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Right Place, Right Time: 'The Social Network' And Other Movies That Hit a Nerve

1 October 2010 10:01 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

--By Max Evry

Movies based on or inspired by real life events are commonplace, but every once in awhile one comes along that taps into something so current it hits a raw nerve with the public. This week sees the release of such a film, David Fincher's "The Social Network," based around the founding of the Facebook website, which -- at over 500 million users and counting -- is dominating human interaction the way arguably no device has since the telephone.

Currently at the height of its popularity, Facebook has been an accelerator pad for public discourse, and Fincher's film and its depiction of founder Mark Zuckerberg (the world's youngest billionaire) is less a biopic than a document of history still being written. Whether Zuckerberg and his website will still have the sway it has today five years from now is anybody's guess, but we're going to take a »

- MTV Movies Team

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Clip joint: doors

28 July 2010 9:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Put your best foot forward as we take a stroll round the best doors on film with Kevin Holmes. After you …

Few bits of furniture are so rich in symbolic meaning as the door: it can be an opening or an exit, a beginning or an ending. It can protect and guard but also trap and imprison. It holds promise or danger, and often both. And, of course, cinema itself is a doorway, a threshold to another world where anything is possible.

An open door is an invitation, but once you walk through it your life can change forever. Take Karen in Goodfellas entering the Copacabana nightclub; she isn't just entering the club, but Henry's life too – it's a classic portal.

As well as an opening doors can also be a barrier; a divider between home and the world. Hidden behind a locked door can lurk something nasty, something terrifying; an alien presence, »

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The greatest film scenes ever shot

15 March 2010 5:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We all have film sequences that stick in our minds. Some are shared by many – such as the shower scene from Psycho – others are particular to us. Here our film critic and a panel of leading movie-makers reveal their favourites. What are yours?

Who will ever forget the first time they saw the 45-second shower-room murder in Hitchcock's Psycho? I remember 1959 and 1961 as the years when my first two children were born. But the first thing that comes to mind about the year in between was seeing Psycho, which I'd been looking forward to since a radio programme I'd produced the previous October, when Hitchcock had enticingly described Psycho as "my first real horror film". Entering the Plaza, Lower Regent Street, the day the film opened, I passed the cardboard cut-out of Hitchcock in the foyer, from which a tape recording of the Master's familiar Leytonstone undertaker's voice warned us »

- Philip French

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