Posted on Saturday, January 15th, 2011 by David Chen
David Fincher’s The Social Network is finally out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, and it offers a pretty spectacular, in-depth look at the creation of the film (go here for all our past coverage of the film). One of the things that’s always interested me about the movie is the opening credits sequence, which has gone through several changes from conception to execution. Originally, it was supposed to be done in one long, continuous shot, but that idea was shelved.
Additionally, Aaron Sorkin has stated in interviews that he wanted to use Paul Young’s cover of “Love for the Common People” over the opening credits. He later commented, “David [Fincher] didn’t just do something different; he did something 180 degrees opposite…The way that’s shot, the way that’s scored, that tells the audience, ‘This isn’t your father’s college movie.'” Indeed, Trent Reznor’s haunting score at the beginning is what sets the tone perfectly for the dark nature of the film. But today, we have a glimpse into what would have happened if this had been Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network.
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Do you know what’s cooler than $140 million dollars? Anything more. And that’s what Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are trying to get from Facebook, more than the $140 million their initial settlement entitled them too.
The twins, who play a major role in David Fincher’s film The Social Network, were back in court this week arguing that they were swindled by their 2008 settlement. The film itself reported that the settlement the Winklevosses signed was for $65 million but apparently now its worth more along the lines of double that, probably thanks to the success of Facebook and their resulting stock options. Even so, soon after they signed the deal, the twins were so upset that they accused the lawyers who helped them sign that settlement of malpractice, and lost.
Now this week Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, played by Armie Hammer in the soon to be Oscar-nominated film, were back in court and it doesn’t look good. Read more details after the break. Read More »
I want to highlight a couple quotes from The Social Network director David Fincher, who did a great interview with my friend Quint from AICN. The first quote is about the value of being called “The Best Movie of the Year”, the second is about the dislike for movie studio produced EPK (electronic Press Kit) materials for home video releases, and lastly his efforts to shoot the film on Harvard property and how accuracy meant more to him than getting a cool shot.
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THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Each year, there are always a select number of standout films that astound through their remarkable craftsmanship. More rare, meanwhile, are the films that achieve this while also providing prescient insight into our evolving culture. The Social Network is the latter. While film may not have seemed like the medium best suited to communicate how the internet has altered the world, the dynamite pairing of director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin transforms the topic into a fiercely entertaining, cinematically rich experience. Never before has the use of computers in film been so thrilling without needing to abandon total authenticity. And for all its rhythmically-charged dialogue sparring sessions set to Trent Reznor’s electric score, the film never loses sight of the big picture, chronicling a change not just in the way we conduct business, but in the way we build relationships and interact with one another. Delving deeper into the themes of the film requires more than a brief paragraph will allow—hence my review of the film, in which I awarded the film a 10/10 rating—so for the sake of brevity, I’ll be blunt: The Social Network is a fucking masterpiece. For a movie that once so casually dismissed as “the Facebook movie”—and I’m as guilty of that as anyone—it’s amazing to see what a powerhouse work of cinema ultimately resulted. My #1 movie of 2010.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary with director David Fincher, and a second commentary with Writer Aaron Sorkin & The Cast. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as the commentaries, along with a feature length documentary (“How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook?”), featurettes (“Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter and Ren Klyce on Post”, “Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and David Fincher on the Score”, “In the Hall of the Mountain King: Reznor’s First Draft”, “Swarmatron”, “Jeff Cronenweth and David Fincher on the Visuals”), and a Ruby Skye VIP Room: Multi-Angle Scene Breakdown feature.
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For the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Jackass stars have filmed four parodies of scenes from the four 2010 Best Picture nominees. MTV has released a video of the stunt stars reenacting scenes from David Fincher’s The Social Network. No word on what the other film parodies will be. The best picture nominees also include: 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King’s Speech, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. After the jump you can watch a clip from filming which includes Johnny Knoxville playing Mark Zuckerberg, who is being grilled by an interrogator (played by Bam Margera) and the Winkelvoss twins (played by Wee-man and Preston Lacy).
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The last big indicator of how the Oscar nominations are likely to shake out is the nomination set for the Director’s Guild of America’s award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. The DGA and Best Director Oscar awards often line up directly (there have been only six deviations since the DGA awards began in 1948) and before the Best Picture Oscar set was widened to ten films, the DGA nominations were a very good indicator of how that race would go, as well.
Now the 2010 nominations are out, and for the most part they conform to the well-established 2010 awards consensus. See the list below. Read More »
IMDb might be the largest sample of user submitted movie ratings on the internet, but Flixster is a close second. After IMDb released their list of the top 10 user rated movies of 2010, Flixster has released their own listing. Find out which films ranked highly, after the jump.
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