Greetings From Gargamel. It is I Hellsing3000, your friendly neighborhood Nosforatu.
First of all let me say that I love this site. For me, Spill is a wonderful place where fans can voice their opinions with fellow fans and professionals in the industry from all over the world, freely and without a stifling censorship.
Ok so as we all know Fox Studios Blockbuster Wolverine: Origins was illegally leaked to the public via the internet. No I’m not going to talk about the attention spill is receiving due to the review on the illegally released unfinished film. Any attention is great attention, is good attention is what I think. However, I don’t think the guys should be blamed for anything that happens with the story or those reporting on it for that matter.
Recently, Roger Friedman, a blogger that works for FOX took it upon himself to blog about his experience with watching movies illegally online.(Baritone Opera singer: Miissstaaaake). He was promptly let go.
This leads me to ask the following question. Why would a guy that is getting paid to write for FOX admit to watching movies illegally? Granted you don’t exactly have to be the sharpest nail in the drawer to be a blogger. I mean the guy had to know that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you or break the cardinal rule of the movie industry by blatantly trying to promote copyright infringement.
I have a few theories on why someone would make such an ill - fated, and ignorant blunder.
• Off his medication for a few days it is possible that he was not of sound mind when he wrote his review and he can chalk up his error to an episode of mental instability and his true feeling towards the FOX conglomerate came to the surface.
• Having undergone some sort of emotional distress, he most likely turned to a controlled substance to ease his mind, while watching the bootleg copy of Wolverine, I Love You, Harold and Kumar Go White Castle and How High. I mean who hasn’t done something or said something shamefully stupid and regretted their actions the next day.
• Noticing that his viewer traffic was falling at an alarming rate, somehow he fancied himself as some sort of hard hitting investigative reporter that was on a mission to show the world the “seedy” (torrent reference) underbelly of Bittorrent, Limewire , and Online Streaming or whatever P2P sharing client there is out there. He’s kind of late on exposing rampant internet infringement.
Let’s give Mr. Friedman the benefit of the doubt and say that he probably does not use drugs, be they recreational or prescribed. Yes these are assumptions but it is extremely likely that number three is the most credible postulation. It is also possible that he wants to say that Online Distribution is the future, but then again what about illegal distribution of the properties that FOX owns.
While some things have changed in the industry because we are not living in the 1980’s Some make the entire movie available for download or stream the entire movie online it is policed fairly well. It is important that it be policed. FOX may just come after more folks now with lawsuits. According, to the current economy we are all some broke ass negroes, Wall Street fat cat, or just trying to get by.
As the film industry has become more and more saturated and sometimes lower in quality in terms of substance. If you think about it the consumer has evolved, from the invention of film when films were rarer than they are presently. The consumers are starting to watch these movies online first. Some want to see if it is worth their six, or seven, no eight, and in many cases nine dollars.
Yes, I am quite aware of Fox’s maniacal mantra of cheap films first. I know everyone knows of my passionate hatred for the upcoming Dragonball Evolution travesty but it is a perfect example of Hollywood and Fox’s commitment to investing as little money as possible in the fans of the series, presenting us with a mediocre piece of filmmaking.
The facts are these, knowing that this is the case should inspire film makers to raise the bar in filmmaking. There is no better experience than watching a good movie for whatever it may be or try to achieve in a Cineplex. Cinemas will never die unless we help to kill it by not just crapping out these Uwe Bol – esque monstrosities we see on a regular basis.
On a side note, for those that said that a Dragonball movie set in Goku’s Pre teen years is not possible or not interesting here are my arguments.
A. The Twilight Series is not that great, but it stays true to its source material in that it is meant as a romance novel for teenage girls with a little twist of Science fiction. There is nothing romantic in the slightest sense about Dragonball.
B. I hear so many guys say the series doesn’t make any sense and its true. I can’t remember half of what the storyline was about. But the fun characters and the epic battles are burnt into my subconscious forever.
C. Dragon ball could have been a huge success had they done Kid Goku because of a similar series about a kid with powers, by the name of HARRY POTTER but I mean its one of the most celebrated franchises. Thanks to Ben Ramsey and the Director and everyone's call for mature characters dressed in black, a la Dark Knight the reality is we lost a fun movie and got well ….. this. ( I saw the script and it is nothing to be proud of). Laden with cliches. trailer sucks too.
Something that people are not reporting is that DragonBall E has lost steam in the Asian countries that folks say that it was so successful in. Making a drop of something to the tune of 54% in the second week. Fans over there are calling it a parody. Local Otakus, States side have even formed a Youtube channel after seeing the trailer not asking for it to be stopped but for a Reboot of the franchise by boycotting the film, DRAGONBALL PROTEST. Many asking why a franchise that is such a household name and stretches to every country has been treated with such disdain
I’m glad Friedman was fired because that sends a bad message to folks that infringement is ok. While I hate FOX for the evil empire that they represent, they are in the right. What I’m really worried about is the fragile relationship between the Fan and the Artists or the Studios.
Recently, Youtube has been going on a killing spree of all things not original or at least not totally original. I think you know where I’m going with this for all the fans that just want to use their favorite music for a montage or to make their point across. Even little clips and trailers are taken seriously and if you’ve seen them you have broken the law.
It is not enough anymore that you give them free advertisement of the song that you used to honor your favorite artist or movie thus inspiring more to go out and buy or listen. We all cannot play an instrument, animate, or be creative. Used to be, if you gave credit to or let folks know that this belongs to the artist. The fans attempt to honor your material in their own way. So I pose this question why not.
LET HE THAT IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST SORCERER'S STONE.
No stones please, but please feel free to comment.
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