I just visited the official website for the Coen brother’s new picture, No Country for Old Men. I clicked on the trailer link and before they would let me watch it, they wanted to know if I was 17. So I filled in a fake name and zipcode, as usual, and picked a random birthyear, leaving “January 1″ filled in out of sheer laziness. Well, after several unsuccessful tries I read the small print, which said something like, “fill in your name, zipcode and birthdate as it appears on your state driver’s license or ID.” I was so stunned that I actually did so, and IMMEDIATELY, with no lag at all, up pops the trailer. (Looks like a damned good movie.)
This is freaking me out, and I don’t mean in a freak-dancing way, either. Let alone the fact that they can’t make a PG-13 trailer (the movie is so violent they probably couldn’t come up with enough blood-free clips) — who exactly is policing movie trailers on the internet? Who decided it was so important that they needed access to the actual state (soon to be national, of course) ID database? Where else is this information going?
I’m feeling really big-brothered right now. Oh, I know, it was my choice to watch the trailer. Well, next time I’ll just fill in somebody else’s name and birthdate. Heh-heh. That’ll show ‘em.