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New Media Loves “The Social Network”

New Media Loves “The Social Network” (photo)

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A bunch of early reviews of David Fincher’s “The Social Network” appeared online this morning. And online is the key word here, since a select group of movie websites got to see and review the film before the trades like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter who are the traditional firsties in situations like this. Call it a sign of the old media/new media times, or a carefully chosen maneuver designed to play to the film’s tech-savvy core audience, or both.

So, the reviews. They’re all raves, and that may be underselling it. Here are the most pullquotable — or, in the case, retweetable — highlights. From Quint, at Ain’t It Cool News:

“I was blown away. I went in with high hopes and the movie was everything I wanted and more…I loved this movie and I think it officially kicks off the 2010 Oscar race.”

Erik Davis, from Cinematical (and this was the most critical of the bunch):

“David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin turn some fairly dry, nerdy content about fairly dry, nerdy characters into one of the must-see films of the year.”

Devin Faraci,, who gave the film a 9/10 score:

“It’s a great film not just about the founding of Facebook, not just about living in the modern digital age, but also about the very impetus for creativity…an All the President’s Men for the Farmville generation.”

Peter Sciretta, /

“The Social Network is Fincher’s best film since Fight Club…It is also my favorite movie of the year (so far).”

Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub,

“Every now and then, a film comes along that perfectly taps into the zeitgeist. “We blew it,” in the 60s with Easy Rider, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good,” in the 80s with Wall Street, and today “I’m CEO, bitch” in David Fincher’s latest masterpiece, The Social Network.”

“The Social Network” opens October 1 and will also be the opening night film at this year’s New York Film Festival, where we’re planning on reviewing it ourselves.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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