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The Most Pirated Movies of 2010

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/Film republished a really interesting list from the website TorrentFreak.com ranking the most pirated movies on BitTorrent in 2010. Here is the “top” ten along with their number of BitTorrent downloads:

1. “Avatar” – 16,580,000
2. “Kick-Ass” – 11,400,000
3. “Inception” – 9,720,000
4. “Shutter Island” – 9,490,000
5. “Iron Man 2” – 8,810,000
6. “Clash of the Titans” – 8,040,000
7. “Green Zone” – 7,730,000
8. “Sherlock Holmes” – 7,160,000
9. “The Hurt Locker – 6,850,000
10. “Salt” – 6,700,000

TorrentFreak‘s original chart, which I encourage you check out along with their analysis, includes the film’s worldwide box office gross. That lets you see how well these movies fared despite their popularity with Internet pirates. More than sixteen-and-a-half million downloads on BitTorrent alone didn’t stop “Avatar” from grossing over two-and-a-half billion dollars worldwide. On the other hand, the second most pirated movie, “Kick-Ass,” was illegally downloaded more than eleven million times and earned less than $100 million worldwide.

Peter Sciretta of /Film considers the implications of those numbers in his piece about these films:

“Could it be that the geek community downloaded the film instead of paying for a ticket? It’s an interesting theory, especially when you’re trying to figure out why some of the geek-focused high buzz films failed to gain traction at the box office this past year. However, the theory doesn’t hold up when looking at the other films in the bunch – for example, Edgar Wright’s ‘Scott Pilgrim’ did not appear on the listing.”

Sciretta definitely brings up a good point; if one wanted to argue that piracy more negatively impacts geek related properties than other films, than you would expected to see “Scott Pilgrim” make an appearance on this list (Then again, if it turns out that it’s #11, then its $47.3 million earned worldwide would certainly validate that theory). /Film readers point out one reason for the “Kick-Ass”/”Scott Pilgrim” discrepancy in the article’s comments: a high quality file of “Kick-Ass” showed up on peer-to-peer networks while the film was still in theaters, while a similar copy of “Scott Pilgrim” didn’t appear until the film was just about to be released to DVD and Blu-ray. In other words, piracy-inclined cinephiles might conceivably care enough about picture quality to wait for a good copy before they bootleg it.

I’d like to offer one additional theory while acknowledging that at this point, that’s all it is. But what if MPAA rating is playing into this equation? “Kick-Ass” was rated R; “Scott Pilgrim” was rated PG-13. I always felt a big reason “Kick-Ass” suffered at the box office was that its key demographic — i.e. teenagers the age of its high school kid protagonist — wasn’t allowed to go see it in theaters. On the other hand, if a teenager wanted to see “Scott Pilgrim” (which was probably geared toward a slightly older audience anyway), all they needed was ten bucks and a ride to the theater.

Like I said, this R-rated thing is just a theory. But four of the five lowest grossing movies on this list — “Kick-Ass,” “Shutter Island,” “Green Zone,” and “The Hurt Locker” — were rated R. I now open the floor to commenters to debunk that theory and to tell me how I’m a fascist for being concerned about piracy.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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