The Visitor

No, I’m not excerpting another Social Network rave. I’m quoting a piece of a review by Time‘s Richard Corliss because the description he offers of genius innovators like Mark Zuckerberg is sly and zingy and exactly right. The film is saying that “geniuses are abnormal,” Corliss states. “The obsessive focus that these blessed, cursed minds bring to their goals often excludes social peripheral vision. They don’t notice, or care about, the little people in their way. Zuckerberg, incarnated by Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale, Zombieland) with a single-mindedness so cool as to be lunar, isn’t inhuman, exactly; more post-human, a series of calculating algorithms. He is his own computer code — complex, and to most of those who know him, unfathomable.”

28 thoughts on “The Visitor

  1. Mark on said:

    “No, I’m not excerpting another Social Network rave.”

    Then count me out of this thread.

  2. “I know all these Social Network posts are getting tiresome”

    posted by Jeffrey Wells at 10:33 AM on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

  3. I just got my HARRY BROWN DVD from Netflix. Admit that you’re a little bit jealous.

    THE SOCIAL NETWORK will not win best picture. MALCOLM X wasn’t even nominated.

  4. It amuses me to no end that the same handful of people are expressing their displeasure with what they perceive to be the author’s obsession with “The Social Network.”

    Repeatedly. And obsessively.

  5. Social Network is awesome. Living up to and possibly exceeding the hype. Haha Mark Zuckerberg Jessie Eisenberg is gonna get an Oscar nomination.

  6. Hunter you lie. I know someone who was at that screening last night and he emailed me this morning to tell me how everyone seemed to really love it. He didn’t mention anything about applause, but he said after the screening everyone was raving about it, and no one seemed to dislike it.

    That’s why I came here this morning to see if Jeff had written anything about it.

    He was one of the skeptics and now thinks THE SOCIAL NETWORK is the film to beat. “Hands down,” he said.

  7. Hunter: was not aware I had to name check where I saw the movie. Hey everyone I was at PGA screening!! I loved the movie as did my 20-something industry guest. I did not feel compelled to deliver extended applause, much less hoot and holler. Mostly because one only does for live performance or when there is a Q&A with filmmaker. I have met King’s Speech’s competition.

  8. Hunter Tremayne is Ian Sinclair. Here’s an example of his clairvoyance:

    Ian Sinclair says …

    I would imagine the charming and delightful ENCHANTED would look a pretty good option on the ballot box if the other pictures are the grim THERE WILL BE BLOOD, AMERICAN GANGSTER, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and ATONEMENT. If it does gangbuster business it could easily capture a PGA nod which will help it. Of course, BEOWULF is the must-see picture of the season, and will take a huge chunk of change out of ENCHANTED’s potential box office.

    Posted by Ian Sinclair at November 5, 2007 6:41 AM

    Ian Sinclair says …

    Do not be fooled by the trailer: Enchanted is a wonderful Disney picture of the classic school, quite as good as Mary Poppins. Walt himself would have absolutely adored it. It is hard to remember when I last enjoyed a picture as much. The whole cast is wonderful, especially Timothy Spall and Susan Sarandon, but Amy Adams’ performance is absolutely iconic; if my daughter is any judge, Amy Adams is soon to be worshipped as a goddess by young girls the world over. Even the songs are terrific.

    Posted by Ian Sinclair at September 29, 2007 12:29 PM

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