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THE SOCIAL NETWORK
In 2003, Harvard junior Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) was inspired to create "TheFacebook.com," a site where Harvard students could interact with each other. Along with his best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), who funded the venture, the site launches to huge success and continues to grow until the entry of Napster innovator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and then everything begins to unravel. I know what you are thinking. Another film about the dorks that work with the Internet, right? True, but it might be a good idea to mention David Fincher directs this film and the wunderkind Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay. That, in and of itself, provides the making of a sure fire home run.
Fincher's direction of the picture is what allows the film to go to the next level. With pacing that keeps you involved even during the seemingly slower segments, his edits, Sorkins script and the brilliant performance by Jesse Eisenberg, provide Social Network with a film that will entertain anyone that checks it out. The film is incredibly well done and does an admirable job of telling the complex story, in simple terms, regarding the creation of Facebook. The lesson that comes from the film has more to do with examining how friendships change once money becomes a factor. Big surprise, right? Check out The Social Network. You're sure to love it!
The Social Network
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg & Justin Timberlake
Director: David Fincher
Now Showing: in area theaters
MPAA Rating: PG-13
FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of How I Met Your Mother: Season Five or Modern Family: Season One, it is really easy! All you have to do is send me an email at Filmlords@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!
ALIEN AUTOPSY - Warner
In 1995, mysterious top-secret black-and-white footage, supposedly filmed during the 1947 Roswell incident, was broadcast around the world. It showed the autopsy of an alien life form. The men responsible for the discovery of the footage, buddies Ray (Declan Donnelly) and Gary (Ant McPartlin), are thrown into intense media scrutiny. But the guys have an even bigger secret. And it’s not very pretty. Based on true events, Alien Autopsy is the alternately bizarre and frequently quirky story of the two unlikely lads from London who become icons in UFOlogy with a discovery that stunned millions who’ve long searched for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Bill Pullman and Harry Dean Stanton join a cast of intriguing characters in the tale of the mystery that, in one sense at least, was truly out of this world.
COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY: Blu-ray - Sony
The larger-than-life personalities of the fashion designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and the composer Igor Stravinsky light up the period drama Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, which is rich in visual and musical details. The captivating French actress Anna Mouglalis gives her Coco a cool, steely elegance, a chilliness that pervades even the extensive and erotic love scenes. The Danish actor Mads Mikkelson plays Stravinsky, a tortured Russian composer who nonetheless has a relatively normal family life and an adoring wife. Stravinsky's and Chanel's worlds first collide in 1913, when the Ballets Russes first perform Stravinsky's avant-garde Rite of Spring in Paris, where high society is scandalized, but where Chanel becomes enchanted and intrigued with Stravinsky's music. The Dutch director Jan Kounen wisely lets Stravinsky's magical, compelling music unfold at its own rate; the ballet and music of Spring take up nearly 20 minutes of the beginning of the film. It's enough to captivate Chanel. Years later, the two meet again when Stravinsky is a penniless émigré in Paris after the Bolshevik Revolution. The two begin a cautious but purposeful dance--two independent, creative brains that cannot be constrained by social niceties or conventions. Once Chanel moves Stravinsky and his family into her country estate as a "patroness," an affair perhaps becomes inevitable.
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD - Fox
Paced to the beat of a pounding rock score, this comic flesh feast delivers both laughs and outlandish gore. No longer lumbering, moaning creatures, these lithe, feral, and cunning undead claw their way out of the cemetery and into the skulls of a human smorgasbord. They even master the art of home delivery: "Send more cops," croaks a corpse into a patrol car radio. Director Dan O'Bannon even takes pains to explain their motivation between the tributes to the granddaddy of zombie horrors.
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR - Fox
Most horror movies establish an atmosphere of normalcy, which they gradually rupture with spooky or creepy or stomach-churning images. The Amityville Horror--a remake of the 1979 movie about a possessed house that torments the family that moves into it--tosses normalcy out the window in the first five minutes, unleashing a nonstop barrage of unsettling camera angles, decaying wood and stained wallpaper, half-glimpsed shadows in motion, fast edits of grotesque ghosts, and dozens of other horror-movie devices. Whether you like the movie will depend on whether you like feeling slightly nauseated and cut off from any semblance of reality--for many people, that's why they go to horror movies.
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS - Fox
Jack Finney's classic science fiction novel has been the basis of three big-screen adaptations, beginning with the 1956 chiller Invasion of the Body Snatchers and most recently as 1994's underrated Body Snatchers. This acclaimed 1978 version from director Philip Kaufman is every bit as creepy as the '56 original, and it fits perfectly into the cycle of paranoid thrillers that thrived in American movies of the 1970s. Kaufman stylishly directs from an intelligent screenplay by W.D. Richter, while Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams lead a distinguished cast and must fight for survival as the population of San Francisco is systematically cloned by alien "pods" from a distant, dying planet.
GOOSEBUMPS: The Blob that Ate Everyone - Fox
This DVD contains three scary stories based on the children's books by R.L. Stine. The first episode is entitled "The Blob That Ate Everyone". Zack dreams of becoming a horror writer. One day after school, Zack and his friend Alex discover an abandoned shop. Inside the shop is an old typewriter. Immediately intrigued by its possibilities for his writing potential, Zack scoops up the typewriter and heads home. However, weird things begin to happen as Zack begins to type. Everything that Zack types becomes real. It begins innocently enough, with a thunderstorm, then the lights go out in the house. But when one of Zack's classmates writes about the blob that ate everyone, you can guess what happened next.
GOOSEBUMPS: Go Eat Worms - Fox
What a great program for kids! Todd must take a closer look at his love of worms when the creatures begin to show up where he least expects them, including in his bed, homework, and on one occasion, his spaghetti. A sure fire hit for those young ones looking for something fascinating just before Halloween!
NFL: History of the Minnesota Vikings - Warner
For fifty years, the North Star state has shone purple and gold, rewarding on-field excellence with the most loyal fans in pro football. Now the rich history and tradition of the Vikings are yours to enjoy in The History of the Minnesota Vikings. This exciting two-DVD set chronicles the Vikings' seventeen division titles, four conference championships, and nine alumni in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
I'M GONNA EXPLODE - IFC
From award-winning writer/director Gerardo Naranjo comes the acclaimed love story that pays homage to both Bonnie and Clyde and Godard's Pierrot Le Fou in its unpredictable energy and reckless spirit. Maru and Román (a pair of breakthrough debut performances by Maria Deschamps and Juan Pablo de Santiago) are defiant 15-year-old outcasts who connect at school, then hatch a quirky plan to fake Maru s kidnapping and run off together to Mexico City. But how far are two armed teen misfits willing to go to find the place they truly belong?
PAINTBALL - IFC
Think your video game and weekend warrior skills make you an awesome fighter? Want to bet on it? A group of strangers unwittingly do just that when they are brought together to compete in the ultimate paintball competition. Only the other side isn t firing balls of paint, it s firing real ammo. Echoing Japan s controversial underground classic Battle Royale and the best-selling series The Hunger Games, Paintball shows these people warily banding together, struggling to claim prizes like bullet-proof vests and desperately trying to discover who if anyone they can trust. Starring Brendan Mackey and Neil Maskell, this is one game the players really don t want to end.
GET HIM TO THE GREEK - Universal
The man who put the rock in raucous, Aldous Snow, returns to new levels of debauchery in Get Him to the Greek, something of a spin off of the character's first appearance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. As played by the equally naughty Russell Brand, Aldous has fallen off the wagon and is more obnoxious than ever, a condition that will make Aaron Green's job more difficult. Poor Aaron (Jonah Hill) is the goggle-eyed record-company stooge whose job it is to transport Aldous from London to Los Angeles in the course of 72 vodka-saturated hours--specifically to the Greek Theatre, where Aldous is supposed to revive his stumbling career with a comeback show. Now, given Russell Brand's raggedy hilarity in Sarah Marshall, this movie should be a slam dunk, as it imports that film's director (Nicholas Stoller), the "produced by Judd Apatow" imprimatur, and Jonah Hill in his deadpan stride.
IRON MAN 2 - Paramount
After the high-flying adventures of the first Iron Man picture, the billionaire arms manufacturer and irrepressible bon vivant Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself nursing a hangover. But not like any hangover he's had before: this one is toxic, a potentially deadly condition resulting from heavy metals bleeding out of the hardware he's installed in the middle of his chest. This is the problem Stark needs to solve in Iron Man 2, not to mention the threat from resentful Russian science whiz Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), whose father helped create the Iron Man technology. There's an even bigger problem for the film: the need to set up a future Marvel Comics movie universe in which a variety of veteran characters will join forces, a requirement that slows down whatever through-line the movie can generate. Actually, the main plot is no great shakes: another Iron Man suit is deployed (Don Cheadle), Stark continues to bicker with assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and a weaselly business rival (Sam Rockwell) tries to out-do the Iron Man suit with an army of Vanko-designed drones.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Season Five - Fox
As Friends began fading from public consciousness, it left an undeniable hole in the prime time television lineup where the "group of young professionals in a big city" sitcom sits. It's a tradition that stretches back to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but it wasn't until friends that the genre commanded such fan loyalty that it was a throne worth holding. And, wouldn't you know it, CBS, the current king of television, managed to find the perfect show to fill Friends's shoes. How I Met Your Mother follows a group of five friends in varying degrees of romantic involvement: a married couple, a man searching for his soul mate, a womanizer, and a single woman convinced she doesn't want anything long-term. It's not rocket science, but the consistently funny writing, the unending in-jokes, and great performances by Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, and Cobie Smulders make it one of the best plot-driven sitcoms running today.
MODERN FAMILY: Season One - Fox
Truly one of the funniest shows on TV right now. This "mockumentary" comedy series was created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, people behind Frasier and Just Shoot me and is just as funny as these two. Multinational, multisexual and exceedingly complicated (extended) family and their hilarious antics filmed by the Dutch TV crew. Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill - he is back!!!) is the track-suit wearing oldest member of the family who is married to a Columbian goddess Gloria (Sofía Vergara), who brings her son Manny into the family. Jay's Daughter Claire (Julie Bowen) a neurotic mother is married to Phil (Ty Burrell), a very awkward, know-it-all dad (he is not) and their 3 kids. Jay's gay son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), who just adopted a Vietnamese baby. Show consists of great characters, excellent cast and expertly written scripts. This show is funniest on any network. Start with the pilot, you will love it.