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October 13th, 2006
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Quick notes from the newspaper
Two random notes on upcoming movie awesome, seeing as how I'm temporarily working in a newspaper office again and hence keep abreast of such things via newsroom osmosis:
  • Soon-to-open "The Prestige" will include a bit part for inventor Nikolai Tesla. Cast as Tesla will be ... David Bowie.

    As I remarked to kadyg, Bowie-as-brilliant-crackpot-scientist is a match that has as much potential for awesome as Bowie-as-tyrant-king-of-magic-dance-world.

  • Also, they're making a movie out of -- and I swear to the gods that I am not making this up -- Edwin Abbott's Flatland. The very mathematical novel about the two-dimensional world invaded by a three-dimensional sphere. omfg.

    The mathematician in me is jumping up and down in giddy anticipation; the pragmatist in me is wincing at the inevitable mangling it will receive; the art critic in me is observing how incongruously South Park-esque the animation in the preview is (but approving of the music); and the random trivia collector is vowing to remember that Martin Sheen is the lead actor so that someday we can assign squares and triangles a Bacon number.

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From:axonfuel
Date:October 13th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
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There's a bad "...On A Plane" joke to be made somewhere, but I won't be the one to do it. ;)
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From:baxil
Date:October 13th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
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I'll avoid it too, because ceruleanst won this one long ago:


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From:kshandra
Date:October 13th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
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But how will it compare to Bowie-as-brilliant-crackpot-artist? (Not that anybody saw that movie, but the thought of him playing Warhol just made me swoon when I heard about it.)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 13th, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
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On one part of the Flatland site, it says: "The movie will be part of an educational DVD, which will include the original text from Abbott's book."

At first I was thinking, is this going to be a theatrical release? 'Cause that'd be weird! But maybe not.
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From:packbat
Date:October 13th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
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...stuff is moving on top of other stuff, there. The animators are violating the third dimension!

(Yes, that was my first thought, seeing the trailer.)
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From:baxil
Date:October 14th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
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I ... uhh ... well, crap. Good catch.

Now my mathematician and my pragmast have traded places.

The pragmatist is arguing that most of the "stacking" could be explained by the existence of a second plane "underneath" Flatland, whose sole purpose is to provide color and visual detail for us three-dimensional viewers looking at/through the plane. The inhabitants of Flatland wouldn't notice this second plane, but that's ok, because all it's doing is translating visual cues to us that (not having only 2-d vision) we'd be unaccustomed to. For example, the sidewalks -- it could easily be argued that those are merely regions of the plane where Flatlanders are accustomed to traveling, and the notion of a "sidewalk" entirely is a mental cheat sheet for 3-d viewers.

But the mathematician is lying down on the ground, twitching, and saying "The cars! The train! The houses!" And, truly, vehicular design for an actual 2-d world would have to be substantially different. A car would look like an upended letter E with the engine and means of locomotion underneath -- if it didn't have one side completely open, it wouldn't be possible to get inside; if it wasn't continuous and connected, then it would fall apart upon movement; and if it didn't support the user in its direction of acceleration, it couldn't provide motive force. The "train" model is an egregious violation of two of these principles and the car apparently all three.

"Artistic license!" my pragmatist cries. But I think the mathematician wins this one, since after all the very point of the novel is to envision a world where the basic rules of existence are much different than our own.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 14th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
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Maybe they should have filmed The Planiverse by A.K. Dewdney.
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From:baxil
Date:October 14th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
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Also, check this one out: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=837443910

An entirely different adaptation. The character design is a whole lot better. Seems like an amateur project, though; I hope they stick with it.
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From:natetg
Date:October 13th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Um... wasn't flatland the one where females are congenitally stupid, and have to wiggle while they walk?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 14th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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They seem to have dumped that aspect of the original story. I think that's a good thing; according to Wikipedia, the original story is a satire of Victorian culture. So, did Edwin Abbott hate women, or was he making fun of a woman-hating society? I don't know which. Either way, it's an element I for one won't miss in the animated version.
From:lhexa
Date:October 13th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I guess Flatland isn't as obscure as I thought.

(And, a "secret prophecy"? I don't remember that.)
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From:elynne
Date:October 13th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
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I tried to squee at panzerwalt about "The Prestige," and he just said "Yeah, I posted about that months ago... but nobody ever reads my LJ." At which point my eyes rolled so hard I thought they were going to pop out of my skull.

I made him watch the trailer to Flatland, though, and he agreed that it looks pretty fabulous. :D
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