Film Screening 25th February, 2011

Poster for The Social Network

The Social Network 

8:00 PM, 25th February, 2011
No Guests

  • M
  • 120 mins
  • 2010
  • David Fincher
  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer

Love it or hate it, Facebook has affected most of us in some way. Even if you don't use it, you have probably heard your friends talk about it. The Social Network depicts the origins of Facebook and the personalities behind it. But it is selling the movie short to say that it is just about the founding of Facebook. It's more a story of friendship, ambition and betrayal.

Eisenberg does a great job of portraying Mark Zuckerburg, the creator of Facebook and the youngest billionaire in history. He comes across as a calculating genius, who is determined to get what he wants, no matter the cost. Timberlake is very convincing as Sean Parker, the sleazy founder of Napster, who becomes involved with the direction of Facebook.

Director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) has yet again focused on delivering great characters and snappy dialogue. The Social Network is very well written and I believe that it would have been a successful movie even if it hadn't been based on a familiar subject.

After I saw it, I rushed home to do some in-depth research (wikipedia) to see how much of it was really true and it seems to have the general facts correct but I'm sure some liberties have been taken here and there.

You may come away from the movie thinking that Zuckerburg is a douche and may be tempted to delete your Facebook account but you'll enjoy the ride.

Kathy Bakewell

Poster for Machete


10:15 PM, 25th February, 2011

  • MA
  • 106 mins
  • 2010
  • Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis
  • Robert Rodriguez, Álvaro Rodríguez
  • Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba

Starting life as a fake trailer made for the Grindhouse double feature, Machete is another over the top, exuberant action film from Robert Rodriguez. Danny Trejo reprises his role as the Mexican machete-wielding protagonist bent on destroying… well… most of the rest of the cast.

It’s exploitation film style, so the plot is unimportant. Needless to say it revolves around removing the heads and limbs of the men and the clothes of the women. The star-studded line up also includes Jeff Fahey, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan and Cheech Marin.

Machete is not to be taken seriously, with overblown action stunts, plenty of gore and tongue-in-cheek humour. The issue of illegal immigration and serious message about the way some right-wing American politicians deal with the illegal immigrant question is something that Rodriguez and Maniquis attempt to address, but it’s hard to take any political message seriously in a film like this. If you enjoy this type of film, you’re going to have a lot of fun.

Rob Lidgard