Sunday, October 3, 2010

658)The Movie Story Of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Very Relevant To Me Because My Blog Is Cross-Posted To My Wall And To NetworkedBlogs On Facebook.

"All human beings, by their nature, desire to know."(Aristotle, The Metaphysics, circa 322BC)

Review: The Social Network

The story of Facebook, from a bad date to an online empire, is traced with genuine insight

By JOHN GRIFFIN, The Gazette October 4, 2010

The Social Network
Rating 4.5 out of 5
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara
Playing at: Angrignon, Banque Scotia, Brossard, Cavendish, Cinema du Parc, Colossus, Cote des Neiges, Kirkland, Lacordaire, Marche Central, Sources, Spheretech and Taschereau cinemas.
Parents' guide: Some Language, Drug Use.

The Social Network is the great romance for the first decade of the 21st century.

David Fincher deftly directs an outstanding script from TV guru Aaron Sorkin about a curious moment in history when people fall hopelessly in love with themselves and their machines. It is, of course, the story of Facebook.

The year is 2003. The setting is Harvard University. In a brilliant opening scene in a crowded college bar, Jesse Eisenberg's Mark Zuckerberg is having a beer with girlfriend Erica (live wire Rooney Mara, about to become the face of The Millennium Trilogy's Lisbeth Salander). In the parry and thrust of two frighteningly smart people with all their brain cells intact, the arrogant, insecure Mark manages to insult Erica on any number of fronts, revealing a complex, naive, class-conscious personality with a dysfunctional self-edit button.

"Dating you is like dating a Stairmaster," she observes as the conversation turns upon Mark's obsessions with the caste system at Harvard and his position as a Jewish tech nerd peering in on America's most privileged products of WASPdom.

The breaking point comes when he says, "You don't have to study. You go to B.U." It is one condescending remark over the line. She breaks up with him. "You're not a nerd," she notes. "You're an a--hole."

Stung, and slightly drunk, he goes back to his dorm room and writes a scathing, adolescent blog riposte to his rejection, involving her family history and bra size. It is a defining act in what would become the social networking institution known as Facebook, a $25-billion global phenomenon with 500 million members whose "friends" share 30 billion pieces of information a month. And it all started with hurt feelings on a date gone wrong.

This could have been just another boring business movie, but for Fincher's thoroughly contemporary, yet seamless, mix of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Sorkin's rapier dialogue (his TV classic The West Wing was no fluke), an entirely believable cast and a tale that could only have been spun over the last seven years.

Mark's intelligence far outweighs his common sense. When a cruel, sexist computer game he hatches by hacking into Harvard student sites takes off like wildfire, he decides there may a function in linking people up. It's raw and unformed, but rapidly comes together with information allegedly lifted off fellow Harvard students, the blue-blooded Winklevoss twins and their partner in a fledgling enterprise, Max Minghella's Divya Narendra.

Their subsequent lawsuit against Zuckerberg for intellectual property theft forms the dramatic core around which The Social Network so smoothly revolves. The other arc is an evolving relationship between Mark and "only friend" Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). Eduardo provides the $900 start-up money for the project, and functions as business partner and lightning rod. Until Sean Parker shows up.

As played with scene-stealing charisma by Justin Timberlake, Parker is the reclusive wunderkind technology entrepreneur who began as a busted 16-year-old hacker, went on to found Napster at the ripe old age of 19, and saw promise in what was then known as TheFacebook that far exceeded Saverin's vision but mirrored Zuckerberg's own.

After dazzling the socially inept Mark at a sleek New York restaurant, he persuades him to spend the summer of 2004 in Silicon Valley's Palo Alto, while Eduardo woos potential advertisers back East. The freeze-out begins as consummate hustler Parker begins to take the shaky 5-month-old service global. Eduardo will have a lawsuit of his own to file.

You want to experience The Social Network, even -or perhaps especially -if you value privacy and despise Facebook as a prime enabler in this sorry age of acute narcissism. The movie looks great, sounds great (thanks to an edgy score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), moves through its substantial running time at a comfortable clip and radiates intelligence, charm, wit and real insight into human nature. I can't imagine a more entertaining movie this fall, or a better movie about the Web, ever.

Easy Nash

In Shia Islam, intellect is a key component of faith. Intellect allows us to understand the creation of God: Aga Khan IV(2008)
The Qur'an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
The Quran tells us that signs of Allah's Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives: Aga Khan IV(2007)
Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2006)
The Holy Qu'ran's encouragement to study nature and the physical world around us gave the original impetus to scientific enquiry among Muslims: Aga Khan IV(1985)
The first and only thing created by God was the Intellect(Aql): Prophet Muhammad(circa 632CE)