October 2010 Archives
Emma Stone is on a rapid rise to stardom. The pretty young redhead had smaller parts in teen comedies Superbad and The House Bunny, but her starring roles in Zombieland and Easy A have cemented her leading-lady status. Now, she's being offered the role of Spidey's gal-pal Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, and we're torn as to whether this would be a good career move or the worst one imaginable. We made up a pros and cons list, which Stone should feel free to consult.
The box office numbers are in, and while The Social Network easily took number one for the weekend, the weekend's other new release (not counting the long-delayed Case 39) barely cracked the Top Ten. Let Me In is the remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, about a young vampire girl who moves into an apartment complex, next door to a bullied boy. It only pulled in $5.3 million, which puts it in eighth place, and raises the question, "Why bother remaking a movie that's only two years old, especially if you're going to remake it exactly?"
Despite using Facebook on a daily basis, I have never once wondered how anybody came up with it, or why. And even though I've now seen The Social Network, I probably still don't know, but I still don't really care. All I know is that the story the movie tells -- from multiple viewpoints and in a constantly flashing-back fashion -- is about a socially maladjusted genius who could have gone one way in life and ended up a millionaire, but instead went another way and ended up a billionaire, albeit with two multi-million dollar lawsuits against him. And it's the most entertaining movie I've seen all year.