Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm CEO, b*tch.

You know I'm not on Facebook. So if you tell me you're off "tending to your crops," or "baking" I assume you're going to be doing some actual planting and flour sifting. I don't know how to "tag" or "poke" people or whatever it is people do on Facebook. Haha So when I urge you, seriously, from the bottom of my heart to watch The Social Network, I do it out of the sheer genius of the film. I - love - The Social Network. Love it. Love it. Love it.

The Social Network is the story of the founding of Facebook by Harvard student (now drop-out but who cares) Mark Zuckerberg. I won't consider all that's in the movie, fact. It's a romanticized version of the entire thing I think. For one, the movie's based on the novel The Accidental Billionaires, written by Ben Mezrich, which is really Eduardo Saverin's version of the story. This probably explains why Eduardo's contribution to the dilution of his shares in the company is downplayed. He's a student of economics at Harvard University. Why does he sign things without reading the fine print? Secondly, I believe Mark Zuckerberg is brilliant. But was he really that witty and so full of himself? I doubt. This -

"I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try - but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing."  

- and more, were just thought of for effect.

Briefly, I love The Social Network because the story is engaging, the pacing is excellent, and the actors that they got to play the characters are dead-on. I actually would not be surprised if the movie earns Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg) or Andrew Garfield (Eduardo) Oscar nomination/s.

Plus, my measure of a good movie (except when John Lloyd Cruz is in it, Teehee) is when I take something home from the film. I liked Inception based on this because I was still thinking about what happened a week after watching it. The Social Network portrays a scrawny little kid, four years younger than me, who dropped out of college and went on to build a company that is now worth US$30 BILLION. Because of The Social Network, I still wake up every day and think "What the hell am I doing with my life?"

 The real Mark Zuckerberg

Watch The Social Network now, if you haven't yet. It's only still showing in these theaters! If you're not convinced, read Mel's review over at melvelscloset.


  1. Gladi, I read The Accidental Billionaires and the other book (which had Zuckerberg's blessing naman). Even the author of the latter book says that by and large, the film got the important details correct: what caused the falling out between Mark and Eduardo (they really didn't agree on advertising, and Eduardo didn't want to go to California), Sean Parker's role (he really brought the first big investors in, plus he really was caught with underage interns doing drugs at a party, which led to his exit from facebook) and the Winklevi's cause of action.

    Of course, the biggest artistic license taken(and to some, plot manipulation) was that the writers made it appear that Facemash/Facebook was therapy of Mark for getting dumped (he actually had a girlfriend for most of the timeline of the film). Totoong may Erica (her real name is Jessica, based on the blog which you can still google to this day), pero not that big a role yata in Mark's life.

    As for the dialogue, most of it were taken from court transcripts, although like you, I doubt Mark's speech actually happened.

    Despite the liberties taken in depicting the real life events, I still love love love this film. I want to watch it over and over again. And btw, if you're looking for recs for good films that will stay with you, watch Andrew Garfield's old film Boy A. Grabe yon, naiisip ko parin up to now.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation Mel! Will ask Pao to look up Boy A. Baka naman kaya hindi mo makalimutan kasi nandun si Andrew Garfield?! Yikee. He's not my type though. Too spiffy. I [may] actually think he's gay. Uh-oh.

  3. gladi, if you don't mind watching films sa computer, I have a download link for Boy A if you want it. Just let me know. :)

    And no medyo mukhang totoy si Andrew dito so he's not my main draw to the film. Medyo thought-provoking lang talaga yung's about a guy who was released from prison after getting jailed when he was just 10 years old. Napaisip talaga ko if there is a life after jail for ex-convicts.

    And btw, hindi siya gay! he's just malambot, characteristic yata yon ng Brit guys (parang Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy etc). He has a long-term girlfriend! :)


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