I thought I’d introduce myself on this blog by sharing a few of my personal favourite (or favorite – depending on where in the world you’re reading this) films.
I have far too many films that I adore to make this a fully comprehensive list, and there are quite a few genres and styles of films that may be unintentionally skipped over throughout the process of this countdown. Additionally, some of these films may not be in *your* top 10, or even your top 100, but, film is subjective, and so are reviews, so, enjoy! Or don’t.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
The 2010’s had some truly remarkable films, however one that will stick with me forever is David Fincher’s The Social Network. There are several factors that contributed to making this an excellent film, however the one that sticks out for me is the writing. Anyone who knows or follows screenwriting knows that the Godfather of modern screenwriting is Aaron Sorkin, and this movie – like the majority of his other projects – reads more like a 5-act Greek tragedy than a Hollywood film. Additionally, Jesse Eisenberg channels Sorkin’s words to create a remarkable Mark Zuckerberg.
The film is scored beautifully by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (From Nine Inch Nails) with a soundtrack almost as innovative and ground-breaking as Facebook itself. Both composers went on to compose the soundtracks for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, and Bird Box. They will also score Pixar’s upcoming animation, Soul. All in all, it’s a pretty impressive career in film composition that was most definetly kick-started with this powerful soundtrack (and their success with Nine Inch Nails, but we already knew that, because I put it in brackets in this paragraph).
The main reason this film makes my top ten is not that it serves as a time-capsule by capturing the innovation of the social network bubble in which we essentially live today, but that it is as ballsy as Mark Zuckerberg himself. I never knew that a film could be arrogant until I watched this – but it can, and it works.