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Neuroplasticity: I think, therefore I change

I’ve always believed that what we put in our brain directly influences who we become. That’s one of the reasons why I refuse to watch violent and horror movies, and will always favour comedies and adventure stories. I’ve long been a firm believer of visualization…

Coriolistic Anachronisms | 10:15 on a Saturday Night ~

Coriolistic Anachronisms


10:15 on a Saturday Night ~

Who goes to see a blockbuster on a Saturday night a few days after its release? A whole lot of hardcore fans, many movie buffs, some fools, and me. And Silvia. And Seida.

It was actually Silvia’s idea. It was nuts, so I went along. Let’s meet after work, she said. I’ll be there at 7:30 pm, I answered. I got there at 7:25. The movie was showing at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:45, 10:00; 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30. The first 4 or 5 shows were sold out. What’s the earliest available? we asked. 10:30. Sold, I said. I paid, got handed the tickets, and as I was reaching for them, a voice announced the 10:30 show was sold out. Pfew.

So we were told to get in line at 9:30 pm for the 10:30 pm show. The line stretched through a corridor and resembled a concert ticket sale overnight waiting line. We sat on the floor and read movie magazines. Then we were let in and sat some more while the seats filled one after another. A theatre employee was kind enough to provide distraction and trivia games, and threw new Hersheys at the crowd. It was odd.

And then the Da Vinci Code started.

Now, I’m not going to fuel the gossip and controversy that have surrounded the book and now the movie. If one wants to make an opinion about these things, there are already a millions sources out there that have taken this all too seriously and commented furiously one way or the other. So no pros and cons in my post, no black or white. A lot of grey, and some nuances.

From a cinematographic point of view, I’d say things were ok. Great actors, doing their best with a script that wasn’t always very easy to deal with. The action scenes were a little too "music-clip’ styled for my taste: flickering hand-held shots and flashing blurry visions. The technique had annoyed me in The Bourne Supremacy, it did tonight too. But Tom Hanks with longer hair is credible. Ian McKellen is up to the challenge and manages to make us forget he – recently – was a mutant. Audrey Tautou is… Well, très jolie. Jean Reno sticks to his quite successful French cop character. And Paul Bettany improvises with brio on the freak-villain genre.

But hey, so what? The movie is not about itself. It’s not about acting or directing or Hollywood or religious beliefs or theories of this and that. It’s not offering solutions or rules or dogmas. It’s just a mirror. What it really does is make you think. About yourself and your own beliefs. It’s about symbols and how we interpret them. It’s about the choices we make and the people we choose to follow. It’s about the incursion of legends into our daily lives, and why we accept some and reject others. It’s about faith, not as a religious quality but as something more universal; faith as a survival skill. As a drive and an example. As a reason. And a question.

I came out of the theatre rather happy. I had anticipated a terrible disappointment based on the rumors I’d heard form Cannes. Instead my mind was tickled. No matter how we rate The Da Vinci Code, the fact remains that it deals with what is probably the most important aspect of our society, history. And history gets distorted, that much is clear. Understanding this might be the lesson hidden behind the Code.

I find symbols fascinating and I can relate with people who spend their lives studying their meaning and separating facts from fiction. Good symbols are like a very strong thought or an excellent quote: they carry much power and need not be adjusted or revised. They can probably survive the passage of time and remain today what they were thousands of years ago. It makes me want to walk around looking for clues of the past in my daily life.

Let’s just not fight about history. It’s as ridiculous as the two drivers at an intersection arguing about who ran into the other. It’s too late for that; instead figure out how to make sure it won’t happen again.

Riding back on the night bus, surrounded by a lot of loud and inebriated younglings, I had time to wonder how we all fitted in the global picture. All of them together exhibited the mental agility of an average pig, and yet we were going the same way, on the bus and in life. The history having bred us and the symbols guiding us are the same… Tolerance is sometimes as costly as Vancouver real estate.

I got home at 3:00 am. And the tap dripped dripped dripped dripped dripped… ;-)


  • panasianbiz

    Hi, I just wanted to say that your mini review of The Da Vinci Code was one of the most articulate, level-headed pieces I’ve read on the subject all weekend! I can’t wait to see it now; thanks for the insight.

    Comment logged on 2006-5-21
  • Vince

    Glad to be of service! Let me know what you think of it…

    Comment logged on 2006-5-22
  • NewYorkAngel

    Believe or not but we did the same kind of comments my friends and I after the movie on…hmmm…well Saturday night!!! :-)
    And I don’t regret seeing it despite all the rumors about it and all the media talk.
    Anyhow, it makes people chatter.And it also makes the world go round…or not?

    Comment logged on 2006-5-22
  • Vince

    Well, would it be that great minds… go to the movies on Saturday night? ;-)

    Comment logged on 2006-5-22
  • Sigrid

    I’ve heard the movie, like the book, never reffers to the FSM, thus completely missing the point…but anyway…myths will be myths

    Comment logged on 2006-5-22
  • Anonymous

    Loved the book, will not go and see the movie. For that reason I really appreciate your comments on the film,
    your fine study of the issues and the fact that I won’t have to sit on the floor while waiting in a long eager
    line. Although I guess it must have been
    part of the fun in this epic, overly
    publicized, event called “The Da Vinci Code”.

    Comment logged on 2006-5-22
  • Vince

    Yes, an obvious flaw in the movie is the total absence of an FSM reference. It would have been logical since the plot takes us to Italy quite a few times.

    However with many scenes being set in Paris, maybe a FCM* would be more appropriate. But then again,
    “There can only be one”**.

    * Flying Croissant Monster.
    ** My own cross-reference to Highlander.

    Comment logged on 2006-5-23
  • Vince

    Of course, sitting on the floor was part of the deal, it was kind of a self-inflicted pain in order to better appreciate the movie… ;-)

    Comment logged on 2006-5-23

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