Dr. Horrible is Back. Dr. Horrible is here.

Remember the Master Plan?

It must’ve changed, cause Dr. Horrible is not only back online through Hulu.com, but it’s also available to be viewed for people anywhere in the planet. Hulu did a great work to make it not only accessible, but as you might notice, the video and audio quality are also even better that the previous time.

Better yet, the video is embeddable, and if you watch the full version you have only to endure 3 short ads (and for people who’s be unable to contribute through itunes purchase, this is quite a friendly alternative), which is a lot less that you have to go through in traditional media, and you’re helping pay the great work the Mutant Enemy crew did.  Well, as we anxiously await for the release of the soundtrack CD and also the DVD, we can rejoice on watching this for free. So let’s bring back the laughs and tears, because Dr. Horrible is HERE.

Why so serious: PhD on Horribleness.

Well, for starters this post is outdated. It was supposed to be published sometime last, instead I’m concluding it right now. The week before the last was quite a remarkable week, at least entertainment wise.
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“Only have to sign your name, don’t even have to read it”

It’s hard for me to use “real world” references to set my views of the world, I read about them, I am concerned about them, but can’t really care for them. At the same time that I am glad that the US might actually be able to choose an intelligent leader to head their office this time around, I’m also weirdly giddy about how they’re freaking out about oil prices. Maybe it will finally actually contribute to some lacked level of environmental conscience. Our city office election race has finally really started, wished I cared more about it, since we’re forced to vote no matter what. But for such large city like Sao Paulo, it seems that it doesn’t matter who heads the office, for every real change, there’s like other dozen things that stays unaffected and are still as bad as before.

It must look like a blind man view, for using what’s mostly considered unnecessary world view to set my world references. Let’s not waste more time into this field.

It was a remarkable week, because we had the debut of the Whedon’s family creation “Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog” and it was the release of “The Dark Knight”, sequel for the renewed Batman movie franchise.

Was “The Dark Knight” really the most awaited movie of the year, as some reviews pointed? Really, I question that, in a year that we had a new Indiana Jones movie debuting after 20 years, it’s hard to see any movie more expected than Spielberg and Lucas new investment into that franchise.

I’m just trying to change the world”

Believe me or not, I went in to watch “The Dark Knight”, with very low expectations. “Batman Begins” was a great movie, but where it gained on style, structure and storytelling, compared from other recent attempts from Burton or Schumacher , I felt it lacked heart. It was so dry in this aspect, that a little bit of heart, even from Schumachers campiness would’ve helped. Just compare it with another great entry from this year, which was “Iron Man”, created from a big fan for other fans, and I’m not even a fan of the character, at it was filled with a lot of heart.

I’m a huge fan of Memento, which might be considered Chris Nolan first major project, it’s even listed in my all time top 10 favorite movies, but his following projects left me all somewhat underwhelmed. I remember being kind of excited, when it was first announced that he would be taking over the Batman franchise, but after watching I wasn’t so excited by the ending result, of “Batman Begins”. I felt that it was a structurally perfect Batman movie, but it lacked in heart, that it sort of felt empty, I’ve watched it once, and that was it.

“Because the status is not quo”

Then I really went into The Dark Knight, with only average expectations, I was expecting to see a good movie, but never expected to be amazed by it.  The trailers were okay, but not so much to build excitement for myself. And Amazed by it I was, so much that I even went to see it multiple times already.

I was overjoyed by the how good this movie was, It had all the heart lacking from the previous installment, but never over pouring like what happened to “Superman Returns”. It had a great script, great acting, great direction, that maybe another genre movie might be able to break into the major awards.  Into the subject awards, the most talked possibility might be a posthumous award for Heath Ledger, who simply steals every scene he’s in as the Joker, and we’re in a movie filled with great acting everywhere.  He showed why The Joker is the perfect antagonist for Batman. I don’t know if he’ll be receive any awards, but I really believe that he deserved to get recognized, at least through nominations, for his oustanding work in this movie. Jack Nicholson, is an amazing actor, but I was never a big fan of his take on the Joker, I’d rather go with Mark Hammil’s take on the character, in some of the animated productions.

The movie at the end was as much about Batman’s role as the “hero” of Gotham City, and also about The Joker and how he’s a force to be reckoned with.

It was especially interesting to watch the movie, in light of Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog. Seriously, try watching the movie, after having watched at least the first two acts of the Dr. Horrible, but especially if you’ve seen the whole musical. I was even joking with my friends, during one of the viewings, about how important a laugh is to the villain from the moment that Joker clams his first “evil” laugh.

Even more than NBC’s cheap investments towards online content through those webisodes they’ve been producing.  Dr. Horrible’s success, even in a lower scale does really show us the possibilities of this media, if tradionalists, are willing to really invest in it, using the same high production values as the most common quality productions. In short 42 minutes, we were able to care so much about the characters and their journey, the tragic ending, was even so dark to the point of disgusting some people. Not only that but producing exclusive content for new media is completely a possibility.

Just like Maggie Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmed for the role of Rachel Dawes from the first Nolan Batman movie, to the second, I remembered reading an interview with Gary Oldman, about whether they’d be able to return to the character of Joker in later movies, since Ledger passed away, he thinks it would be very possible to replace the character with another actor playing the role.  And I agree. And just for tying up the ties I wanted to point through thsi post, I’d like to consider who could be in my opinion a good actor to take over the role.

I think the signs are pointing to an interesting direction, and Neil Patrick Harris, has been showing us in several places, how talented he is, and I believe he would be an amazing actor to take over the role of The Joker, if the need arises for another appearance of the character in another Batman movie.

Dr. Horrible Act 1 Alive

http://www.drhorrible.com/act_I.html

The First act of the 40~50 minute long internet production, went live Midnight on US’ Eastern Daylight Time, with some trouble for all people outside of the US, and it took the great efforts of Jed Whedon and his Dr. Horrible crew a few hours (5~6 on my count) to solve these issues and made it available to the rest of the word.

The result is simply nifty, or dreamy like Joss calls is.

It present us with 3 quite enjoyable main characters, and I can’t wait to watch the following 2 acts that concludes this special presentation.

Just like the songs from the Buffy, musical episode “Once More, With Feeling”, the songs from Dr. Horribleare quite catchy, and you can’t help but start to hum together at first, and even start to sing along (heh, it’s the Dr. Horrible Sing-along Blog…) on second viewings on.

And it just so good to see “Mutant Enemy” back on the screens…

Favorite lines:

“Sarcasm, that’s original…”

“The Status is not quo.”

“Look, I’m just trying to change the world.”

“I love the air”

“with my freezeray I’ll stop the world.”

“Whateve.”

Dr. Horrible countdown


Don’t forget. July 15th, first part of Dr. Horrible Sing-a-Long Blog, on the internet nearest to you.

Brazilian Senate Approves anti freedom law for Internet

I’d like to share the the following Press Release from the Brazilian Senate, it concerns some issues I’ve discussed last week. The Release was found through estadao.com.

The means are definitely justifiable, but the way is too limited. As I said before, people have to realize that there’s a need for new solution.

Won’t have time for any additional posts this weeks, but will be back earlier next week, for the first official installment of my recurring column, Culture Conundrum.

Senate approves proposal that typifies crimes on the Internet

Piracy, paedophilia and unauthorized transfer of data are included; providers will have new rules Piracy, paedophilia and unauthorized transfer of data are included; providers will have new rules

Vallone Giuliana, Giuliana estadao.com.br Vallone, the estadao.com.br

SAO PAULO – The Senate approved the night of Wednesday, 9, a draft law that has the objective to adjust the laws of the country to crimes committed on the Internet and thus more rigid way of punishing these irregularities. The project typifies the crimes on the Internet, helping to Justice to try them, extends the penalties for violators and requires providers to store the data of connecting its users for up to three years. The project typifies the crimes on the Internet, helping to Justice to try them, extends the penalties for violators and requires providers to store the data of connecting its users for up to three years.

Such information can be accessed by police if necessary, through a requisition order. Such information can be accessed by police if necessary, through a requisition order. Moreover, the text puts responsibility as the provider inform the authorities about any evidence of crime on the network. Moreover, the text puts responsibility as the provider inform the authorities about any evidence of crime on the network. Those who do not comply with the determinations are subject to fines, which can vary between RS 2 thousand and $ 100 thousand. Those who do not comply with the determinations are subject to fines, which can vary between RS 2 thousand and $ 100 thousand.

The amendments adopted in plenary address also the more controversial issues such as piracy and activity of paedophiles. The amendments adopted in plenary also address the more controversial issues such as piracy and activity of paedophiles. The new text typifies the crime of access to facilities or networks with the breach of security in environments that have “expressed protection.” The new text typifies the crime of access to facilities or networks with the breach of security in environments that have “expressed protection.” Similarly, the criminal will be considered unauthorized transfer of data and information on units or systems which access is restricted and expressly protected. Similarly, the criminal will be considered unauthorized transfer of data and information on units or systems which access is restricted and expressly protected.

The project also considers crime falsifying public documents or electronic data and real; falsify data or private documents and true; create, distribute or maintain files with pornographic material containing images and other information involving children and adolescents; does estelionato; capture passwords from users ecommerce and disseminate images of private character. The project also considers crime falsifying public documents or electronic data and real; falsify data or private documents and true; create, distribute or maintain files with pornographic material containing images and other information involving children and adolescents; does estelionato; capture passwords from users and ecommerce disseminate images of private character.

Services of public use

Among other crimes provided by the substitute is also of undermining the safety or operation of the department of water, light, power, heat, information, telecommunications or any other public utility. Among other crimes provided by the substitute is also of undermining the safety or operation of the department of water, light, power, heat, information, telecommunications or any other public utility. It also will be punished crimes involving the interruption, disruption of telephone service, telephone, electronic, computer and other telecommunications devices. It also will be punished crimes involving the interruption, disruption of telephone service, telephone, electronic, computer and other telecommunications devices.

International treaties international treaties

Changes in legislation will allow the United States participate in international agreements and treaties on the subject, making the global fight against crimes on the Internet in Brazil Changes in legislation will allow the United States participate in international agreements and treaties on the subject, making the global fight against crimes on the Internet in Brazil One of these treaties, the Convention of Budapest, was ratified by all European countries in the Hungarian city, November 2001. One of these treaties, the Convention of Budapest, was ratified by all European countries in the Hungarian city in November 2001. This is a document of Public International Law and that, despite its European origin, has become universal with the accession of countries from outside the European Union, such as the United States. This is a document of Public International Law and that, despite its European origin, has become universal with the accession of countries from outside the European Union, such as the United States.

One of his goals is to promote the equalization of criminal laws that address the topic in the countries in view that this is essential to have efficient means of combating such crime. One of his goals is to promote the equalization of criminal laws that address the topic in the countries in view that this is essential to have effective means to combat this type of offence. Moreover, the agreement specifies specific mechanisms of international cooperation in the area of cyber crime. Moreover, the agreement specifies specific mechanisms of international cooperation in the area of cyber crime. Countries that join the Convention become part of an international network of cooperation in the fight against crimes committed via the Internet. Countries that join the Convention become part of an international network of cooperation in the fight against crimes committed via the Internet.

The country’s accession to the Convention of Budapest would allow international cooperation in combating crimes on the Internet, such as paedophilia and racism and even financial scams. The country’s accession to the Convention of Budapest would allow international cooperation in combating crimes on the Internet, such as paedophilia and racism and even financial scams.

The matter is now for the Chamber of Deputies. The matter is now for the Chamber of Deputies. Below the main points of the project approved on Wednesday: Below the main points of the project approved on Wednesday:

The three goals of the draft law: The three goals of the draft law:

Tipificar link the crimes on the Internet (which are classified and what they mean) Tipificar the crimes on the Internet (which are classified and what they mean)

Larger link the penalties for violators Increase the penalties for violators

Fighting link in a wider network in the crimes Fighting in a wider network in the crimes

Crimes:
Unauthorized access to the network of computers – imprisonment of 1 to 3 years
Get, carry or maintain data without authorization – imprisonment of 1 to 3 years and fine
Dissemination of information or misuse of the database – detention of 1 to 2 years and fine
Insert or send malicious code – imprisonment of 1 to 3 years and fine
If the crime results in destruction or damage of the network – imprisonment of 3 to 5 years and fine
Copy or falsify instrument which allows access to the network – imprisonment of 1 to five years and fine
Be offensive to the security service of utilities (water, light, etc.) – imprisonment of 1 to 5 years
To publish, sell or provide personal information improperly – 1 to 2 years and fine

The responsibilities of providers:
Maintain data connection of users for up to three years
Information will be provided only through judicial requests
linkInformar no evidence of crime on the Internet

Subject to a fine of $ 2 thousand to $ 100 thousand more claims for damages.

(from Agência Senado)

Top 10 all time favorite movies.

A very good friend of mine, challenged me and a group of other friends to list our personal Top 10 all time favorite movies.

Never figured it would such a hard task to accomplish, considering the number of movies I watch per year. So far, I believe I’m only the second one to post the list, but I’ll update the post with the complete list from my other friends when it becomes available. With not more avail, here as follow my top 10 all time favorite movies so far, without any specific order – I figured that trying to order them in order of preference was just going to be another huge struggle -, listed alphabetically :

– Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
– Back to the Future I
– Casablanca
– Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
– Forrest Gump
– Mary Poppins
– Memento
– The Lion King
– The Lords of the Rings: The Return of the King
– The Power of One

I actually still unsure about 2 of the 10 movies above, but that’s what I meant about so far. MIght actually change the list again, when I update the post later on.

Hoist the Colors… Part 3

I’d like to start this hopefully conclusion part of this really long topic post, by fowarding you to two articles that just arrived to me merely minutes ago through Twitter.

Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to Viacom.

Elite Torrents admin Dove faces 10 years.

This is such a complicated matter, that you can’t completely blame the companies for wanting to protect their investments. Rights that laws from each country seek to protect.

Protection is an important word in this subject, US’ Copyright laws or Brazilian Authorship laws (as I’ve touched on before here)  were written to protect the owners and creators, creating obstacles for people with bad intentions. Problem is when those obstacles created for protection, become some big blinding wall or sluggish chains that will bind any tipe of flexibility.

A great part of interactivity possibilities that the internet allow nowadays, is that no one is really isolated anymore, despite sometimes social abilities developed through technological resources sometimes only applying to that certain environments, sharing became a requirement, even if sharing is for a selected number of people.

The thing is legally speaking, there are things you can share, and there are things you can’t share, the in between area between them is what make all things so blurry and gloomy. The p2p networks which is based on broaden the reach of lending something to a friend, into another level, have both bright and dark sides. Content providers, are investing on being active in new tech, but are weary on really distributing that content, creating mechanisms to limit its distribution. It’s frustrating as I pointed in part 1, when you can talk with everyone anywhere around the world, but you can’t get the same content through similar online resources, because the content provider won’t allow it. It bothers me that still audiences are treated by them as mostly receivers of content.

There has to be a new solution. Things have started to change, but not fast enough.  Some examples include initiatives toward creating immersive experiences, playing with public participation into fictional worlds. But still most of those proposals are limited by country boundaries, with limited interplay by audiences from any country in the world.

The Creative Commons project is a very interesting initiative that attempts to unify a license that can be used anywhere in the world, it never really stops you from also licensing your creation through specific protective channels in your native country, and it works is a lot of countries. Trouble is, sometimes create ambiguous situations, in which allowances provided by Creative Commons, are completely negated by local protective laws. Flipping it a bit protective devices provided by local law, become at some levels questionable.

A real middle ground has to be found. What sickens me is that instead of looking for a middle ground, we have people reaching exactly for the opposite road, such initiative include the Brazilian Senator Azeredo. Which is pretty much making what the New York judge just forced Google do for Viacom’s sakes, sound like small joke, since every such action will become the standard procedure in Brazil.  It simply chains up, an already quite narrow law structure, it almost takes us back to the times of military dictatorship, but instead of crazy military dudes playing gods, we’re just getting closer to a business run reality, in which BuyNLarge (have you seen Wall-e?) or Blue Sun type corporations with run the life of everyone in the world. Professor Sérgio Amadeu through his blog, has been doing a great coverage about this alarming issue. Even if you have to rely on translator to get the general idea, is worth checking it out.

A modern poet, once sang:

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Maybe there’s a small part of my soul is one of those pure anarchists, that thinks that chaos is necessary, despite my rational thrive for order.

Maybe, I’m such a dreamer, that someday chaos and order are at the end only one, and in such chaotic harmony, things will just be figured out freedom will really be guaranteed, but creation will also be protected.

Then, you start to question, what does it mean when companies start endorsing messages that stimulate actions for people fight against those same limited laws. That was the message I got from Pirates of the Caribeean, and for such reason I wanted to start this too long discussion, quoting one of the movies, with a line that sought exactly to expose this fight, this struggle. What does this mean?

Well, we’ll see as the story progress.