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Trailer Alert: The Social Network (full trailer)

 Well, folks, it’s here. It’s the first trailer for The Social Network where we get to see some of the actual movie. The film, helmed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield as two college students who team up to create a little website known as Facebook.

I really, really like this trailer. A lot of the dialogue will sound familiar to those who watched the teasers, but the accompanying images from the film look great. It looks like Eisenberg is branching out from his usual character to some extent, and Garfield provides a great kinetic energy, from the looks of things.

I love the opening (though I was momentarily concerned that it would make up the whole of the trailer), with all of the oh-so familiar ticks of Facebook that have now become part of our culture, and the use of a choral version of Radiohead’s “Creep” fits really well.

The film looks a bit heavier than I’d expected, but I really like the muted tone. This could make The Social Network a bigger awards contender than originally thought.

I’ll probably watch this trailer once more, and then try to avoid clips and info about the movie until its release to prevent my expectations from getting any higher than they already are. I’m cool like that.

Trailer Alert: The Social Network (Teaser Trailer #2)

After it was announced that David Fincher’s The Social Network will be making it’s world debut at the New York Film Festival, a second teaser for the movie was released. A lot of the voice-over is the same as what appeared in the first trailer, but I really like the IM subtitling of what they’re saying. According to /Film, a full-length trailer is on the way.

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Being brilliant and cultured is such a burden. Or, at least, that’s what Noah Baumbach would like everyone to believe.

In his 2005 breakthrough film, The Squid and the Whale, Baumbach digs back into his own upbringing to explore the inner workings of a fractured family. Jesse Eisenberg (who also received his break with this film) plays Walt, an intelligent but disconnected teenager caught in the middle of his parent’s messy separation (played by Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney). As well as bouncing between New York residences as part of the joint custody agreement, he also has to deal with a maladjusted younger brother, Frank (Owen Kline), and settle for a merely “cute” girlfriend.

What works so well about The Squid and the Whale is the humour that Baumbach mines from the bleakest of situations. At times, there’s a morbid hilarity in this cruelly dysfunctional family. Whether they’re attacking each other (Frank tells his mother she’s ugly) or the uncultured philistines that populate the world (basically, everyone outside of their immediate family), there’s a dark, biting wit to Baumbach’s squirmy screenplay.

It’s unusual for a film to present such relentlessly unpleasant characters. Walt is the closest thing the film has to a hero, but I hardly want to root for someone who takes his girlfriend for granted, tells his mother that she disgusts him, and fools everyone into thinking he wrote Pink Floyd’s “Hey You”.

Yet, after nearly an hour of gloomy confrontations, the film reaches a surprising emotional climax in a scene where Walt outlines a fond childhood memory. His simple description is surprisingly moving. I was amazed to find myself relating to such an insufferable character (what does that say about me?), and by the vivid feelings of childhood and nostalgia that the scene provoked in me.

Soon after, we also get to see Walt’s guarded facade crumble entirely for a brief moment, and Eisenberg plays the scene with a welcome understatement. While Linney relies on high drama and hysterics to do her best acting, Eisenberg injects heart into the most unexpected nooks of the film.

Daniels is also great as the father, Bernard, a smarmy, self-loving writer struggling to get another book published. Bernard is defeated, but so much so that he doesn’t relish tearing down others’ uncultured pursuits. The scenes that Daniels shares with Eisenberg are kinetic, even though it’s horrifying to see Bernard transferring his twisted worldview to an impressionable son.

The Squid and the Whale employs many techniques that are now associated with modern independent filmmaking. Comparisons to Wes Anderson’s quirky fare are obvious (especially since Anderson served as a producer here), and the downtrodden tone compliments Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze’s work nicely. But Baumbach offers a tense, raw alternative to Coppola’s dreamy love letters. At times employing a documentary-esque style, he keeps the visual flares to a minimum.

His editing is unobtrusively wonderful, too. At one point, a character reminds another of their distaste for Godard and his jump cuts. But sure enough, a mere couple of minutes later, Baumbach inserts his own jump cut with a knowing wink. He knows how to hit a nerve in the film’s darker moments as well, making the audience squirm with his frank camera work.

The film’s refusal to take itself seriously is a real asset. Some moments are uncomfortable to watch, yet somehow the film never becomes heavy-handed. I was totally sucked into this bizarre, off-putting world. Call it a “hipster” film if you wish, but to me, it’s just an example of great filmmaking.

10/10

Trailer Alert: The Social Network (Teaser Trailer #1)

The first teaser trailer for David Fincher’s The Social Network was released today. I’ve been geeking out about this movie for a while now, so needless to say, I’m excited.

The trailer is both intriguing and infuriating. It’s quite short, and it doesn’t actually show us any of the movie. But the voiceover is pretty effective, and Jesse Eisenberg’s jittery voice is always a welcome sound.

Movie Trailer/Poster Round-Up

As we sift through a cinematically awful summer, at least the studio execs are giving us something to get excited about. Forget Knight and Day and Salt – all the good stuff’s coming out in the last four months of the year. Here’s a look at some recently released trailers and movie posters that have me excited.

**And as a side-note, happy 100th post to me! I could also talk about how I’m approaching my 1-year blog anniversary, but let’s just get back to the movies…**

The Social Network (October 1)

Better known as “the Facebook movie”, David Fincher’s The Social Network (based on Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal) is making waves for its ultra-current subject matter. I love the first poster that they’ve released (the famous Facebook bar is great, and the photo and font are bold), and hopefully this means that a trailer is right around the corner.

Somewhere (December 22)

As I saw someone mention online, this trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere makes it look as though she’s halved the ages of her protagonists from Lost in Translation and made a rather similar movie. But by the looks of this gorgeous trailer, that’s not a bad thing at all. Even though Marie Antoinette was considered a bit of a flop (I never saw it), here’s hoping that Somewhere lives up to Coppola’s potential.

Never Let Me Go (October 1)

October 1 is shaping up to be a good day for Times Likes Those favourite Andrew Garfield (who also co-stars in The Social Network), and his work here in Never Let Me Go looks quite promising. I’ve heard about the major plot point that the trailer for Never Let Me Go alludes to, and without giving it away for those who wish to go in blind, it sounds like it’ll be a very interesting movie.

The American (September 1)

I already wrote about the trailer, which was released a few weeks ago, but this striking vintage-inspired poster for Anton Corbijn’s The American is certainly worth mentioning.

Conviction (October 15)

Formerly titled Betty Anne Waters (why did they switch to such an anonymous title?), this movie looks like Oscar bait epitomized (and it reminds me of a certain viral spoof). But nonetheless, with Sam Rockwell on board (in a role that looks like it could garner some serious awards consideration), and Juliette Lewis along for the ride, I’m intrigued.