Those who know me on any level are quite aware that I’m a huge movie nerd. Those who know me slightly better know that I am also a fan of professional wrestling. While my interest in the “squared circle” has waned over the years it is still there. So when I heard that one of my favorite directors, Daron Aronofsky, was directing a movie called The Wrestler I was almost immediately interested. It stars Mickey Rourke fresh off his fantastic turn in Sin City (one of my favorite films in recent memory), and has gotten a large amount of Oscar buzz. The last three weeks I’ve been off of school and had a chance to take a day and see several movies (BTW see Valkyrie it was great, The Spirit can be skipped, and Frost/Nixon is great if you are either a theater or political nerd). However I had one slight problem, I live in Utah which, along with its other flaws, is one of the smallest markets in the country. So while this movie has won awards, including a recent Golden Globe for Rourke, its not playing in my state. So what is a geek to do?
Thanks to the beauty of the interweb, and the availability of Oscar screeners, most of the movies that are under consideration for the awards are available for download for shall we say…. free. Now I’m more than willing to pay to see this film, heck I’m willing to pay full price for my ticket to see it, but I don’t have that option. So how could I possibly be expected to ignore this availability. I’m told by those annoying pre movie PSA’s that it is wrong to download films, but really I find myself caring about that less and less.
The debate over free media is almost as old as the mainstream Internet itself. Recently the RIAA has decided to end its war on minor downloaders, and no longer prosecute citizens like myself who have acquired more music than they might have purchased. I feel that this is a huge blow for the little guy
Not mine finest post ever, forgive me I’m a little rusty. Just sharing whats on my mind.