Colin Timothy Gagnon (sacredspud) wrote,
Colin Timothy Gagnon

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"What is essential? What is wanted?"

So today at work I had this funny entry all figured out, and it was going to be something special because it was going to be my first use of mouseover scripting. What? You don't know what that is? Doesn't matter. livejournal won't let you use javascript in entries, and I didn't know that until I was testing it. It'll show up on my website sooner or later. Been awhile since I've posted anything spectacular there, anyway.

Oh, speaking of things spectacular which are on my website: while you're waiting, check out the MP3 of the Month. More video game music. This one's called The Path of Least Resistance.

Anyway, agaysexicon, fuzzyinthehead and I watched Primer this evening. I've been waffling as to whether they'd like it, and I'm quite pleased that they did. Did they understand it? Oh, hell no. It's a sci-fi/drama for (and about) the kind of people who actually read science magazines, as opposed to decorating coffee tables with them like the rest of us. Primer is about time travel, causality, and paradox, and once the fractures of the fractured timeline begin to fracture further, the plot becomes seriously confusing. It was also made on a $7,000 budget, and while it never looks cheap, it doesn't have the sort of high-value production people tend to expect from modern sci-fi. I'm terrified of how most of my friends would react to it because it has less in common with The Matrix than it does with My Dinner with Andre.

I've always (half) joked that I should put together a diagram to figure out the plot, but as it turns out, somebody else beat me to it. Having glanced over it, I think that Primer might be the most tightly-wrapped puzzle movie I've ever seen, mostly by virtue of being about time travel. A few viewings have been enough for me to (basically) understand what's going on without worrying too much over the intricacies of the timeline and its permutations, but whomever put together the diagram, must have slaved over the movie: watched it several times, taken notes, correlated the notes, diagrammed, made inferences, re-diagrammed, made more inferences... all in his spare time. Please shoot me if I ever become this concerned about a movie, (Lynch and Bergman films excepted).

It's insane. No wonder it's so difficult to decipher. Those who are curious -- and trust me, a cursory glance can't possibly ruin the movie for you -- should check out the diagram.

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