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  • NegBox 5:57 pm on April 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Movie, Mr Nobody   

    Mr Nobody 

    How many times have you seen a movie that you think about every single day for two months straight?


    This is easily the best movie I have ever seen.

    People blessed with ADHD simply watch this trailer and move on


    Mr Nobody tells a story the way I personally view reality.

    I’ll be brutally honest here: I’m putting my money on 98% of people not being able to grasp half the concepts the movie is based on. That shouldn’t keep anyone from enjoying the pretty pictures, though – its a beautiful film every way you look at it. Now that I’ve finished insulting everyone, lets move on to the movie…

    Mr Nobody shows the life of a person who:

    1. Is conscious across multiple parallel worlds in the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics.
    2. Can see / move across a Static Interpretation of Time
    3. Knows everything at once thru the static interpretation of time and the many-worlds interpretation, so he can unravel determinism behind the chaos in chaos theory.
    4. Weights potential against realization – and has a hard time making decisions.

    Here’s one of Nemo’s main choices:

    Mr Nobody - Jean Elise Anna on park bench

    Trust me on this: Pick the one on the right

    Like the movie’s main character ‘Nemo’, I will play in my mind dozens of possible outcomes and try to figure out the likelihood of each – I hope lots of other people do this too or we’re fucked. Years ago when dating and creating an online profile I had to put up a “range” of ages I wanted to date and match against, I sat down for a few hours and ran through my mind the most likely scenarios of what would happen with women of each and every single particular age, that way I could determine how low and how high I would go… Of course I don’t do this when choosing the flavor of my next ice cream – for big deals like that, its worth it to think and decide. Just like Nemo does with Jean, Elise and Anna.

    Mr Nobody Decisions at Chance Station

    Nemo's difficult decision at "Chance" station

    Which brings me to another interesting area of the movie: Decisions. Nemo has a very hard time choosing – he seems to want to make a perfect choice, and given that that is extremely difficult, he hesitates and tries to stretch the amount of time where a decision remains potential and unrealized – by NOT choosing. While personally I do quite the opposite – I do it for the exact and opposite reason the movie shows – to remove potential and bring reality – its amazing to see and imagine what life would be on the flip-side.

    Mr Nobody Choices

    "You have to make the right choice. As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible."

    What also struck a chord was the idea of clearly identifying decisions. I call them simply “decision points” in my life – and I keep a close eye on my decisions – I also make sure I clearly identify if a decision is in the past, present or future and act accordingly – Unlike Nemo I can’t remember the future so I guess my best and try my best – However I sometimes screw up on purpose – If I could only really control myself.

    Mr Nobody in Argyle Dreams

    The movie does not at any point explore the ideas and implications of simulated realities – That would have probably been one twist too many. There are passages that look surreal and hint at all of the reality we have just seen being in the mind of the child trying to make a decision about which parent to go with. He seems to choose none, runs off to a field and blows on a leaf – literally using the “butterfly effect” from chaos theory to alter the events of his life years down the road.

    Mr Nobody Butterfly Effect

    The leaf he blows at age nine alters his reality at age 34

    There are loads of things Nemo does in the movie that I sometimes do myself. This made me feel not-so-crazy. Every couple of months I’ll sit quietly in a particular place in a particular park and try to imagine what my future self would tell me if he could speak to me. Then I imagine what I would tell myself if I could speak to myself in the past.

    Mr Nobody Talking To Himself

    Mr Nobody Talking to Himself

    There was one bit of the movie which boggled my mind for about three weeks: Why did they open the film with an explanation of Pigeon Superstition? … Just to say “what did I do to deserve this”? – that opening needs no pigeons.

    Pigeon Superstition

    Religious Pigeon

    Pigeon superstition is in every human being – Ever heard of cargo cults? Religion? Well… What if… What if what we hold as basic truths – from gravity and throwing a ball up and having it fall down, to every part of our existence was our own interpretation of something outside of our awareness and comprehension?

    I’m not talking about bearded gods and flying saucers -I’m talking about being too retarded to understand the very nature of our existence. That seems a lot more likely than a deluding myself the epicenter of the universe.

    Mr Nobody at 118

    Mr Nobody at 118 years old

    When I mix pigeon superstition, many-worlds interpretation and static time  what I get is the idea that even the most basic of our assumptions about how the world works and how causes relate to effects are perhaps nothing but our limited interpretation of something entirely beyond our comprehension. Some (like Pauli) have pointed at a complete disconnect between causes and effects, with the only relationship being synchronicity as we perceive it and nothing more. Which had always brought to my mind the question of why am I experiencing this reality and not another one? And is there a way to move to a different one? What is my consciousness? Does it even really exist? What is the meaning of being alive in a deterministic universe? Does it even make sense?

    Ah…  Most everyone else already has all the answers – You know… Zodiac signs, gods, rules, natural laws, etc, etc — Meanwhile I’m still looking for the right questions. That’s why Mr. Nobody strikes a chord with me. It spares me the answers and gives me more questions in an amazing format.

    • Mike Chiasson 11:42 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This definitely sounds like a must see. I almost always find myself exactly opposite of you here, kind of like the character in the movie. I constantly have trouble making a decision because I am always trying to work out every possible consequence in my mind before I can choose.

      • NegBox 4:19 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        @Mike, don’t get me wrong, I do struggle – I struggle with balancing the approach I take. On one hand I’m concerned about making decisions in an effort to avoid painful uncertainty (a childish inability to cope with ambiguity). On the other hand I’m concerned about taking too long in an attempt to avoiding making a decision (if you wait long enough, all decisions are made for you eventually) which might hide fear of being exposed as wrong and faulty in whatever decision it was.
        Now the movie… Yes, its a must-see.

    • NegBox 5:37 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I should really write a follow-up post. Its been 18 months since I saw this movie and I still think about it pretty much every single day. Amazing.

  • NegBox 5:52 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hangover, Movie   

    The Hangover 

    Last night my wife and I watched the movie The Hangover all the way through… Finally… In the middle of it she reveals: “This is why I wanted to go with you to Vegas.

    Damn. I thought she came with me last time to have a good time – could have fooled me. Seems she came so she could be the galaxy’s best cockblock. Well, at least its a cockblock I really enjoy… Come to think of it, I need her so I don’t end up like these guys – I’ve never stolen Tyson’s tiger… Not that I remember anyway.

    Back to the movie – What a freaking hilarious flick.

    • Mike Chiasson 3:37 am on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Haha everyone tells me I look like 'The Dentist' from the Hangover. I still have yet to see it. It couldn't possibly be better than my McLovin costume from a few years back though.

      On a side note I always forget that you started posting nudies in your posts and I'm at work rolling through my RSS reader and am like 'Ohhhh shit' as people are walking by lol. Lucky for me I run the IT department and don't need to worry about getting in trouble lol.
      My recent post Martha Coakley WTF Pwnz My Server!

    • negbox 3:19 pm on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Gotta see it. There are a few movies that capture the essence of something… Lost in Translation captured the essence of traveling for business and feeling totally 'misplaced'. This one captured the feeling of waking up in the morning and going "WTF happened here?" It also captures the "Who are who are these people that keep talking to me about last night like I'm their rockstar buddy?"

      About the "Girls of Negbox" 🙂 . … It makes for great watercooler chat: "Talking about losers, this jackass I used to read now posts naked chick pics along with marketing stuff – talk about trying to sell with sex… What a loser."

      I can't claim originality of the idea, though – I believe I saw it done before but I couldn't find it – and no, it wasn't "Naked News".

      BTW, if you look like McLovin… then you DO look like the dentist!!!
      My recent post Must-Read: Uber-Affiliate’s Marketing Guide Updated for 2010

    • Mike Chiasson 10:52 pm on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Haha not that I look this gay all the time, just when I try to.
      My recent post Martha Coakley WTF Pwnz My Server!

    • negbox 2:24 am on May 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      One word: Wow.
      You're my anti-hero. 🙂

      My recent post Must-Read: Uber-Affiliate’s Marketing Guide Updated for 2010

  • NegBox 2:59 pm on April 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Economics, Freakonomics, Movie   

    Freakonomics Movie 

    The Freakonomics Movie is about to launch! Way to go Levitt and Dubner. If you’ve never heard of their work -or a documentary for that matter- that’s ok… Please keep buying the shit I’m promoting.

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