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« Topic Start: October 21, 2010, 08:14:22 am »

Seriously, enlighten me. It seems half the people I know are dying to watch it and I'm dying to know why. OK, so it's based on 'real life'. But unlike something like Milk (gay rights) or Made in Dagenham (women's rights) it's about the life of people who, at the end of the day as far as I can see, have created something which enables me to see how many people are playing Farmville.

So...why??
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« Reply #1: October 21, 2010, 08:24:46 am »

So...why??

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I wonder about a lot of popular "entertainment" and why folks want it.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2: October 21, 2010, 03:02:00 pm »

Seriously, enlighten me. It seems half the people I know are dying to watch it and I'm dying to know why. OK, so it's based on 'real life'. But unlike something like Milk (gay rights) or Made in Dagenham (women's rights) it's about the life of people who, at the end of the day as far as I can see, have created something which enables me to see how many people are playing Farmville.

So...why??

Because it's an extremely well-acted piece about an important modern social phenomena.  Facebook is all about social communication, but the guy who created it was motivated by social resentment.  It's a really interesting story about geek misogyny, class, exclusivity/inclusivity, and capitalist entitlement. 
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« Reply #3: October 21, 2010, 04:19:42 pm »

Seriously, enlighten me. It seems half the people I know are dying to watch it and I'm dying to know why. OK, so it's based on 'real life'. But unlike something like Milk (gay rights) or Made in Dagenham (women's rights) it's about the life of people who, at the end of the day as far as I can see, have created something which enables me to see how many people are playing Farmville.

So...why??

Why not?  A movie doesn't have to be about a Big Important Issue in order to be interesting, particularly not when the thing it's about is a major pop culture phenomenon.  ::shrug::  I men, Facebook is more to a lot of people than that, and I can see wanting to get a glimpse at how it was developed.  Sort of a "how it's made" or a "behind the scenes", except more dramatic than those things usually get.
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« Reply #4: October 21, 2010, 04:46:14 pm »

A movie doesn't have to be about a Big Important Issue in order to be interesting

No, but some explosions and/or gory death scenes don't hurt either.
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« Reply #5: October 21, 2010, 04:48:03 pm »

I wonder about a lot of popular "entertainment" and why folks want it.  Roll Eyes

What she said. Of course, this comes from someone who dropped cable for Netflix and its documentaries and old TV shows. And even there, I'm picky.
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« Reply #6: October 21, 2010, 05:07:00 pm »

Why not?  A movie doesn't have to be about a Big Important Issue in order to be interesting, particularly not when the thing it's about is a major pop culture phenomenon.  ::shrug::  I men, Facebook is more to a lot of people than that, and I can see wanting to get a glimpse at how it was developed.  Sort of a "how it's made" or a "behind the scenes", except more dramatic than those things usually get.

Exactly.  I thought the movie was great, and hit on some important points.  But then, I don't demand that everything in the pop culture landscape conform to my ideas of what's "important." 
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« Reply #7: October 21, 2010, 05:25:29 pm »

Facebook is all about social communication, but the guy who created it was motivated by social resentment. 

Ah. Still not shelling out £8 for it, but thanks for showing something interesting about it.
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« Reply #8: October 21, 2010, 05:32:16 pm »

Why not?  A movie doesn't have to be about a Big Important Issue in order to be interesting

My fault, I can see my words came off snobbish. To be clear: my favourite movies - and close contender for religious affiliation - are Disney. I mentioned Milk and Made in Dagenham as contrasts, but in fact have not watched either because when it comes to movies I have the attention span of a four year-old.

But that's made me think about why, if I like fluff, I don't like even the concept behind The Social Network. And I realise it's the same reason I like Glee but The OC set my teeth on edge. Dramas based on upper-middle class folks in my age bracket just make me gag.
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« Reply #9: October 21, 2010, 06:13:03 pm »

No, but some explosions and/or gory death scenes don't hurt either.

Very true.  But, then, the last movie we watched was The Devil's Rejects.   Grin
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« Reply #10: October 21, 2010, 08:10:21 pm »


But that's made me think about why, if I like fluff, I don't like even the concept behind The Social Network. And I realise it's the same reason I like Glee but The OC set my teeth on edge. Dramas based on upper-middle class folks in my age bracket just make me gag.

OT:  Gleeeeee!  I love love love it.  It's not as progressive as it thinks it is, but at least they're trying.  And eee, everyone on it is so cute.  Also, as a former Ohio show-choir geek, I love seeing that whole world given the cracktastic treatment it deserves.

/squee  Cheesy
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« Reply #11: October 21, 2010, 08:59:50 pm »

OT:  Gleeeeee!  I love love love it.  It's not as progressive as it thinks it is, but at least they're trying.  And eee, everyone on it is so cute.  Also, as a former Ohio show-choir geek, I love seeing that whole world given the cracktastic treatment it deserves.

/squee  Cheesy

More OT: I never really saw the appeal of that show.  The only real entertaining bits that I've seen are some of Jane Lynch's character's lines.  But yeah, not quite progressive as it thinks it is.
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« Reply #12: October 22, 2010, 11:55:52 pm »

But yeah, not quite progressive as it thinks it is.

Understatement of the year. I'm getting really really tired of their constant slut-shaming.
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« Reply #13: February 18, 2011, 02:30:06 am »

Seriously, enlighten me. It seems half the people I know are dying to watch it and I'm dying to know why. OK, so it's based on 'real life'. But unlike something like Milk (gay rights) or Made in Dagenham (women's rights) it's about the life of people who, at the end of the day as far as I can see, have created something which enables me to see how many people are playing Farmville.

So...why??
I am trying my darndest not to see it but dammit if Trent reznor didn't do the whole movie score.
I've heard good things about the bleak music in the movie,so nowi really want to get the score.
I still don't want to see the movie tho. he'll I donteven HAVE a face crack account.
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