Well, I am fairly sure I finished my Works Cited page today… 8 pages of information, formatted correctly (I think). I think I have between 50 and 60 sources, though I haven’t counted to be sure. I didn’t get any of my Methods Section done today, but I don’t work until 6 tomorrow, so I’ll likely be able to get some of it done tomorrow morning/afternoon.
In other news, I finally saw The Social Network today. It. Was. Good.
Now, those who know me best know that I used to go see at least one movie every weekend… sometimes 2 (or 3) depending on how much work I had to get done. I do not have that luxury anymore. Sadness.
I totally could still go to at least one movie a week if I wanted to, but I know that any “free” time I have should be devoted to my (stupid) thesis. And I’m not even on my thesis yet… just the freakin’ proposal.
Granted, I do not spend my every waking hour on my thesis proposal. I watch a decent amount of TV at night and have been known to run errands or do activities with my parents. But I have been spending a lot of time working on my thesis proposal. And it dawned on me this week that I likely won’t be able to defend my proposal until January. (Sad face.)
Even though I sent my Introduction and Literature Review to my professor a couple weeks ago, I haven’t heard anything back from him regarding edits that need to be made. I contacted him again this week inquiring about my coding sheet and key and have not heard back about that either (though that’s not as big of a shocker – college professors need more than a couple days to look over something). But, OU’s Fall Quarter is over in about a month, and I know I’ll need to edit my stuff before I can even send it to the other two people on my committee. So, I’m thinking this proposal won’t be able to be defended until January. Which sucks like whoa… I was hoping to have my whole paper done and ready to defend then so I could then figure out what my next move would be and not have to burden my parents anymore. (Not that I’m a huge burden to them… but still, I’m almost 27 and have been living w/my parents since June. This can’t go on forever – I refuse to let that happen.)
But, I guess I will just have to roll with the punches. I did think that one benefit of defending the thesis proposal in January would fit better with my work schedule – as my place of business pretty much won’t let you take any days off in November. Friggin’ retail… like me being at work all the time in November is going to make or break the amount of money they rake in. But, after the holiday craziness is over, I’m sure my manager would be more willing to let me go back to Ohio for a few days to take care of school stuff.
Blah. Enough about school.
Let’s talk movies.
So, The Social Network.
I actually liked it more than I thought I was going to. Even though parts of the movie were fictitious, I feel like I have a slightly better understanding about the people behind Facebook. Facebook, whether we like it or not, has become a HUGE part of society. I have been a member since late 2004/early 2005. I have said “Facebook me” just like those characters in the movie. Before this movie, though, I didn’t realize the extent of the involvement of the key players in Facebook’s inception. And I seriously had no idea that Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker were (are?) colleagues.
The two things I really liked about the movie were the script and the cast.
Script – Wow, dialogue was plentiful. That opening scene between Zuckerberg and Albright was devilishly quick and utterly refreshing – it was like an infinitely better written episode of the Gilmore Girls (with better actors – natch). The pace, though quick, never felt rushed. It just seemed like something that highly intellectual people would do… spit out a lot of big words in a little amount of time. Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) is no stranger to writing dialogue-driven scripts, and I feel what he did with The Social Network is extremely fitting for the present. We live in a “now” society. The faster we can get something, the better. Why should that exclude dialogue?
Cast – Oh, Jesse Eisenberg, how I love thee… I know I’ve written on here before about how he is one of the best actors of my generation. My opinion stands strong, if not stronger, after seeing his performance as Mark Zuckerberg in this film. If you’ve ever seen Eisenberg on talk shows, you’ll know that he’s awkward as hell and seems to be uncomfortable in public. I don’t know the guy, so I don’t know if he’s just introverted, or just not used to being a public figure. But, you’d never even get that idea if you have only seen him on films. As Zuckerberg, he commands the screen whether he’s spitting out copious amounts of dialogue in a short amount of time, or executing a scathingly sarcastic comeback to any one of the number of people who is opposing him.
The rest of the cast was solid as well. Justin Timberlake, as I have commented before, is a good actor. (Don’t believe me? See Alpha Dog, and then try to tell me he’s not amazing. You won’t be able to.) Timberlake plays Parker as a cocky, yet paranoid, young man who thinks he has the whole world in front of him, but people following his every move. He’s believable and charming and annoying all at the same time. And then there’s our new Spider Man, Andrew Garfield. I guess I saw him in Dr. Parnassus, but I don’t remember his performance at all (probably because I was so transfixed on Heath Ledger…). However, I won’t be forgetting him any time soon because I was very impressed by his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin. I found myself siding with his character for a majority of the movie… he wanted to get advertisers, he set up the meetings, he wrote that algorithm. I wish the movie would have explained why Zuckerberg and Saverin were friends to begin with. To me, if someone (even a fictional non-fiction character) is that much of a jerk, another character wouldn’t stay friends with him unless there was a good reason.
And then, there were the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer times two) and Divya Narendra (Max Minghella). These guys made buh-rilliant antagonists. They just looked the part… all preppy and handsome and entitled. While they had a solid point for suing Zuckerberg, you kinda didn’t want them to win in the same fashion one probably wanted Saverin to come out on top. Hammer and Minghella were really great. The whole cast really was. Way to go, David Fincher, for crafting together such a smart movie. This *almost* makes up for the POS Benjamin Button movie.
In other media news, I watched more HIMYM reruns (god bless syndication – it was the Robin Sparkles/slap bet episode and the one where Barney and Ted didn’t get in a fight – woot). Again, I heart Jason Segel. Community, 30 Rock and Grey’s all kinda were thumbs down. (Though props to Community for hating on Ben Lyons… that made my night.)
Now, I’ll watch last week’s episode of The Office and then sleep. Work tomorrow from 6-9:15, then ROCK OF AGES on Saturday!!!!!
Have a good one