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Legal Download: Swashbucklers on demand

Article: Legal Download: Swashbucklers on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, prepare for rapier wit and cutlasses supreme with our list of swashbuckler movies.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Swashbucklers

Legal Download: Pregnancy on demand

Article: Legal Download: Pregnancy on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, put down your birth plan and tell your Lamaze instructor you’re going to be late, because it’s time to talk about pregnancy movies.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Pregnancy

Legal download: Long takes on demand

Article: Legal download: Long takes on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, try to read the column without blinking in order to replicate the experience of watching movies with reallly long takes.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Long Takes

Legal Download: Found footage horror on demand

Article: Legal Download: Found footage horror on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary. A year later this column was found.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Found Footage Horror Movies

Legal Download: Road trips on demand

Article: Legal Download: Road trips on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, life is a highway, and we’re going to ride it all night long — or for five movies, whichever comes first, as we list some great cinematic road trips available instantly.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Road Trip Movies

Legal Download: Indie Will Ferrell on demand

Article: Legal Download: Indie Will Ferrell on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, I have an important piece of news and I need all of you to stop what you’re doing and listen: These Will Ferrell indie movies are now available on demand and streaming.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Will Ferrell Indies

Legal download: Siblings on demand

Article: Legal download: Siblings on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, celebrate the love of brotherly movies — and sisterly ones, too — with five siblings films good enough to rival the best of any genre.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Siblings

Legal Download: Autobiography on demand

Article: Legal Download: Autobiography on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, the camera is a mirror for our survey of autobiographical films.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Autobiography

Legal download: Wedding movies on demand

Article: Legal download: Wedding movies on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we bring you a bevy of brides as we watch some wedding movies.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Weddings

Legal download: Filmmaking documentaries on demand

Article: Legal download: Filmmaking documentaries on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we budget time to watch some documentaries about the art of filmmaking.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Filmmaking Documentaries

People love movies — but they’re fascinated by them too: how they’re made, who makes them, and why. Films about films have existed almost as long as the medium itself, and many of the best are documentaries, probably because as inventive as screenwriters are, they can never top the true-life stories of madness and mad creativity that take place on a film set. These five films, all available for legal download or streaming, give you a taste of the world of cinema: the crazy dreamers and the crazier moguls. And remember, dear readers: these people are professionals. Do try this at home.

Legal download: Sex comedies on demand

Article: Legal download: Sex comedies on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, it’s all about fucks and yucks as we list the sex comedies you can find online.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Sex Comedies

There’s nothing funnier than sex. The eternal quest for it, the fumbling, awkward act itself, the deep shame afterwards — everything about it is ripe with comic possibilities. Movies tend to treat sex a bit seriously — maybe because the censors who monitor the content in movies tend to treat sex really seriously — but over the years, the cinema has nonetheless given us some very funny discourse on intercourse. Here are just five examples that you can watch in your home, on your computer, right this second.

Legal download: Indie Soderbergh on demand

Article: Legal download: Indie Soderbergh on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we announce our retirement and then take it all back for a look at the indie productions of director Steven Soderbergh you can find online.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Indie Soderbergh

Legal download: Stock traders on demand

Article: Legal download: Stock traders on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we treasure some volatile films about stock traders.

Legal Download: Political satire on demand

Article: Legal Download: Political satire on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, elect to explore the political satires available on demand.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Political Satire

Do you, Legal Download reader, solemnly swear that you will faithfully execute my recommendations and will, to the best of your ability, watch these blistering satires of our government and its elections, legally and without consideration of possible pirated copies, so help you God? Good, then let’s get to the movies.

Legal download: Revenge movies on demand

Article: Legal download: Revenge movies on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we have a very particular set of skills: we know what revenge movies are available on demand.

Legal download: The art world on demand

Article: Legal download: The art world on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we paint a picture of VOD movies about the art world.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Movies About Art

Legal download: Mental hospitals on demand

Article: Legal download: Mental hospitals on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week we get nuts with movies set in mental hospitals.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Mental Hospitals

For most of us, mental hospitals, psychiatric wards, and insane asylums, are places we only know from movies. Lucky us. If real mental hospitals are anything like the ones in movie then a) our health care system is in worse trouble than I already thought and b) they’re places not just for the insane, they’re places that make you insane. You may go in accidentally, or for a job, or undercover, but those kinds of plans always end up backfiring on the characters who hatch them. On a side note, there’s a lot of memorable movies set in mental hospitals you won’t find in this week’s Legal Download — classic potboilers like Sam Fuller’s SHOCK CORRIDOR, empathetic John Hughesian teen dramedies like IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY and more — simply because they’re not yet available on VOD or streaming. Don’t worry, though; there’s enough memorable ones here to keep you from going psycho.

Legal download: True crime on demand

Article: Legal download: True crime on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week we make a case for movies about real-life criminals.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: True Crime

Legal Download: Spooky apartments on demand

Article: Legal Download: Spooky apartments on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Watch This Now, we survey the landscape online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we lose control of our minds and our rent, as we watch some horror movies set in terrifying apartment buildings.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Spooky Apartments

What kind of a lock do you have on your door? A chain? Make sure it’s on. A deadbolt? You’re gonna want to double-check that it’s flipped. Because this week we’re listing movies about people trapped in some very imposing apartment buildings. In some cases, intruders force them inside. In others, their own damaged minds refuse to let them out. But whatever the reason, they’re stuck, and that’s when things go from bad (as in I’m paying $2300 a month for a basement studio) to worse (as in a bunch of infected zombies are trying to eat my brain). You are about to regret not buying that high alert alarm system when you had the chance.

Legal download: Con men on demand

Article: Legal download: Con men on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we make our mark on the world of con man movies.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Con Men On Film

I have a proposition for you. See, this guy gave me this watch. He owed me some money, long story, I don’t really want to get into it, but he gave me this watch. It’s a Rolex; look, you can see the logo right there. I’m in a rush, and I need some cash, so I tell you what. Just like he gave it to me, I will give it to you. The watch is worth at least $5,000, but because you seem like such a nice guy, I’ll give it to you for $500. No? Not interested? You think this is a scam and also a fairly silly way to introduce a column on con man movies that are currently available to rent, stream, or purchase online? Well, fine then. You’re no fun.

Legal Download: Dance on demand

Article: Legal Download: Dance on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, the column reaches a turning point (though not THE TURNING POINT, since it’s not for rent or sale online) as we watch dance on film.


Film is a perfect compliment to dance because, like film, dance is a medium of pure visual expression. No words needed, no descriptions or dialogue spoken, just movement, gestures, and emotions. Whether it’s ballet or modern or — God help us — breakdancing, dance is a language as universal and as timeless as film. And now, in the immortal words of Gene Kelly, gotta dance, gotta dance, gotta dance (gotta dance).

Legal Download: The end of the world on demand

Article: Legal Download: The end of the world on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Watch This Now, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, the end is nigh — whatever nigh means — as we watch some end-of-the-world movies.

The world is coming to an end. Not in a vague, one-of-the-days sort of way; this is definitive and precise and all too soon. What do you do? The possibility of the end of the world looms over many science-fiction films; the aftermath of the end of the world is the focus of even more. But a smaller and more thoughtful subset approach the apocalypse from this unusual angle. The only race against time in movies like these has nothing to do with blowing up asteroids or defusing a doomsday bomb; it’s just that all too familiar urge to do all the things you’ve ever wanted to do before it’s all over. So what would you do if the end was coming? Personally, I’d make some reservations at Per Se before they all get snatched up.

FYIVOD for the week of March 22nd: Psychedelia

Article: FYIVOD for the week of March 22nd: Psychedelia

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in FYIVOD, we survey the landscape online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, get ready for some crazy flashbacks as we explore the world of psychedelic movies.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Psychedelia

FYIVOD for the week of March 15th: Claustrophobia edition

Article: FYIVOD for the week of March 15th: Claustrophobia edition

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in FYIVOD, we survey the landscape online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we’re looking at claustrophobic horror movies. Don’t go in there! And definitely don’t close that door! And whatever you do, don’t turn on that light!!

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Claustrophobic Horror

FYIVOD for the week of March 8th

Article: FYIVOD for the week of March 8th

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in FYIVOD, we survey the landscape online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we’re looking at high school ensembles, movies that have brought us fast times in the lives of American teens who left us dazed and confused.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: High School Ensembles

Why do we love high school movies? Maybe because high school is something everyone can relate to: we’ve all been there and we’ve all survived it — just barely. And why do we particularly love high school movies that feature large ensembles of characters? Maybe because we recognize that while everyone’s high school experience sucked, no one’s sucked in quite the same way. High school ensembles enable filmmakers to capture the diversity of teenage life in all its splendor and awkwardness. Here are five of the best. But as you gorge yourself on all these great movies, just remember to take a break once in a while. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.