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Steal This Film

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Regardless of how you feel about the legality or ethics of filesharing of copyrighted media, you should check out Steal This Film for a straight-forward, human-scale viewpoint on where filesharing is today from the perspective of people that actively share files and the people that operate the popular Pirate Bay BitTorrent tracking site.

A low quality version of the film is available on Google Video or you can download a higher quality .mov via BitTorrent. To download a BitTorrent file I recommend one of these fine clients: uTorrent, Azureus, BitComet.

It is also interesting to look at the latest anti-piracy productions like this anti-piracy ad from Australia, and this Jackie Chan / Arnold Schwarzenegger team-up and this video titled The Global Avalanche of Piracy found in the anti-piracy section of the MPAA's website.

Aardvark'd For Sale

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Joel Spolsky of FogCreek software thought there should be more movies about software development so he hired a film student to document the development of a product at his company this summer and the editing is almost complete. The movie is titled Aardvark'd and you can pre-order it for the December 1st release. I just ordered mine.

The Girl Next Door

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Elisha Cuthbert I rented The Girl Next Door a few days ago when I needed a movie that wouldn't make me think. The main actress turned out to be Elisha Cuthbert, the blonde daughter bimbo from the hit TV show 24. Thankfully, in the movie, she doesn't once sob uncontrollably or wave a gun around, and instead plays an 18 year old porn star questioning her life's decisions. The almost-highschool-grad hero of the story falls in love with her and does his best to be the good guy she always really wanted. Highschool tripe mostly, but there were enough funny lines to keep me entertained. Among other things.

In my mind though, Elisha Cuthbert is and always will be Kim Bauer. Numerous times during The Girl Next Door I caught myself thinking "Jack is going to be so pissed when he sees this."

Aileen Wuornos

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I just watched the movie Aileen: life and death of a serial killer an intense documentary created around interviews with Aileen Wuornos the first female serial killer in America. We learn about her life, see scenes from her court cases, and watch her gradually become less rational and coherent as her execution date approaches.

Quite frankly she scared the hell out of me. The movie Monster with Charlize Theron was excellent, but didn't come close to portraying the true anger and insanity that this woman possessed.

Definitely worth a rent, but like Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says on the back cover: "her eyes, radiating madness, will haunt your dreams."

Criterion Collection

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If you are on the lookout for a good movie to watch, check out movies released through the Criterion Collection. In their own words:
Criterion began with a mission to pull the treasures of world cinema out of the film vaults and put them in the hands of collectors.
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In our seventeen years, we've seen a lot of things change, but one thing has remained constant: our commitment to publishing the defining moments of cinema in the world's best digital editions.
Their selections are not always what is expected. For instance, they released The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but they also released The Rock. The released Brazil, but they also released RoboCop. An interesting and eclectic selection for sure. A full list of their collection is here.

So far, from working from their list of releases, I haven't been disappointed. According to my brother, who works at a video store, each new Criterion release is only available for a short time fir purchase so they don't pay licensing fees indefinitely. Keep watch on the coming soon section and then keep your 1-click-purchase trigger finger ready.

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