Archive for the ‘Streaming’ Category

  • Two Online Film Festivals Worth Your Time



    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.


    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

  • 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!

    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.






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


    from 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, 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.


    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.

  • RedBox Gets Red-y for Streaming Service


    Those not familiar with the service should know that RedBox is basically a movie vending machine. You rent physical discs at $1 per day ($2 for Blu and games) using your credit card. I’ve used it a few times and since there are so many kiosks in my area, the catalog selection is pretty good (mostly if you’re looking for newer releases) and the discs are easy to return. It’s pretty slick actually.

    Today on RedBox support site, there was a bit of a leak in which some images popped up of the company’s new streaming service designed to try and take on Netflix and Amazon.

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  • What Makes a Cult Movie?


    There’s something special about a good cult movie. Today, many of the films we may think of as having a cult following have in fact broken out of that distinction and become highly regarded, popular features. However, on first release these were the films that no one went to see in cinemas. They were overshadowed by other releases, overlooked because they were controversial, offbeat, or just downright strange. Yet over time people began to notice them, mainly when they were released onto home video. Small, niche groups began to adopt films like The Evil Dead, A Clockwork Orange, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show as representations of their culture. Over time this extended even further to a point where these films are now considered cult classics; disregarded at first, yet now known and loved, sometimes by a specific group of people and sometimes by film lovers worldwide.

    Various genres of film have been deemed cult movies, ranging from westerns to sci-fi to teen comedy. Something that makes a film particularly likely to receive cult status is if it contains memorable characters and lots of quotable dialogue; although not a film, Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series gained cult status largely due to the excellent and humorous script. Cult films often fly under the radar on first release because they may be made on a smaller budget and feature relatively unknown actors and actresses, or even helmed by a first time director. Quentin Tarantino, for example, has become a mainstream film favourite even though he started his career with a deep love of cult movies and chose to make his own films in a similar style. Films such as his Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction performed well on release, but are still considered cult films by many because they appeal to a quite specific audience and were seen as controversial because of their violent content and portrayals of organized crime, drug use, and sexual abuse.

    Although some more obscure films may be difficult to find on DVD or Blu-Ray, you can always watch cult classics online through a service such as LOVEFiLM. Their LOVEFiLM Player allows members to watch movies online for free without downloading, and many cult favourites such as those by Quentin Tarantino are included in the site’s extensive catalogue at

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  • Who wants to hear the new album from Jeff Bridges?


    If you are like me, you played out the soundtrack to Crazy Heart to the point where your friends were begging you to stop and the patrons at the local dive bar were groaning every time you walked up to the jukebox. From “Hold On You” to “Somebody Else” to “Fallin’ and Flying,” there was just something in Jeff Bridges’ gruff, natural voice that made it irresistible and, to me at least, it seemed like perfect music to listen to while drinking cheap draft beer in a smoky country bar.

    While a veteran actor releasing a self-titled album might inspire some cynicism, most fans of Bridges realize that the man has been jamming since he was a teenager and anyone who saw Crazy Heart is sure to recognize that the man’s musical abilities are nothing to scoff at. Below is a clip from Rolling Stone, where Bridges talks a bit about then plays the opening track to his album “What a Little Love Can Do.”

    There are other clips on the Rolling Stone channel as well, including a brief interview, so be sure to check them out. You can listen to the entire album over at Spinner, but if you enjoy it, be sure to purchase it through Amazon or iTunes.

    For the sake of the discussion, what are your favorite music albums released by people known primarily for being actors? How about your most despised?

  • Glosserman Tackles Documentary on Wikipedia


    Many of us around here were big fans of Behind the Mask a few years ago when it played at the 2006, inaugural Toronto After Dark Festival as the closing night gala film. I’m sad to admit I haven’t paid much attention to what Glosserman has done since that screening. But today I was pleasantly shocked to see his name pop up in regards to a documentary he’s produced and directed (along with co-director Nic Hill) titled Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia, which tackles the subject of Wikipedia and all of its truths, lies and function within today’s society.

    Although Wikipedia is the 8th most popular website on the Internet today, and it is already the 3rd most widely read ‘publication’ in human history, attracting 100 million unique visitors a month, this great social and academic experiment of our age is riddled with vandals and challenged by skeptics, posing compelling questions about whether Wikipedia’s model can truly achieve its goal. The film intersperses founder Jimmy Wales’ unusual rise to Internet super-stardom among the global implications of Wikipedia. Are entries factually accurate? Biased? Accountable? Does ‘Jimbo’ Wales posses the wisdom to ensure that Wikipedians aggregate knowledge correctly?

    The film streams for free over at Snagfilms and you can check out a quick clip below. I’m always fascinated with internet culture and looking at it from a historical and sociological perspective. What will make this movie even more fascinating is that nearly everyone who sees who has ever used the internet globally will easily be to relate and have actual experience with the subject matter. I’ve already watched about the first five minutes and I’m already hooked.

    “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.”
    – Jimmy Wales

    Found at IndieWire along with some words from director Glosserman


  • On the Road with Andrew’s iPod Making Triumphant Return to the Cinecast. Probably.


    I used to do a segment on the Cinecast entitled “on the road with Andrew’s iPod” in which I reviewed a different, usually shitty, movie each week that I had watched on my iPod while driving or bussing it to work. That segment was usually met with either a lot of head shaking or laughs or both. Since I’ve quit my job where I got the free digital copies, that segment has pretty much disappeared. But the good news is that segment might be coming back!

    If the rumors are true, I’ll be able to pick up an iPhone this January with my Verizon account and with that comes the new feature of streaming movies from Netflix on their instant watch function and the brand new Netflix app released by Apple. The new app was announced in June and went live today! There’s a quick video at the previous link showing a little bit of how it looks, but if you haven’t seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yet, maybe it best to avoid!

    The new iTunes available app costs zero and will work for anyone with an iPod touch or an iPhone and a Netflix account with at least the $8.99 package or higher. I’m pretty stoked about this news. Not everyone is as excited about it as I am though…