Science on Screen: 'Rushmore' at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
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If you haven't had the chance to experience director Wes Andersonâ€™s â€śoffbeatâ€ť 1998 flick Rushmore, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will be showing it tonight as part of its Science on Screen series. The film stars Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, a peculiar adolescent boy who falls in love with a first-grade teacher Rosemary Cross, who is several years his senior. Fischer at first believes that billionaire Herman J. Blume (Bill Murray) can use his power and wealth to help Fischer win her over, but the boy later realizes that Blume is in fact romantically involved with Cross, and a competition commences.
Described as simultaneously â€ścourageous, brilliant, and ambitiousâ€ť and â€śboneheaded, impulsive, and vindictive,â€ť some of Fischerâ€™s characteristics are what we would expect of most adolescent high school boys. Before the movie begins, guest speaker Dr. Steven Schlozman, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a newÂ Hub Health contributor, will offer a bit of research and his own insight on the developing adolescent brain and how it differs from the adult brain. Having once discussed the neurobiology of zombies before a Coolidge Corner Theatre screening of Night of the Living Dead in 2009, Dr. Schlozman will base this presentation on past (around the time of the '50s and '60s) and present findings that can help us better understand how someone Fischerâ€™s age might think.
â€śWhat I was hoping to do was to look at what we know about the adolescent brain, which is [fairly] new. This is stuff we didnâ€™t know even 20 years ago,â€ť said Dr. Schlozman. â€śThere have been changes in the way we understand [how] adolescents process information.â€ť
According to Dr. Schlozman, who is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry, neuron tracks in the brain must be insulated with myelin, and as we get older, they become â€śincreasingly better insulated [in] the higher regions of the brain, or the parts that help us to make good decisions, solve complex problems, and think in abstract ways.â€ť In adolescents, primitive regions of the brain are not so insulated.
â€śWhen they get worked up, excited, or in love, or something like that, their frontal lobe canâ€™t process information as coherently,â€ť he said. Dr. Schlozman said he planned to discuss this concept as well as attempt to tie in, if there is time before the show, â€śwhether or not current brain development views are being changed in some way by technology.â€ť
The Harvard Med professor and doctor (who happens to also be author of the novel The Zombie Autopsies, soon to be made into a George Romero film) also said that examining how Jason Schwartzmanâ€™s character is â€śquirky and funâ€ť and â€śnot typicalâ€ť can help us understand teenagers in general. And finally, science aside, he stressed that Rushmore is definitely a movie worth seeing.
â€śItâ€™s a very funny dynamic, and Wes Anderson is good at showing how teens are not always finishing their thoughts, and thatâ€™s part of the fun for the audience,â€ť said Dr. Schlozman. â€śItâ€™s a great film.â€ť
The Science on Screen discussion and movie will take place tonight, Monday, January 28, starting at 7 p.m. at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for students and Museum of Science members, and free for Coolidge Corner Theatre members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit coolidge.org or call 617-734-2500.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2013/01/28/science-screen-rushmore-showing-coolidge-corner-theatre/