Category Archives: Movies

‘Inside Out': It’s about the mind, stupid!

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There’s a scene in the movie, when joy and sadness…rather the symbols of joy and sadness are together.  Both of them try to figure it out…. how to save the main character from going downhill.

Simple at its best, this scene might have a thousand meanings and find an echo in several religions and schools of philosophy. The lead to this scene though , is not some maudlin train of thought about life, instead thy are the inner workings of the main character’s mind.. .a small kid’s mind. Yes, Pixar team does this unthinkable of making a child’s mind the center stage of a movie,  to a delightful effect.

‘Inside Out’ has all  the trappings of a wonderful animation film–great quality of animation, terrific characters, super voice-casting etc etc.  But the real deal, is the story idea that blends science with emotion. All the concepts of core-memories, personality islands, memory dump, imagination land, dream factory, dark sub-conscious, train of thought, abstract thoughts etc are presented in an entertaining manner.  A must watch for any movie lover.

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Tailpiece: Bing Bong is probably one of the best Hero characters ever, a-la terminator willing to slip into oblivion to protect her little friend.

Related Links
‘Take her to the moon for me’
Inside Out: a crash course in PhD philosophy of self that kids will get first
The Science of ‘Inside Out’
How ‘Inside Out’ Explains The Science Of Memory

How Netflix Exec Cindy Holland Spots A Hit Show

As far as greenlighting, it really starts with the storytellers and somebody coming in with a really passionate vision for the series they want to create or the piece of content they want to create, and our belief that they have the ability to execute against that vision. It could be anything from anyone, from Jenji Kohan, who had proven success on Weeds, and came to us with a memoir about a woman in prison and told us how she wanted to expand that world and really focus on all of the characters in that world; to somebody like Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who was a well known TV writer but hadn’t run a series of his own. But he came in and he pitched Bojack Horseman, season one, all 12 episodes of that season in minute detail, and about halfway through the meeting, we said, “Wow. This is something we’ve never experienced before and never heard before.” It was such a different approach—an adult, half-hour animation series, that we were really—we kind of knew it in the room. So many times, that kind of magic happens. And you know pretty quickly that it’s there, and really that comes from the spirit and the enthusiasm of the creators themselves.

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Netflix India: Review…

My introduction to Netflix was in early 2010 and I was very excited about its internet streaming service that I had my friend in US send me a few screenshots…how it worked etc. Here are a couple.

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Web interface- Feb 2010
Screen after stopping the movie, using stop option on the blu-ray remote
BluRay Player HDTV Interface – Feb 2010

 

After a few weeks of its launch in India, I signed up for the Rs.800 trial. Here are a few points

  • I opted for the auto-adjust resolution based on my internet connectivity. On a 40Mbps connection, the video quality was pretty decent when I played it off the netflix app on my PS3.
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Training Day on HDTV via PS3 and Netflix
  • The same cannot be said of chromecast from my laptop and android mobile. The video was interrupted several times and even got stuck with ‘Loading’ message.
  • Audio is just stereo at this point of time?
  • Direct Video Streaming on the mobile and iPad is pretty good.
  • The Movie and TV Shows collection is pretty basic, hope to see more in the coming months.
  • The recommendation system works just fine. Based on my list of Training Day and Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 it threw up two of my all time favorites–Breaking Bad and The Shawshank Redemption :)

 

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Androild Mobile Interface
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iPad Mobile Interface

Overall Netflix India is decent but will not replace your disc collection as of yet. So it’s ok to buy discounted Blu-Rays at Amazon for now :)

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