A Reason I Don’t Take Hollywood’s Complains About Piracy Too Seriously

Every once in awhile I write about how lazy Hollywood seems as far as movie piracy goes, and this seems to prove it.

I was looking for a trailer for the upcoming Western horror movie, Bone Tomahawk, on YouTube when I found a link to ‘Watch HD Full Movie.

Now keep in mind I wasn’t even looking; imagine what I could have located it I actually put forward a bit of effort.

The site–which I didn’t join–shows posters for Minions (which is currently in theaters), Fantastic Four (which isn’t), as well as Jurassic World and Magic Mike XXL.

And while there’s probably isn’t any more money that Jurassic World can gain that it doesn’t already have, it’s still a bit problematic.

I get the feeling that if Hollywood spent less time trying to impose technologies like Ultraviolet on people, and spent more going after seemingly low-hanging fruit, like ‘Watch HD Full Movie,’ then life would be easier for everyone.

Can We Stop Fetishizing Black And White Movies?

I will admit that some movies look better in black and white than color.  It’s often striking how the contrast between light and dark can create a sense of tension, of drama.

I was going to watch A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night when I noticed that it was shot in black and white, and I almost immediately lost interest (I haven’t watched it yet, though I will at some point) because what also tends to come with a lack of color is an odd sort of snobbery, as if just by being made in black and white it’s somehow elevated.

Which is tiring because, let’s be honest, the only reason that there’s black and white anything is because color had not been invented yet.  If it had, black and white movies and television would probably be relegated to boutique and prestige-type projects (which is oddly ironic because that’s for the most part how it’s used these days.

Two of my favorite movies, Twelve Angry Men, and Anatomy Of A Murder are done in black and white, and they’re both gorgeous.  That being said, if they were originally made in color would that somehow lessen their impact?  Would E.G. Marshall, Henry Fonda or James Stewart’s performances somehow be diminished because of it?

I’d doubt it (though that’s not to say that we should go back and colorize movies because that typically looks odd, particularly flesh tones, which often look garish).

Besides, there’s one important reason why color came into dominance, namely its the way people actually see (for the most part).

By way of analogy, it’s as if you had a choice between an ice-cold Heineken and a ice-cold Old Milwaukee, and you decide to go with the latter.

Which is a valid choice, but also one I have absolutely no understanding of.

Old Milwaukee beer

Friends don’t let friends drink pretty bad beer.

Tom Cruise: Going Boldly

You know what?  I honestly think that Tom Cruise is a bit of a nut, and the feeling of well-being he often attributes to his faith are more than likely the insulating effects of money and influence.

That been said, you have to give the guy credit because most any other actor–with the possible exception of Jason Statham–would have either let the stuntman handle the dangerous stuff, or rely on CGI to get the job done.

And in some instances I am reasonably safe in saying that he does just that.  Yet, as the video shows, Cruise is hanging from the door of an airplane that’s in the process of taking off.  Now keep in mind that he’s tethered to a safety line, which will be digitally removed–but it’s an awfully thin one–and that if the stunt were to go in any way pear-shaped the likelihood is high he would be killed.

Though the likelihood that he would fall was probably pretty remote, but doesn’t change how absolutely terrifying what he’s doing feels for me watching it, never mind having to do it.

Why You Should Be Watching “United States Of Tara” On Netflix

Part of what makes Netflix (and services like Hulu) so awesome is that whenever you see a series, no matter when it was actually released, it’s new to you.

Having recently watched Keir Gilchrist in Dark Summer I was impressed enough with his performance to seek out more of his work, so when I learned that he also starred in Showtime’s United States of Tara I decided to give it a watch.

And it’s a surprisingly entertaining show–though that may have a little to with me binging on it.

And the first thing that came to mind is that United States of Tara initially feels like a Weeds clone (which aired on HBO), down to the opening and theme song, while different, plays visually and aurally similar to Little Boxes.

Little Boxes

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My Last Ant-Man Trailer

I have officially reached the point of trailer saturation–when a trailer starts to reveal more information than I am comfortable knowing, as far as Ant-Man is concerned, at any rate.  Like when Hulk caught Iron Man during the first Avengers–which was featured prominently in the trailer–I honestly don’t want any more surprises, no matter how small someone thinks they are, spoiled.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve already got my ticket for Thursday (Yea!) but now they’re just preaching to the converted, and there’s no need.  I also get that that I am not the only person they’re promoting the movie for, but was giving away that Ant-Man meets the Falcon really necessary?

So no more Ant-Man trailers (other than to add to the upcoming review).

And The Verdict Is…Ant-Man Is A Hit!

The reviews have started coming, and so far they’re looking pretty good.  IGN and Comicbookmovie are very positive (in some instances gushingly so.  The latter calls Ant-Man “Easily one of the top Marvel movies to date.”).

Though things aren’t all rosy, because Alsono Duralde, from The Wrap says, “Ant-Man serves up jokes that don’t land and thrills that don’t thrill.”

It goes without saying that you can’t please everyone, though what’s pretty impressive is–despite it being early days yet–that Ant-Man will probably receive more positive reviews and have an oversized effect on the box office.

Are Facebook and YouTube Part Of The Piracy Problem?

Facebook logoThe rules, as far as pirating content on either Facebook or YouTube goes, I find very odd and very inconsistent.  For instance, five or six months ago, I posted a video that I made from a trip to the National Air and Space Museum.  I filmed some of the exhibits and set them to music–Cy Curnin’s Strange Ways, a most awesome song from an even more awesome albumand posted the video to Facebook, when it was soon pulled.

I later learned that this was because of the musical accompaniment.

Now my question is: I clearly didn’t ask Curnin to use his song, though is that the same as ‘stealing’ content?

And isn’t stealing in some ways is similar to murder, in that you can’t murder someone by accident (though you could not intend to kill someone, which the law recognizes as manslaughter– despite its obviously patriarchal origins).

Though back on point, considering that I purchased the music that I used in the video, wasn’t my usage only an extension of the rights that accompanied that purchase in the first place?

Or do I, as someone who’s actually purchased the song, have any rights at all as far as its usage goes?

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