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How to get rid of green screen from Netflix movie player

28 July 2007

Getting a green screen while trying to watch movies online from Netflix? This happens even if you have latest video drivers and you have all the latest update? Tried rebooting and still get the green screen?

Then, heres how you can get rid of it.

  1. Click on Start->Run and type dxdiag (DirectX diagnostic tool).
  2. Click on the Display tab and then DISABLE DirectDraw Acceleration.

If it still doesn’t work, then you might have to change your firewall settings (disabling http proxy seems to work).



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1000 films to watch before you die

15 July 2007

Found this guardian article via meish.org. Here is my breakdown (yes working on your thesis makes you spend time on such silly things), and I was surprised to see that I’ve only watched 301 out of the 1000 movies, but frankly most of them don’t seem to be any good. For example, Ace ventura is one of the 1000 movies!

A: 13 out of 54 B: 24 out of 95 C: 15 out of 61 D: 20 out of 64
E: 8 out of 25 F: 11 out of 36 G: 18 out of 47 H: 5 out of 45
I: 8 out of 30 J: 6 out of 14 K: 7 out of 22 L: 16 out of 50
M: 27 out of 71 N: 4 out of 24 O: 11 out of 28 P: 19 out of 46
Q: 1 out of 2 R: 16 out of 42 S: 32 out of 101 T: 24 out of 67
U: 3 out of 9 V: 1 out of 12 W: 7 out of 35 X: 1 out of 2
Y: 2 out of 8 Z: 2 out of 6    

Update: The sum doesn’t add up to 1000, I am missing 4 movies somewhere.



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Blues story

30 June 2006



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American folk-blues festival: The British tours 1963-1966

30 June 2006



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She wore a yellow ribbon

30 June 2006

Directed by John Ford starring John Wayne.



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And then there were none

30 June 2006



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Conversation

30 June 2006

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Gene Hackman.



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Ride the high country

30 June 2006

Another great movie directed by Sam Peckinpah starring Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea.

Out of work and in need of cash, two former lawmen (Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott) agree to accompany a shipment of gold from the Sierras to a faraway town. But while one of the friends wants to take the money and run, the other intends to finish the assignment, resulting in some serious on-the-job friction. In addition to capturing Scott’s final film role, this classic Western drama also helped cement director Sam Peckinpah’s fledgling career.

Here is the wikipedia link and list of reviews.



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The ballad of Cable Hogue

30 June 2006

A wonderful film directed by Sam Peckinpah starring Jason Robards. Its a pity that Peckinpah couldn’t get to make more movies like this one.

Abandoned in the desert, prospector Cable Hogue survives his ordeal when he discovers a freshwater spring. Transforming the oasis into a much needed pit stop on the local stagecoach route, the resourceful Hogue sits back to wait for his double-crossing former partners. Jason Robards shines in the title role of this lighthearted Western, a film characterized more by picaresque comedy than by director Sam Peckinpah’s signature violence.

Here is the wikipedia link and a list of reviews.



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The searchers

30 June 2006

One of the best westerns. Directed by John Ford starring John Wayne.

John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter spend years searching for Wayne’s niece (Natalie Wood), who was abducted as a child by Comanches. Far from a picaresque adventure yarn, The Searchers is director John Ford’s forceful meditation on racism, revenge and obsession — one of the most powerful ever filmed. And Wayne’s portrayal of a brutishly obsessed “savior” is downright frightening.

Here is the wikipedia link and a list of external reviews.



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