A couple of firsts

Many moons ago I posted to this blog a couple of movie trailers for “Machete” and “The Social Network.”
Although both movies seemed interesting to me I basically put my post up to practice the art of embedding Youtube videos (for those that can’t tell — I’ve done alright).

It was last night that I finished watching both these movies in the comfort of my own home, but not before experiencing a couple of firsts.

“Machete” was the first Blu-ray I ever purchase and “The Social Network” was the first Redbox rental I’ve ever completed. Moving up the in the world right?

So let me break it down what each movie has that the other doesn’t and maybe some of you can chime in with your thoughts.

“Machete” stars Danny Trejo whose biggest line is maybe 20 words long. Jessie Eisenberg runs “The Social Network” and speaks constantly almost enough where you have to play it back. Point goes to “The Social Network.”

“Machete” has loads of violence and sex complete with decapitation (not a movie for the kiddies). “The Social Network” has lots of lawyers sitting in conference rooms. Point goes to “Machete.”

“Machete” has a far fetched storyline involving bloody, bloody revenge. While “The Social Network” is loosely based on real life and Zuckerberg for no reason seems to take out revenge. Point goes to “The Social Network.”

“Machete is written in part by Robert Rodriguez, who purposely went over the top. “The Social Network” was written by Aaron Sorkin who was purposeful. Point goes to “The Social Network.”

“Machete” left me waiting for more action and pumped for more explosions. “The Social Network” left me feeling sorry for the world’s youngest billionaire. Point goes to “The Social Network.”

So there you have it. I normally don’t take a drama over a gore fest but it was that good. Look for it to clean up a few Oscars.

2 thoughts on “A couple of firsts

  1. I too finally got around to watching “The Social Network” this weekend. I found myself rooting for the rude, tactless Zuckerberg character and I haven’t figured out why yet. (Well, one reason is that I thought Jesse Eisenberg was that cute, hapless kid from the movie “Juno” but I just goggled it to be sure and that was Michael Cera. Huh.) Anyway, in movies and biopics about our beloved and iconic creative geniuses, artists, and musicians where the main character is tactless, selfish or leaves loved ones behind in the dust, I usually have a hard time suspending disbelief and sympathizing with the creative hero – even though his or her struggle and ultimate glory is the point of the movie! Boy, I wish I could think of some movies that I couldn’t get my head around instead of the 2 examples I’m going to mention and get slammed for. I recently saw 2 documentaries. One was on John Lennon. The POV was of Lennon’s genius but what I saw was a guy who was selfish, left family and mates hanging, and was a bad dad to his oldest son. No wonder John was never my favorite Beatle. The second documentary was about the Buddha. The dude left his young wife and newborn son to go off and find “enlightenment.” Great, maybe a genius teacher and philosopher, worshiped and adored by millions, and found the Truth and the Path to enlightenment but tell that to the abandoned wife and fatherless kid. Sorry son, Karma’s a bitch. OK, now I’ll go away and duck and cover.

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