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Bringing the TV Online with an Android Mini-PC

November 24, 2013 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | No Comments | Filed in Movies, Tech, TV

I had this idea for a while to connect the TV with internet and LAN. So that I don’t have to turn on  the computer every time I want to stream something. Also it will remove the need to connect wires between computers and TV when I want to watch something on a larger screen.

A smart TV with all those capabilities are off my budget. And it’s not worth spending that much on such a project since we watch TV less than two hours a day. Therefore I was on the market looking for smaller devices that could plug-in to a HDMI port and stream media.

Chrome-cast and similar devices seems nice, but they have one major problem. It rely on some cloud services, phone or another computer to work. Also when stream content from local network, the media server (crome) has to render the content and stream the rendered video to device. That needs a very fast LAN. I was looking for something that can do its own rendering. So that there will be less load on network. It also had to power from TVs own USB port and connect to network via WiFi. And  it should play 1080p  HD Video with good quality.

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Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – A Mini Review

July 31, 2012 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | No Comments | Filed in Movies, Sri Lanka

I watched Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted couple of weeks back at Liberty Cinema at Kollpity. Even-though the story was bit predictable and common it was still enjoyable. For me Madagascar was never about a story but if was about the animals and the monkeys and the penguins.

This version on Madagascar  incorporated more music, including the best version of “I like to Move it” yet. But the movie has lot more music than just that song and as result  “I like to Move it” is pushed to end credits. But that wasn’t a bad thing. With the car chases, circus, and some fighting this could also be the most action packed Madagascar.

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Ice Age 4 and 3D Bandwagon in Sri Lanka

July 29, 2012 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | 2 Comments | Filed in Movies, Sri Lanka

Image from Wikipedia

Around this time of last year, Sri Lanka did not have any 3D movie theater.  If you wanted to have a 3D movie experience, only choice was to go for a movie while in another county. Finally with the end of 2011, MC Cineplex opened with one 3D theater. Now we are half way through 2012 and there are 3 theaters with 3D credentials.

MC 3D tickets are priced at 600/= per head at the moment, which I think is bit high. Recently upgraded Savoy 3D is priced at 400/= per head. 400 seems reasonable price to pay for 3D. We will have to wait and see how prices play out since now there is competition in 3D arena.

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Protect-IP is For Those Who Cannot Adopt to Internet Age

January 20, 2012 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | 1 Comment | Filed in Movies, Tech, TV

For those who use Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Google,  SOPA/PIPA is not news any more. I am not going to describe those again as you can find all about its good, bad, and ugliness by just searching for those two horrible acronyms.

Piracy is a problem for any industry I am not  trying to defend it. But this is not how you fight it. And in my opinion this is not even the fight they should be fighting in the first place.

Fight Piracy With Availability

IMO piracy is the answer that internet age has found for inaccessibility. Lower the availability you will find piracy spiking. Just think about it. World is not just US,Canada and UK any more. Most of the population is outside those regions and they too have TVs and Internet. If you live outside US/UK/Canada region how long do you have to wait till you can watch the latest Episode of your favorite TV show or a movie legally. Most likely your local cable channels don’t has it or few seasons behind or you will have to wait till a DVD release. Most people are not that much patient.

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AVATAR: The Last Airbender – Movie vs. TV Series

September 15, 2010 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | 6 Comments | Filed in Movies, TV

Water; Earth; Fire; Air; Long ago four nations lived in harmony. Then everything changed when fire nation attacked. But to really foul things up, Shyamalan made a movie out of it.

This is old news. But I’ll post this anyway to release my anger. According to AVATAR (Not the movie) it’s not a good thing to keep inside you for too long. I had to wait to write this until I finish watching the series. Because it’s not something you can take your mind off once you start watching.

I am not a fan of AVATAR The Last Airbender animated series. I had not seen it before ether. But the basic concept of the movie which is people being able to ‘bend’ one of natural elements and the existence a being who can ‘bend’ all elements kept me dreaming on how great a movie like that can be. It’s a totally out of the world concept with massive space for imagination. And a massive opportunity to make a movie like nothing world has ever seen. And that’s what Shyamalan ruined.

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"The Man From Earth" – One of the Best Science Fiction Movies I Ever Watched

May 8, 2010 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | 6 Comments | Filed in Me, Myself & I, Movies

What comes to your mind when you think of science fiction movies? Is it million dollar computer graphics, special effects, space ships, high-tech stuff, gibberish about Universe and Astrophysics, Aliens, Action, …..?. If that is what you expect from a science fiction, this movie is not for you. This one has non of that.  From start to end, there is a bunch of professors sitting in a living room and talking while having a drink. It all about what they discuss, The story. Have you been a science fiction fan when you were a kid? Have you read those books that open up your imagination and take it to the limits, and make you want to go even further? This is that kind of story. The story will pull you in like a black hole. In your mind you will live inside the movie, making your own arguments with those professors. This movie simply talks to your imagination, nothing else.

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Watched Green Zone :S

April 19, 2010 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | 2 Comments | Filed in Movies

Sometimes you go in to the cinema with lots of expectations and come back disappointed and feeling like you have been fooled by a trailer that looks far better than the movie. Well this Saturday (2009-04-17) was one of those days for me.

After watching Green Zone trailer, I went to see the movie with lots of expectations. Trailer of the movie raised my expectations and I was expecting some intense action close to “Bourne Trilogy”. I know that it is from a different director but the trailer looked awesome. But it turned out to be just another action movie for me. I am not saying it is a bad movie. But it is not as good as its trailer make you think it is.  It has high ratings and lots of positive reviews on IMDB, but personally I expected more. At least a more dramatic ending.

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Invictus

April 12, 2010 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | 1 Comment | Filed in Movies, Uncategorized

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul

– William Ernest Henley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pJcwnS1c0I

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Is making a good movie based on a book, all about meeting viewer imagination?

March 8, 2010 by Rakhitha Karunarathne | 8 Comments | Filed in Me, Myself & I, Movies

I was motivated to write this post after reading “Why a book can not be turned in to a movie without blames?” post by chanux. His main point is, when a movie is made out of a book, or some part of the movie (Ex:- one or more characters, concept, theme) is based on a book, whether the viewers like it or not, depends on how well the movie going to comply with imagination of viewer. He uses his experience of watching Sherlock Holmes movie as basis for it.  But I can’t completely agree. I am not educated enough to talk about books or movies.  I am not trying to criticize his post as few tried to do in the comments. I am just trying to share my opinion about the same topic. Probably I will get the same criticism.

Obviously one of the major differences between a movie and a book, is the space it leave for imagination. But both books and movies entertain viewers in various levels. This include the story, build up of characters, presentation, individual performance, ect. This imagination theory is not entirely correct. There are movies which leave a massive space for viewer imagination. But unlike books which leave this room within the story itself, most movies leave this space outside the story line. Movie becomes the fuel for imagination. Check out some good si-fi movies if you want to see this in action. I would recommend watching “The Man from Earth“. It has no action, no special effects, no nothing. Just a bunch of guys sitting in a living room throughout the entire length of movie, talking while emptying a bottle of Johnnie Walker. But it will push your mind to the limit.

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