Via Cosmic Variance, this may be the best thing to come out of theoretical physics cinema since String Wars: The Popper Menace. Steven Miller at Science Mobster (with a very familiar-looking theme) gives us String Kings: The Director’s Cut. Longtime aficionados of the genre will recall the theatrical release and DVD version, but like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Scorsese’s String Kings grows beyond compare when seen as the director intended.
Meanwhile in New York City, Peter Woit (Turturro) is seen in his apartment practising with a gun in front of a mirror in a scene Scorsese has very obviously recycled from his previous urban alienation classic â€œTaxi Driverâ€. Like de Niro before him, Turturro gives a compelling and subtle performance here, depicting a man on the edge and giving us hints at the festering rage bubbling underneath as he toys with the loaded weapon and talks to himself repeatedly: â€œListen you stringheadsâ€¦you anthropicistsâ€¦this is one man one who isn’t going to take it anymoreâ€¦.One man who stood up against theâ€¦the orbifolds, the fluxesâ€¦the stabilized moduli, the braneworlds, the landscape, the swamplandâ€¦Someday new real data is gonna come and rain downâ€¦rain downâ€¦rain down and wash the Arxiv cleanâ€¦Now I see it clearlyâ€¦my whole life is pointed in this one directionâ€¦I see that nowâ€¦there was never any choice for meâ€.
Look for the sequel in late 2008.