HDMR: The Social Network & The Town

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What is this Bianca, you are actually going to keep up the HDMR schedule? Why yes, I do believe I will endeavor to do so. With that said, here are two more flicks that are available for rent at Redbox, Blockbuster, and will soon be On Demand if they aren't already. On with the reviews:

The Social Network
I'd been going back and forth about watching this movie, but 'lo and behold I was given a free coupon code for Redbox, so I figured I would give it a go. Everyone knows this movie as a movie about the story of Facebook, or The Facebook Movie. What you don't know is the "history" of Mark Zuckerberg and other players in the Facebook game. Written by Aaron Sorkin, early on, it received much critical acclaim, even earning  4 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture - Drama. This movie is captivating and I found myself in subconsciously trying to psychoanalyze the character that is Mark Z. Was her purposefully socially awkward or just that way? And I know many people are going to disagree with me on here, but I never saw past Justin Timberlake as Justin Timberlake. Don't get me wrong, he played sniveling, scheming devils' advocate very well. But I still saw him as Justin Timberlake. Anyway, the supporting players were great. I particularly enjoyed Andrew Garfield's performance as Wardo! This was a very interesting story and it was great to see everything that I had read on Wikipedia come to life. I would definitely recommend this as a rental, but I'm not exactly sure if it deserves Picture of the Year. Then again, I haven't seen all of them, but still. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out.

The Town
First thing you must know is that I watched this when I was beyond delirious because I'd only gotten about 5 cumulative hours of sleep. I wanted a gritty and abrasive drama filled with all sorts of colloquial dialect and intriguing mannerisms. Instead, I got a melodrama and a forced history lesson shoved down my throat, where the only redeeming quality wasn't the eye candy, but Jeremy Renner's performance as James Coughlin. That dude is fantastic! If you only watch the movie for his performance, then you won't be disappointed. He plays the special kind of crazy that I really appreciate. ha ha! But the rest of it...well, sorry Ben Affleck, but I was too disappointed with your performance. I kept waiting for that certain punch and well, I just didn't get it. Meh. I guess if this is on TNT as the afternoon show, then go ahead and watch it. If you have a free Redbox code (score!), then check it out. And if you just need a bit of new action and you are desperate, then check it out. If you are a fan of Jeremy Renner, then check it out. Like I said, he made the movie for me.

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Coming soon, a review for a new TV show called Working Class brought to you by an opportunity from the One 2 One Network.

1 comment:

Kristen, pajama mama said...

I can't wait to see TSN-it's in our netflix queue. But I enjoyed the Town probably more than you did...although, I think i had more sleep than you before watching it. I thought, even though Affleck's performance was par for Affleck, it is noteworthy to add that he co-wrote it and this is his directorial debut. And yes, I agree, Jeremy Renner was crazy. and by crazy, i mean good. or bad. or you know what i mean.

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