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Libraries like The Pirate Bay are useful

So I’m big into dragons. Really love them. It’s why I use this dragon icon everywhere.

I’m also into movies. One of my favorite movies is 1996’s Dragonheart. It had a well-written story, great acting, and a CGI dragon so realistic that this 20-year-old movie could easily compete with modern movies, visually speaking.

Dragonheart 3 got released earlier this year. I was vaguely aware of there being a Dragonheart 2, but never heard anything about 3 until I happened to do a search for it on IMDb just to see if anything would come up.

I am considering buying all 3 movies. I have #1 on a letterboxed DVD; I would prefer it in high-definition widescreen. I torrented 2 and 3 a few nights ago to see if they’re worth buying.

IMDb currently has the following ratings for these movies:

Movie Rating
Dragonheart 1 6.4
Dragonheart 2: A New Beginning 4.5
Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse 5.1

So none of these movies are that great. Fine. I’ve already set my heart on re-buying the best of the 3. I figured if I watch the worst one and like it, then I’ll get all of them. On the other hand if I don’t like A New Beginning, I should still give the latest movie a try.

so I watched A New Beginning this morning… and I loved it. Granted, it didn’t live up to the quality of the original, but then sequels rarely do. Plus the original had Sean Connery.

I’ve probably mentioned before how I think of The Pirate Bay as like one giant library. I am not exaggerating when I say that I think they are the best, largest library on Earth. You can check out movies and books and other things for free and never have to return them, though you are asked to seed the torrents which I guess is a bit like returning stuff in that it enables others to then check them out. My point is, without this massive free library at my disposal – had I been forced to rely on reviews and ratings – I would have passed these sequels by, never giving them a second thought.

IMDb movie ratings are useful to me as a quick-and-dirty way to judge a movie without wasting my time and money watching it. I find that the ratings fall into these general categories:

  • 8.0-10.0: Buy it. Sell your house if you have to.
  • 7.0-8.0: “So good it’s bad”. The movie is truly great, but it’s just got so many little problems – so many things that you think could have been done better – that it actually loses some entertainment value because you just keep concentrating on how it should have been made.
  • 6.0-7.0: Good movies. Definitely worth buying, provided they’re not too expensive.
  • 5.0-6.0: Probably worth spending a little money on (like $5 or so), but try before you buy.
  • 4.0-5.0: Probably not worth spending money on, but I’ll give these films a chance if I can do it for free.
  • 3.0-4.0: “So bad it’s good” territory here. These movies may actually be worse than those in the 1-3 range, but they are so inadvertently laughable that they gain some entertainment value. “The Room” would fit in this category in my opinion.
  • 1.0-3.0: Bottom of the barrel. Avoid these movies. Pretend they don’t exist.