SXSW Day 2 (TPB AFK, The Act of Killing, Before Midnight)
Ryan Revolver

Movie: TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard

Synopsis: It’s the day before the trial starts. Fredrik packs a computer into a rusty old Volvo. Along with his Pirate Bay co-founders, he faces $13 million in damage claims to Hollywood in a copyright infringement case. Fredrik is on his way to install a new computer in the secret server hall. This is where the world’s largest file sharing site is hidden. When the hacker prodigy Gottfrid, the internet activist Peter and the network nerd Fredrik are found guilty, they are confronted with the reality of life offline – away from keyboard. But deep down in dark data centres, clandestine computers quietly continue to duplicate files.


What I thought: This docudrama is about defiance…oh and a trial against those responsible for violating copyright laws. The Pirate Bay guys, as shown in the documentary, were not responsible for stealing Harry Potter or Syriana. They just provided a domain for those to share the movies illegally. Whether you agree that file sharing is wrong or right is irrelevant. What is relevant is that even those in the judicial system are corrupted as some files you download.



I can appreciate the Pirate Bay guys being gutsy smart-asses.



Movie: The Act of Killing


Synopsis: In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatise their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.


What I thought: I’m sure it was a swell documentary, it just dragged on. How much screen time do ruthless self-described gangsters need? One of the gangsters, a portly fellow, wears a dress & plays a female part in the reenactment. Quite bizarre that someone who has killed an unknown number of suspected communists would so willingly play a female role. You can clearly see the power has gone to most of these gangster’s heads. Despite the genocides taking place in 1965, I am scratching Indonesia off the list of countries I might want to visit (even though the State Dept. says it safe). Norway seems safe.



Movie: Before Midnight

Synopsis: We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.


What I thought: Ugh…even the sex scene was mind-numbingly boring.

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