Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Social Network!

This is the story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook, starring Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Adventureland) as founder Mark Zuckerberg and Zachary Garfield (Spider-Man Reboot, Never Let Me Go) as co-founder and CFO Eduardo Saverin. Screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, West Wing, Sports Night), and the film was directed by David Fincher, who directed some of my favorite movies, such as Fight Club, Se7en, and Panic Room. He most recently directed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and is currently working on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace) and Rooney Mara (The Social Network, A Nightmare on Elm St.) and is currently scheduled for release on December 21st 2011.
The Social Network already has some Oscar buzz surrounding it as we get to that time of year when the nominating committee tends to start paying the most attention. To get as close to the most accurate story, Fincher and Sorkin took their story from three separate points of view. The movie develops as a story told through the depositions of two separate and simultaneous lawsuits that were brought against Mark Zuckerberg.
It started with Mark getting dumped by his girl friend Erica Albright, played by Rooney Mara. As he is drunkenly badmouthing her through his blog, he comes up with a program that takes pictures of two girls from the surrounding schools and has people rate which one is hotter. The pictures he obtained were through hacking different college student directories.
Impressed with his work, the Winklevoss brothers ask him to develop a private social network only for Harvard students. Agrees to do so, but never actually works on it, instead Mark decides to work on his own social networking site with his friend Eduardo while pretending to work on the other site. After the launch of Facebook, realizing he didn’t work on theirs, and after the site starts expanding rapidly, the Winklevoss’ decide to sue Mark Zuckerberg for his first suit against him.
As CFO Eduardo wants to start monetizing the Facebook and starts to set up meetings in New York with advertisers. Mark has zero interest in doing this as he feels it cheapens the brand. Only one meeting got Mark excited and that was with Sean Parker, founder of Napster, played by Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits, Alpha Dog). With the advice of Sean, Mark moves to California to expand the site to even more schools, and gets some big time investors. Eduardo and Mark start to have a falling out and Eduardo is eventually squeezed out where he then files the second lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg.
Overall I give it a 4.5 of out 5. I must say I love this movie, I always enjoy movies that are compelling and that are based on true events and that are pretty near how things actually went. This will definitely be near the top of my end of the year rankings. The acting was great, there is much hate for Jesse Eisenberg, many for his close likeness to Michael Cera, and one is enough of him. For me I believe there is enough distinction between them to enjoy them both. A great choice of actors for the characters.
It has a style of writing that I always love, that quick back and forth, and the smooth flow of conversation. A style that you seen in one of my favorite TV shows, Sports Night, and one of my top 3 favorite movies, A Few Good Men, both written by Aaron Sorkin. Not to pile on too much, but music from Trent Reznor, who is from my favorite band, Nine Inch Nails, is the score to this film, and is excellent as well. I would definitely recommend this movie to all.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Community Accounting for Lawyers

Accounting for Lawyers

Rob Corddry guest stars on tonight’s episode as one of Jeff’s former colleagues, Alan, that is there for a narcotics anonymous meeting. Drew Carey also guest stars as the head of Jeff’s old law firm.

Greendale is celebrating Oktoberfest again this year but adding a twist, they are having a pop and lock contest, and the study group wants to join, but as always, Jeff is reluctant. Chang is apparently a pop and lock genius, and knows that Jeff won‘t do it, so he uses this opportunity to get in the group. The group is late, but shows up to save Chang who has survived to the end. When the stop moving to have a heartfelt hug, they get disqualified, since they didn’t win, they still didn’t let him in.

Jeff is blowing off his study group as he continues to hang out with his old buddy, and misses being at the office. Annie recognizes him from their meetings and heard Alan confess that he got Jeff disbarred, but he doesn’t believe them, and instead just insults them.

Alan takes Jeff to an office party where he tries to use him to talk him up to his boss to make him a partner. The whole study group crashes the party with an invite from Allen, they use Annie to get into his office so they can find proof of the email he sent to the state investigators. Even after the proof, Jeff still doesn’t care because he still says that he is a good lawyer, not a good friend, and to do that you mustn’t care. Jeff decides not to let Alan know he knows the truth, but wants to use it as leverage, and realizes he needs his friends at Greendale.

The quick conversation in this show allows for quick hits in its comedy timing, and the bumbling nature of Pierce is hilarious because of context and delivery. It was weird seeing Drew Carey so skinny as compared to his days on his old ABC show where he must have been about twice as big. I was caught a little off guard, it kind of made him look a little old, at least older than I imagine him to be. The scene with Annie, Troy and Abed as they get caught in the office is one of the funniest moments I can recall in the show. This was a great show, many great moments, this show must be watched by all!

This is a great little video trailor remix from DJ Steve Porter.  Enjoy!

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The new full trailor for Skyline

As strange lights descend from the sky onto the City of Los Angeles, as aliens threaten to wipe out mankind.  Starring Eric Balfour (24), Scottie Thompson (Trauma, Star Trek), Donald Faison (Scrubs), and Brittany Daniel (Joe Dirt, Club Dread).  Looks like a pretty entertaining movie, set to hit theaters on November 12th 2010. 

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Running Wilde 102

Into the Wilde
Steve Wilde continues to struggle with that the fact that Emmy has little no regard for the lifestyle that he lives, while Emmy struggles with that fact she has too missed the conveniences of modern civilization. By living in the tree house with her daughter Puddle, Emmy it trying to keep her distance while still making a point, but is slowly falling back ways and feelings she had for Steve when they were children.

Jealous that his neighbor and rival Fa’ad is going on vacation with his family, Steve, probably unknowingly, tricks Emmy into taking Puddle and going with him. Excited to go, and to be going with Steve, Emmy’s boyfriend Andy (David Cross) shows up at the tree house unannounced. With this unwanted guest, the trips gets cancelled.

Andy has a plan to hold Steve for ransom without him knowing, and Steve has a plan to pretend to be nice to Andy to get closer to Emmy. This brings them to plan a trip to Steve’s cabin together, where they quickly get tired of pretending to be friends. Walking through the woods, they realize that they were following each other to the cabin that neither knew how to get to. Emmy tracks down Andy that has become sick, while Steve is still looking to help. Emmy confuses that she likes Steve, and that they are friends.

Chemistry between the characters, said to be one of the problems with the pilot, is starting to heat up. Growing on me quickly, the flaws in the first show are being smoothed out, as the show finds its way. The writing in this episode shows great improvement over the redone pilot. I am enjoying the back and forth between Emmy and Steve, and the confusion and twisting of words that continues to happen. I really enjoyed this episode, and I hope that it can keep it up.
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Human Target Season 2

Human Target is a FOX drama based on the comic book of the same name in which a security expert goes undercover impersonating his clients in order to eliminate the threats against them. 

Origially supposed to return for its second season in October has been moved back and will now premiere Wednesday November 17th at 8/7c.  The move is partially prompted by the cancellation of Lone Star, which in its first two weeks had very disappointed numbers.  The move also leaves FOX with a void in its Fridays "Action" line up.

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Raising Hope 102

Dead Tooth

Needing to go back to work, Jimmy has to find some kind of daycare for his child. While still afraid to ask out Sabrina from the grocery store, his mom interrupts to ask if she baby sits, politely declining, she offers up her cousin that runs a daycare. Her cousin Shelly, play by Kate Micucci (UCB, Garfunkel and Oates), is a girl that Jimmy promised to call back after a night of making out, but couldn’t bring himself to it, due to her dead tooth.

Disappointed to find that Sabrina has a boyfriend, Jimmy also tells Shelly that he isn’t interested in her, because he likes her cousin. Because Shelly is the only person that his daughter seems to like, she agrees to continue watching her, but now he’ll have to pay $60 a week.

The one thing that I do admire about Jimmy that he is attempting to take reasonability. No longer is he running around with his dumb friends doing dumber things. His efforts in trying to raise his child are
unwitting at best, but his willingness to try is admirable.

I always enjoy when Kate Micucci pops up in shows. More familiar with her from the comedy folk duo Garfunkel and Oates than her acting so far, but her star is still raising as I see her in more and more things. The songs that her and Riki Lindhome play are very funny and entertaining, I suggest checking them out here.
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Lone Star gets cancelled

The minor miracle that was needed to save the critically acclaimed Lone Star fell short. On Tuesday FOX decided to pull the plug on what was my favorite of the new shows this fall after only two episodes.
For it’s premiere on September 20th Lone Star lost more than half of its lead in audience from House and settled for 4.1 million viewers, a huge disappointment for this highly anticipated program. The hopes that after the hype of NBC’s The Event and the return of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars subsided, Lone Star would see a bump in ratings. A very small improvement was not nearly enough as Dancing with the Stars continued to dominate Monday nights.

I was very disappointed to hear that this show preformed so poorly in it’s debut, and that it would more than likely not make it past its second episode. It was a very interesting show with a good premise. I was looking forward to seeing how things were going to develop. With most new show I find myself not caring about the characters and not connecting with their story, but Lone Star I was immediately taken in. It is sad to see original ideas turned aside so quickly.

Lie to Me starring Tim Roth in its third season will debut this coming up Monday in the 9pm slot. Lie to Me is about a body language experts that assist law enforcement in their investigations.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Chuck Versus the Suitcase

Chuck Versus the Suitcase
This week Chuck and Sarah go undercover to Milan for Fashion Week to seize a high-tech weapon, while Chuck discovers a flaw in his relationship. Guest stars continue in the second episode of the season with Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk, King of Queens) as the model’s guard.

A little disappointed that Olivia Munn was underutilized in the first episode as Greta, and just like that she’s out and Isaiah Mustafa (Old Spice Guy) is in for this weeks Buy More CIA Special Agent.

Karolina Kurkova plays an arms dealer working for Volkoff that uses these fashion shows as means to meeting her clients. Chuck and Sarah are sent to Milan to seize what are known as “smart bullets”. After returning home they find that what they recovered were fakes, but after a new lead, Chuck and Sarah return for the last day of the show, before the model is able to escape with the micro chips for the bullets.

Chuck and Sarah relationship continues to be a little tenuous as Chuck is concerned with Sarah’s packing habits, that is, while still living together, she has yet to unpack.

Morgan starts to worry how well run the Buy More has become, now that it is completely controlled by the CIA. Captain Awesome is bumped by how well the Buy More is run and suspects that Chuck is still involved with the CIA.

After pointing out the obvious flaws, General Beckman agrees, and allows Morgan to recruit. This leads to the return of Jeffster to the show. Outlaws and on the run after their suspected involvement in the destruction of the old Buy More, Jeff and Lester are tracked down by Casey and Morgan and persuaded to return to their old jobs. Morgan successfully gets much of the old Buy More employees back and the CIA is very pleased as they make Morgan the new store manager.

Sarah finally settles in and accepts Burbank and Chuck home, but Chuck can’t stop himself, and unknowing starts what will test the relationship further.

The show focused way to much on the unpacking issue, and seems to like there always being a little bit of tension between Chuck and Sarah. I am enjoying the guest stars, but I worry that they are taking away from the story a little. The little nods to the geek fan base is quite entertaining as I enjoyed the quick funny little cameo by Balki (Pronson Pinchot from Perfect Strangers).

The show has another spy vs. spy fight involving Sarah and another female spy, this time taking it to the catwalk where everyone just thinks it is two models fighting. I also enjoyed the continuation of skimpy outfits and the occasional bra and panty scenes with Sarah and other female spies. This show really knows how to pander to its audience, and does it well.

The show didn’t deal much with the search for the Bartowski’s mother, but it deal with Casey and his unease with getting to know his daughter Alex. Overall all it was another solid episode, but then again I don’t think that I will be disappointed very often in a show that I am quite biased over.

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