French film fest goes first class
Take note that the 21st Cork French Film Festival begins on Sunday. Among this year’s attractions will be the premiere of a specially commissioned score for Marcel L’Herbier’s silent classic L’Homme du Large by Irish fiddler Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh. The festival runs in various venues, including the Gate Cinema, Cork Opera House and – hey, why not? – the Pavilion Night Club. A luxury option includes a gala evening at Ballymaloe House featuring a top-notch feedbag and a screening of Julie & Julia. Corkfrenchfilmfestival.com. news for you. The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a new enterprise by physics professor Sidney Perkowitz, seeks to ensure that mainstream movies obey the basic laws of science.
“I am not offended if they make one big scientific blunder in a given film,” Perkowitz said. “You can have things move faster than the speed of light if you want. But after that I would like things developed in a coherent way.”
When asked to point out recent outrages against nature, the boffin homed in on the use of antimatter in Angels & Demons. “The amount of antimatter they had was more than we will make in a million years of running a high-energy particle collider,” said Perkowitz. Yeah, doc, that was the main problem with Angels & Demons.