Books and movies

I read A Million Miles in a Thousand Yearsand liked it a lot. It’s warm, and well-written in a very simple style. And I particularly loved how he talked about stories; what is a story? Why do we need them? How do they fit together, in our own lives? What stories are we telling about ourselves? I think there’s a whole world of interesting questions there. Miller doesn’t get bogged down in details, but still talks in an interesting way about stories, and how he thought about them for his own life; worth reading.

I also saw The Imitation Game, which was a lot of fun. I don’t know the story well enough to know if it’d be deviated from; but I felt like it captured some of the key elements, from the little I knew. While it takes place during WWII, the shots of the movie are theatrical, overblown, and somehow distant from the action. That’s appropriate; as a character says at one point, for them the war essentially took place in a small English village.

Benedict Cumberbatch, of course, shines in a role that’s cast as someone with autism, struggling to express himself to those around him. There are moments when two or three layers of emotion (the happiness or sadness required by the scene, the overlay of trying to play Turing as a man out of touch with his emotions and his coworkers, and in some cases a bittersweet emotion in a particularly complex interaction) all rest on the tiniest of motions in Cumberbatch’s cheeks. He pulls it off superbly.

Worth seeing.

Update: Actually, I take that back; The Guardian takes issue with the movie’s accuracy. I’ll need to get a copy of Alan Turing: The Enigma, which seems to be one of the better (if denser) biographies.


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