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Speedcine: Google for Legal Movie Search

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 4, 2009 at 12:59PM

Last March, New York publicist/blogger Reid Rosefelt announced SpeedCine, his new search engine for finding available (legal) movies on the web. Tuesday he launched the beta version of the site, which tells you where to find movies on the web, whether they are available for free, or to rent, buy, or find via Netflix's "Watch Instantly."
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Thompson on Hollywood

Last March, New York publicist/blogger Reid Rosefelt announced SpeedCine, his new search engine for finding available (legal) movies on the web. Tuesday he launched the beta version of the site, which tells you where to find movies on the web, whether they are available for free, or to rent, buy, or find via Netflix's "Watch Instantly."

Here's a portion of Rosefelt's announcement:


We currently index over 13,000 films from Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu, and many other sites. We're adding more movies every day, and will have iTunes in our system by the end of the month.

Most of you are aware that you can get recent Hollywood productions, classic movies, horror, and quality American Independent movies for free on sites on the web. But I doubt that you know the diversity and quantity of what's available. And that's because they are scattered all over the web, on sites that you may not be aware of.

Some of the free films available today include: "Adaptation," "Living in Oblivion," "Welcome to the Dollhouse," "Koyaanisqatsi," "And Now For Something Completely Different," "Hester Street," "Bigger Than Life," "Fixed Bayonets," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "Withnail & I," "Greaser's Palace," "Henry Fool," "Welcome to L.A.," Orson Welles' "Mr. Arkadin" and "The Stranger," John Carpenter's "Dark Star" and "Star Man," Roman Polanski's "Cul-de-Sac" and "Repulsion," Billy Wilder rarities like "Kiss Me Stupid" and "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes," Stephen Frears' debut "Gumshoe," Herzog's "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" and "Little Dieter Needs to Fly," Robert Altman's "California Split," "Streamers," and "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," and ten films by Mika Kaurismäki. Look in our A-Z index and you'll see hundreds more.

This article is related to: Independents, Web/Tech, Digital Future


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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.