Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Some IMDb alternatives

March 10, 2017 Leave a comment

IMDb shut down its message boards in February, 2017. Read more here. This is a shame. When I watched a movie, I loved to read the opinions of other people on this forum. It was a very stupid decision from IMDb and I’m sure I’ll visit their site much less.

Here are some alternatives:

Unfortunately, these sites won’t replace the good old message boards…

Project idea: write a script that takes the title of a movie and opens these sites in tabs. The sites in the tabs show the selected movie.

Rotten Tomatoes has an API

June 12, 2015 Leave a comment

If you want to get info about a movie (e.g. rating, cast, etc.), there is imdbpy, which collects data from IMDb. I just found that Rotten Tomatoes has an API too:

Update (20150622): about two weeks ago I asked for an API key. I’ve got no response since then…

Update (20150623): I got an answer from them! Here it is:

Thank you for your interest in the Rotten Tomatoes API. Unfortunately, we are unable to grant access at this time.

Due to changes in our syndication program, we're currently only offering free API access to domestic students. This may change in the future as we add additional tiers to the program.

-The Rotten Tomatoes Team
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Movie catalog manager

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

I was looking for a software for cataloging my movies at home. Griffith seems to be a nice piece of software for this purpose.

Griffith is a media collection manager application. Adding items to the collection is as quick and easy as typing the film title and selecting a supported source. Griffith will then try to fetch all the related information from the Web. Griffith is a cross-platform application and is known to run on GNU Linux, Microsoft Windows and MacOS X systems.” (source)


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Rip a CD/DVD

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment


You have a CD/DVD and you want to store its content on your hard drive in an .iso file. That is, you want to rip the CD/DVD.


Here I explain how to rip a CD. In the case of an unprotected DVD the method is the same. If the DVD is protected by a region code, you can still rip it but you cannot play it back normally :( For ripping protected DVDs, you need more sophisticated techniques but that’s out of the scope of this post.

So, either you do it in command-line or in Gnome (I use Gnome).

Command-line solution:

time dd if=/dev/sr0 of=/tmp/ripped.iso

It’s a good idea to add the time command, then you’ll see how much time the process took. In the example /dev/sr0 is the filesystem of my CD, you will have to replace it with a value that is specific to your machine. To figure it out, use the df command. In my case I got the following output:

$ df
Filesystem    1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1     230598832 159681596  59203444  73% /
/dev/sr0         424112    424112         0 100% /media/cdrom0

GUI solution:

In Gnome just do the following. On the desktop right click on the CD/DVD icon. Choose Copy Disc… from the popup menu. Under Select a disc to write to, choose Image File. Click on Properties, and at the bottom of the file selector, next to Disc image type, choose “ISO9660 image”. Specify the output file and start ripping by clicking on the button “Create Image”.

Playing back a DVD iso file

If you ripped a movie from an unencrypted DVD, playing back the iso file is very simple. Use the VLC media player and pass the iso file as if it were a normal avi. Example:

vlc holidays.iso

Update (20110605)

When you insert a DVD, it is mounted automatically under /media, for instance in the folder /media/Holiday. In the /media/Holiday you will find two subfolders, AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS (or something similar). How to play it with VLC? Nothing is simpler:

$ cd /media
$ vlc Holiday/

Easy :)

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