clevinger: “Accuracy is a sucker’s game. You aim for plausibility.”
Which is precisely where the film broke my suspension. It’s simply not plausible for the human mind to function that way, and that they offered it up as the reasoning was just absurd considering the much more plausible and realistic, “We have no idea.”
Plus, even if someone does find it plausible, that means they are being misinformed, which is a bad thing. It’s one thing for fiction to bend the rules of reality, but it’s another for it to pass it off as the accepted truth in order to set up some other premise.
The statement is, almost verbatim, “You know how you only use 20% of your brain? This pill lets you use the rest.”
While it had an interesting premise and some pretty good cinematography and visual effects, the writing was mediocre. The protagonist is carried solely on the charm of the actor, rather than any sort of appeal innate to the character. In fact, there didn’t seem to be much innate to any of the characters except positions on two sliding scales of greed and violence.
Also, there was the problem of technobabble. The general issue is best covered by this episode of Extra Credits. The gist of how it applies to this film is that they try to explain how the superpill that makes you supersmart works, but do so using poorly researched sciencey sounding bullshit. One of the first things out of someone’s mouth when explaining it is the laughably wrong idea that we only use [blank] percent of our brains. Typically the myth runs as 10%, but the movie puts it at 20%.
The presence of this idiotic myth in this movie utterly ruined any sort of suspension of disbelief I would have needed to take it seriously. They would have been better off just saying the pill works and they don’t know why. Hell, there are actual medicines used today, right now, on a wide scale, that we don’t understand the mechanisms of. Even aspirin was used for decades before we knew how it worked. So, instead of doing some research into how such a smart drug (also called a nootropic drug) might actually function, or just using a handy and very real property of many medicines to handwave the mechanism, the writers opted to use a goddamn myth that makes zero sense when examined under the light of actual neurology.
That’s beyond laziness! That’s just incompetence.
Basically I don’t like this movie because of that one line and also its mediocrity.
The ending was underwhelming and the protagonist suffered no consequences for anything, also. The end of the movie literally has the protagonist brag about how he fixed the drug so he has permanent access to its beneficial effects and no downsides. Also he’s back with his girlfriend who magically has no issue with his unearned prowess in all things mental, when she objected so strongly earlier in the film.
Okay so the more I write about this movie the more I find to poke holes in. Don’t watch it. It’s crap.
Five, Six, Fifteen, Twenty (if you are comfortable answering only, though!), Twenty four.
Five: Favorites are hard but I will say that if it swims I will eat it! Fish, shellfish, get in my mouth.
Six: Today someone told me they miss my face and want to see it soon! That was pretty sweet of them c:
Fifteen: Marriage is one of those things where I’m just kinda cool with whatever. If I’m with someone and they want to get married, and I feel that I’d like to spend the rest of my life with them, I am on board. You know, as long as finances and stuff allow for it. And as for the wedding itself, eh, I can take or leave an actual ceremony. I’m sure my family won’t let me get away with not having one, though, nor are there many potential partners who would agree to it.
I dunno, I’ve just always been the kind of person who likes to just let relationships be what they are and develop as they will rather than trying to make ‘em fit into something expected of them.
Twenty: The last time I remember crying was a few months ago. Every now and then I start thinking about my grandfather and have little mourning aftershocks. They’re thinning out as time goes on.
Twenty-four: Right now I am bundled the heck up! Geothermal heating is not all that great at the heating part of its job and it’s also what my university thought we needed. I’ve got a hoody, t-shirt, jeans, and so on. Contemplating putting on my new pajama pants and sweet beard hat, though.
Hmmmmm… Natalie Portman! She’s super smart and also very attractive. I like seeing her interviewed by people who ask her good questions.
As for missing people… I dunno, I tend not to miss people all that much. My late grandfather is the only person who leaps to mind readily. It’s pretty much only death that makes me feel that way. Usually when I cease contact with someone it’s either because of a sudden altercation or gradual drifting, both of which I’m at peace with.
Imagine WoW gameplay and social cooperation, honed to a razor’s edge, married to Bioware’s Mass Effect style storytelling, set thousands of years before a Skywalker threw a tantrum.
This game is just… stupendous.
I mean I realize not everyone likes mmo’s, and that’s cool. It’s been a long time since I’ve played one. The promise of lightsabers is the only reason I jumped back in. But it’s a lot of fun and I suggest it if this appeals to you.
It’s about a girl and the internet. Any more would spoil the plot. It boggles my mind it came out in 1998 — prescient about so many big ideas and small details. I’ve seen it 3 times and still have many questions. But: it gets to your question. :)
When I crush on someone, the best way to think of it is like wanting to read a book really bad.
For whatever reason, I’m attracted to you. It could be your sense of humor, taste in media, physical appearance, philosophy, whatever. All or none of the above. The point is, you have my attention.
All I’m after at this point is for our lives to intersect. Whether that ends up taking the form of a romance, a friendship, or even just a brief conversation, I’m totally game.
This is what happens with a book, too. Or some other form of art. I want the creator’s mind to touch my own somehow, to share its experience of the world with me. And when I write, that is the real purpose moving my fingers across the keys. That is what I’m doing right now. With you, I want to share that very same thing.
Perhaps a sappier way to say this is that I want to reach out and touch your life in some meaningful way, to help you understand people a little more, or make sense of the world a little easier. And sometimes I find that you and I have a great deal of the world to show each other, so we stick around longer, as friends, or as lovers. Whatever feels right.
So when I crush on someone, it’s not something I approach with trepidation, or paranoia. It’s just something that will run its course as it will, for the betterment of us both, in the end. And we can both enjoy the ride as long as it lasts.
My experience of the world has been one of loneliness to be conquered by communication: by conversation, by art, by intimacy.
I have a crush on you, and it is because I see in you the beginnings of a link across the void of solipsism. I want you to know that I am here, and that I care about you. I want to know that you are here, and that you care about me. That’s all.
Tensei was pretty clear in the commentary book about the sort of feel he was trying to evoke with this track. It’s cheerful and upbeat to match God Tier Aradia’s personality, and it transitions from digital instruments to acoustic while the vocaloid sounds progressively less robotic. I’m honestly not sure what I can add to that, except to say that it was remastered to a lower volume for the album, and the original can be downloaded from Tensei’s Tindeck account (linked above).
Oh, and in case you were unaware, the vocaloid is saying “The princess of time has stopped the dog” and I’m fairly certain the quote about time is from Doc Brown in Back to the Future Part III.
It’s actually Doctor Who! Re: Timey wimey ball quote.
I have no idea why I know that considering I have never seen an episode of Doctor Who.