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Movie Site: Jinni

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 6, 2009 at 11:15AM

I am sitting at my laptop streaming Julie Taymor's Across the Universe--a movie with a fantastic Beatles soundtrack sung by attractive actors including yummy leading man Jim Sturgess--for free. I'm beavering away here, enjoying the comments on Gawker's post asking for $1000 reward for a new photo of Nikki Finke, and feeling remarkably unmotivated to do any serious blogging.
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I am sitting at my laptop streaming Julie Taymor's Across the Universe--a movie with a fantastic Beatles soundtrack sung by attractive actors including yummy leading man Jim Sturgess--for free. I'm beavering away here, enjoying the comments on Gawker's post asking for $1000 reward for a new photo of Nikki Finke, and feeling remarkably unmotivated to do any serious blogging.

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I found a new movie site, called jinni, which has been described as "last.fm for movies," signed up, and fed in the search terms "British period romance," which yielded photos for various movies I could click on, from the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice and Atonement to The Illusionist and Shakespeare in Love. I took some personality quizzes (always fun) and clicked on "connect to Netflix," and then "available for free streaming," and got a different list, including Room with a View, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Persuasion, Vanity Fair and The Other Boleyn Girl. I clicked on Across the Universe, but first had to upload the application Microsoft Silverlight, no sweat. Then I was watching Across the Universe on Netflix, with the occasional halt with the admonition, "your internet connection has slowed. We are adjusting playback to avoid further commercial interruption. "

Easy peasy. And no ads!

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.