You know, once in a while - maybe once every few years - I'll be flipping through the channels, and stumble across something so funny, so entertaining, that my immediate reaction is almost anger: "When did this
happen?! How come nobody told me about this?!" But then that anger subsides and becomes, "I can't wait to tell everybody about this movie."DOT
is one of those movies.
Initially released in 2002, DOT
grabbed some prestigious independent film festival awards, and then was put into decent rotation on Showtime... where I first caught it. Now available for free download on both iTunes and SneakyKings.com (yes, FREE, as in you fork over $0.00), the only reason you shouldn't watch
is because you're still on dial-up.
Shot in Chicago, and "documenting" the rise and fall, and rise and fall, and rise and fall of Zectek.com over just nine months, DOT
first introduces us to buddies Si, Stan and Mitch during the tail-end of the internet bubble era. Of course, along with legions of other start-up teams of the time, Si, Stan and Mitch have a very focused agenda: get rich quick, with minimal effort. They've all quit their "working for the man" jobs to take part in the gold rush. And also to be able to smoke freely on the job.