It’s been a while since I checked up on how the documentary about the Pirate Bay was doing. Been over a year since the trailer came and now there’s news that editing will begin in November 2011 according to this, impressive. After spending some time reading old entries in “the making of the TPB-AFK-blog”, I can highly recommend you do the same!
This is quite odd and I feel ashamed that I’ve missed it. Apparently, “the Hunt for Gollum”, the ‘inspired by Lord of the Rings’ independent movie by fans has been released. I thought it wasn’t happening until later this year, but this $3,000 budget production is already available over at thehuntforgollum.com.
I have to say that I’m rather impressed, both by the timing of making it free and only available online – but also from the quality, rating it only off the trailer so far. It seems like someone did their PR and viral lesson.
The Hunt For Gollum is an unofficial not for profit short film by a group of enthusiast filmmakers. As a Lord of the Rings Fan Film, we are not affiliated with the Tolkien Estate or New Line Cinema and are producing this project as an entirely non commercial film. As with other fan films we are making this purely for the enjoyment of the material and the experience of making a high quality low budget film.
As a non-profit production, the entire film will be released online for FREE download only on the internet on www.hunt4gollum.com
Without giving a full review, all I can say is that it comes highly recommended by yours truly! Check out the trailer (HQ applies) if you’re wondering whether it’s worth the effort.
Wow! Check this list out that was put together by Torrentfreak.com, it shows the Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of 2008. Torrents have obviously been around for a good while now ‘on the market’, but I think it’s safe to say that in 2008 it became more common knowledge than ever. The Dark Knight tops the list with a good million, and rightly so. I was a bit disappointed when I noticed that it had dropped to #4 on IMDB’s Top 250 movies of all times. The Dark Knight now has the same rating as Pulp Fiction (8.9) – and almost equal the number of votes.
Anyway, back to the piracy. If you add the top 10 up, and bare in mind that this is only from BitTorrent sources (meaning; no ‘old school’ sharing such as DC++, and no ‘new school’ such as Rapidshare) – you get a neat number of 52.49 million downloads.
If you remember my post Avril Lavigne passes 100 million views on YouTube, you know that I like comparing these kind of numbers to country population (even though it’s completely unrealistic, I know). So here we go again:
- Almost all of Italy downloaded anyone of these movies once.
- Everyone in Chile, The Netherlands, and Australia downloaded anyone of these movies once.
- In Sweden, everyone could have (and probably did) downloaded 6 of these movies (and added another outside the list).
- In Denmark, everyone could have downloaded all 10 of them.
There you have it.
I saw Charlie Wilson’s War the other day. It’s a true story, a portrait about Charlie Wilson, a politician in the U.S. House of Representatives from the Second District of Texas, who pretty much single handed helped get funds into Afghanistan to drive out the Soviets and thereby end the Cold War in the late 80s.
This is a movie that has somewhat slipped under the radar for me, despite having a cast with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, where the last is absolute brilliant – yet again (he got nominated for an Oscar).
“Good Time Charlie” was the nickname that Charlie Wilson picked up for his notorious personal life. He staffed his office with young, tall and attractive women who were dubbed “Charlie’s Angels” by other members of Congress. In 1986 Charlie was actually put on the spot by U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani, who in his hunt for white collar crime, investigated Wilson for allegedly snorting cocaine at a hot-tub party with naked women in Las Vegas. In 1993, Wilson was given a special award by the CIA’s director, recognising him as ‘an honoured colleague’ of the clandestine intelligence community.
Charlie Wilson was also a quote machine, check out this beauty:
“You can teach them to type, but you can’t teach them to grow tits.” (On the question “does the Congressman only hire beautiful women? ” to one of his secretaries).
The most classic quote is of course in the last title card:
“These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world…
…and then we fucked up the end game.” – Charlie Wilson
Good movie. Indeed.