Number 15: “The Social Network”

“The Social Network” coming in at Number 15 may surprise some people.  But anyone that knows me would not be surprised atol.

Throughout my life I have been significantly impacted by a great number of films.  Some artistically, some politically, and others philosophically.  I have come to understand there is something about storytelling that is very engaging and good at keeping my attention.  Something about setting up interesting character/s, in challenging situations and witnessing the outcome is so compelling I can hardly wait till the end and must binge watch thirteen episodes straight.  I’m looking at you “House of Cards” Season two.

But back to the movie.  This movie is insanely well done, a super cool compelling story that quite literally launched me into the world of entrepreneurship.  After I saw a bunch of “idiot” Harvard kids create a website that then made them into billionaires in a matter of months I knew I needed to throw my hat in the ring.  I didn’t quite understand the world of startups but it had this really exciting and adventurous vibe to it.  Something my accounting position for the government just didn’t contain.

I had recently read “The Four Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss as well and couldn’t have been bursting from the seems more to do something in this vein.  The way I saw it I was going to work my ass off either at a job or doing my own thing; might as well gain the maximum benefit from my efforts.

So after reading “The Four Hour Work Week” and seeing “The Social Network” I decided to move to Chicago and see what trouble I could hustle up.  Would I create the next great social network?  Probably not.  Would I have a shit load of fun and meet a ton of interesting people while doing what felt right in my core?  God yes.

I got to Chicago with $1,000 in my pocket.  I slept on my friends floor for about six weeks while slowly deciding where I would make my mark.  I did odd jobs on Craigslist until I noticed a trend.  I was above average at writing and enjoyed it as well.  One client in particular really liked how I ran their social media channels.  It was then I realized you didn’t need any products or money to start a social media marketing company.  Not even a website really.  You just needed people to pay you to do the job.

I was so sure of this I even convinced my best friend who was between jobs to join with me on the adventure.  And three plus years later I’m still at it.  Boy what an adventure it has been and continues to be.

But back to the film.  I love David Fincher’s style.  Everything is so dark and brooding.  You can barely see anyone’s eyes in his films.  Not to mention this movie is tight as a drum.  Typical Aaron Sorkin writing.

The fact that it lost the best picture race to “The King’s Speech” makes me dark and brooding with rage.  What will have a more lasting impact on our culture and art: a movie about a king from eighty years ago who gave a speech or a film about the catalyst for the biggest shift in our worldwide culture since the printing press?  If you’re a member of the academy you’d choose the former.  But being someone who was DIRECTLY INFLUENCED TO TAKE ACTION by this film I would choose the ladder.  You decide.

If you think “The King’s Speech” is the most important film to come out since WW2 then come on down to the Staged Reading of my Psychedelic Cyberpunk Film Noir screenplay “Mum Knows Best” on Sunday August 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar because we’ll be starting WW3!

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