Cordkillers 204 - Amazon’s Master Stroke (w/ Nicole Lee)

Piracy as a business model for a feature film, Netflix conquers the world, and Movie Pass’s evil genius. With special guest Nicole Lee.

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CordKillers: Ep. 204 - Amazon’s Master Stroke
Recorded: January 22 2018
Guest: Nicole Lee

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Sequel To 'Man From Earth' To Be Released On Pirate Sites By Its Creators
  • Man From Earth: Holocene
    - Richard Schenkman directed a film called The Man From Earth.
    - It was low budget and had no marketing.
    - A screener got posted to The Pirate Bay
    - A week or two before the DVD release date the IMDB Moviemeter jumped 11,000%
    -Eric Wilkinson, a producer for the film, reached out to those sites to thank them.
    - They began asking people who watched and liekd the film to donate on Paypal
    - Schenkman is on the record stating that filesharing was key to the success of the film
    - The movie now has a healthy audience and shows on platforms like Netflix.
    - The sequel Man from Earth: Holocene is available on Vimeo
    - viewers can get a refund if they don't like it.
    - They have now uploaded the sequel Man From Earth: Holocene to Torrent sites themselves this time
    - The Pirate Bay has rich information and notes on the movie and includes tips on how to share it with others.
    - The torrent version includes a brief introduction from Schenkman asking folks to make a donation at if they like it.

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Front Lines

Dispatches from the Front

Hey guys,

I thought I’d offer my two cents on both the importance of sound and using an Echo to control home theater equipment...

First, sound: I am on the audiophile spectrum but not hardcore. I like good quality sound and particularly surround sound for the best cinematic experience at home. A great picture just isn’t immersive enough for me without full, enveloping sound to accompany it. However, I really can’t tell the difference between most low-mid range sound systems and formats during general listening situations. So, I have a relatively cheap Yamaha 7.1 AV receiver, which also acts as my HDMI switcher. Everything connects to it and I have just one cable out to display. For those in apartments or places with thin walls, most systems like this have a “quiet listening” mode. This mode reduces the dynamic range for all the channels so you can keep the volume lower without missing those subtle surround effects. It’s not the way I prefer to enjoy it but I typically watch “my” shows after my wife goes to bed and she doesn’t want to hear them in the next room.

Keep up the good work!

- Tony



Hi Tom and Brian,

I may have an explanation for the sudden increase in Hulu subscribers. My son has a student Spotify account and in September they added the lowest tier of Hulu for free. This is just for the student Spotify paid membership, which costs $4.99 a month. Spotify is saying they have 70 million paid members, though I couldn't find data on how many of those have the student plan.

If these students are counted as Hulu members even if they're not using it, does that artificially inflate their subscriber numbers?

- Beelissa


Hi Cordkilllers,
Australia here. I was very interested in the email on show 203 about language. Before anyone gets too excited, yes, Australians use swear words all the time, but the words themselves aren't especially offensive. They are used for emphasis and expression more than anything, and even then visitors here are almost disappointed with how much we don't actually swear or ride kangaroos to school or work.
What did my head in was the comments about too much swearing in recent TV shows. What nearly all Australians can't understand about US TV is why in Breaking Bad someone can bet shot and stabbed repeatedly and have that shown in full and yet an F word is censored with a noticeable gap in the dialogue while their mouth is still moving.
How does that work?
I think both aspects, the visual violence and use of language, are appropriate to the scenario, but to censor a single word is jarring and completely out of context.
What the eff?
Thanks, love the show, etc etc.

- Tim



Hi guys, I wanted to add a thought about Steve's Dispatch from the Front on Episode 203. My wife and I agree that we really don't want to hear people continually using profanity. It may be true that some people habitually use that kind of language, but we don't hang out with them, and don't really want to invite them into our home either. We just turned off the new Phillip K Dick anthology after 5 minutes, deciding the proportion of profanity was just too much for the situation seen onscreen. It just seems like extreme laziness on the part of the writers. Another great example was Kingsmen The Golden Circle. After the Kingsmen organization spent all the time and trouble to teach Eggsy to be a gentleman, surely they would have taught him to express himself with eloquence and erudition in any situation. Again, it just seemed to be extreme laziness on the part of the writers. There is nothing wrong with using a vocabulary with a wider range, and there are plenty of great invectives that don't have to be scraped from a gutter.

- Dave



Hey Tom and Brian, I am your boss from other works you both do. I just wanted to give my opinion regarding last week's email about excessive cursing. I wanted to write in saying I was having the exact opposite feeling of TV lately. I was wondering if it's because I haven't watched much HBO or other premium network shows lately (since True Blood). I watch a lot of superhero shows (CW, Netflix) though and there are so many times when they are awake and getting stitches or simply being hit so hard that bones break and they DO NOT CURSE ENOUGH! I stub my toe and a word or two will come flying out of my mouth. Is it because I'm a millennial or am I simply not watching "adult" content?
I also watch House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Narcos, and The Walking Dead (please go back to watching this show, Neegan and Jadis breathe new life into it).
Sincerely, your boss,

- omgmuffins



Dear John, I mean, Dear Cordkillers,

I heard your response to my question about Hallmark's new channels. I played it for my wife and when she heard that she can get THREE Hallmark channels her eyes lit up. Guess I'll be checking about Sling TV soon.

Keep up the great work,

- John



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