Movie marathon: post-mortem

Happy to say that I survived the marathon! Although I did not win any prizes at the end of the contest, it was quite enjoyable and challenging. 🙂

Slightly to my surprise, I managed to stay awake for all 8 movies without needing to heavily dose up on coffee. For me, the toughest period was from 5 – 9am (just after the 5th movie). Actually, had a Red Bull on Saturday afternoon, and the organisers did give out a canned coffee on the bus, but, honestly, it was nothing more than coffee-flavoured water.

Movie marathon

Was informed yesterday that I won a company lucky draw (actually you needed to answer some questions to be qualified for the draw) to attend a movie marathon this coming weekend: 3pm Saturday to 3pm Sunday!

I, robot

Saw the movie I, Robot last night. I must admit, when I learnt that the storyline was not the same as the novel of the same name by Issac Asimov, I was a little disappointed. However, fortunately, the movie turned out to be quite entertaining. The special effects are just ideal for this type of movies. Essentially, the I, Robot series (“I, Robot”, “Pebble In The Sky”, and “The Stars, Like Dust”)was more of a detective series rather than conventional sci-fi dealing with technology or alien life forms.

Irony

Heard a statement on the local TV regarding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recently. The basic gist was that it is because of the practice of TCM that the Chinese as a race has been able to survive till the modern age.

Could not help to think of the flip-side of this statement. By simple extension, isn’t it an even greater miracle that all the other races, deprived of this brilliant Chinese technology, can survive till now?? Really says a lot about the worth (or lack of) of TCM in this context, doesn’t it!?

Alchemy

Just read a series of articles on Sacred Mysteries which attempts to highlight the supposedly hidden alchemical implications in the major films in our era. The two that I read discussed the Tolkien series Lord of the Rings, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The central thesis is that both Lord of the Rings and 2001: A Space Odyssey detail the development of mankind as documented in alchemical traditions. In Lord of the Rings, Middle Earth goes through a series of Ages. With each Age, there is an increase in the prominence of Man, but at the same time, Man also becomes further removed from his natural and spiritual side. This accounts for the diminishing importance of magic and the Elves, hence the inexplicable ending (to some) of the movie.

In 2001, the film also walks the audience through a series of transformations of Mankind, from the vegetarian Ape man to highly sophisticated technological society, devoid of emotions and any spiritual linkages. This climaxes in the ultimate transformation at the end of the film, where we witness a re-birth. read more