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Review – The Social Network

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I took my first trip to the cinema in months last night, donning my trusty Sonic the Hedgehog t-shirt for the geekiest film of the year. A film about a website. My mother must be so proud.

I’ve always been interested in stories of entrepreneurs, due to a heady mix of admiration and jealousy. I see myself as an ideas man but lacking that special something to make them happen. Forget Alan Sugar or Richard Branson, the internet has spawned a new generation of entrepreneurs where anything is possible. Along comes someone like Mark Zuckerberg, who creates a worldwide phenomenon in a matter of weeks. You can’t help admire the guy, especially when it dawns on you you’re three years his senior.

So anyway, knowing the basic story of Facebook I went into this film expecting exactly what I got. A dramatised version of events with a healthy dose of fiction and humour thrown in to spice things up.

The major question mark for me was the ending. Mark sits in front of Facebook refreshing a page hoping his ex-girlfriend will accept his friend request. The End. It’s a scene that no doubt meets with an uncomfortable acknowledgement for many, but ending the film with him pining for a girl who barely features in the plot was not satisfying. It felt almost anti-climatic, but what else could be expected? How else do you end a film about an entrepreneur and his product which is still flying? On that note, perhaps this type of film would be more interesting based on Boo.com, Napster or numerous other turbulent internet businesses from days of yore. But that wouldn’t have had the same broad appeal. The thing is with Facbook is whether you love it or love to hate it, you know it.

Jesse Eisenberg is impressive as the aloof detached Mark Zuckerberg while there’s an amusing part for Justin Timberlake as Napster founder Sean Parker, although the character grates very quickly. I was in my geeky element throughout the film, but I can’t help wonder if the lack of any real plot or action would seriously bore the pants off a “normal” person.

In conclusion, there are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t. If that joke makes you laugh, you will love The Social Network. If you didn’t realise it was a joke, steer clear.

An Evening of High Fidelity

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Last night I watched my favourite music film, High Fidelity, for the first time in years. I say music film, but it’s actually a romantic comedy, centred on music mad characters. I guess I like it because I see myself in all three of the main characters from Championship Vinyl – Rob (John Cusack), Barry (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Louiso). I have Rob’s emotional wreck-head tendencies, Barry’s excitability and Dick’s total nerdiness – and all of them in spades. Not to mention their obsession with list making and constant musical references… when Rob’s ex-girlfriend’s dad dies, Barry immediately starts a game of “Top 5 songs about death, a Laura’s dad tribute list”, I don’t find that offensive or inappropriate in the slightest – I find it strangely comforting!

It’s been a long time since I organised my record collection, I have some on shelves, some in my car, some in boxes under my bed and some in cupboards. Some digitised, some not. But that’s my own form of organisation, which only I can understand. Again, strangely comforting.

This film (and book, beforehand) always used to make me want to start my own record store, but these days no longer. Probably due to watching the demise of Spinadisc in Northampton and Plastic Factory and Tempest in Birmingham over the years. But it does still stir an entrepreneurial spirit deep inside. Watching how happy Rob is to start his own label makes me all warm and fuzzy.

So while “Purple Amp Records” is some way off yet, I am going to dabble in creating and producing once more. That warm and fuzzy feeling of creating something will be mine once again.

Oh and yeah, if you’ve never watched it, you’re a dork. Watch it.