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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.