Inception

 

I know this is pretty much old news now, but last week I went to see Inception. Before seeing it, I knew that there were all of these theories and supposed hidden meanings behind the film. I wanted to go into it with an open mind and make my own decisions about it, so I avoided the message boards and most reviews of the film. The only thing I read beforehand was an interview with Leonardo DiCaprio in the August issue of Rolling Stone (and they didn’t even talk about Inception very much), and the article in Entertainment Weekly. It turns out that the article in Entertainment Weekly eliminated the shock value when I saw Inception in the theatre, even though I didn’t know it then.

If you haven’t yet seen Inception and think you might, this is just a little spoiler alert! You can skip down to the next paragraph if you like. There was a little comment in brackets in the Entertainment Weekly article that said something like, ‘Does the top ever stop spinning at the end?’ At the very beginning of the movie when Leonardo DiCaprio basically says that the when the top is spinning, it means that it’s a dream, I knew from the start that if the top was spinning at the end (when they get out of the dream) that the whole thing must have been a dream. When we saw the top spinning at the end, the people in the theatre gasped. I guess I may have gasped a little if I hadn’t known what was coming too, but I didn’t think it was that shock-worthy.

I really enjoyed Inception, there’s no doubt about that. However, I do kind of wonder what all of the fuss is about. I would definitely like to see it again, but I really don’t understand why people said it was very complicated and confusing, and really made them think afterwards. Inception did make me think afterwards – about what I should be thinking about! After I left the theatre, I was trying to figure out what I was missing. What were all of these theories even talking about? Unless all of the complicated stuff just went over my head, I didn’t find it that hard to follow.

I thought that it would be a hard storyline to follow (a dream within a dream within a dream) but I somehow was able to keep it all straight in my head. If I had my way, I would have a storyboard of the film laid out in front of me while I was watching it for me to make notes on, but I didn’t find it too bad. You do however have to concentrate. You wouldn’t want to miss anything at all, or you would be left behind fairly quickly. (Kind of like if you get behind on your readings for school.)

Aside from everything I just said, I thoroughly enjoyed Inception. It was entertaining, action packed, thought provoking (dreams are an interesting subject for me) and gorgeous. That was probably my favourite part of Inception. The special effects and cinematography were just breathtaking. It’s the kind of film that you could definitely call a work of art. I would mount a flatscreen on my wall and have Inception playing on a loop just to take in the artistic aspect of the film. That’s the thing about dreams – there are no restrictions. (This is why they made Tripp have an affair with Serena on Gossip Girl. The third season was undoubtedly a dream. First the Tripp thing and then they have Chuck sleep with Jenny? That would never happen. Dream!)

I’ve heard people say that Inception was boring, and I would never say that. Inception is the opposite of boring. Everyone else I’ve talked to has said that they usually know that they’re dreaming at any moment in their dream. If an extractionist was trying to influence my thoughts, they wouldn’t have any trouble since I cannot recall any time when I have actually known that I was dreaming. I have never consciously thought, ‘Hey! This is a dream!’, I always just thought it was real. What does that say about me? Not that my dreams are anything that would actually happen in reality. In the last dream that I can remember, I had died and my spirit was wandering around earth, trying to warn people of accidents I could predict coming. (You know – car accidents, bombs, that sort of thing.) I was on my way to warn people of a big explosion on the Brooklyn Bridge when I saw Jonathan Groff and some of the understudies from American Idiot and Hair in a park with a whole bunch of kids. It turns out that they were running some kind of a camp and asked if I wanted to join them on a walk. So we’re walking and talking, and ironically, we walk right past the Brooklyn Bridge right as it blows up. Whoopsie! Don’t rely on me to save the world!

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>Aaron Tveit’s Soho Haunts

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If you’re a fan of Aaron Tveit (or NYC), there’s a great article on some of his favourite places to go in Soho on BlackBook.com.  There’s some ideas of coffee shops and clothing stores to check out, or if you just want to see some new shots of Aaron from their photoshoot, click here.

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>The King Is Dead

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About a week ago, I won The Decemberists‘ new CD, ‘The King Is Dead’ from CHRW, our campus radio station.  I’ve always liked The Decemberists, but I just thought, ‘Cool – a free CD!’  Now I LOVE The Decemberists.  I listened to this everywhere I went this past week.  This album is just so good, I don’t even know how to explain it.  Every song is just so grabbing and catchy – but it’s so different from their previous album, ‘The Hazards of Love’.  Different, but a good different.  You have to listen to it to understand – even if you liked their old sound, I’m sure you’ll love this just as much.  Sometimes it’s good to have change.

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>Songs to Live and Die By: Transatlanticism and Young Blood

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Two songs have been playing non-stop on my iPod throughout my blustery walks in this cold winter weather.  Both of them are actually from movie trailers.

The first one is ‘Transatlanticism’ by Death Cab For Cutie.  This is one of those songs that kind of got lost in my music library (Death Cab’s album came out in 2005) but I rediscovered it when it was used in the Beastly trailer.  (You can also spot the album’s poster in Seth’s room on The OC.)  It’s just one of those soft, soothing songs, and you don’t even realize that eight minutes has passed by the time it has ended.  As for Beastly, I’m not too sure about Vanessa Hudgens (Leighton Meester was originally set to play the main character) but it looks like a movie worth checking out.  It comes out in theatres this Friday.  Watch the trailer here.

The second song is ‘Young Blood’ by The Naked And Famous.  It has a very similar sound to Passion Pit, and it’s just a laid-back and chill sound.  Now… the trailer it comes from isn’t exactly a movie I want to go see (Disney’s Prom), but I liked the song!  You can watch the trailer here.

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>Howl

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I’ve been so busy with exams/ readings/ assignments/ sleeping that I forgot to tell you about this really amazing film I watched a couple of weeks ago, Howl.  To be honest, the two main reasons why I wanted to see this film were (1) Aaron Tveit and (2) James Franco.  They’re what made me start watching the it, but there were many more reasons why I finished it.

This was a beautiful, beautiful film that revolves around the trial of Allen Ginsberg’s most controversial poem, Howl, and his life as a homosexual man who led the Beat Generation in a conservative time full of ignorance and hate.  The Obscenity Trial That Started a Revolution. The Poem That Rocked a Generation.
Howl consists of fragmented interviews and snapshots of Allen Ginsberg’s relationships with a close depiction of the actual trial interwoven throughout the actual reading of the poem (by James Franco) and gorgeous animations that complement it.  I have to say that I have never really been a fan of animation, but this film opened my eyes to how beautiful it can really be.  The art in this film wasn’t meant to re-enact the poem word-for-word, but accompany it and provoke feeling and emotion.  I was utterly impressed with the artists behind this film as I felt they accomplished this perfectly.
Along with Franco, it boasts a stellar cast including Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, and Treat Williams.  I have to say that I was completely set back by James Franco’s performance.  He took on the role completely, and it really made me respect him as an actor.  I’ve always loved James Franco, but he really outdid himself in Howl.  Another thing that made this film so beautiful was his voice.  He performs the words with so much meaning and emotion behind them, and his voice is just so smooth and gentle, moving with ebb and flow, you just get so wrapped up in it.  (You’re probably thinking I’m crazy or obsessed, but just watch the film and you’ll see what I mean.)
Howl premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on opening night in 2010, and there were rumours that it would likely be nominated for some Academy Awards, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.  Not that James Franco is at all underrepresented at the Oscars this year, but it would have been nice for Howl to at least been nominated for art direction or visual effects.  Take a chance and check it out!

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>Welcome to the Dark Side

>James Franco joined both Twitter AND Facebook today!  Follow him throughout his crazy life and make sure to witness his Oscar-hosting debut on February 27th!

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>Songs to Live and Die By: Walking Far From Home

>I have been listening to this song from Iron & Wine non-stop, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head (but why would I try?) It’s called Walking Far From Home from their new album, Kiss Each Other Clean. Check out the entire album – it’s filled with catchy, mellow songs.

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