Cinephilia

The world cinema is finally at a stone’s throw for everyone, that too for free (well, almost). And if this proclamation doesn’t amaze you, let me add one more word- legitimately.

Here are a few top players in the game.

UTV World Movies:- UTV has really emerged as the timely savior of the so called parallel cinema in India, with production initiative ‘UTV SpotBoy’ responsible for producing movies like Aamir; Welcome to Sajjanpur; and forthcoming projects as Dev.D; a film by Majid Majidi; & a joint venture with Virgin Comics (now Liquid Comics)! And if that was not enough, it has started its own world movies channel called (rather unimaginatively) UTV World Movies. One of the ongoing programs in the channel is- 50 Movies To See Before You Die, which features favorite movies of Anurag Kashyap, Mahesh Bhatt, Tanuja Chandra and Manoj Night Shyamalan, with their commentaries.

NDTV Lumière:- Lumière is the French word for light and may refer to Lumière brothers. The service is a digital cable channel, a DVD rental and also plans to periodically show hard to find movies in multiplexes in various cities across India. Their movie vault is indeed impressive. The service also has a blog at PassionForCinema.com

Jaman:- I had discovered Jaman about an year ago, and thought of it as yet another sleazy movie-rental site, only a bit ostentatious. But boy! I was wrong, when a random recent visit amazed me by how much it has grown in a year; and an excellent site architecture is a treat. It has become a sort of the place for Indie movies & shorts, and also offers a lot of free movies and pretty cheap movie rentals. See, for instance, the NFDC productions page.

Palador:- Although Palador attempts to establish itself as a guide to ‘world cinema for dummies’, it has still not penetrated enough to be treated so. Nevertheless, it introduces some novel cine experiences with its pedagogical offerings such as World Cinema Collector’s Box Set. Quoting from the site- their library of acclaimed cinema is being taken to Indian audiences (urban and rural) via an integrated distribution model that covers a DVD label (with Moser Baer), theatrical releases, video-on-demand and a dedicated television channel. Many of these deals, including a deal with Tata Sky, Zee Studio (currently on with 26 movies for 26 weeks), IndiaPlaza.in, ICICI, CitiBank and Axis Bank among others, have been successfully executed.

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H+

Update: the comprehensive Hplus art homepage.

Checkout this new ravishing online transhumanist webzine, edited by Mr. R. U. Sirius!

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UCLA discovers greatest Prime

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, a quest to find the 10 million digit prime using parallel computing power through internet is won by a UCLA group, on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP!

See here.

Published in: on September 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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tv-links.co.uk

TV Links (tv-links.co.uk) was shut down on 18th October, just a couple of days after I had discovered this wonderful website. It was an extraordinary, no-nonsense streaming site, which had a database of practically all the popular movies/music/documentaries/anime etc.

I realized today that I was linking to the corpse of this dead website.

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 11:11 pm  Comments (5)  
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Video Discoveries

There are lot of exciting Videos I came across in recent times.
Randy Pausch‘s Last Lecture

Sounds like Fermat’s Last Theorem, and became dramatically popular in an extremely short span. While I do not agree with the Professor’s philosophy about life, success etc; it still is a masterpiece delivery at such a timely moment. Whats intriguing about the lecture (and the persona of the orator) are the simple mindedness, honesty, and the self involved. We need drama like these- and even if we agree or not- we need the appraisal of such drama. Bored of the set examples and repetitive preachings- look for it.

Martin Gardner & Friends
I am a big fan of Martin Gardner, and I think that being his fan is my biggest achievement so far. (People like Persi Diaconis attributed their life’s success to him). Take a look & feel the thunder. Click here (.wmv file).

Also see (mind you this is by a Stanford Mathematician)
Life after Poincare: Grigori Perelman
Everybody knows who is Perelman, but nobody knows whats he doing now. Check ’em out (part 1 of n)

G103

A (surreal) day in the life of an undergraduate on the 4-year M.Math degree at the University of Warwick.

Zeitgeist

I like such stuff. Buck up.

A series of video lectures on cutting edge science. User friendly. Worth a look.

For user friendly lectures in cutting edge Mathematics, see here.

For user friendly lectures in cutting edge Physics, see here.