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He’s a cult icon who’s well known for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But now writer and director Joss Whedon has taken the decision to bypass the cinema completely with his new film and show it on Vimeo instead, as a $5 rental.

The film is called “In Your Eyes” and has been described as a “paranormal love story“. It has subtitles in Japanese, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese. With a score of 7.1 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database, it is described as follows :

In the frozen East Coast winter, Rebecca is withering away in a life of cocktail parties and lonely nights as the sheltered, soft-spoken wife of a successful doctor. Across the country in sun-drenched, arid New Mexico, charismatic ex-con Dylan is struggling to find his footing and a fresh start. When these polar opposites realize they share an inexplicable connection, a unique metaphysical romance begins.

What the direct move to Vimeo means is that the professional movie critics will not see it first and give their opinions. Ordinary people like you and me can review it first instead, mostly on social media, which might give the movie more of a chance of a fair review.

This isn’t the first time Whedon has utilized the power of the Internet to get his work out there. In 2008, the movie “Dr Horrible’s Singalong Blog” was posted in installments online.

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Before spending the $5, you can watch the first 3 minutes of the movie for free. And since we’re such nice people, we have embedded it below.

Tell us what you think of the movie, based on the 3 minute preview. Will you spend $5 to watch the movie? What do you think of Whedon’s strategy of going straight to the Internet with his project? Is he a genius or an idiot?

Source: Slate Blog | Image Credits: Wikipedia & IMDB

  1. michel basilieres
    April 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    why is a critic's opinion less fair?

    • Mark O'Neill
      April 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Because a lot of professional critics tend to be snobs, and so tend to look down on sci-fi and comic book movies. The job of a critic is to criticize and so they rip into these kinds of movies looking to criticize something - anything - and nitpick the plots, instead of just enjoying the movie for what it is.

    • Tina S
      April 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Part of that job is also to have a broad overview of whatever it is that they are criticizing. That means they have much more background knowledge and information to compare each new movie to and the bar to being impressed is rising steadily. While it might not be their intention to rip a movie apart, any shortcomings will be glaringly obvious to a critic. I guess good critics are able to take a step back and make balanced recommendations for the average viewer, not nerds like themselves.

  2. Carla Sensing
    April 28, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Oh, yea, I may have to rent this!!

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