Friday, November 11, 2011

52 Things I Love About The Social Network...

This day an entire year ago, I watched The Social Network for the first time. You remember how I did this list to go with my one year anniversary between Inception and I? Well it's just the cool thing to do when I love a movie and we've been together for a whole year. The Social Network is a film which perhaps many of you have forgotten about now, after all of the awards season mish-mash was over and we all had to accept that The King's Speech won because it was pure Oscar bait. But for me, The Social Network is a film that I saw twice in cinemas, then watched three times in one week as it came out on DVD, and have watched eight times all up. Basically, it's a film I wish I made, and I'm sure that I could find more than 52 things that I love about it, but I'm limiting myself here!

So here's my 52 things I love about The Social for every week that has passed since that glorious first viewing (not in any order):

1. That amazing first scene. Music to my ears.

2. Rooney Mara's small, but outstanding performance.

3. The many hoodies Mark Zuckerberg wears.

4. Oh, and let's not forget the lovely Adidas flip flops.

5. Watching Mark run around during the credits before finally making it to his room.

6. The song 'In Motion' backing the wonderful editing between the party and Mark making 'FaceMash'.

7. Farm animals. They are referenced throughout the film more than one would think.

8. Seeing Andrew Garfield rock up. That dude's got swag.

9. Everything that Eduardo Saverin wears. He dresses extremely well.

10. Oh, and let's not forget Andrew Garfield's performance. I'm still kinda pissed that he didn't get an Oscar nomination.

11. Jesse Eisenberg's Oscar nominated performance is revolutionary. Who knew he had so much narcissism and douchebaggery in him?

12. "You're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole." - I hope that one day I'm given the opportunity to use this line.

13. The sneaky Fight Club reference in the film. Tyler Durden makes an appearance in the film - you've just gotta keep your eyes peeled!

14. David Fincher directed this. And we all know that David Fincher is awesomeness.

15. Give David Fincher an Aaron Sorkin script and that's too much awesomeness for one Stevee to handle all at once.

16. Armie Hammer 2x. Because you know what's better than having one perfectly gorgeous Armie Hammer? Having two of them.

17. "I'm 6'5", 220 and there's two of me."

18. I never feel like Max Minghella ever gets enough credit for his performance...or anything.

19. The Caribbean Night. That looked like a good party.

20. Eduardo's dance. Always has me in fits of laughter.

21. How happy Eduardo is after he and Christy Lee, along with Mark and Alice (in a separate cubicle) do R-rated stuff in the bathrooms.

22. ...and the Josh Pence cameo that follows.

23. Being able to tell the difference between the 'Winklevii'.

24. The song 'A Familiar Taste'. It's so dirty.

25. Also, the song 'Intriguing Possibilities'. It's the best song to listen to when you're typing.

26. Mark's 'praying' after The Facebook goes live. 

27. "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.
Did I adequately answer your condescending question?"

28. Forced cannibalism. That poor chicken.

29. "Don't the fish eat the other fish?! The marlins and the trout!"

30. I guess I should mention how good Justin Timberlake is in this movie. I still can't take him seriously, though.

31. The subtle Natalie Portman reference. She was the movie star on campus.

32. Aaron Sorkin's cameo in the film.

33. The song 'Painted Sun in Abstract' - the soundtrack to my summer.

34. That guy who didn't know that the guest speaker was Bill Gates.

35. Mark checking the math - $18,000+$1,000 does indeed equal $19,000.

36. How I wrote an essay on this for one of my assessments this year, and I spent a whole paragraph talking about the colours used in this film. They really are magical.

37. The Sean-a-thon. Everything from that swanky restaurant, to the appletinis, to 'Magnetic' playing in the background. Oh, and "A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool?"
"A billion dollars. And that shut everybody up."

38. The little punch Mark gives Eduardo when he comes to California from New York. So precious.

39. The club scene. The lighting, the story about Victoria's Secret creator that Sean tells, and 'The Sound of Violence'. Brilliance on so many levels.

40. The "I'm CEO, bitch" cards. I'm gonna get me some of those one day.

41. The Henley sequence. So well done. Only David Fincher and double Armie Hammer's could make rowing look appealing to me.


43. The Winklevii meeting with royalty. Just brutal.

44. The way Eduardo smashes Mark's laptop. "How about now? You still wired in?"

45. "Sorry! My Prada's at the cleaners! Along with my hoodie and my 'fuck you' flip-flops, you pretentious douchebag!" Oh, how I've always wanted to use this line.

46. Gretchen: What was Mr. Zuckerberg's ownership share diluted down to?
Eduardo Saverin: It wasn't.
Gretchen: What was Dustin Moskovitz's ownership share diluted down to?
Eduardo Saverin: It wasn't.
Gretchen: What was Sean Parker's ownership share diluted down to?
Eduardo Saverin: It wasn't.
Gretchen: What was Peter Thiel's ownership share diluted down to?
Eduardo Saverin: It wasn't.
Gretchen: And what was your ownership share diluted down to?
Eduardo Saverin: .03 percent.

Me: :''''''(

47. "You better lawyer up asshole, because I'm not coming back for 30%, I'm coming back for EVERYTHING." I shamefully admit that I use this line every day in the most inappropriate situations.

48. When Sean gets caught with the drugs, and 'The Gentle Hum of Anxiety' plays in the background. That was the soundtrack to my March, for some reason.

49. The special features included with the 2-disc edition are the best.

50. "You're not an asshole, Mark, you're just trying so hard to be."

51. The film's end. Mark sits there, staring at his computer, waiting for Erica to accept his friend request, and 'Baby, You're a Rich Man' by The Beatles starts playing. Perfection.

52. That nearly every single line in this movie is quote material. Which means it's one hell of a film. I wish I had made it.

So there's my 52 reasons why I love what is possibly one of the best movies of my generation. Why do you love it?


  1. Brilliant!! I actually learned a lot there Stevee!!

    I definitely need to re watch this film. If only for the Tyler Durden bit

  2. Awesome! It really is a perfect film, and it full to the brim of memorable details - quotes, soundbites, awesome dance moves (I crack up at that too) and stellar tech work.

  3. All these little things reminded me why I love this film so much! I was the lonely person in theater for this one, but it was SO worth it. I totally missed the fight club reference though, when did it appear???

  4. Yeah I totally forgot about doing something like this. Stupid college! I wish I could invent a website like Mark and just dump it!!

    The Special Features are the best thing ever!!

    This film... I am not letting myself go crazy over a film like how I was all of last year over TSN, ever. But even when I say that, I feel so proud of me going crazy over this film. It's such a gem. Bless Fincher and Sorkin!! And the super-attractive and super-duper talented cast (JT pisses me off, but he was pretty good too).

  5. Ah, that was brilliant. I too, own the film on DVD. It is an awesome DVD, particularly since I am a hardcore NIN fan.

  6. Haha interesting way to express your love for the film! :D Yeah, The Social Network was amazing. Great post Stevee!

  7. I've only seen it once. I know, I'm pitiful. But after reading this, I'm gonna go out and rent it ASAP. Fantastic film! Are you planning on doing any more 52 lists?

  8. Funny, I only watched THE SOCIAL NETWORK again recently. Eight times? Really? Good effort, I've only seen it twice!

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that picked up on the FIGHT CLUB reference. For those of you who don't know, Tyler Durden's name appears on a Facebook page when the camera falls on one of the computer screens.

    On top of this, I totally agree with you about In Motion. In fact, the whole soundtrack is fantastic.

  9. Scott - Haha. This film definitely holds up on rewatches. And the Tyler Durden bit is when Mark is 'cheating' on his art paper, so keep your eyes peeled!

    Andy - I'm glad I'm not the only person who thinks it's perfect! And aren't the dance moves just the best??!

    Maria Sofia - Both times I saw it in cinemas the place was near empty. The Tyler Durden bit is when Mark is 'cheating' on his art paper through Facebook, and the page he opens is under the alias 'Tyler Durden'. Sneaky sneaky!

    Nikhat - Haha, every time I see this movie I wish that I was smart enough to make a website. Life would be so much simpler if I invented Facebook (but without the Winklevii and such).
    I went pretty crazy over this movie, too. Not as crazy as I went over Inception, but still...pretty crazy. What can I say? We'll look back on this movie when we're older and go "that was the movie of our generation". Cute.

    Steven - The extras that focus on the soundtrack are awesome! The whole soundtrack is awesome!

    Matt - Thanks!

    Tyler - Wow. You, my friend, need to rewatch it! Haha. I don't know. I think this was the last film I was obsessed with enough to do a list on like this. But I may do one for Black Swan on the 26th of January. Haha.

    Leith - Haha, I have no life. I love rewatching films, for some reason.
    I picked that reference up the first time! I felt so smart.
    The whole soundtrack is amazing! I've had it on my iPod for about 11 months and I've listened to it just about every day...and I never get tired of it.

  10. Great post! I have to agree with most of the points you made. I especially loved Andrew Garfield and his performance (the scene where he confronts Mark is priceless), all of the funny and smart lines and the music, I still listen to Creep- The Choir version from time to time.

  11. Haha, same. My iPod's not big enough to hold all my music so every few days I change some of my music around to get a bit of variety with the music I'm listening to on the go. THE SOCIAL NETWORK soundtrack is one of the few albums that doesn't get synced off.

  12. So I guess now that I am the last person who has not seen this film I should break down and watch it.

  13. Funny and time consuming, the list shows your love for the film and your passion for cinema. Good job!

  14. Aziza - That scene is brilliant! I wish that Andrew Garfield was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

    Leith - I don't think I could ever get rid of that soundtrack!

    3guys1movie - See it. You won't regret it.

    Raghav - Thanks!

  15. It was a great movie! lol I wonder if the movie is what the guys over at are going through right now, since it's a new social network at least it seems to be.

  16. I was exceptionally late to this party and watched The Social Network for the first time around March. I have since become obsessed and have definitely watched it in the double figures. The soundtrack is incredible and I sometimes walk to work or do interval training to the first 20 minutes of the film. Amazing! This last made me smile from start to finish.

  17. I was exceptionally late to this party and watched The Social Network for the first time around March. I have since become obsessed and have definitely watched it in the double figures. The soundtrack is incredible and I sometimes walk to work or do interval training to the first 20 minutes of the film. Amazing! This last made me smile from start to finish.

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