Movie Night

To quote from the original Movie Night charter:

  Movie Night is organized by and for friends and members of the UC
  Berkeley Astronomy Department. Its mission is to present movies few 
  have seen, but all will enjoy. This mission is often ignored, but its
  spirit always lives on.

Those Who Forget History are Condemned to Repeat It

Past Movies:

Fall Spring Summer
2010/11 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
My Name is Nobody
Death Race 2000
From Dusk Till Dawn
Alien 3
In Bruges
Caché (Hidden)
Repo Man
2009/10 Marathon Man
The Brother's Bloom
12 Angry Men
Monsters vs. Aliens
MIchael Clayton
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
Sansho the Bailiff
The World of Henry Orient
District B-13
The Shining
The Hurt Locker
2008/9 The Player
Murder on the Orient Express
Burn After Reading (opening night Berkeley cinema)
Dirty Hairy
Fear of a Black Hat
The Cincinnati Kid
Anatomy of a Murder
The Times of Harvey Milk
Rescue Dawn
Letters From Iwo Jima
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming
The World's Fastest Indian
The In-Laws
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
The Long Goodbye
Bullets Over Broadway
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
The City of Lost Children
The Dirty Dozen
Nights of Cabiria
The Wrestler
The Conversation
Hellboy II
2007/8 One-Eyed Jacks
The Brother From Another Planet
Bonnie and Clyde
Strangers on a Train
My Left Foot
Children of Men
Uptown Saturday Night
Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical
To Catch A Thief
Talk to Me
Eastern Promises
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Horse Feathers
Back to School
Get Carter
Last King of Scotland
Being There
2006/7 The Last Supper (1995)
A Fistful of Dollars
The Sorrow and the Pity (first part)
The American Astronaut
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
Shallow Grave
The Maltese Falcon
Harold and Maude
2005/6 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Midnight at the Act I Act II)
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
12 Angry Men (1957)
How to Steal a Million
2004/5 2001: A Space Odyssey
Billy Elliot
A Shot in the Dark
All the President's Men
Better Luck Tomorrow
Groundhog Day
The Great Escape
The Times of Harvey Milk
Some Like it Hot
The Godfather
A Streetcar Named Desire
Romeo + Juliet
Napoleon Dynamite
Gone With the Wind
My Dinner With Andre
La Jetée & 12 Monkeys
Blue Velvet
House of Flying Daggers
The Station Agent
Three Days of the Condor
The Life of David Gale
The Five Obstructions
The Aristocrats (@ the California Theater)
2003/4 Pumping Iron
The Endurance:Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
Spellbound (@ Shattuck Cinemas)
Lost in La Mancha
The Haunting
Whale Rider
The Matrix Revolutions (@ UA Berkeley 7)
Panic (2000)
Touch of Evil
Triplets of Belleville (@ Shattuck Cinemas)
Bagdad Café
Star Trek: "Space Seed" & Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Requiem for a Dream
Black Orpheus
Battleship Potemkin
Wild Strawberries
K1ll Bill Vol. 1 & K1ll Bill Vol. 2 (Vol. 2 @ the UA Berkeley 7)
Lawrence of Arabia
The Road to Wellville
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
The Seven Samurai
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
2002/3 Wonder Boys
Watership Down
Best in Show
Sexy Beast
The Brotherhood of the Wolf
Fatal Attraction
Run, Lola, Run
Donnie Darko
Hour of the Wolf
Monsters, Inc.
The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
The Bicycle Thief
Glengarry Glen Ross
Strictly Ballroom
Roger and Me
Rebel Without a Cause
The Third Man
The Searchers
The Killer
Saturday Night Fever
Y Tu Mamá También
The Maltese Falcon
2001/2 The Shining
The 400 Blows
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Thirteen Days
Dark City (1998)
Easy Rider
Lone Star (1996)
City of Lost Children
Dirty Harry
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Noferatu (1922)
The Player
The Graduate
Citizen Kane
Last Night
The Sting
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Fistful of Dollars
L.A. Story
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
My Left Foot
For a Few Dollars More
2000/1 Cradle Will Rock
The Last Temptation of Christ
Happiness (1998)
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
This Is Spinal Tap
Six Degrees of Separation
Eight Men Out
Gimmie Shelter (@ the UC Theater)
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Dr. Strangelove
Henry V (1989)
Barry Lyndon
The Thirteenth Floor
Babe: Pig in the City
West Side Story
The Dark Crystal
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Towering Inferno
Tora! Tora! Tora!
O Brother, Where Art Thou!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (@ Shattuck Cinemas)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Das Boot
Raging Bull
1999/2000 The Last Supper
The Hudsucker Proxy
Cool Hand Luke
Rear Window (1954) (@ the UC Theater)
High Noon
Being There
Shaft (1971)
The Silence of the Lambs
A Life Less Ordinary
Fight Club


Here's a list of movies that might be worth watching. If you have any suggestions, use The Power Of The Interweb and edit the wiki page with your ideas. The more you attend Movie Night, the more likely your suggestion is to be heeded …

  • Hands on a Hardbody (not on NetFlix yet)
  • Hoop Dreams (basketball season)
  • Sansho the Bailiff / Sansho dayu : “I have seen 'Sansho' only once, a decade ago, emerging from the cinema a broken man but calm in my conviction that I had never seen anything better; I have not dared watch it again, reluctant to ruin the spell, but also because the human heart was not designed to weather such an ordeal.” – Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 9/11/06.

If we ever run out of suggestions, well, here are a few things I've always wanted to see:

The inagural Movie Night movie was The Last Supper. It was repeated for the restarting of Movie Night in 2006.

Also, certain movies opening in theaters might be worth seeing; including anything that stars Daniel-Day Lewis.

Movie Night also occationally gets taken over by its evil twin, Bad Movie Night, for screenings of such gems as Highway to Hell, McBain, Maximum Overdrive, or The Warriors. These screenings usually involve a more select announcement list, a big living room, and beer.

Watching movies on the 9-panel display

On the third floor of Campbell Hall we have an awesome (and under-utilized) 9-panel wall display with speakers attached. Unfortunately, using this display is not straightforward - you can't just plug into the back of it. There are two ways to interface:

  1. Connect over wifi with MirrorOP
  2. Connect to the Mac computer that is directly plugged in to the display

The first is great for presentations, but much too slow/buggy for watching a movie. The second works great, but we do not have access to the physical computer, so we have to improvise.

Any movie accessible with a browser is easy (i.e. NetFlix). Just fire up chrome/firefox/whatever and go watch it.

DVDs (or movies on a hard drive) are hard but totally possible.

How to stream a DVD to the 9-panel display

CAUTION: the movie-streaming system described below is fragile, at best.

When has the difficulty of a task ever dissuaded UCB grad students? (Ok, actually a lot. But ignore that for now.) Let's watch a goddamn DVD on that 9-panel display!
PLAN: we will use a desktop computer to play the DVD and stream it over the network to the Mac 9-panel computer.

Set up the stream server

  1. Locate a Linux computer in Campbell with a DVD drive (preferably plugged into Ethernet rather than on WiFi). It needs to be running an SSH server that you can log in to.
  2. Confirm that you can play your DVD using VLC
    1. Note that you may need to enable DVD playback on Linux machines
    2. Set up the web interface for VLC
      1. You may want to set a web password. By default the user name field is blank.
      2. We'll set up port forwarding over SSH from the other computer, so don't worry about firewall issues or anything
  3. Log in to the 9-panel computer
    1. The mouse and keyboard are stored in the 5th floor office
      1. You must have the correct mouse and keyboard, and you should confirm that the batteries aren't dead
      2. The login password to the computer is printed on the keyboard
  4. Open up two SSH tunnels to the streaming server from the 9-panel computer
    1. You need to forward ports 8080 (the web interface to VLC) and 8081 (where we'll stream the movie itself)
      1. port 8080:
         ssh -L 8080:localhost:8080 your_name@your_server 
      2. port 8081:
         ssh -L 8081:localhost:8081 your_name@your_server 
      3. Sometimes these tunnels will be shut down if there's no activity. You can run the following command in those SSH tunnels to prevent that:
         watch -n 30 echo 'hello i am alive' 
  5. Run VLC on the server and stream the output to port 8081 (I usually just do this within one of the SSH instances above).
    1. command:
       vlc -vvv dvdsimple:///dev/cdrom --disc-caching=30000 --sout '#transcode{vcodec=mp4v,acodec=mpga,vb=3000,ab=256,deinterlace}:standard{access=http,mux=ts,dst=:8081}' 
    2. Some parameters you may like to change:
      1. Location of dvd drive:
      2. Size of disk-read buffer in milliseconds:
      3. Bitrate of video stream:
      4. Bitrate of audio stream:
      5. Port you're streaming to:
  6. Open VLC on the 9-panel computer (should be on the desktop) and the remote control
    1. In VLC, open a Network location and go to
    2. In a browser, go to
  7. Enjoy.