The Social Network ★★★★½

I've seen David Fincher's brilliant The Social Network four times now, and I still can't believe that it lost the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director to The King's Speech, which is fine, but it was not in any way, shape or form, a better film - or better-directed film - than The Social Network.

That dialogue, that score, that masterful performance from Eisenberg (I just wish Fincher had let him emote a tad more at times) - everything from the fantastic performances of Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Justin Timberlake (who made me want to punch his character in the mouth) and Max Minghella, to the quick-fire editing make this a true modern classic. But perhaps the film's biggest accomplishment is that it manages to make an interesting, exciting story out of a bunch of horrible, rich egomaniacs sitting around in dingy rooms arguing about copyright law. Literally every character, with possible exception of Eduardo and (occasionally...) Mark, is a character you just hate. But it's a still really great film.

Some have claimed it's misogynistic, but what I think they're referring to is the misogynistic acts of the characters. The film itself is not overly misogynistic, but there were instances - such as when Mark and Sean's eyes linger on a young intern in a short skirt as she walks away from them - that I thought were definitely questionable.

The film is somewhat let down by the fact that the plot loses momentum and sags slightly after the boat race sequence, but other than that it's pretty much near-perfect. The Oscar losses will go down as one of the biggest mistakes in the Academy's history.