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Current Topic: Movies

The Matrix's Nmap Hacking Scene
Topic: Movies 11:45 am EDT, May 16, 2003

] The average American moviegoer taking in the Matrix
] Reloaded this weekend will likely be wowed by the
] elaborate action sequences and dazzling special effects.
] But hackers who've seen the blockbuster are crediting it
] with a more subtle cinematic milestone: it's the first
] major motion picture to accurately portray a hack.

More detailed info about the (very cool) hacking scene in the Matrix Reloaded. I love it when a movie pays attention to the details.

The Matrix's Nmap Hacking Scene


Re 'The Matrix Reloaded' - Nmap Hackers: Whoa!
Topic: Movies 2:27 am EDT, May 16, 2003

] I was sure we'd see a silly "Hackers"-esque 3D animated
] "hacking scene"
]
] Not so! Trinity is as smart as she is seductive! She
] whips out Nmap (!!!), scans her target, finds 22/tcp open,
] and proceeds with an ├╝ber ssh technique! I was so surprised,
] I almost jumped out of my seat and did the "r00t dance"
] right there in the theatre!

I *loved* seeing the "SSH to root" line. Here's a screenshot:
 http://images.insecure.org/nmap/images/matrix/nmap-matrix2log.jpg

Re 'The Matrix Reloaded' - Nmap Hackers: Whoa!


U.S. National Film Registry -- Titles
Topic: Movies 4:37 pm EDT, May  5, 2003

] In 1988, the (United States) Library of Congress
] established the National Film Preservation Board, to
] preserve film deemed "culturally, historically, or
] esthetically important". Each year, the board selects 25
] films to add to the National Film Registry. Herein is the
] complete list of those films so honoured to date.

All the movies which the Library of Congress sees fit to preserve, so far.

U.S. National Film Registry -- Titles


The Joe Bob Report
Topic: Movies 10:55 am EDT, Apr 23, 2003

I'm not even sure how to describe Joe Bob Briggs. Writer, reviewer, humorist, breast-counter, satirist, pop culture philosopher, B-movie addict, lightning rod for controversy -- But he's never boring! If you have a taste for his style, you'll probably be pleased to see that he's got his own website now. If not, well feel free to write letters of protest. They're half the fun!

The Joe Bob Report


Stupid Academy Award
Topic: Movies 6:30 pm EST, Apr  1, 2003

"The Michael Moore production Bowling for Columbine just won the Oscar for best documentary. Unfortunately, it is not a documentary.

Bowling fails the first requirement of a documentary: some foundation in the truth. In his earlier works, Moore shifted dates and sequences for the sake of drama, but at least the events depicted did occur. Most of the time. Bowling breaks that last link with factual reality. It makes its points by deceiving and by misleading the viewer. Statements are made which are false. Moore invites the reader to draw inferences which he must have known were wrong. Dates are transposed and video carefully edited to create whatever effect is desired. Indeed, even speeches shown on screen are heavily edited, so that sentences are assembled in the speaker's voice, but which he never uttered."

Stupid Academy Award


All Movie Guide
Topic: Movies 1:52 pm EST, Jan 15, 2003

Good searchable database of movie information. Easy to navigate and extensively hyperlinked. I found the bio and background information superior to what's on IMDB (Internet Movie DataBase), though IMDB has more thorough lists of cast and crew.

All Movie Guide


Alan Rickman Fan Page
Topic: Movies 5:24 pm EST, Dec 17, 2002

Awesome collection of Alan Rickman trivia. He's an actor, currently best known for playing Professor Snape in Harry Potter, the bad guy in "Die Hard", and the Voice of God in "Dogma", along with dozens of other roles. At the moment, I'm a certifiable "Rickmaniac" (as his fans are known), trying to work my way through every one of his movies that I can get my hands on.

Alan Rickman Fan Page


ROTTEN TOMATOES: Movie Reviews & Previews
Topic: Movies 10:47 pm EST, Dec 16, 2002

This is my favorite site for quickly scanning reviews of any new movie. It collates reviews from dozens of sources, and gives one line synopses of each review, along with a graphical aid of a "thumbs up" tomato or "thumbs down" splat to quickly get a sense of a movie's "freshness" rating. Whenever deciding whether or not to go to a particular movie, I check this site for the reviews, and I also check the rating at www.imdb.com. Of course, some movies, such as any Star Trek or Lord of the Rings flick, I'm going to see *regardless* of any reviews. ;)

ROTTEN TOMATOES: Movie Reviews & Previews


The Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
Topic: Movies 10:44 pm EST, Dec 16, 2002

In my opinion, this is the finest collection of movie trivia on the web. Search on anything from movie titles to actors to sound engineers. Check bios, view movie posters, read famous quotes from each movie, and easily read community reviews of any film. Great stuff.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb).


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