Movies and How to Share Them on the Internet

There are an increasing number of sites popping up all over the place on the internet that will let you upload your movies to show them to others.

The biggest and most popular of these is You tube with millions of visitors viewing the site every day. The good news is that it is easy to upload your movies to this site and they will accept file sizes of up to around 1 GB and this will easily allow you upload even quite large movies if you wish but the larger the file size, the longer it will take to upload.

Before you attempt to upload anything, you should check the size of your movie file by using “Get Info” (Mac) or by right clicking the file and selecting “Properties” (Windows). Most files that are uploaded are around 10 to 50MB, which is a reasonable size with relatively short upload times so I suggest you try files of this size first before tying to go larger.

Note: to find the “You Tube” site, simply type “You Tube” into your browser search box.

The first thing you have to do is to register with You Tube. This is very straightforward and only takes few minutes to provide the few details they ask for. You will need to provide a user name and password and once you register these; you will receive a confirmation email of your registration almost immediately.

Now log into You Tube with your user name and password and the click on the “upload button at the top right of the screen. You will be asked to provide a title and a short description for the movie like this for example – “Skateboarding” for a title and “The Thrills and Spills of Skateboarding as a description.

Alternatively, you could shoot a custom-made movie about your hobby, to explain a technique or some interesting aspect of it. For example, if you like painting in watercolor, you could shoot a movie showing beginners how to paint great skies. In this case, you could use “Painting Skies” for a title and maybe “Painting Skies in Watercolor for Beginners” as a description. You will be asked to select a category for your video and some tags if you want to. Tags are simply keywords that help people search for topics of interest to them more quickly.

You will also have to state whether the video is for general public viewing for all to see or for personal viewers only. If you choose personal, the movie will only be viewable by people you personally invite. In this case, your selected viewers will have to log in to You Tube to be included in the “authorized viewers list”.

Once you have entered and submitted the information a new page appears. Click the “search for file” button”and navigate to the file you want to upload. Then click the “upload” button. The upload time can be anything from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on the size of the file and when the upload is complete, you will see a confirmation message appear.

Do not expect your movie to be available for viewing immediately though. The You Tube servers first have to process and compress the AVI format in to a flash format which can take a while – obviously, the larger the file, the longer the wait – so go and have a coffee and come back later.

One positive spin off of putting your movies on You Tube is that you can use it a sales vehicle to attract visitors to your a web site if you have one.

Whether you want to use a movie for commercial purposes or just for fun, You Tube is a great vehicle for showing off your videos. Incidentally, you can put up a video on almost anything you like (within reason) from using yoyo’s to music with mood pictures. The choice is yours so why not give it a go – its fascinating and great fun.

Gangster Movies Past & Present

Gangster movies have been showing the dark and seedy side of life to viewers for years. The stories have tough characters hardened by a life of crime. Violence and murder are the most commonly used tools to gain respect, power, and money. Gangster movies show a rainbow of criminal activity like drug dealing, robbery, extortion, murder for hire, racketeering, and human trafficking. Name an illicit business and it’s probably been shown in a gangster movie. The darker side of life has always captivated some movie viewers. It might be because everyone has a choice to be a John Q. Citizen or a Public Enemy outside of the law.

There are plenty of well researched books, articles, and documentaries about the place of the gangster in movie history. This article is the opposite of those. It’s a light snack for the gangster movie buff that wants something that’s not filling and easy to digest.

Lighting up the big screen in the 30’s was The Public Enemy starring James Cagney as Tom Powers and directed by William Wellman. This about a young gangsters rise in the criminal underworld during the murderous prohibition era. Aside from the fact it is a hard boiled story and social commentary it has some larger than life characters like a gangster’s gangster Tom Powers and street hoodlum Putty Nose. A point of controversy for it’s era was character Tom Powers smashing a grapefruit in his girlfriend’s face. Also coming out in that era was Little Caesar (1931) starring all time bag guy actor Edward G. Robinson as snarling psychopath Rico and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Little Caesar is story of ambitious gangster Rico’s rapid rise and fall in the criminal underworld. The cool thing is the focus of the movie is on the character flaws of Rico aka Little Caesar instead of the action going on around him. This movie has been called the mother of modern gangster movies.

The Godfather (1972) and hardcore sequel The Godfather, Part II (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola and co-written by Coppola and best selling author Mario Puzo who’s books the movies are based on is one of Hollywood’s all time best selling gangster movies. It stars Marlon Brando as Mafia Chief Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as Michael Corleone. Too many big name stars to give a full cast list here. The Godfather tells the epic tale of a Mafia family taking roots and gaining power in America. It has stylized on screen violence that shows no matter the air of respect you try to promote when you’re a gangster it still comes down to shedding blood to keep power.

Movie audiences were given a whole new look with Scarface (1983) starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana and directed by Brian De Palma. Never has a movie gangster become such an icon. The image of Tony Montana can be found on posters, shirts, and all kinds of items. The character captured the imagination of viewers across the world. Lines from this modern classic are massively quoted.

Scarface is the brutal depiction of the Miami cocaine business from the eyes of hungry Cuban deportee Tony Montana. The movies brutal violence, explicit language and lack of good guy characters has made Scarface controversial and disliked by some movie critics. In my opinion the language had to be explicit, the violence brutal, and characters shown that lacked good guy qualities. If you look into that time during the Cocaine Cowboy Wars I don’t think these drug traffickers were polite, non-violent, and working with orphans. It was a brutal world ran by brutal people.

Menace II Society (1993) starring Tyrin Turner as Caine and Larenz Tate as larger than life O-Dog was directed by The Hughes Brothers. This gangster movie brought viewers into the rough and tumble streets of the inner city. This intense urban drama is about the struggles Caine delas with leaving in a housing project and selling drugs. One of the most realistic movie based on the inner city. Everything about the story had heart. Belly (1998) starring DMX as Buns and NAS as Sincere was directed by Hype Williams. This gangster movie was a take on director Brian De Palma’s Scarface. It was an urban epic that stretched from the mean streets of New York to the slums of Jamaica. Hype Williams did a great job with the look and direction of Belly. It had some awesome shoot outs and action. It was a large scale movie that rivals some of the biggest Hollywood crime movies in style. The story is about the gangster lifestyle of drug dealing, armed robbery, and illicit money Buns and Sincere are deep into. Buns gets into some trouble that leads him into a life changing moment with the Nation of Islam. Sincere gets tired of the crime and is drawn to his African roots.

Empire (2002) starring John Leguizamo as drug dealer Victor Rosa and directed by Franc. Reyes. This gangster movie takes viewers into the world of the South Bronx. Director Franc. Reyes gave viewers a well done gangster movie that had some Latino flavor to it. John Leguizamo as Victor Rosa gave a stand out performance in this role. He showed both a brutal and soft side. There is some really good action in this movie. It had a shoot out between rival drug dealers that looked amazing. The story itself is about big time drug dealer Victor Rosa fighting with rival drug dealers for turf and wanting to get out of the game. A shady Wall Street investment banker offers Victor a chance to invest in a sure fire moneymaking deal. It looks to be Victor’s way out. Turns out the Wall Street crook double crosses Victor making off with his all his money. That money Victor got came from a Colombian Cartel. Now Victor has to get the money back or die himself.

Consignment (2007) starring Tim Beachum as smooth drug dealer Tommy Jones and Ruben Navarro as crystal meth distributor Smiles is directed by Sid Kali. This urban gangster movie is a fast ride through the crystal meth business. It is a well done independent gangster movie. The stand out is the realism in the way the story is told. The language and characters come across as authentic. Great to see Black, Latino, Asian, White, and Native-American characters represented. You don’t see that mix in gangster movies today. Director Sid Kali shows some great street action in this one including many shootings. In this gangster movie they did not shy away from showing nudity. Based on true events, Consignment is about Tommy Jones, a reluctant East Coast drug dealer on the run with his wife, Yolanda, after a rival kingpin’s plan to have him ripped-off and murdered goes wrong. In need of fast cash to go straight, the pair head to California, where Tommy hooks up with his cousin, a reckless, hot-tempered drug dealer. Tommy quickly gets in over his head, and is forced to take a large shipment of crystal meth on consignment from a ruthless Latino gangster. Double-crosses, a series of brutal murders, and an old secret from his wife’s past foils Tommy’s plans for a new start at life.

American Gangster (2007) starring Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas and Russell Crowe as Det. Richie Roberts and directed by Ridley Scott. This is a sweeping epic based on the true life of legendary drug kingpin Frank Lucas. It was great to see mainstream Hollywood back a big budget movie about an urban gangster. Most big budget movies involve the American Mafia. This one tackled the booming heroin trade happening in Harlem. It’s a period piece that is perfect in every detail. Director Ridley Scott gives viewers some unforgettable scenes of violence. This gangster movie will be an all time classic for years to come. The story itself is about the rise of Frank Lucas who was the right hand man of legend Bumpy Johnson. His power grew so much that he was the supplier of heroin to the New York Mafia. It also showed both types of police. The good and the corrupt. It was a great story about the real goings on in the world.

Five Secrets To Find Movies Playing Near Me

As the seasons change and fall approaches, the evening routines and outings change as well. Instead of hanging out on the front porch or balcony with friends and some craft beer, people may decide to head out to the nearest theater to catch a flick or a new release airing in a theater near them. Cuddling up and enjoying a great film can be a great way to pass the time during a cold fall night, but which movie will you see and where will you see it? Here are five secrets to find movies playing near me.

1. New release Fridays

Usually new releases come out on Fridays. There are many ways for you to find out what movies are coming out. If you are a movie aficionado and hang out with other friends, family, or coworkers who are as well, you may be able to hear about the greatest and highest rated new releases simply by word of mouth. Having friends who love seeing great films is perhaps the best way to stay in the loop and in the know about new releases and which movies are playing close by.

2. Local newspapers

Many towns and cities have their own local newspapers. Some have quite a few that service different roles and niches. Sometimes there are weekly newspapers that let you know everything that is going on regarding local events, politics, plays, live music, and also include ratings and criticisms of the newest movies showing in local theaters. Pick up one of these newspapers and look through the reviews to find whats playing and where- just be careful not to read any spoilers.

3. Movie blogs and websites

Perhaps you love superhero movies or the Star Wars films, or maybe you love movies by a particular director and want to keep track of what he/she is up to regarding their newest projects. Subscribing or following movie blogs and websites is a great way to learn more about the movies you love while also having links to the theaters that will be showing them. Often times members can even get access to sneak previews and special showings!

4. YouTube

YouTube is a great source to learn about practically anything. There are many channels devoted to your favorite style of movies and even some videos that will give you a preview of all the movies that are in post production, filming, or are scheduled for immediate release. Many come with critic’s reviews or short summaries of the upcoming films. Subscribe to some channels and stay in the loop regarding new releases.

5. Online movie review sites

There are many online sites devoted to reviewing the newest releases. Make sure to stop in and see the ratings for the current movies showing in theaters. These websites have links where you can put in where you live and they will give you a list of theaters and times and even provide online ordering.

If you love movies, make sure to use the steps above to stay in the loop!