SpeedCine is Go!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

ribbon cuttingI am happy to announce that we have launched the Beta version of SpeedCine. This is a site that allows you to search for legal films that are available on the web: to watch free, rent, buy, or via Netflix's "Watch Instantly" feature. You can think of SpeedCine as a Google for helping you find legal movies--we don't link to the other kind.

We currently index over 13,000 films from Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu, and many other sites.  We're adding more movies every day, and will have iTunes in our system by the end of the month.

Most of you are aware that lots of recent Hollywood productions, classic movies, horror, and high-quality American Independent movies (many through Cinetic and b-side) are available for free online.  But I doubt that you know the diversity and quantity of what’s available.  So many good films are scattered over the web, on sites that you may not be aware of.

Some of the free films available today include: Sundance prize-winners like Tom DiCillo’s "Living in Oblivion" Todd Solondz’s "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and Chris Smith’s  “American Movie;” Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation,” Jacques Demy’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,”  "Monty Python’s  "And Now For Something Greaser's-PalaceCompletely Different;" Joan Micklin Silver’s "Hester Street;" Nicholas Ray’s "Bigger Than Life" (in case you missed it at the Film Forum);  Sam Fuller’s "Fixed Bayonets;" Jacques Demy’s "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," Bruce Robinson’s "Withnail & I," Takeshi Kitano’s “Boiling Point;” Robert Downey Sr.’s long out-of-circulation cult film, "Greaser's Palace," Marlon Brando’s “One-Eyed Jacks;” Carol Reed’s “The Third Man” and “Our Man in Havana;” Richard Lester’s “The Knack, and How to Get It;” Hal Hartley’s "Henry Fool," Ringo Lam’s “Full Contact” (one of my very favorite Hong Kong films), Alan Rudolph’s debut "Welcome to L.A.,"  Orson Welles' "Mr. Arkadin" and "The Stranger;" John Carpenter's "Dark Star" and "Starman;" Roman Polanski's "Cul-de-Sac" and "Repulsion;" Billy Wilder rarities like "Kiss Me, Stupid" and "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes;" under-apprecIated 70s films like John Huston’s “Fat City,” Bob Rafelson’s “The King of Marvin Gardens,” and Ivan Passer’s “Born to Win;” Stephen Frears' debut "Gumshoe;" Werner Herzog's "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" and "Little Dieter Needs to Fly," Robert Altman's "California Split," "Streamers," and "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," and ten films by Mika Kaurismäki. 

This is is truly a cineaste’s delight. And they’re all free, and available in a few seconds.  And there are hundreds more.  Just look in A-Z index on our Home Page and click “Free Movies.” 

Of course, they are free-with-ads.  If you’re willing to pay….thousands more movies are available for rental and sale, commercial-free.

It is often said that new business models are needed to get people to pay for movies online.  There are a lot of things that can be done from that perspective, that is—not focusing on stopping people from watching for free, but convincing them that it is in their interest to pay.  And that can be free-with-ads, a rental, a purchase, or a Netflix-style subscription.  There’s a lot of companies doing good work trying to make this happen.  We are offering a free service for movie fans that we hope will help websites that provide movies online, distributors, and filmmakers themselves (particularly DIY ones). 

Give SpeedCine a test drive.  Let us know what you think at feedback@speedcine.com or in the comments section below.