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Since this is Thanksgiving week and I’m not feeling well, I thought I’d take the week off from reviewing instant Netflix movies and cover some somewhat related topics instead.

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The Hunt for Gollum

We have a saying around the house – “Youtube is the devil and the devil is bad.” Youtube can kill an otherwise productive day in just a few clicks (start with the Bruce Lee Ping Pong video). You’ll slowly sink from sight, never to be heard from again. Of course everyone on the internet is familiar with Youtube.

What you may not know is that recently Youtube has been branching out into full length films. Go to Youtube movies for a current listing of FREE movies. Unfortunately these movies do have commercials in a fashion similar to Hulu. They have a bunch of obscure movies – many of them public domain. Currently they have Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) headlining but only for a few more days.

If you are a Lord of the Rings junkie, there is a very good independent fan-made movie, The Hunt for Gollum available for viewing. It clocks in at 39 minutes but is lovingly done in the style of Peter Jackson.It does not star the original cast but they have tried to match the look and feel of the trilogy.

There is also an abundance of trailers for new movies as well as an odd collection of shows. Youtube is also working to bring 1080p to the site as it’s clear that high definition is the next big thing. They seem to be only dabbling in movies at the moment but they still have some exclusive titles and are worth the occasional look.

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