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Beauty vs Beast: Defriended

Jason from MNPP here wishing the great Rooney Mara a happy 33rd birthday (it's tomorrow) - do you think she will have birthday pie? I like to think that once she got a taste of pie filming A Ghost Story she hasn't been able to stop. Eat all the pie, Rooney! You've earned it. Anyway I've had Rooney on the brain over the past few weeks (more than usual anyway, which is always some) thanks to the presence of Mark Zuckerberg in our lives - who can look at his face and not want to re-visit all of her take-downs in The Social Network? You're a stronger person than me if you don't find yourself muttering "Good luck with your video-game" to yourself a couple times a day. In that spirit then this week's "Beauty vs Beast"...


PREVIOUSLY I really though y'all would have to give it to Jake Gyllenhaal for his performance in Stronger but every time I doubt your commitment to actresses I get proven hella incorrect - you picked Tatiana Maslany (and I mean no knock on her, she's terrific) with 60% of your vote. Said Bushwick:

"Team Tatiana for her patience - Jake’s reluctance and sassiness and Miranda’s indoor smoking seemed much more unbearable than losing my legs!"

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Wow, this must be the easiest Beauty vs Beast you've ever done. Team Erica! This role would have been my favorite oscar win but it wasn't even nominated.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJorge

Sometimes you just need to see somebody lose.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJason

This is one Sorkin’s most electrifying scenes. I’m Team Erica because sometimes you see someone become a star (of a sort...) right in front of your areas, and it’s one of the greatest pleasures cinema. Plus she delivers that kiss-off line magnificently, with just a hint of pity and sadness colouring the brutality of the line.

So even though I’m Team Erica, you have to give it up for Eisenberg too, who charts the journey from clueless arrogance to awful realisation beautifully. It’s one of favourite performances of the decade

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIanO

Team Erica all the way - but I think (although I don't recall thinking this at the time) that Eisenberg should have won the Oscar that year.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

with the disparity between the sizes of these roles, this is obviously a test to see JUST how actressexual your readers really are. and uhh....THE RESULTS ARE IN

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian S-G

needless to say i am also team erica

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian S-G

It's not that I'm not team Zuck/Eisenberg, but this is one of the best 5ish-minute performances in the history of cinema.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Eisenberg is brilliant in this role but in the context of this scene only. Mara knocks it out of the park, sets the movie in motion and makes us as an audience probably as obsessed with her as Zucko was.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlexD

Team Erica.

The Social Network was the first film I noticed Rooney in, and the way she shoots down Jesse Eisenberg's intolerable megalomaniac (who I agree, should have won the Oscar!) in the film's opening scene is freaking iconic. This is how you curb male entitlement with flair, ladies!

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Mark gets some great lines/scenes, but Erica is the only person to justifiably put him in his place. My vote goes to her.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom

This movie is a heterosexual nightmare.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

What Bushwick said was obviously hyperbole but holy shit that was an ableist priveledge thing to say. How in the hell is being in a situation you put yourself in with some guy anywhere near as bad as losing your legs by way of complete and utter random occurence?!

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKris01

U r asking us to pick btw a smart-ass jerk n the cool sassy gal who dumped him? I tink the choice is v clear 😂

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

Come on! Rooney Mara (a fantastic actress) does not even give the best female performance in The Social Network. Dakota Johnson (so entertaining and charismatic) and Rashida Jones were better. Of course my vote is for Jesse Eisenberg.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHarmodio

I am highly anticipating the sequel that is unlikely to exist.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterkin

How anyone could be on Mark Z's team is beyond me.
I mean, come on. He's an asshole on and off screen.

April 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob

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