Cinema Junkies – Middle Men

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Nowadays, it’s very usual that people sign in in many different kinds of websites or buys on the Internet: film webs, porn sites, books sites or anything. However, it wasn’t that usual twenty years ago, actually nobody could imagine then that we were going to be able to buy anything on the internet without going to an actual store. This has been possible thanks to two guys who didn’t know the empire that they were building up and which is widely used these days: the possibility of paying with a credit card via Internet.

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And what this has to do with porn since AltPorn4U is talking about it? Very simple, that possibility was created to and because of porn. The beginning of this was told in the movie ‘Middle men’.

In 1994, Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby, deeply in drugs and with no idea of what to do with their lives, came up with the idea of uploading porn pictures to the Internet, classified in different categories. The pictures weren’t even theirs, they came from magazines. They figured out a system through which people could fill in their credit card number in order to subscribe as if it were a magazine.

At the beginning, they thought it was a silly idea that they wanted to try but suddenly they found themselves earning millions of dollar each month. They earned so much money they couldn’t know what to do with all that money. These guys were quite stupid and suddenly they got involved with the mafia, the police and problems with underage girls.

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However, the main character of the film is Jack Harris, a finance visionary who wasn’t interested in porn but made millions thanks to it.

‘Middle men’ has an interesting cast, since the actors aren’t very famous but the performances are outstanding. Luke Wilson (‘The Royal Tenembaums’, ‘Death at a Funeral’) plays Jack Harris. He is Owen Wilson’s brother, a regular in Ben Stiller’s and Wes Anderson’s movies.

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Giovani Ribisi (‘Avatar’, ‘60 seconds’) was also casted for the film. The porn actress Audrey Dawns is played by Laura Ramsey. It was a strange role for her, who is used to act in comedies such as “She is the man” or ‘The Ruins’. Rade Serbedzija (‘Batman begins’) is the bad russian guy is one of the best characters of the film. James Caan (‘The Godfather saga’) is the bastard-lawyer.

‘Middle men’ tells a story based in a 20% in actual events, in my opinion. However, the script, the rhythm, the performances and the editing makes an exciting film out of it, and very interesting for the porn field too.

It had a 22 million dollar budget and only got 800,000 dollar in the box office. reviews weren’t fair and with the passing of time it has become a very obscure film, although it deals with on-line commerce.

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The film was directed in 2009 by George Gallo, the screenwriter of “Bad Boys”, directed by Michael Bay and with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in its main roles.

The film passed silently through the cinema screens, but it tells the story of something that started as something stupid but ended up being an every-day thing for most of us.

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