Saturday, March 19, 2011

DVD Release: The Social Network and Classic: Star Wars: Ep. IV

DVD Release: The Social Network (Collector's Edition)

Given how many exaggerations to this movie (compared with Citizen Kane, movie that defined our generation and such), the exaggerations seem to be true. This is a movie perceived as the movie about Facebook, but it's not. It's about the conflicted relationships of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg. The opening scene of his girlfriend dumping him led him to create the largest social gathering on the web.

More so, this is filled with revelating performances from the cast especially Jesse Einseberg who stunningly plays this cold, contrasting portrayal of Zuckerberg who shaped how we communicate with others. More so it's Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake who play stakeholders Eduardo Saverin and Napster inventor Sean Parker who goes along with Zuckerberg's idea that ultimately destroys their relationship.

However the star of the movie is David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin whose impeccable fair-filled direction and rapid-fire screenplay brings in the politics between these young men and into a character study of a genius who is yet angry of a girl who ditched him. The score by Trent Reznor is mesmerising as well. This IMPO by now should've won Best Picture at the Oscars.

A movie based on old storytelling devices of friendship, betrayal and ambition, by the time Zuckerberg has his ego bruised at the last half an hour he turns into a lonely tragic hero you'll realize that his 'Rosebud' was his girlfriend and in the final minute you're left breathless.

Extras: One disc contains seperate audio commentaries of David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin and the cast. Second disc contains the making of The Social Network, the soundtrack, editing and visual effects.

Film: 10.0/10

Extras: 7.5/10

Classic Film: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

To be completely honest, I have never seen one Star Wars movie until a few months ago where I went watching this along with Memento and 2001: A Space Oddysey. Star Wars begin with a title sequence that tells the plot of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), a boy farmer working along Jawa traders comes along with two robots R2-D2 and C-3PO joining the Jedi with Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi to defeat the Rebel Alliance led by Darth Vader.

This film shaped the science fiction genre. It created the blockbuster bringing an innovative look to Hollywood in the past. The special effects are spell-binding creating a totally epic look of the film despite the fact it was made for a mere $10 million. Performances are pure with Harrison Ford making him the actual hero over Luke while James Earl Jones brings in a filler to Darth Vader, one of the greatest movie villains of all time.

The Star Wars trilogy was an absolute visionary for George Lucas. It's a pity that the prequels were not on the level.

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