The Social Network ★★★★★

"I'm 6'5, 220, and there are two of me."

A culture engrossed in status. We hold our status over others, strive to be like those above us, ask and assume the status of those around us, steal ideas to get ahead, push away friends to replace with new ones, work hard, exact revenge, comment, like, post. Fincher and Sorkin present life as a series of algorithms; robotic processes imprinted throughout our days to bring us to an eventual and hopeful succession, with chaos ensuing as these processes cross paths. One of the most interesting moments is when one of the Winklevoss twins finally decides to sacrifice his "gentleman of Harvard" status and mindset to take back what is rightfully his - but of course, this dramatic change of viewpoint is only relevant within the confines of his own life, contrary to what he seems to believe. To The Social Network, the social functionality of the Internet, as messy, self-obsessed, and relentlessly upfront as it is, is no different than that of the real world. The result is fascinating. Jesse Eissenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Armie Hammer really are amazing here. And that cinematography is jaw-dropping.

To think there was actually a point in time where I only gave this four stars.

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