Longtime readers of this blog will know that I am, by no means, a cinephile. The last movie I saw in a theater was the 2010 remake of True Grit, which I saw in the theater because I am a huge fan of the book, which I want to ensure remains in print. Tonight, however, I will be attending a sneak preview of the film The Imitation Game, a film about the heroic code-breaking efforts of Alan Turing who helped to save Britain from the Nazis, only to be destroyed by the anti-LGBT bigotry of the government of the people he defended. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (is there a more Dickensian/JK Rowlingsish name in entertainment?) and Keira Knightley (whose film debut, Bend it Like Beckham was another one I saw in the theater).
Special thanks go out to my dear friends of the Secret Science Club, who were the recipients of the sneak preview tickets. They distributed the tickets to people on their e-mail list through a contest which, appropriately, involved solving a cryptogram:
P RDBEJITG LDJAS STHTGKT ID QT RPAATS XCITAAXVTCI XU XI RDJAS STRTXKT P WJBPC XCID QTAXTKXCV IWPI XI LPH WJBPC.
I was able to solve the puzzle in a few minutes, largely because I recalled a bit which I believe is from Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, namely that the key to cracking a code is to have some idea of what the message is before you start out. I won't give out more of a hint than that, but I trust my smart readers to get this one pretty quickly.