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Barbershop Punk (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, News | 11 November 2011 (USA)
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Is "The Man" controlling the vertical, the horizontal and the channel you'll be on? In a privatized American Internet, is big business "Big Brother" or does the free market protect and ... See full summary »

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Georgia Sugimura Archer, Kristin Armfield (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Janeane Garofalo ... Herself
Henry Rollins ... Himself
Wes Armstrong ... Himself
Ian MacKaye ... Himself
Jim Ladd ... Himself
Damian Kulash Damian Kulash ... Himself
John Perry Barlow ... Himself
Marsha Blackburn Marsha Blackburn ... Herself
Jason Devitt Jason Devitt ... Himself
Michele Combs Michele Combs ... Himself
Walter McCormick Walter McCormick ... Himself
Ted Miller Ted Miller ... Himself
Michelle Combs Michelle Combs ... Herself
Heidi Topolski Heidi Topolski ... Herself
Mike McCurry Mike McCurry ... Himself
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Is "The Man" controlling the vertical, the horizontal and the channel you'll be on? In a privatized American Internet, is big business "Big Brother" or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen. Following one man's personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights, BARBERSHOP PUNK examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo. Contemplating the future of the American Internet and the inalienable rights under review. Written by Barbershop Punk

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Thought-provoking documentary
4 February 2012 | by jamesrdearingSee all my reviews

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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