Oh yes. The Social Network drops this weekend. Garnering a 98% on Metacritic and a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, to say the Social Network is “hyped” would be the understatement of the century. I obviously want to see it. You should want to see it. It’s a purported cinematic tour de force based on a seemingly awful Harvard University kid. How is that not a win-win?
Anyways, the only downside I foresee to watching Social Network is PEOPLE. I despise opening weekends. Growing up in Los Angeles, they are virtually religious holidays. People would buy tickets in advance, every theater imaginable would be packed and awful. Given its hype, the Social Network could be similarly packed and awful, which is why I am giving you a second movie option: Freakonomics.
Now I will admit I haven’t seen the movie. Freakonomics opens at E Street Cinema on Friday. However, I have read the book and found it very cool. For those that don’t know, Freakonomics is a best selling book by Chicago University economist Steven Levitt, where he applies economics to nontraditional real-life situations. It covers all sorts of topics, including the relationship between a person’s name and their success, cheating in sumo wrestling, the relationship between Roe v. Wade and crime trends, among other things.
On the film side, these topics take the form of 5 documentary vignettes directed by different famous documentary filmmakers. They are: Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Seth Gordon (The King of Kong), Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp). So yes, there is a potential risk of the film being disjointed, but all in all, how cool is that idea??
I also love E Street Cinema. They have so many wonderful independent films, serve alcoholic drinks, and the theaters are intimate. However, if you would rather watch at home, Freakonomics, keeping with the book’s off-kilter economic fashion, has ALREADY released the film on iTunes. Not sure how the strategy will work out for them, but they are flipping the movie business model completely. Check it out!
(OH and as a sidebar, Gordon’s The King of Kong, a documentary about a battle to be the champion of Donkey Kong, looks AMAZING. It got great reviews. See, I like video games…on occasion )