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The Social Network


The Social Network Deserves the 97% "Fresh" rating it's earned on It's a very good, well crafted film. I learned, however, that just because I movie rates high on RT doesn't mean it's the best movie ever. It simply means that several critics thought it was a very good movie.

When this movie was first in development, my initial reaction to the thought of a Facebook movie was the same as my reaction to the thought of a Monopoly movie... which is real and being directed by Ridley Scott. Once i learned that it was about the creation of the website and not just some romantic comedy set in some Facebook world, and that David Fincher was at the helm, I was immediately onboard.

After a single viewing of The Social Network, my one complaint is that it lacks emotion. The characters are all intelligent fast talking and quirky, specifically Zuckerberg who seems mildly autistic in the way he's portrayed. When I watch it again, I have a feeling that I'm going to notice some things that I didn't see the first time around.

What's absolutely mind-boggling to me is why Senior Citizens are flocking to see this. There is a significant amount of dialogue about code writing and computer hacking that even I, a computer savvy thirty-something with a blog, couldn't understand. I feel like a lot of older folk are seeing this because they heard it was good, and then are saying things like "It was wonderful" so as not to come across as irrelevant.

The Social Network is essentially a Rock n Roll movie for a nerds. It's stylish, clever, and well written, directed and acted. If you haven't already, go check out The Social Network.

Paranormal Activity 2

I mean... yeah, I guess.

There isn't much in Paranormal Activity 2 that you didn't get in Paranormal Activity... it's pretty much the same tricks that get you to jump. What it does have (besides an awesome dog and an adorable baby) is a little bit of a story; an area where the first installment was lacking.

It does a great job of connecting the two films, which was a pleasant surprise since I thought there would be little to no connective tissue, but it also has a very anti-climactic ending which, of course, is open ended enough for a third installment.

If you're looking for something to make you jump, or as was in my case, you're just curious to see what happens next, definitely check out Paranormal Activity 2. Just try not to expect too much in the way of originality.

The Town


... but it really wasn't as good as you'd expect from the reviews it got. To be fair, I had a hard time understanding what they were saying due to the combination of poor sound quality and the fact that they were wearing masks. There were 5 other people in the theatre... 4 of them were right behind me and wouldn't shut up. I was a little distracted.

Ben Affleck is doing a great job as a director. This wasn't as good as his directorial debut (Gone Baby Gone), but still very good. Its actually gotten to the point where I kinda can't wait for him to direct another movie.

I definitely recommend checking out The Town when it's released on Blu-ray/DVD.

Jackass 3D


I really hate where society is headed. To be honest, I wouldn't really mind if it were just Jackass, but the amount of shows on TV about assholes is staggering. Thanks to shows from The Real World to Jersey Shore, we've started celebrating, not only mediocrity, but absolute idiocy. It's not abortion, homosexuality or socialism that's destroying America... it's "reality" TV.

That being said, I have to admit that I did laugh a little bit during Jackass 3D. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous; these guys are millionaires and it's all because they're  stupid... or smart, i guess... I can't say that if I had thought of it first that I would have gone through with it. I guess that's because I'm not an idiot... or maybe I am.

I don't know that the 3D effect was really necessary. It was there, but it never made me jump, laugh or throw up in my mouth any more than I would have if it were in 2D. The extra $3.00 for the 3D experience was a colossal waste of money for anyone who paid it.

If you watch more unscripted television than you do shows that require creativity and talent, and you enjoy gross-out humor, then Jackass is for you. It's not for me.

Let Me In


Let Me In is a dark, brooding fairy tale. It's a remake of 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In in which a "young" girl moves into an apartment complex and befriends a boy who's parents are going through a divorce and who is constantly bullied at school. As their friendship blossoms, the boy comes to realize that the young girl is a actually a vampire.

Now I know what you're thinking... Twilight... but not even close. This movie follows all of the Vampire rules while telling an interesting story with complex characters. Let Me In is virtually a "frame for frame" remake except that since it's in English, I was able to follow the story more and pick up on some plot points that I didn't get while watching the original.

This is an atypical horror movie, more of a horror/drama/romance/fairy tale hybrid and it works. Check it out.