Friday, October 15, 2010

BitchBuzz: The Social Network

My latest for which I cannibalize a bit of my review of The Social Network in order to make a different point, namely that women need to continue to squeeze their way into these clubs and make friends with the boys despite their resistance -- oh, and have the skills to do so:

The Social Network aka The Old Boys Club

By K.A. Laity
I tweeted my initial review of The Social Network: Why not spend a couple of hours with really unpleasant people? No? Well, I did so you don't have to do so. As many of you know, I am a happy user of "The Facebook" and have written about it once or twice - or maybe a lot. So I had to see The Social Network for professional reasons.


Despite the inexplicably glowing notices for it, there are all kinds of problems with this film but let me start with the most irksome because it's a problem bigger than this picture. Sorkin's screenplay paints Zuckerberg as a pathetic misogynist whose empire is based on rejection by one woman. No, I don't have a problem with that portrayal, it looks to jibe with the facts as known. It rings a little hollow, however, coming from the same misogynist Hollywood system that cannot conceive of women as anything but sexual trophies or emotional security blankets. This is film is yet another example of the dread Movies Without Women™.

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Isn't that a lovely picture from Women in Technology?
It would be tedious to mention yet again how busy I have been -- same old, same old -- so I'll just say I'm seeing Laurie Anderson tonight at EMPAC, that gorgeous venue! But right now, I'm going to head out for a walk if it's stopped raining. Much writing to do this weekend and a bit of grading, too. Still feeling fatigued -- can I keep blaming Albacon for it?


Todd Mason said...

My brother and I once annoyed Laurie Anderson by being in the front row but not joining the standing ovation all around us.

But that night wasn't worth a standing O.

Todd Mason said...

The female lead on THE LEAGUE, Katie Aselton, is one of the several people (most on DOUG LOVES MOVIES the comedian podcast) I've heard say how offputting they've found the film. It certainly didn't tempt me much...Sorkin hasn't done anything first rate since SPORTS NIGHT, though the SNL show had some nice moments. His films...well, A FEW GOOD MEN was an embarrassment, albeit to be fair it was quite a while ago.

C. Margery Kempe said...

I know people rave about him, but I've not seen Sports Night or West Wing enough to be interested. And A Few Good Men? Pass!

Todd Mason said...

I suspect that when he's writing about what he knows, such as television, he's in his wheelhouse. When he's writing about politics, he doesn't know shit from wild honey, as the kids say. SPORTS NIGHT particularly was not a Men Without Women situation, as the core of the show was Felicity Huffman character.

Todd Mason said...

So, how was Anderson?

C. Margery Kempe said...

Soon, soon!