The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz at the Spectrum

At 6:30pm on June 30, the Spectrum will have one showing of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. If you’re not familiiar with Aaron Swartz, take a minute to at least read the summary section of his wikipedia page.

From the Times:

At 14, Mr. Swartz helped create RSS, the nearly ubiquitous tool that allows users to subscribe to online information. He later became an Internet folk hero, pushing to make many Web files free and open to the public. But in July 2011, he was indicted on federal charges of gaining illegal access to JSTOR, a subscription-only service for distributing scientific and literary journals, and downloading 4.8 million articles and documents, nearly the entire library.

Check out the official event page and secure your ticket soon! The director of the film, Brian Knappenberger will also Skype in for a Q&A session following the show.

Watch Sean Rowe Perform “Old Shoes” & “Downwind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last night, Sean Rowe performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live with support from members of RAILBIRD. It’s incredible to see someone from Troy work their ass off and be able to watch them perform on national TV.

You can check out our interview from a bit ago with Sean Rowe if you’re unfamilliar. And if you’re really unfamilliar, you can check out his album via ANTI-.

Must Watch: Trailer for “The Throwaways”

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Tomorrow night, at the Madison Theater, there will be a preview screening of the documentary film, “The Throwaways.” The film follows the story of local filmmaker and ex-felon Ira McKinley, capturing his struggles to turn his life around and transform his inner-city community, all taking place in Albany.

The screening is a one-night fundraising event to support the distribution of this film and will be hosted by co-directors and producers Ira McKinley and Bhawin Suchak, who will also lead a Q+A discussion panel following each showing. It is also an exclusive opportunity to see the documentary before it is submitted to film festivals around the country.

Tickets are available in advance over on Brown Paper tickets and the film will show at 7 and 9:15pm. You can check out more information about the film and its backstory, as it was funded through a Kickstarter campaign over on their website.

Check out the official trailer:

Review: The Avengers

The Avengers was an impossible movie to not pay attention to. The Marvel world has been a brightly colored universe since Iron Man’s shockingly enjoyable and smart step out into blockbuster movie territory back in the summer of 2009. I still maintain that Iron Man’s extremely high critical reception was due to the fact that no one expected it to be as good as it was, but that’s an analysis to be saved for another day. With each release the Marvel movie universe expanded and the anticipation for The Avengers heightened. Every movie has been a slight gamble to see if they can pull it off, and except for The Hulk, they’ve all passed the test. Yes, even Thor. It’s goofy, but keep in mind that these are all franchises based on costumes, magical hammers and a man with a gigantic magnet in his chest. The level of hype for the Avengers has been so perfect, so mounting that the only thing it’s been missing is a prematurely dead actor poised for super-stardom. The final question, now that it’s been released is has it pulled it off?

The answer is a resounding HELL YES. The biggest gamble so far has had the biggest payoff. If you’re not sure of what I mean, think about it: the combination of four classic characters, five huge movies and four different directors with distinct visions and styles compressed into 2 hours and 40 minutes, and Joss Whedon’s incredibly distinct way of helming a project all mixed into one? From a pure business point, that is crazy talk. But it manages to do it, and do it well.

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Review: The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods is a movie for both the horror buff and the casual viewer. While Scream turned the slasher genre on it’s head, Cabin in the Woods does this to literally every scary movie you’ve ever seen, and intelligently to boot. While it’s been advertised and hyped as a traditional horror movie, that was a lie. Yes, five college-ish aged kids venture into the woods with a keg to have sexy times and maybe have that cute redhead show her nipples to the cold mountain air. And yes, shit starts to get creepy. But then the movie’s second act takes a hard right into Weirdville, and that’s where it starts to get really, really fun. By the third act the film truly flies off the handle, and it become as close to a carnival ride as you get without actually having to make eye contact with a carnie.

It confronts every cliché you’ve ever seen- from the dumb blonde to Chekhov’s Gun, and gives not only reasoning, but justifies all of the mistakes horror movie characters make that have us react with “WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT” every time. (My personal annoyance is the basement. Never go in there, and if you do, you’re dumb.)

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