Monday, 5 March 2012

Movie Review: "The Man with X-Ray Eyes"

From 1963. Does it hold up?
Frickin' A.
I first saw this in the early 70's and thought it was great.
And it still is.
Ray Milland as the obsessed scientist, Don Rickles as the fairground exploiter and so on.

I have only one beef with it...

"And if thine eye offends thee, pluck it out!"

Er... No... No I won't. I want more. Dammit. MORE.
Every now and then I get a glimpse into the underlying reality that is reality.
A "matrix moment" if you will. Brian Greene, Carl Sagan, Richard Feyman et al.
It's really there! A swarming mass of radiation. A fog of particles sleeting through us and around us and *is* us.
We are a seething mass of radiation swirling and interacting with other seething masses of radiation.

There is no 'red'. There is just a mass of swirling radiation with a little paint-by-numbers messages on it that our brains use to interpret as 'red'.
I love that. It makes sense.
I can almost see it out of the corner of my eye, Dirk Gently like.

Like the Inflaton field.
I can almost glimpse it sometimes, and I can almost feel the sheer frickin' expanse of it sweeping outwards.
The sound of one inflaton clapping so to speak.

Ray Milland didn't go far enough.
Just a bit further and the character might have seen the face of ... Er... No... Maybe Einstein or Godel or Feynman even.

So if you get a chance to see this movie, do so.

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