Weekly Rochester Events #352: One Big Carolina
Thursday, October 6, 2005
Well, I had another sparse week ... at least as far as you are going to hear about. I was going to just review Proof which I saw at The Little (240 East Ave.) on Friday but first I'll do a bit on my ride with The Critical Mass Bike Ride.
We started at the clocktower in front of The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, details on River Campus Map) around 5:30 with a group of 35 people or so and rode to The Liberty Pole (Liberty Pole Wy.) by 6 p.m. to join everyone else. My impression of "critical mass" events has been that it is not productive to the cause of raising awareness of bicyclists because by slowing the pace of automobile traffic, those drivers just become irate about bicyclists even more. What I found was that I felt exactly the same as I rode; I stuck with it to the end of the ride, but it was very unnerving. I didn't take it as a point of pride that we had a huge line of cars behind us. It didn't make me feel good about what I was doing. Someone commented that they had already thought to print flyers with information about the event to hand out to motorists but that was a couple weeks ago and there still aren't flyers: understandable because the event is supposed to be absent of leadership — in part to protect the people involved in case of intereference.
Anyway, I'd like to have seen flyers and I'd like to have seen us better obey the rules of the road: no more than two cyclists abreast for one, and that alone still would have put us in the way. Oh, and was also tremendously bothered when I ended up being in the last row of bikes ... you could feel the cartoon daggers from the eyes of the drivers. However, it's a great place to resolve a vendetta against all those cars who have sideswiped you, or cut you off, or otherwise put your life at a lower priority to getting to their destination one minute earlier.
But yes, about the movie ...
The first third of the film launches into a crawling pace with bad dialog as we're introduced to Catherine's relationship with her father, Robert, who has recently passed away. It's a whole lot of "showing" us about their relationship and the state of her mind — by "showing" and not showing, I mean that the writing appeared to be straight from an outline like this:
Anyway, Robert was apparently some kind of mathematical genius but his mind fell apart toward the end of his life and one of his students (Hal) is there to try and decipher his notebooks — trying to find something that is coherent.
Fortunately things pick up a little. Catherine's irritating sister Claire shows up to settle the affairs concerning the house and all, entirely ignoring Catherine's individuality. Unfortunately, Claire is so thinly drawn that her solitary personality trait is that she is the character with a planner-oriented life. Wow.
To spice things up a little, a notebook is found with a coherent mathematical proof that proves something really exciting in the world of mathematics — so exciting, in fact, that the concept itself cannot even be uttered by the characters. To demonstrate how important this is, we're treated to a mathematical proof montage: blandly up-beat classical music plays while we observe people scribbling math stuff in notebooks and on chalkboards, people nodding in understanding, and a generic black composition notebook being handed back-and-forth.
This is used to show the passage of time.
In the end, the proof is shown to be probably correct, but then it becomes a thing of who-wrote-it? Was it Robert or was it Catherine? You wouldn't know it from how strongly this plot point is played out, but the real story is in the characters. Is Catherine really just a child-like college student who wants to mope around all the time, or was she deeply scarred watching the decline of her father? But, since the storytelling is brutally plot-centric, the really quite touching relationships between characters is almost completely drowned out.
On The Internet Movie Database there's a lot of complaints that the film is too thin on math — that to earn the name "Proof" you need to soak it with math. Shut up, nerd.
The real problem is that Gwyneth Paltrow is not a 26-year-old college student. In real life she just turned 33, and she looks great. However, the only people who tell her she's 26 are guys guessing her age who think they have a shot at fucking her — like Hal, I guess. And she'd say, "Oh, you are too kind dear gentle-man," although I don't think her natural accent is that of the deep American south.
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