Tribeca/Lionsgate Announce VOD Service

We had a long talk the other night about HBO breaking away from cable and moving to their own subscription-based service. CBS recently announced something similar with their “CBS All Access” service (anyone need an instant “Twin Peaks” fix?). Is this the way TV and movies are moving for good? Obviously Netflix is here to stay, but what I mean is, with all of these off-shoots, rather than paying a hundred bucks a month for cable, will we be shelling out a hundred bucks a month (or more) for several different streaming platforms? Though in my utopia there would be one service with everything I could possibly want and I’d be willing to pay a premium price for it. But it’s unlikely this will ever happen and with Hulu and Amazon and Netflix already going strong, the future seems to be an ala carte selection of various video on-demand services that you’ll have to navigate to separately. But I digress…

The latest “media conglomerate” seems an unlikely pairing at first whisper since when I think Tribeca Film Fest I think of artier, more thoughtful dramas and Lionsgate conjures thought of people having their limbs sawed off while evil clowns stand by laughing. But of course those are both generalizations and not altogether true. The Tribeca/Lionsgate VOD service has been dubbed “The Tribeca Short List.” Possibly a little misleading to some as some sort of shorts program; but no, this will be a highly curated list of titles from festivals around the world as well as critically acclaimed and prestigious films from the Lionsgate and Tribeca. The list of titles are to be replenished and refreshed each week.

Launching in early 2015, this sounds like a way to see the newest The Hunger Games movie as soon as possible while at the same time making it possible to hunt down all of the festival titles you heard about on podcasts and blogs, but know will never see the light of day (or the darkness of the cinema). In other words, depending on the launch titles announced and price point, I’m kind of digging this idea; count me in!
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The Empire Strikes Back: Uncut (Director’s Cut)

It’s finally here. The full, uncut version of the fan made version of The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars Uncut was released a few years ago and after the success, the powers that be deemed a sequel was necessary. It’s been a long wait, but The Empire Strikes Back is ready to be watched in all of its fan-made glory.

It’s the entire length of the movie cut into short clips (from about 5 seconds to 15 seconds) and created by fans from around the world. Drawings, action figures, home CGI, live action office hijinx, marionettes, animals, stop motion, claymation and even just ethereal wierdness; you name it, all were brought in to recreate this masterpiece. And if you watch carefully, other areas of inspiration were brought in by many fans as well; from Wes Anderson to beer commercials to Devo to spaghetti and meatball Star Destroyers… and that’s just in the first fifteen minutes!

You can check out the entire uncut film below. Once you start, it’s difficult to stop watching. Enjoy1

Two Online Film Festivals Worth Your Time

VIMEO TIFF FESTIVAL

Thirteen films which had their world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 will make their digital debut in 2014 exclusively on Vimeo On-Demand:

Asphalt Watches directed by Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver
Cinemanovels directed by Terry Miles
Empire of Dirt directed by Peter Stebbings
Faroeste Caboclo (Brazilian Western), directed by René Sampaio
Gente en Sitios (People in places) directed by Juan Cavestany
Ladder to Damascus directed by Mohamad Malas
Little Feet directed by Alexandre Rockwelll
Palestine Stereo directed by Rashid Masharawi
Standing Aside Watching directed by Yorgos Servetas
The Animal Project directed by Ingrid Veninger
This is Sanlitun directed by Robert I. Douglas
Une Jeune Fille (A Journey) directed by Catherine Martin
Wild Duck directed by Yannis Sakaridis

The films will become available between now and May 2014, starting with Little Feet which is currently available for pre-order on Vimeo.

MY FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

From January 17 until February 17, twenty-three new French films, released in France in 2013 will be broadcast for one month, in 13 languages. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg will be free for the first day of the festival, worldwide, in a restored version.

President Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (dir. Amélie) 4th edition of the festival can be found at MyFrenchFilmFestival.com.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season 2)

Against better judgement, but totally worth it, I stayed up very late last night after discovering this little gem from Jerry Seinfeld. Am I just late to the party? Is there a reason I’ve not heard of this internet show before? Because it’s pretty damn great. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” pits Seinfeld and some other famous funny face together to just shoot the bull (most often to hilarious results) while driving to some small cafe or diner for coffee.

It’s a great concept. Fans of Britain’s “The Trip” may find some similarities here; though this has rotating characters and a much less scripted feel. Season one (I’m almost finished) was a ball. Michael Richards talking about losing to a bum in chess. Ricky Gervais fearing for his life. Alec Baldwin telling Jerry where and why his career is where it’s at. Carl Reiner perpetuating alcoholism. It’s all here and it’s all gold. And it’s all Free!

comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com

Each episode is between ten and seventeen minutes so it’s easy to whip through a season in one evening. Which I already did. So that’s why I’m excited about season 2, which starts tomorrow! Looks like it has even bigger names and bigger laughs – watching Chris Rock and Seinfeld getting pulled over should be a treat. The trailer for season 2 is below. Why is no one talking about this?

How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song: Available March 26th!

At last year’s Flyway Film Festival, Matt and I were honored to be among jury members for the fictional narrative feature category. While voting, it was a pleasure to award best director to Gary King for his musical, How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song. Now, some may be screaming bias, but our jury is not alone in the festival world of awarding HDYWAJSS accolade after accolade. And now for the good news…

You can see HDYWAJSS starting Tuesday no matter where you are. You don’t have to wait for a festival screening to check it out as it will be available for download on several major platforms (Vudu, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and a DVD and Blu-ray will also be available on Tuesday. Here’s the OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

 

As a side note, if you’re in the Minneapolis area, I’ll see you at the upcoming screening on April 11th because despite being able to see it at home starting Tuesday, quite honestly if you can get to a big screen to see this spectacle. It’s quite shiny! Sign up for the Tugg to ensure your spot today. It will be at the Southdale AMC. Probably see you before and after stumbling from bar to bar in the area.

Watch All of the Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Online [i.e. right here]

As has become the practice in the past few years, all of the Oscar nominated shorts are now streaming online. Many theaters around the nation/world are currently showing them on the big screen – which is probably the preferred way to check them out, but if you don’t live in a major city or are scrambling for dollars these days, you can watch them all right here totally free and legally.

We posted Paperman a few days ago for your viewing pleasure, and now here are the other four of the nominees in alphabetical order. The winners will be announced at The Oscar presentation show happening on February 24th.

ADAM AND DOG:

 

FRESH GUACAMOLE:

 

HEAD OVER HEELS:

Maggie Simpson short under the seats (autoplays)
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“The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard” | Free Online

from makeuseof.com and Wikipedia

Simon Klose, the Swedish documentary and music video maker, wants you to pirate his film, TPB AFK (The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard), and he’s not even kidding. His documentary about file-sharing website The Pirate Bay premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 8th, opening the festival’s documentary section, and was released online for worldwide free download (or purchase) at exactly the same time on YouTube (embedded below) and on The Pirate Bay.

Despite these free viewing options, the film has raised approximately $22,000 with over 2000 paid downloads (with a base price of $10). For those who wish to support the creators, apart from online donations, they can buy the DVD version and digital download. The pre-order price of the DVD is $23 and a digital download is $10, which comes with deleted scenes and bonus material. Pre-orders can be made via the official movie website.

The documentary covers the stories of Pirate Bay administrators Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, and Peter Sunde as they handle their 2009 Sweden court case about civil and criminal copyright laws. After being convicted, they are then forced to handle life “away from keyboard”.

“The cool thing is that you guys are going to be part of the premiere.… We’re streaming the film online, for free. You can download it, you can share it, you can remix it… It’s all up to you,” said Klose. “I’m doing this because I believe – from a personal perspective – I want my films to be seen by as many people as possible, so my problem is that a normal copyright would become an obstacle between me and my audience.”

AFK puts together about two years’ worth of footage, starting from 2009, that covers the entire story. The funding of the movie came partially from Kickstarter (around $50,000), and the rest of the budget was funded by programs that support the arts and free expression.

The film has already premiered online, was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, and is set to be shown at SXSW in March.

My review

The Best Holiday Movies You Can Watch Instantly On Netflix

With winter in season, the entertainment world starts buzzing about the upcoming holidays. TV channels play holiday shows and movies, and radio stations air Christmas songs. Families start getting into the holiday spirit, and with the cold weather outside, people huddle around the TV more.

If you’re not an avid TV watcher, then Netflix is the next best option. Netflix streaming through an Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Google TV, Android or an iPhone/iPod can let you get instant access to thousands of movies anytime, as long as you have a reliable internet connection.

Top Holiday Movies Found On Netflix

According to Matt Barone at Complex.com, Netflix has over 100 top rated movies from every genre, streaming at any given time. Viewers can take their pick of some of the greatest action, adventure, horror, comedy, sci-fi, or family movies ever made, but for the upcoming holidays, here are some great movies you can find to celebrate the season:

Miracle on 34th Street

This television classic has been around since 1955. Thomas Mitchell plays Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who claims to be the real Santa Claus. A feel-good movie for families.

Home Alone 2

Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, was left home the previous year and had to defeat a pair of burglars. This time he finds himself in New York City and the same criminals are not far behind. Definitely a great comedy to watch with friends or family.

White Christmas

Two military war friends, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, fall for two sisters and follow the girls to a resort owned by their former commanding officer, who is in danger of losing the place. A great romantic movie for couples.

Jingle All the Way

In this family comedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father who decides to get the hottest toy for his son just before Christmas Day. Competing with another father (played by comedian Sinbad) for one of the last toys, he encounters a number of problems along the way.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The Griswold family plans a big family Christmas, only to be turned into a huge disaster, featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Classic Chevy Chase movie.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

In this Tim Burton classic, Jack Skellington, King of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town and tries to understand the concept. This movie revolutionized the genre for its unique animation, characters, and creativity. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should add it to your list to watch.

Elf

Will Ferrell plays a man raised as an elf in the North Pole, who discovers he’s not an elf and goes to the U.S. to find out who he really is and where he came from. The success of the film has turned it into one of the top rated Christmas movies of all time.