Friday, October 1, 2010

Double Feature: The Social Network & Speed Dating

Each Friday, we will offer up two movies that are scheduled to be released within the accompanying weekend. We know, we know. It’s hard to come across blogs who ever actually get movie talk right. That’s why we won’t say much. A trailer. A paragraph. And boom – all you need to know about what new movies you can take your beautiful object of affection to see this weekend. It's like going to the drive-in movie theater. Remember those? So much fun. Thank us later, not now.

The Social Network

Never have I turned so quickly and so swiftly on a movie until now. This began as a film I thought I may wind up coming across on DVD someday. Now, I have plans to see it during its first week in theaters. I've been (kind of) accidentally keeping tabs on the press the two stars have done for this, and it's safe to say if Justin Timberlake or Jesse Eisenberg weren't both in this movie, I may not have as much interest. They say it makes Zuckerberg look awful, but I tend to like awful people from time to time. Will this make me finally buckle down and begin my own Facebook page? Absolutely not. But will it teach me something about the origin of where the phenomenon came from? It seems that way, and that's why I'm as drawn to it as I am. Well, that and Rashida Jones, the prettiest girl Jim Halpert ever dated, also plays a role somewhere within the walls of this movie. This may be the most surprisingly good movie of the year. And now that I'm finally willing to go into it with an open mind, the sky's the limit, friends. Now go update your status to "excited."

Speed Dating

We could have went with that horror flick that Renee Zellweger is starring in, but I don't have any idea what it's about. So I thought to myself: If I'm going to really have to write about a movie I have no interest in (or no knowledge about), I might as well make it about a movie absolutely nobody has heard of. So alas, we land on "Speed Dating," a pseudo romantic comedy (yay!) starring a slew of African-American actors I've never seen before. There are familiar faces here (and even a Tom Green sighting!), though I will force you actually play the trailer below to find out who they are. Is this going to open anywhere near you? Of course not. Will it be on DVD by next Thursday? Sure looks like it. But this is a hell of a lot better than another "Well, it's almost Halloween, so we must put out a scary movie with a pretty face in it" film that will be polluting theaters for the next four weeks. Yes, this is cheesy, but at least no one dies (or at least, we think no one dies).


  1. I'm really excited for The Social Network. David Fincher (Fight Club) directed it plus Trent Reznor scored it. Ebert called it the best film this year.

  2. Yeah, I'm beginning to read EVERYWHERE now that it's a likely Best Picture contender. Never would have thunk.

  3. Well, when you think thrilling subjects, Facebook is not near the top. I had my doubts when this was announced, but now I'm going to see it tomorrow.

  4. It looks dark. And Eisenberg looks fabulous. Perfect fit. And I'll always dig JT.