This is a very slow week for DVDs. Very slow. Like two movies and a smattering of TV shows-level slow. But there’s good new – the film of the year – The Social Network – makes its triumphant debut on DVD which means all the people I know who haven’t seen the movie yet can finally stop bugging me about when it comes out on DVD. Because it’s here! Not much else is here, but at least we’ve got one strong one! Check it out below…
The Social Network — Every year there is a film that is unquestionably the “Greatest” film of that year. And you determine it with five categories: Acclaim, Appeal, Popularity, Influence, and Zeitgeist. Let’s break down why The Social Network is 2010′s greatest:
- Acclaim — This is simple. The Social Network is simply the best-reviewed film of the year by far. It currently boasts a 95 on MetaCritic – which means the average review of the film is a 9.5 out of ten. Staggering. Second best is Winter’s Bone at a full five points behind. Let’s also include the fact that Social has won the lion’s share of critics awards so far this year.
- Appeal — Kind of hard to gauge since it’s so new, but did you meet anyone who didn’t like this movie. Nay, did you meet anyone who didn’t love ths movie. I rest my case.
- Popularity — Probably the weakest of the five prongs, but $95 million isn’t too bad a box office haul for a talky dramedy about the Internet.
- Zeitgeist — “The Facebook Movie”. Have you heard any three words spoken more with regards to film in 2010? Didn’t think so.
- Influence — Again, very hard to gauge since it’s kind of impossible to see what it would have influenced at this point. But you can be sure that somewhere a studio is trying to get a screenwriter to adapt a book as it’s being written, which is what Aaron Sorkin did here.
So there you have it – The Social Network is the greatest movie of 2010. And in case you were wondering, the same formula would give us Avatar in 2009 and The Dark Knight in 2008. Speaking of Nolan, I’d give Inception a very close runner-up to The Social Network.
Want to know what the hype is all about? Buy The Social Network on DVD.
- Piranha 3D – Buy Now
TV On DVD
Here’s the rundown of a pretty mediocre TV week:
- “ER”: Season 14 – Buy Now
- “Funny or Die Presents”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Greek”: Season 3 – Buy Now
- “Hot in Cleveland”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Rules of Engagement”: Season 4 – Buy Now
And Just So You Know, This DVD Exists…
So in case you’re wondering whatever happened to Carrie-Anne Moss, Jenna Elfman, Janeane Garofalo, and Camryn Manheim – here’s your answer!