From UNIX to Facebook

What connects Jurassic Park and The Social Network?

Actor Joseph Mazzello played the young boy in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster and Dustin Moskovitz in David Fincher’s 2010 drama.

But for computer geeks, what this really shows is how we have come from UNIX:

…to status updates on Facebook:

> Jurassic Park and The Social Network at the IMDb
> UNIX and Facebook at Wikipedia


George W Bush meets Mark Zuckerberg

Back in November George W Bush went to the headquarters of Facebook to have a chat with Mark Zuckerberg.

If David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin team up again for a sequel to The Social Network, this has to be in it.

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As for the bit where they discuss Wikileaks and Cablegate, could it get any more zeitgeisty?

The man responsible for two US-led wars, the guy who invented Facebook and one of the biggest news stories of recent times all collide at this point.

Some other things to note include:

  • After leaving office Bush became a Blackberry person and is now an iPad person (although he later admits not using it too much)
  • He uses ‘The Facebook’ (notice how he calls it by the original name) and even did this awkward video address on it.
  • He doesn’t use his iPod anymore because he likes ‘the sound of birds’.

> George W Bush and Mark Zuckerberg at Wikipedia
> The Social Network review


Early reviews for The Social Network

The early reviews for The Social Network have been extremely positive with 100% scores so far on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

David Fincher’s new film about the founding of Facebook opens in the US next week and Sony has already started screening it for selected critics in order to build buzz.

Here are a selection of some of the reviews so far:

Continues Fincher’s fascinating transition from genre filmmaker extraordinaire to indelible chronicler of our times –
Justin Chang, Variety

A mesmerizing, bewildering and infuriating protagonist makes this movie about Facebook’s creation a must-see – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

On a first viewing, it seems almost indecently smart, funny and sexy. The second time around… half the time I sat there marveling at the similarities of the story, themes and structure to Citizen Kane. – Todd McCarthy, indieWIRE

It’s the finest film in many years to open the New York Film Festival – Lou Lumenick, New York Post

David Fincher’s The Social Network is Zodiac’s younger, geekier, greedier brother. That means it’s good, as in really good. It’s the strongest Best Picture contender I’ve seen so far this year – Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

…the most culturally relevant film Scott Rudin has produced since 1998′s “The Truman Show.” But while that film was a potent forecast of where we were heading as an entertainment-hungry society, this one is no less significant for its depiction of the here and now. – Kris Tapley, In Contention

At the moment it has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 100 score on Metacritic, but this will obviously change once more reviews are published.

I suspect there could be something of a traditional media backlash to the fervour of these early reactions, like there was for Inception earlier this year.

However, this is a good start for Sony and the team positioning this for a shot at the Oscars. The most interesting question is how much awareness there is amongst the broader public.

Amongst film and tech geeks on the web it is eagerly anticipated, but how many of Facebook’s estimated 500 million users are actually going to see this?

The marketing campaign has been slick and clever but it will be fascinating to see how mainstream this film actually goes.

Reportedly Mark Zuckerberg has seen it, even though he said he wouldn’t. But did he like it?

I somehow doubt it will end up on his list of favourite movies and TV shows.

> Official site
> Reviews of The Social Network at Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic


Trailer: The Social Network

This is the first full length trailer for The Social Network, the upcoming film about the founding of Facebook.

Adapted from the 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich, it is directed by David Fincher and stars Jesse Eisenberg (as Mark Zuckerberg), Justin Timberlake (as Sean Parker) and Andrew Garfield (as Eduardo Saverin).

The film will be released in the US on October 1st and in the UK on October 15th.