Epic Trailers: Man of Steel

This trailer is one of the best I’ve seen in a long, long time, and it’s because of the music. It’s an awesome composition, and really psyches me up for the film.

Noisy in a Movie Theater? The Theater Ninjas Will Find You

Devin Faraci, Badass Digest:

But a theater in London is upping the ante, introducing black-clad ninjas into their theaters to deal with talkers and texters. The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square has a team of volunteers wearing all black lycra Morphsuits; in exchange for free movies the volunteers sit in the darkest parts of the theater, waiting for rude people to begin talking or texting, and then they descend upon them like black wisps of nightmare.

We totally need these at The Mall Cineplex. Imagine it—you’re watching a movie, minding your own business, then you hear some annoying person talk on their phone. Then suddenly, a shriek and abrupt silence.

And you lean back a bit more in your seat and smile.

Rurouni Kenshin Film Review

Richard Eisenbeis, Kotaku:

Going into the film I was expecting a mediocre, cheesy retelling of the Kenshin story, suitable only for diehard fans of the series. But Rurouni Kenshin completely blew away my meager expectations. It was not only a good adaptation but also a good movie in its own right. The sword fighting is amazing, the directing is brilliant, the casting nearly perfect, and the story is told correctly for its new, two-hour format. Simply put, aside from Gyakuten Saiban, Rurouni Kenshin may be the single best Japanese live-action adaptation I have ever seen.

This is my next must-watch movie. I wonder when it’ll come to iTunes.

How Hollywood Is Encouraging Online Piracy

David Pogue, Scientific American:

The people want movies. None of Hollywood’s baffling legal constructs will stop the demand. The studios are trying to prevent a dam from bursting by putting up a picket fence.

And if you don’t make your product available legally, guess what? The people will get it illegally. Traffic to illegal download sites has more than sextupled since 2009, and file downloading is expected to grow about 23 percent annually until 2015. Why? Of the 10 most pirated movies of 2011, guess how many of them are available to rent online, as I write this in midsummer 2012? Zero. That’s right: Hollywood is actually encouraging the very practice they claim to be fighting (with new laws, for example).

I agree with this, except we haven’t come to this bridge in Brunei just yet. Seems like we’re almost on the other side of that bridge; all these fake DVD stores are returning out of the woodwork. I don’t think we’ll be buying our media legally anytime soon.

[via Daring Fireball]