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P2PON Recommends: ‘The Invention of Lying’

Sorry for the absence guys but now we’re back with our weekly movie review – some good films have appeared lately on p2p networks and ‘The Invention of Lying’ is definitely one of them.

Co-written and directed by Ricky Gervais (his first film as a director) and newcomer Matthew Robinson, the film exposes a world where lying is totally unknown to mankind until Mark Bellison discovers it (“I said something that wasn’t”) and while there are moments where the glimpses into this world are a bit disappointing and not as spectacular as we’d expect, ‘The Invention of Lying’ manages to create the right context for deep thoughts and reflection.

Maybe the first 30 minutes of the film are its best but nonetheless it keeps a good pace and delivers good (sometimes bitter) comic scenes until the end. In this lies-free world depicted in the movie even the TV ads are violently honest – the ad for Coca-Cola, for example goes like this “it’s basically just brown sugar-water” while its main competitor brand solemnly reads “Pepsi. When They Don’t Have Coke”.

Some of the humor Gervais’ fans are used to from the very successful TV shows ‘Extras’ and ‘The Office’ is to be found here as well – waggish comedy, suspended phrases etc.

Although some of the potential of this comedy is sadly wasted and the film does tend to become too light and sugarish towards the end, its subversiveness still gets you.
‘The Invention of Lying’ made us hope for another collaboration Ricky Gervais – Matthew Robinson in the future maybe even wittier and funnier.

Movie Data

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.
Director: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Writer: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Genre: Comedy
Production year: 2009
Country: USA
Runtime: 99 minutes

Plot for ‘The Invention of Lying’ (IMDB)

Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in a world just like our own, but no one lies there. Everyone is completely honest all the time. The first half of the movie shows Mark’s sad life a struggling loser, and how he is insulted by his completely honest coworkers, his Mom, and Anna (Jennifer Garner), his date. His Mom gets sick, and he makes up a story about an afterlife to help comfort his Mom on her deathbed. Doctors and nurses overhear him, and soon Mark becomes an international authority on the afterlife. People camp on his lawn to learn more. Mark develops a story about the “Man in the Sky,” who functions like God, and he pastes his theology on two pizza boxes like Moses and the ten commandments. Mark learns to lie to help his friends, get money at the bank, cheat at the casino, and eventually to win the affection of Anna.

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P2PON Recommends: “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans”

Nicolas Cage’s best film in years!

Tagline: 'The only criminal he can't catch is himself'

Tagline: 'The only criminal he can't catch is himself'

No recommendation over the last two weeks but then again no any new BitTorrent release worth being recommended (perhaps in the future we won’t be sticking only to new releases in case they are disappointing and include older ones which you might have missed). However, here we come this week again with the latest film starring Nicolas Cage who finally has something to show us after a long, maybe too long, time. After “Knowing” very few expected Cage could pull off a performance like the one in “Bad Lieutenant”.

If you look for the title “Bad Lieutenant” you might end up finding a 1992 flick directed by Abel Ferrara with Harvey Keitel in the leading role (worth watching as well) and while Herzog says he hasn’t even seen the original film, his work can very well stand on its own feet.

There seemed to be a trend over the past few years with corrupted cop movies but this one definitely outdoes its genre. Cage does play a corrupted, arrogant, unscrupulous cop (Terence McDonagh) tormented by physical pain (whose cause is nevertheless an altruistic act) and addictions but the way he plays it makes you wonder where the hell he was all this time. Perhaps the credit goes to Herzog and his ability to bring out this sort of dedication and connection to the character and the story in Cage and make him go insanely sincere and true with his role.

Though the best detective in his department, McDonagh’s cocaine problem often interferes with his profession of which and he doesn’t hesitate to make use in order to provide himself with the daily dose. Apparently, the one who can still make a difference and impact his life (ultimately in a good way) is a prostitute played by Eva Mendes.

The movie has the energy to keep you seated throughout its entire duration mostly because you just can’t get enough of Cage’s surprising powerful comeback which tends to make forgettable and forgivable his latest films.

Movie Data

Cast:
Nicolas Cage -Terence McDonagh
Val Kilmer -Stevie Pruit
Eva Mendes – Frankie Donnenfeld
Fairuza Balk – Heidi
Jennifer Coolidge – Genevieve
Brad Dourif – Ned Schoenhol

Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: William M. Finkelstein
Genre: Crime / Drama
Writer/screenplay William M. Finkelstein

Plot for Bad Lieutenant (imdb)
Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

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P2PON Recommends: “Inglorious Basterds”

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P2PON Recommends “Inglorious Basterds”

Welcome back, Tarantino!

First of all, I have to apologize for last week’s absence but we’ll definitely make up for it this week with another review for you guys.

This was one of the most anticipated films this year and the question that naturally rises is: was it worth the wait? Well, it will probably depend on the viewer since even I watched it with some friends who did not share my opinion entirely. Why don’t I hesitate to recommend it then? Because, watching it is not going to be a waste of time, that’s for sure. Yeah, it’s long, yeah too much conversation (but what delightful dialogues!), yeah too little Brad Pitt and his basterds (many minutes pass sometimes between his appearances) and perhaps, for many, not lot of action…but still, the movie is one of Tarantino’s best. Some even regard it as the best just as the movie itself ends with the line “This might just be my masterpiece.”

Tarantino’s WWII saga is a brilliantly written cinematographic piece. As far as dialogues, gore scenes and sharp performances go, no fan of the controversial director will be disappointed.

We mentioned performances – well, there are at least two that need total recognition – that of Christoph Waltz as the despicable Nazi Colonel Hans Landa, one of most persuading and complex villain I’ve seen in a long time and that of Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine, who, as a bit undeveloped as he remains, still brings about good laughs and enjoyment. But don’t think that’s just about all there is to it – Mélanie Laurent and Diane Kruger do great jobs with their characters as well.

“Inglorious Basterds” makes fictitious justice to all those that suffered under Nazi occupation and it unveils Tarantino’s touch right from the start. It’s easily captivating, constructed, as Quentin has accustomed us by now, around several chapters that tell a story each, leading to a climatic, intense end that unfolds the ultimate revenge of a Jewish young woman. Tarantino’s other habit of paying homage to the films that influenced him along the years surfaces several times throughout the production – films like Dirty Dozen, or the Inglorious Bastards,

Plot Summary for Inglourious Basterds (imdb)

During World War II a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish woman who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Movie Data

Director:Quentin Tarantino
Writer:Quentin Tarantino
Genre:Drama/War
Length: 2h, 33 minutes

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P2PON Recommends: “Ink”

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This is not good cinematography, this is a splendid idea put in a film!

Ink

“Ink” is definitely one of the best films released this year. Chances are it will soon become a cult indie film but while comparisons to The Matrix, Dark City, and the likes have been quick to emerge, don’t expect anything as elaborate as that, in terms of effects or cinematography’ expect lots of heart instead!

You could say “Ink” belongs to fantasy films but its ‘purpose’ is to affect your very real world (and doubt it) and it damn succeeds. The film is about a crucial battle going on that us, human beings, caught in the wicked mechanism of a soul-draining world and used to take everything for granted, are not aware of – a battle between the incubi, who break into our minds and bring nightmares and ill-thoughts, and the, good spirits, storytellers, who cast dreams of joy and inspiration on us. Watching “Ink” is like following a puzzle coming together. I won’t reveal any other details for fear of spoiling the pleasure of discovering them yourselves.

“Ink” is not at all about movie technique or even good acting but originality and message which makes you easily ‘forgive’ all the flaws in the movie. It is thought-provoking from start to end. While maybe halfway through it many movie fans, especially those used to watching a film for which big money was spent, will give up or at least be uncomfortable with not fully understanding what’s going on, “Ink” does have the charm to keep you hooked until the beauty of the idea behind this production slowly infiltrates you, the same way the ‘good forces’ infiltrate into your dreams at night.

Plot Summary for Ink (imdb)

As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible except for the power they exert over us in our sleep, battling for our souls through dreams. One force delivers hope and strength through good dreams; the other infuses the subconscious with desperation through nightmares.

But the originality surrounding this movie doesn’t stop here – instead of complaining about lost revenue due to illegal file sharing (the film occupies the fourth position in Top Most Downloaded Movies via BitTorrent) the makers of “Ink” are happy their movie got this kind of exposure on p2p networks. Below you can read their message posted by TorrentFreak. Long live Bittorent and filmmakers with this attitude!

Dear Fans and Friends,

Over the weekend something pretty extraordinary happened. Ink got ripped off. Someone bit torrented the movie (we knew this would happen) and they posted it on every pirate site out there. What we didn’t expect was that within 24 hours Ink would blow up. Ink became the number 1 most downloaded movie on several sites having been downloaded somewhere between 150,000 to 200,000 times as far as we can tell. Knowing there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it, we’ve embraced the piracy and are just happy Ink is getting unprecedented exposure.

As a result, Ink is now ranked #16 on IMDb’s movie meter and is currently one of the top 20 most popular movies in the world.

This all started as a result of the completely underground buzz that you’ve each helped us create. We’ve had no distributor, no real advertising and yet the word of mouth that you’ve generated has made the film blow up as soon as it became available worldwide. So many of you came to see the movie multiple times, bringing friends and family and many of you have bought the DVD and Blu-ray from us. All of this built up and built up and suddenly it exploded.

We don’t know exactly where this will all lead, but the exposure is unquestionably a positive thing.

Ink hits Netflix, Blockbuster, iTunes and many more tomorrow! Remember to get your signed copies, t-shirts and posters at the Ink Store.
Thank you so much for the constant love and support.

Jamin and Kiowa

Double Edge Films

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P2PON Recommends: “Moon”

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This is no Star Treks or Star Wars! This is emotional!

Sam Rockwell in "Moon"

Sam Rockwell in "Moon"

This film has substance and, personally, it reminded me that you can still find intelligence and deep concepts in Sci-Fi movies in this epoch dominated by sub-mediocre Hollywood productions in which hundreds of millions are invested.

Two things lie at the core of this production – an extraordinary idea and an extraordinary interpretation of the character Sam Bell delivered by Sam Rockwell(also remarkable in “Choke”, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”) who practically carries all by himself the entire film.

“Moon” is really admirable for the way in which it addresses human loneliness, identity and existence altogether. Perhaps, at some points, by half-way, the film loses some of its initial ‘weightiness’ but though it pays many tributes to films of the genre from70s (the robot Gerty, for instance, whom Kevin Spacey borrowed his voice, reminds us of HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey”) it can still stand on its own feet.

This is actually the directorial debut of Duncan Jones (David Bowie’s son) and he brilliantly unfolds a psychological drama/thriller using Sci-Fi merely as a pretext to investigate the human mind. You won’t be seeing much of the astounding effects latest Sci-Fi productions have got you used to besides those having Sam Rockwell playing a double-role in long, complex scenes, plus, the moon base setting which has quite a realistic feel to it (as far as my poor perception and imagination can lead me to assume that).

Ultimately, “Moon” is a film worth watching by any movie lover not just Sci-Fi enthusiasts.

Plot Summary for Moon (imdb)

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.

Movie Data

Moon (2009)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 2008
Running Times: 96m 43s
Length: 8,704 ft
Format: 35mm/Super 35
Colour Format: colour
Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby
Director: Duncan Jones

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