Escape to the Movies: "Inception"

Go see it.

I’m also proud of this week’s “Intermission,” titled “Why Movies Suck Now – Part I”:

24 thoughts on “Escape to the Movies: "Inception"

  1. Silent Jay says:

    Right about now, I hated this movie. I am sooo totally kidding. This was good movie. This movie and Iron Man 2 are the only movies I wanted to see this summer and neither one of them were disappointments.


  2. Sssonic says:

    Regarding the “Intermission” column:

    I'm intrigued by what you'll pick as the “Truths” for next week's part 2, simply because I personally believe Movies that suck nowadays suck for more or less the same reasons they've always sucked: the story's uninteresting, or the characters are flat, or the Directing is poor…there is no specific trait, be it a Special Effect or a Casting Choice, that is ipso facto “bad” in and of itself. It's all in the execution and the context.


  3. Taylor says:

    You know, if it's a rip-off of anything it's “Paprika”. It's not, of course, but just saying.

    I think that complex plots like this are wonderful even if they fail, because at least they fail because of creative ambition instead of general blandness.

    That said, the one thing I can't stand when movies like this come out is that people will see this and say it's “trippy” or “dude Nolan was totally on acid!” It's kind of a pet peeve and I shouldn't rant since nobody present has done it, but you will see people try to reduce genuine interest and creativity to “flashing lights and random hallucination imagery” because they're too addled to understand it.


  4. Clayton says:

    Nolan continues to impress and Bob might be right in saying that this is Nolan's best film yet. If there's any justice, this will get Oscar noms for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Special Effects, and Best Director. Heck, I would go as far to say that Dicaprio, Levitt, Page, and Cotillard rightfully deserve noms for the acting Oscars. Amusingly with the Bond comparison, Nolan admits that Bond was a huge influence on him and he would TOTALLY be up for directing a Bond flick.


  5. Christian says:

    Although Cotillard was almost one note the entire film, she was damned effective.

    As for Oscar nods, I don't think Page or Levitt had the “serious dramatic heart wrenching moment” that the academy seems to require.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Geez, I wish people would stop comparing this with “Paprika.” Yes, they're both good movies about people who invade other peoples' dreams, but that's it; they're otherwise completely different with regards to plot, tone, and visuals. Especially those last two, since “Paprika” does a lot more mind-bending visual sequences than “Inception” does & “Paprika” is much more light-hearted, IMO.


  7. Salarian says:

    I have yet to watch Inception but i intend to later this day. But regarding this week's intermission not all teenage boys do have bad taste… just about 90% of them do(Sturgeon's law right?), you see I have to go through high school for the next 2 years and the majority of the guys there are the real definition of the term douchebags. and growing up with them makes me wonder what the future will be like for my pathetic generation, will they get better as they grow up or will the world be filled with a bunch of half cocked message board fuckheads in they're 30's without proper education. and please note that most of the michael bay loving, nintendo hating bastards you'll find on all kinds of message boards and forums are probably 14 year old boys dressed like a troubled minority. please forgive the bad grammar, English is not my first language.


  8. Anonymous says:

    So when I first heard about the basics of the plot the first movie to pop into my head was Paprika. But anyone that let's that similarity prevent them from seeing the movie (or causes them to dislike the movie) is an idiot. When Paprika popped into my mind I thought quite the contrary: I should see Inception and discover how it approaches these similar concepts differently. And then I saw it and confirmed what I all ready assumed: the two movies are only similar when you reduce them down to a paragraph description that does neither film justice.

    But this is how “the internet” thinks of things: in its lowest common denominator. They can't get past their archetypes and tropes to see that there really is more there. That subtlety is what really defines any work, not its skeleton.


  9. Taylor says:

    “Yes, they're both good movies about people who invade other peoples' dreams, but that's it”
    C'mon, that' not really that common a premise.

    Also, why would someone NOT see a movie because it reminds them of Paprika? Paprika was amazing.


  10. Kyle says:

    On “intermission”: Is it just me, or are box office totals WAY UP this year? I mean the movies are okay, but it continues to surprise me when the #3 movie after a given weekend is nearly $20m.

    Did the 3-D thing work? Is it back to being an 'Event' to go see a movie?


  11. Pronoun says:

    I am trying to work out what scene everyone was talking about being earth-shattering. For me that describes about half the movie. If there is a spoiler free clue that can be given for those who haven't seen the movie it would be appreciated.


  12. Taylor says:

    I just saw this movie and feel really let down. I feel like they didn't do anything with the premise…yes they did go through his emotional baggage but beyond that it was just a high-concept set-up for really generic action sequences. Beyond the Subjective Gravity sequence, the car-chase and snow fortress were extracted virtually unaltered from a Bond Movie. It's also really not complicated at all. I have no idea how someone who wasn't actually Carl or Bill Dautreive would be confused by it. I guess if you're used to “Transformers” you'd be impressed, but this isn't even close to, say, Satoshi Kon. It's still really good and fun to watch, just not mind-blowing.


  13. Funky Al says:

    About the intermission-
    My qualms about movies today isn't that they're any worse than the ones of yesteryear, it's the fact that they just aren't a FUN bad, in a manner of speaking. Like, if MST3K was to premiere 30 or 40 years from now, using the stuff we're making today, would it have been as big a success as it was? I don't think we're making is corny enough.


  14. The Grey Man says:


    If I had to guess at the scene, then I have one in particular in mind, and my clue for the scene would be “Royal Wedding.”

    @Funky Al

    They sort of have MST3K with the stuff we're making today, If that's the sort of stuff they'd be doing on hypothetical future MST3K, I'd say the show would do pretty well for itself.


  15. Andrew says:

    I saw this on Wednesday.

    I have to say, as far as mainstream cinema goes, this is the best film I have seen in years.

    I connected to the characters, I felt emotions during the film, I cared about the peril.

    It was beautiful to watch, Ellen Page was scary and Tom Hardy really impressed me, I want to see more of him.

    The concept was good, its introduction was done well.

    I didn't think it was too long and I only had one moment where I dropped out of the film's world and realised I was in a cinema.

    If I'm honest, at that point I was thinking “I'm in a cinema watching some fairly high concept sci fi and my wife is enjoying it”.

    I loved it, even given my almost pathological hatred of Leo.

    Whenever I see Sci Fi done well I always think about how cool it would be if someone made movies of any of Peter F Hamilton's books or Walter Jon Williams' Dread Empire's Fall series.

    Do that now please.


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