Would we still be here if we didn’t have the Internet and other forms of social media? The film business is investigating the benefits and negatives of the current society and the ways in which we all communicate with one another through feature films, documentaries, and short films.
“The Social Network” is an obvious pick, but there are a few others that may be less well known. All of them, however, examine the relationship between the Internet and social media.
The Social Network (2010)
This one was bound to happen. While based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook,” “The Social Network” depicts how the social networking site Facebook was founded as well as the many legal disputes that ensued.
Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, and Sean Parker, played by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake, are all featured in the film. Despite the fact that it may not be an authentic picture of Facebook’s founding, it masterfully uses Zuckerberg’s life as a metaphor for communication and alienation in the contemporary world.
Even if it’s fictitious, Aaron Sorkin’s writing, David Fincher’s direction, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score are all top-notch in “The Social Network.”
Eight Academy Awards were nominated for “The Social Network,” with Fincher nominated for best director, Eisenberg nominated best actor, and the film taking home three awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Soundtrack, and Best Film Editing. Seventy-five percent of the critics’ top ten lists for 2010 included the film. Since its release, “The Social Network” has been mentioned as a source of inspiration for new businesses and social media. Our generation’s most forward-thinking picture is depicted in this film.
We Live in Public (2009)
Founder of JupiterResearch and Pseudo.com, a 1993 live audio and video webcasting website, Josh Harris is the subject of this 2009 documentary by Ondi Timoner. Pseudo.com filed for bankruptcy in 2000, following the deflating of the dot-com boom. Its central concern is the erosion of individual liberties brought on by the Internet.
The Sundance Film Festival screened “We Live in Public” six times. At the festival, it won the Grand Jury Prize for best US documentary.
As far as we know, Timoner is the first director to win the Sundance Grand Jury Prize twice. “DIG!” won her her first Emmy in 2004 for her critically acclaimed film. Quiet: We Live in Public, a public art project in which 100 artists were placed in a terrarium under New York City and webcams followed and recorded every movement they made, is the inspiration for the film’s title.
The Internet and social media have had such an impact on our daily lives that it may sometimes make it seem this way. Feeling like everyone is watching your every move, and how life can be so different in the internet world versus the actual world is a common experience for many people.
While documenting the lives of Ariel Schulman’s brother, Nev, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost began “Catfish” in late 2007. No one expected the months of filming to be as difficult and miserable as they found them to be. An online romance between Nev and a young woman blossomed.
Critically and financially, the picture was a smash hit. In early 2010, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. There was an MTV reality show, “Catfish: The TV Show,” which aired and has been running for four seasons since 2012. “Catfish” connections were investigated by Nev, the film’s protagonist.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus is that “Catfish may tread the line between real-life drama and crass exploitation a little too unsteadily for some viewers’ tastes, but it’s timely premise and tightly wound mystery make for a gripping documentary,” and the film has received positive reviews. As a result, the phrase “catfish” has become part of the common vernacular.
With a cast that includes Jason Bateman, Hope Davis and Frank Grillo as well as Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist and Alexander Skarsgrd, “Disconnect” examines the negative aspects of modern technology and communication via three linked stories. Henry Alex Rubin directed the film.
An ex-cop raising a cheeky son who cyber-bullies a classmate; an ambitious journalist working on a career-making story about a teen who performs on an adult-only site; and a lawyer who can’t find the time to speak with his family.
In its limited release on April 12, 2013, “Disconnect” opened in 15 theaters to a total of $124,000 in ticket sales, averaging $8,267 per theater. To put it another way, it had its widest distribution at 180 theaters in the United States and earned $1,436,900 domestically and a total of $3,428,048 overseas.
When it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, “Disconnect” was well received by critics, who agreed that it offers an important look at how modern society has become overrun by technology.
The Matrix (1999)
Wachowski brothers-directed “The Matrix” presents a dystopian future in which most people believe that reality is a virtual world dubbed “the Matrix” starring Keanu Reeve, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. Hacker Neo gets dragged into an anti-machine uprising that includes other people who have been freed from the “dream world” and who have been exposed to the machines’ truths.
The movie revolutionized special effects by introducing the notion of “bullet time,” and the film’s bullet time segments are what everyone remembers.
In addition to grossing over $460 million worldwide, “The Matrix” took home a total of four Academy Award® nominations in the technical categories. The National Film Registry included the film in its collection in 2012. There were two sequels to “The Matrix,” both of which were successful, and the Wachowskis were significantly involved in the production of comic books and video games as well as animated short films.
In the wake of “The Matrix,” audiences were left wondering if this was the future, a fusion of virtual and real worlds, and whether humans and machines could ever coexist peacefully. spectators were taken on a journey into a dystopian, utopian or hellish world that was shown in the film