on TWoP and had fucking fans tell him what his own show was about? This is not a movie about a massive social watershed. This is a movie about how stupid the internet it. The sequel is "Origins: lolcats."

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Media Messiah: are you joking?????

    by Executor

    "I was playing my guitar, just the other day, messing around...and I was creating better material (than Trent Reznor)..." <p>Yeah, sure kid. And I was writing a screenplay the other day, messing around, and it was better than Aaron Sorkin.<p>And I was directing a...oh, you get it, douchebag.<p>Thanks for the laugh.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST

    And ForgetfulPete: are you kidding me? Bomb?

    by Executor

    Thanks for the cut and paste, but if your analysis is "bomb", I've got news for you: a 40 mil film that makes over half its prod. budget back on opening weekend with no stars...that's ok. <p>If you were offered a profit share in the movie, are you saying you'd turn it down because it's a bomb and is not going to make any money? <p>All said, it'll make double it's budget theatrically and have a life on DVD. <P>Apparently you're not an economics major.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    And D. Vader worshippers...

    by Executor

    You may think people are against you because you're nerds...but it's really because you're assholes.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    So blown away AICN has full screen ads for it

    by DigitalDong

    *cough* lube job *cough*

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Yes, a movie news site has ads for movies...

    by Executor

    Are you that surprised? What do you think the target demo for movie ads is? And what other ads should they get to market to you geeks...? Tampons? Potato chips? Use your brain, it's a business, and if the business dictates getting revenue from the same area that the website covers, so be it. Hollywood Reporter and Variety have ads from every studio, and they still cover reviews/news from those same studios in an unbiased fashion. It's how it's done. <p>So grow up with your movie ad whining. Or maybe they SHOULD get a tampon ad for you.<p>Thanks.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Arguably Harry's WORST review yet...

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    I make a habit to not read Harry's reviews in general, but being such a fan of The Social Network, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Instead of engaging a review, I'm engaging exposition and bullshit and self-importance that seems to be Harry Knowles of the past 5 years or so. <br><br>I love this film, and want to talk about this film, and discuss its complexities, but I see, from now on, Harry's poor excuses of movie reviews aren't a part of that equation any more.

  • Oct. 4, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST


    by justanothermoviefan

    I wish I could pay someone to post this after every review of Harry's. Listen up. He LOVED Godzilla. Now, I'm sure he empathized w/ Godzilla. But Harry is a fucking joke in Hollywood. He is a true joke. Pay him enough money, promise him a heart surgery, he'll give you a positive review. Honestly. Please explain you fat fuck how you could've given Godzilla a positive review. Fuck off fatman

  • Oct. 4, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Where's Harry review ?

    by theplant

    I'm still waiting ? !

  • Oct. 4, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Harry loved THE LAST EXORCISM

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Five positive talkbacks devoted to an already forgotten turd.

  • Oct. 4, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Haha, I had already forgotten Last Exorcism

    by MattmanReturns

    The one that Harry insisted had a brilliant ending, and anybody who didn't like it simply "didn't understand"? I love when Harry Knowles, typo king and grammatical retard, attempts mental superiority.

  • Oct. 4, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    For the record, Social Network was actually a good movie

    by MattmanReturns

    Despite the mundane subject matter, Fincher made a really good film. And that's the test of any great director... taking something boring and making it interesting. Hats off to Mr. Fincher for that.

  • Oct. 4, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    It's clear Harry had no idea WHY Social Network was good

    by MattmanReturns

    Harry fumbles with wordplay like a cat trying to catch its tail.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Harry's 'eureka' = AICN movie

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Directed by a Guillermo Del Toro flunky

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Just saw TSN today; good movie but WAY overpraised.

    by Orbots Commander

    It's basically a direct lift of the non-fiction book, The Accidental Billionaires, but Sorkin's dialogue scenes did sing and Fincher paced the flick like an action thriller, which helped to make a business drama interesting.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by hspahr

    When you look back, this was a damn fine year for films. I was really angry with some of the crap I had seen in 2009 (I'm thinking of you, McG, you worthless hack) but there have been a lot of REALLY good films in 2010. The Oscar race should actually be interesting this year.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Just saw it a a few hours ago and it's pretty good.

    by The Founder

    Didn't think a facebook film could be made interesting but they actually pulled it off

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Justin Timberlake just annoys the hell outta me.

    by The Founder

    Why was he in this movie. When he he gonna dump that damn perm and just stick to music. To be fair his performances that I've seen has been decent enough but he still annoys me.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    The Founder

    by Orbots Commander

    Yeah, he does have kind of an annoying screen presence, but I have to give him props for taking the Sean Parker part, and having the balls to come off as an unlikable douchebag.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Going Saturday

    by proevad

    I'm not on facebook or myspace, and ordinarily would avoid a movie about either like the plague...but Fincher and Sorkin? It's a law that all film lovers and movie geeks have to go see this. Could be about yeast infections and I would be in line.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Great Movie!

    by GravyAkira

    Pretty captivating stuff. Everybody involved knocked this one out the park. Fincher you have done it again. This looked pretty spectacular projected digitally. I still like the look of film better, but with this and Zodiac, I respect those digital frames a lot more. Pretty mind-blowing stuff.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    You are forgiven for Ben Button. Best thing I've seen this year.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Harsh to blame Fincher on Alien 3

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    They were handing him new pages of script every day, he had no producer, and they would stop building sets halfway through. Despite being heavily flawed there are still some great moments in it - especially the extended cut. <p> Benjamin Button though we can blame him for. The problem with that was Eric Roth's script - but Fincher approved it. I think it was just a bad call and was after his father's passing. <p> The Social Network was brilliant, but, for me, his best still remains Zodiac. I'm not sure he'll ever top that - it's masterpiece from a director at the peak of his powers. <p> Please stop mentioning Armond White. The man is a professional wind-up merchant. He rates Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen and Norbit higher than Zodiac, There Will Be Blood, The Wrestler, The Dark Knight... basically any good film from the past ten years. Back in the day a person like that would have been labotomised.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island

    by Kaitain

    Fucking awful. Truly, hilariously bad. Although I was half-entertained laughing at its ineptitude, the fact that it seriously believed that the finale was going to tell us something we didn't already know. <p> Seriously, if you didn't see that one coming you must have seen somewhere around five movies in your life.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Way to Stay Awake, Harry!

    by JJ_Sefton

    Movies are a lot better when you don't sleep through 'em!

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Ironic he loved the opening scene.

    by Flip63Hole

    I walked out 10 minutes into the film. That was honestly the most unpleasant, uncompelling intro scene I've EVER seen in any movie. From that 10 minutes I gave Facebook Movie a 1/10 on IMDB and hope to never hear about it again. FUCK FINCHER. FUCK FACEBOOK. AND FUCK ONE-DIMENSIONAL SORKINBOTS.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by pauduro

    I dont care for Facebook so im not intrested in this crap

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by orcus

    Considering you have no friends that would be logical

  • March 6, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Social Network Leopard

    by Clark Park

    Anybody else see the leopard on the flatscreen in the background? If you know what it is let me know- I want it! I can find the timestamp if you know what I'm talking about