Monday, February 27, 2012

BSD vs. Linux : Project to figure truth

"We started with a hypothesis that FreeBSD has
better performance than Linux. Our experiments show
that even though Linux outperforms FreeBSD in the
measurement of kernel call latency, it is FreeBSD that
performs better overall. " ~ Dr. Marty Humphrey

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Keystone XL leaks, yet is worth building

Canada is rapidly increasing its oil production, and if the U.S. foolishly refuses to be a customer for these new supplies, Canada will build a pipeline to the Pacific coast and the oil will be exported to China and other overseas buyers.

See it's worth it despite all the leaks. Keystone XL would transport tar-sands oil 1,700 miles across six states and hundreds of water bodies

Monday, February 20, 2012

Playstation Vita review

Playstation Vita review
Posted on February 18, 2012

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a Vita and spend a good deal of time playing two games that I was looking forward to – Lumines Electronic Symphony and Wipeout 2048 and two others.

I won’t waste time regurgitating the stats on the device – you can see for yourself on the Vita page on Amazon and chances are if you are interested in the device then you are a motivated buyer who did some kind of research ahead of time. So here is my (somewhat) abridged impressions:

1. Initially I was concerned about the size of the Vita. Some early reports said it was bulky and felt cheap. While I can’t dispute that the shell is made of mostly hard plastic, it still felt pretty good. The weight of the device felt balanced, and while the Vita is “big” to the eye, it is not heavy to the touch and has a nice sleek look to it. The design is also more comfortable thanks to the rounded edges and redesigned appearance.

2. The resolution of the screen is nice. Images were vivid. Pictures were clear. The front touchscreen works extremely well and all in all I was impressed at Sony’s (albeit late) foray in to the world of touch handheld gaming devices. However, upon playing the games, I can say with 100% certainty that the games definitely look fantastic – but they are NOT PS3 quality. I’m sure many of you already know that, but I just want to inform those who are expecting to play their PS3 on a handheld system. For me it was more like PS 2.5 graphics – much better than the PS2, but not quite PS3.

3. The browsing speed of the 3G version was okay. I wasn’t extremely blown away. I experimented with surfing various sites and found the download speed to be inconsistent. Some pages loaded extremely fast, others were slow. But keep in mind this is on a 3G connection so it is an issue that can affect other devices as well. Nonetheless, I did enjoy surfing on the device thanks to the big screen.

4. The buttons were easy to use, though the D pad and the buttons feel somewhat small and might be a bit tricky to use for people with fat fingers. The dual analog sticks feel comfortable and easy to use. They are a bit small and you can’t click on them, but trust me, it’s great to have two sticks on the device. It just makes playing games feel much more natural and gives the Vita a nice console-feel to it.

5. The picture quality of the camera is okay, but not better than what I take on my iPhone 4S. However, I do like the fact there are dual cameras. My only gripe about the front camera is that it is located very close to the buttons and it is easy to smudge that area of the Vita given its location on the device.

6. Video quality is decent. I really enjoyed watching some music videos on the big Vita screen. However, while the clarity of the videos is nothing to sneeze at, it doesn’t blow what I see iPhone 4S out of the water. Nonetheless it is more than fine for most people and again, I really like the big screen. Just note that the Vita does not support HTML 5 video (it does support parts of HTML 5, but just not the video component of it) or flash. Hopefully that will change down the road.

7. The UI is very easy to navigate. It is easy to launch games, apps and manage your settings on the touch screen. I was very pleased with this aspect of the Vita as well.

Quick Game Impressions:

Uncharted – Definitely the sharpest looking game that I tried. The graphics are solid and they are impressive the second you turn on the game. It may not blow away what you see on the PS3, but it is definitely the game that you show off to your friends when you carry your shiny new Vita around. The gameplay is smooth, and I like how it incorporates touch actions (like taps and wipes) to in-game combat and movement. Definitely a must-get launch game.

Wipeout 2048 – If you played Wipeout before, then there isn’t a lot here that you won’t be familiar with. It’s a high speed racing game with sexy graphics. But honestly after playing for 15 minutes, I got kind of bored. It’s pretty, but it’s nothing I haven’t experienced before. The load times were also a bit long. I wouldn’t consider this a MUST get.

Little Deviants (included with the First Edition Bundle) – A surprisingly fun game that makes (great) use of the rear touchpad. It might feel funny at first, but after you get used to the (excellent) rear touchpad, you’ll be addicted to this platformer’s string of fun minigames. I had way more fun playing this than Wipeout (to my surprise).

ModNation Racers – Essentially a PS clone of Mario Kart, with lots of colorful graphics and the ability for you to modify your racer/cars etc. Initially I was impressed with the customization options, but once I actually got to the race, I found the game to be too similar to Mario Kart but without the charm. The gameplay itself was alright and the car I tried out controlled okay, but overall the graphics also didn’t blow me away.

If you do buy a Vita, I would recommend Uncharted and Little Deviants as good first round buys. I can say this, I definitely had more fun with these games than any of the 3DS launch games (no dig at Nintendo as I do think the 3DS has some fine games as well, but Sony seems to have at least done a better job at launch time here in the U.S.)

Now to the But … in my title. My only main gripe with the Vita (so far) is the expensive cost of the memory cards. It is annoying that you can’t buy anything other than Sony’s Vita-only memory and paying $100 for a 32GB card does seem very excessive. You also have to get used to gripping the Vita in a different way to utilize the rear touch screen, but again, that’s more about learning something new than anything else. The pricetag is also somewhat hefty, but to me it’s worthwhile if you are into games, which leads me to …

All in all – if you are a hardcore gamer, you’ll love this toy. It’s not a PS3 in your hand, but it comes pretty darn close. Even though it has tablet-wannabe ambitions at times, in the end the Vita is a solid handheld gaming system for people who CARE about and LOVE games – plain and simple.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bought Star Trek Voyager complete series

I was a fan of the Star Trek Voyager in 1995 - 2001 and I have many episodes in Xvid off Limewire long time ago. Thanks to a Canadian, I have all seven seasons. This was fascinating for me as a kid, all this 24th century technology. Star Trek with James T. Kirk seemed so outdated culturally. Hollywood is talking about a post-Voyager series. I got this set $80 cheaper by waiting over the brand new Amazon price. I'm a little bit interested in the next Star Trek series whatever that may be? In case you're wondering, I already have Star Trek The Next generation complete box set from 2009.

I imagine this new series will incorporate technologies like Quantum slipstream drive. It will take place after 2381 when Starfleet upgraded slip stream drives. The new series should have Vesta-class starships in it. The relaunch of Star Trek Voyager by Kirsten Beyer seem to be better series than Titan, Next Generation, Destiny, and Typhoon Pact series.

Here's my favorite Star Trek Next Generation episodes.

1. "The Best of Both Worlds"
2. "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"
3. "Yesterday's Enterprise"
4. "The Inner Light"
5. "Relics"

Top 10 Voyager episodes


This episode starts with Chakotay and Harry Kim finding the frozen remains of Voyager and her crew on an ice planet ten years after their less than triumphant return to the alpha quadrant. This one is awesome because it forces such speculation from the viewer as to how the disaster occurred, and you just can’t beat a cameo by LeVar Burton as Captain Geordi LaForge of the Starship Challenger.


Blink of an Eye

In this one, Voyager comes across a planet whose relationship with space-time makes time on the surface pass faster than the rest of the universe. While days pass on voyager, centuries pass on the planet. Voyager becomes trapped in orbit, which causes geological problems on the surface. My favorite part of this episode is how the due to the constant presence of Voyager in the sky, it takes a place in the alien society similar to that of the moon in ours… inspiring operas and a space race as they become more advanced.

3. Year of hell part 1&2

Voyager encounters a race with a weapon that allows them to erase anyone or anything from history, altering the timeline in their favor. Voyager promptly gets beat to hell by the alien race and over a year, Janeway builds alliances to stop them and restore the timeline to normal. A great episode for those that enjoy bits about how time travel and changing time lines work in the Star Trek universe.

4. Equinox part 1&2

ver since Voyager Premiered, much of the Fanfic had revolved around the concept of Janeway encountering another Starfleet vessel in the Delta Quadrant. At the end of season five, fans got their wish when the Voyager received a hail from the Starship Equinox. The captain of the Equinox has made much darker decisions than Janeway had to to keep his crew alive, and is determined to get them back home at all costs. When Janeway discovers how far he’s strayed from federation ideals, she vows to bring him to justice.

5. Hope and Fear

When Paris and Neelix return from an away mission with the mysterious Arturis, who helps them decipher a coded message from Starfleet that seemingly offers the crew a way home via an experimental ship called the Dauntless. It turns out to be a trap, as Arturis blames Jameway for not allowing species 8472 to stop the Borg before they could assimilate his world. It’s one of the few where Janeway is forced to confront that her actions can have a down side for those in the Delta quadrant, and one where Seven of Nine admits that she may not want to continue her quest for individuality. A lot of focus is placed on the Seven/Janeway relationship.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

PBIs are easy

My PC-BSD didn't LIbreoffice 3.4.5 (only openoffice 3.2) so the PBI file is automatic like exe file. Can you believe that Firefox 10 is 200 MB? I also got Opera 11.61, Q4Wine and Wine 1.3.4, some console emulators.

I got the 64-bit PC-BSD 9 Isotope Edition so I installed that today.

None of my facebook acquaintances want to join Google+. I'm on Google+. Like I said, facebook is evil. I comment on this college employee's wall, but he doesn't return the favour. Nobody returns the favour (all Americans).

There are a lot of people, who I comment on thier wall, and they unfriend me. Then they act like they haven't seen me in their life. What the fuck? Then they hit the abuse button, It just shows how hell-ish facebook is.

Friday, February 17, 2012

What if GP2X Caanoo ran Android? II: YINLIPS YDPG18

1. 5.0" High definition Touch Screen
2. 5.0 Mega pixels digital camera & DV function(Optional for double camera)
3. Support all audio decoding, Multi-tasks to play,listen to music while watching ebook and play the game. Multi-channel output
4. Sopport 1080P(1920x1080pixel)video decoding, RM/RMVB,PPTV,Support online TV, online movie,Support flash player 10. X online play ,Plugin subtitles SMI, SRT, SUB, SSA, ASS, SUB+IDX,ISO Navigation
5. Android2.2 OS,quickly visit any website, see news, office, reading, online download . Support website flash display
6. Wifi function,support E-mail,browse Office software,Word,execl... Support many input method, support handwritten input method. Support video chat and QQ chat etc.
7. Audio and video output(HDMI 1080p NTSC/PAL)
8. Game function,support 8bit NES/FC,GB,GBC.16bit SMC,SMD,SFC/SNES.32bit GBA,MAME.64bit N64,support 3D PSX(480X272),HD 3D(800x480), android APK 3D games. Flash 10.X games, support full screen touch game,support gravity sensor direction sensor game, support network multi-player against games
9. Ebook function:TXT,PDF format
10.FM radio function(Optional), Clock, calendar, calculator
11.Support JPG format photos browsing, support small screen preview, 3D switch, slide broadcast, zoom
13.Support Micro SD card
14.Built-in double speaker

GPU: Mali 400 @ 395MHz
RAM: 512MB
5" 800 x 480 touch screen display
5 Mega Pixel camera
Supports Micro SD card
Stereo speakers
USB - supports keyboard/mouse etc
Video, music, photo, e-book, calendar, calculator, web browser etc
Emulates: NES, SNES, GB/GBC/GBA, Mega Drive, MAME, N64, PSX, Flash 10.X games
Supports network multi-player games
Gravity sensor
Dimensions: 175mm x 75mm x 20mm | Weight: 200g

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What if GP2x Caanoo ran Android?

The JXD S7100 was made with Android games in mind just like the Caanoo which runs the 2.6.24 kernel. They both run console emulators except the JXD S7100 can also emulate the Nintendo 64. How important is it to play Ocarina of Time, Goldeneye 007, Perfect Dark, Super Mario 64, Paper Mario, Majora's Mask for free? I can play N64 on an emulator on Vita someday with an exploit. Why would I care? Modders got Sega Genesis to emulate on the Japanese Vita model already.

It's costs $60 more than GP2x Caanoo.

dual-core Cortex A-9 processor
Mali 400 graphics core
12MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage
and Wi-Fi connectivity
512 MB of RAM

I'm buying Playstation Vita next week. Better games. I read Lumines Electronic Symphony and Rayman Origins got 9.0 overall at, while Uncharted Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 got 7.5 from the same site.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Force Factor better than steroids

The very popular nitric oxide supplement replaces steroids and is a lot healthier. Needs 30 minutes to activate

The Benefits of Nitric Oxide Supplements

Drastic Muscle Gains
Increased Blood Flow and Oxygen Delivery
Boosted Strength, Endurance, and Power
Support for Your Immune System
Immediate Results
Total Body Transformation

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jessie Ventura 2.0

Ron Paul must be Jessie Ventura 2.0. Both libritarian. Minnesota may vote for Ron Paul the most today.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Played Wipeout 2048

The thumb pad feels like a D pad. There is absolutely no give just like the PSP1000.

In 2005, Wipeout Pure was my first game and I was playing it for 7 days. I'll probably buy Lumines Electronic Symphony, Uncharted Abyss, and Wipeout 2048.

I bought Lumines, Wipeout Pure and 'Ridge Racer' in 2005.

The 27th birthday paid for it. The main con is no removable battery pack screw-wise. This generation is just about over, moving forward.

The playlist for Wipeout 2048 is lacking

Anile – Change Of Direction (WipEout mix)
Camo+Krooked – Breezeblock (WipEout mix)
Deadmau5 – Some Chords (WipEout edit)
DirtyLoud – School Of Funk
DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans – Louder (Drum Sound & Baseline Smith Mix)
Future Sound Of London – We Have Explosive (2011 rebuild) WipEout edit
Kraftwerk – Tour De France 2003 (WipEout edit)
Noisia – Regurgitate (WipEout 2048 Edit)
Orbital – P.E.T.R.O.L (Final Drop Mix)
Orbital – Beelzedub
Rockwell – BTKRSH (WipEout edit)
The Chemical Brothers – Electronic Battle Weapon 3
The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die (Liam H re-amped mix)
Underworld – Kittens (Will Saul & Tam Cooper Remix) 

Deadmau is lacking in talent. I only recognize Underworld and The Chemical Brothers from previous games. There still is no Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Daft Punk, sasha, Ferry Corsten, BT, or Markus Schultz.

Lumines Electronic Symphony has a better and longer playlist

4 AM" – Kaskade
"Aganju" – Bebel Gilberto
"Always Loved A Film" – Underworld
"Apollo Throwdown" – The Go! Team
"Automatons" – Anything Box
"Autumn Love" – SCSI-9
"Bang Bang Bang" – Mark Ronson & The Business
"Celebrate Our Love" – Howard Jones
"Close (To The Edit)" – Art of Noise
"Disco Infiltrator" – LCD Soundsystem
"Dissolve" – The Chemical Brothers
"Embracing The Future" – B.T.
"Flyin' Hi" – Faithless
"Good Girl" – Benny Benassi
"Gouryella" – Gouryella
"Hey Boy Hey Girl" – The Chemical Brothers
"Higher State of Consciousness" – Wink
"In My Arms" – Mylo
"Kelly Watch The Stars" – Air
"Moistly" – LFO
"Never" – Orbital*
"Out Of The Blue" – System F
"Pacific 707" – 808 State
"Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)" – Safri Duo
"Rocket (Tiesto Remix)" – Goldfrapp
"Sunriser (Publicmind Remix)" – Ken Ishii
"Superstar" – Aeroplane
"The Future of the Future (Stay Gold)" – Deep Dish
"The Sun Rising" – The Beloved
"What's Your Number" – Ian Pooley
"Windowlicker" – Aphex Twin
"Wolfgang's 5th Symphony" – Wolfgang Gartner
"Wooden Toy" – Amon Tobin
"Yesterday When I Was Mad (Jam & Spoon Mix)" – Pet Shop Boys

At least Lumines had Ferry Corsten and BT in it.

I believe if I buy either game.

Vita needs some Square-Enix RPGs for it for certain.

Friday, February 3, 2012

TYCO Rebound & Ricochet Toy Car

TYCO Rebound

Had this one since 1997

Ricochet Toy Car (1994)

Had this since 1994. Played with it the most. Still own it.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

No Exotic subtropical paradise!





















Nothing near tropical photos. This is where I am from. Some of these are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a miniature wall-street. I would much rather be in some subtropical climate, but at least there are no hurricanes, no tornadoes where I live. If Wisconsin was so great, why are most of the geezers envying the "The Villages" (Florida)?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Favorite movies

I joined IMDB to make a list easily.

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The Godfather (1972)
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (200 mins.)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

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Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.
Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

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The Winds of War (1983 Mini-Series)
In the late 1930s, world politics begin to head in a dangerous direction. In Europe, Germany expands... (883 mins.)
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Houseman

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War and Remembrance (1988 Mini-Series)
The saga of the Henry family, begun in "The Winds of War" continues as America is attacked by Japan and enters World War II...
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour, Hart Bochner, Victoria Tennant

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

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Casablanca (1942)
Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

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Gone with the Wind (1939)
American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

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Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

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Das Boot (1981)
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

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Stalag 17 (1953)
When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

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High Noon (1952)
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

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The Wild Bunch (1969)
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (145 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

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The Searchers (1956)
As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

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Rio Bravo (1959)
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter... (141 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. (123 mins.)
Director: John Ford
Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin

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Rear Window (1954)
A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

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North by Northwest (1959)
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (131 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
Director: John Huston
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

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The Shootist (1976)
A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart

Image of The Quiet Man
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The Quiet Man (1952)
A retired American boxer returns to the village where he was born in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

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12 Angry Men (1957)
A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

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Ben-Hur (1959)
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

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Patton (1970)
The World War II phase of the controversial American general's career is depicted. (172 mins.)
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

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Rio Grande (1950)
Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union turned their attention towards the Apaches... (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr.

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The Horse Soldiers (1959)
A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply centre... (115 mins.)
Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt

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The Pacific (2010 Mini-Series)
A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ben Chisholm

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Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber pilot unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell

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High Noon (1952)
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Image of The Wild Bunch
Add to Watchlist
The Wild Bunch (1969)
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (145 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

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Alien (1979)
A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The cyborg who once tried to kill Sarah Connor must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from an even more powerful and advanced Terminator. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

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The Thing (1982)
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. (108 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

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Chinatown (1974)
A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
Director: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

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The Deer Hunter (1978)
An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA. (182 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

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For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Two bounty hunters with completely different intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté, Mario Brega

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The Great Escape (1963)
Allied POWs plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

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Halloween (1978)
A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

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The Birds (1963)
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. (119 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy

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The Train (1964)
In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. (133 mins.)
Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

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Die Hard (1988)
New York cop John McClane gives terrorists a dose of their own medicine as they hold hostages in an LA office building. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

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The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners. (115 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles