DIRECTOR: Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost
GROSS: $2,236,110 (as of October 10th, 2010)
it says it right there in all capital letters (so you know it has to be important) on the film's poster, "don't let anyone tell you what it is." so i won't. but, that doesn't mean i can't tell you that Catfish is a "must see film" - i love using standard film reviewer pull quotes sometimes (now, if only this was a film that would make you "laugh and cry" or take you on a "roller coaster thrill ride").
in 2007 (don't worry, i'm not gonna "tell you what it is") photographer nev schulman received a painting in the mail. it was from an 8-year-old girl who had done a painting of one of his photographs. this was the first of many paintings to come and began a correspondence with said girl, her mom and her very hot 19-year old sister via facebook, email, phone calls, text messages, etc.... a few months in, nev's brother ariel and their friend henry joost decide to start documenting the story and so begins Catfish.
the film is very relevant in how so much of the story plays out online, with facebook kind of at the centre of it all. i really do want to tell you more, but i won't. i want you to see this film with as little knowledge about it as possible. personally, once i read the tagline on the poster (i happened by it on my way between screenings at the toronto film festival) i avoided any information about the film. i didn't even read the the small write-up on my flixster phone app when i checked into the times it was playing at my local cinema.
ok, i am maybe a little over-geeky when it comes to movies and such. but there really is something nice about seeing a film fresh and without any knowledge of what it is about (which is in complete contrast to how we usually go into a film - after having watched the give-away-too-much trailer).
now, it should be noted that there is quite a bit of controversy over the film (i just spent the last 20 minutes reading message board arguments - and surprisingly most of them were actually pretty coherent and didn't involve swearing and mother jokes). i am not going to even tell you what the arguments are about.
so watch the film and then lets make the comments section for this post a spoilers-allowed zone where you can tell me and others what you think about the film and the controversy surrounding it.
i know Social Network came out a couple weeks ago, but given all the historical inaccuracies in that story, it could be argued that Catfish (depending on where you come down on the controversy) is the "real" facebook movie out now.