Barbershop Punk (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Barbershop Punk
The urgency of this complex and far-reaching issue, coupled with the undeniable appeal of the Everyman story that triggered the debate, will propel "Punk" to harmonious fest exposure and tenacious afterlife.
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An engaging, provocative documentary using one man's crusade against Comcast (now merged with NBC Universal) to explore issues of Web freedom.
Dovetails with the current Occupy message but still feels rather stale.
Solid documentary explores how sweetly harmonized barbershop music catalyzed a battle between First Amendment proponents and the telecommunications industry.
The first film to tackle the all-important subject of whether the Comcast's and Time-Warner's of the world will have the power to control what we see, hear or post on the Internet. Gives the term "net neutrality" a flesh-and-blood urgency.
Audience Reviews for Barbershop Punk
Let me start by giving you some advice: Watch this at home, not in a theater. I was very glad I did because there were several points in the movie where my family wanted to pause it and talk about some idea or concept. If you do see it in a theater, it might be a good idea to bring a pen and paper so that you can jot down your thoughts. Like most good documentaries, this one makes you want to keep discussing political issues after the movie ends. It presented these issues - net neutrality, common carrier laws, government regulation vs. free enterprise - in a way that makes you want to research them later. It leaves you wanting more, and that is a good thing. The movie did seem a little bit short to me, at 1 hour 17 minutes, but it packs in a lot of information without ever getting boring. Overall a wonderful effort, definitely worth seeing if you care at all about freedom and the Internet.
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