"A mesmerising psychological thriller" said Variety of Blackfish. I guess I see why it’s important to market a film like this, and the genre as a whole, as something closer to a mainstream narrative movie - and if the film is thus seen by a larger audience then i’m glad it works. But the campaign came across as a little hyperbolic and does not serve to underline the beauty, quiet and calm arguments that Blackfish presents.
Watching Kick-Ass 2 was a little bit like seeing Robocop 2 for the first time. Everything that should be in there IS in there, but equally there is something just a little bit off about it all. It’s more violent than it’s predecessor and more ambitious but it’s without heart or style. It’s setup as a very silly movie that ends up being just that, a very silly movie. It’s simply the sum of it’s parts and lacks the humour, originality and freshness of the original film. The promise of the first film, of the consequences of vigilantism - that was teased and abandoned there with glee and aplomb - is totally absent from Kick-Ass 2.
There will be a lot of films over the next 365 days from some of my most favourite filmmakers, that for whatever reason I haven’t seen before. Often Bad word of mouth or being disappointed with the filmmaker’s previous film will give me reason to avoid them. Sometimes circumstance just gets in the way. Cosmopolis is a film in which the former stopped me.
I think I can safely say that Super Meat Boy has been pirated at least 200,000 times. We are closing in on 2 million sales and assuming a 10% piracy to sales ratio does not seem unreasonable. As a forward thinking developer who exists in the present, I realize and accept that a pirated copy of…
…but that tweet was brilliant satire of our culture. You hated it? Don’t watch TMZ. That’s all they do. Rip people to shreds. Don’t watch E! They attack like dogs. Are you enjoying the people attacking someone for wearing a not so good dress? Kudos. Feel good about yourself. That poor son of a…
Simon Ings writes:
Google’s swooshy new concept video for augmented reality goggles (or “spex”, if you will) has certainly put the virtual cat among the digital pigeons. An attempt, perhaps, to leapfrog the iPad – if Google can persuade us that what we really want is headwear that will let us…
What is the intent of SOPA/PROTECT IP?
The stated intent of the bills is to provide tools for law enforcement and copyright holders to protect their intellectual property rights.
What’s wrong with protecting copyrights?
Nothing! The devil, as they say, is in the details. PROTECT IP and SOPA will cause too much collateral damage, have a high potential for abuse, and won’t even be that effective at stopping the crimes they target. Read alienth’s examination of where these bills fail.
I’m not in the U.S. Why does this affect me?
Many of the sites that you may use (e.g. Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, etc.) are all affected by this law and will be required to hide offending domains from you.
If a non-U.S. site is blocked in the U.S., the site could suffer financially or even be bankrupted by the loss of U.S. traffic and revenue.
What are the differences between PROTECT IP and SOPA?
At a general level, the bills are very similar. SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” is from the House of Representatives, while the PROTECT IP Act is from the Senate. Either or both bills may pass a vote in their chamber of congress on their way to becoming law. Both must be defeated to end this threat. There have recently been more detailed explanations in an ELI5 thread and alienth’s blog post.
What about ACTA?
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, is a multi-national agreement with similar goals to the U.S.-only PROTECT IP and SOPA bills. It is criticized for many of the same reasons that PROTECT IP and SOPA are, but is also concerning because it has been drafted in secret. ACTA is not the focus of this blackout but please take the time to learn more about ACTA.
I’m not a U.S. citizen. How can I help?
You can still call or e-mail the U.S. representatives (sponsors of the bills would be a good choice). However, you may want to turn your attention more towards ACTA or other over-zealous copyright bills in your country.