Sunday, 17 October 2010

Watched "Social Network", discussed at Wagamama's

Very enjoyable film, discussed it at length with wife at Wagamama's. had no. 36, very filling. According to the menu (ofcourse online), no. 36 is:
chicken kare lomen
a spicy soup made from lemongrass, coconut milk, shrimp
paste, red chillies, fresh ginger and galangal. served with ramen
noodles and garnished with a marinated and grilled chicken breast,
beansprouts, cucumber, fresh coriander and a wedge of lime

I think I prefered no 37:
chicken itame
stir-fried chicken breast with bok choi, red and spring onions,
red peppers, chilli and beansprouts. served with rice noodles in
a spicy coconut and green chilli soup. garnished with coriander,
mint and a wedge of lime

Milder, less powerful, more subtler flavours. Will try next time, and oh there will be a next time.

So, back to the film.

The director had made se7en, so there was alot of expectation and it kinda delivered (rotten tomatoes has a very high grade), where the most emotional side actually was in the private legal meetings (depositions). The back turned to the meeting by one of the protagonists was interesting. That man is in this forbes list I found this evening, and also written about by Larry Cheng, and has a profile in forbes, so it was all worth the fuss he made in the film, which was called fiction by the CEO Mark Zuckerberg. I just love the use of the phrase "tent-pole events" used in this critical review, also at forbes (no I'm not promoting them just seems to be alot of quality at hand at that venue). The reviewer, Chiang, tells us that the film isnt from the tent pole events of facebooks first year but actually from a book by Ben Mezrich, the accidential biilionaires, who said it was "big juicy fun", and writes about clever young men. His books all have "purchase" tags next to the blurb, which rather put me off him, and his expression on his page, i.e. one of sharpness; cant authors just smile?

Anyway, all these "clever rich young men" just made me feel stoopid. I'm not the only one :

None come younger, richer or geekier than Mark Zuckerberg, the brilliant Harvard student who founded Facebook in 2004 aged 19, and is now the world’s youngest billionaire, an ascent chronicled in The Social Network, a riveting, era-defining picture that is guaranteed to make you feel very stupid in comparison and very very poor.

I comfort myself that perhaps they cant play like this. Hang on, Hold up! isnt all their value tied up in stocks? i know its high valuation, but will anyone buy $1.3 billion worth of shares?

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