Dream Levels and Spaces [Inception]

Inception, quite obviously, is all about dreams. Dreams so real they consume and become the abstract place you occupy, so well-conceived people can walk through them and not notice a difference from the world, so meticulous they can convince people they are reality.  These dreams free up director Christopher Nolan to conjure moments in a movieContinue reading “Dream Levels and Spaces [Inception]”

On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)

One of the best conversations in film is debating ‘who should have won.’ In these posts we going revisit the great award debates, and decide, in hindsight, who should’ve won. One of my favorite years for Best Picture nominees was 2011. I wouldn’t argue it had the best movies out of any year, but theyContinue reading “On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)”

May You Live Forever [300]

300, on the surface, is a muscled up, no nonsense, punch you in the nose, energy filled, masculine head-trip. But the movie is based on Greek history and as such it borrows from the heart and learning that was so important in Greek oral storytelling.  So there is real depth to a seemingly shallow and muscle-boundContinue reading “May You Live Forever [300]”

The Not-so Repetitive, Repetitive Approach Of [Palm Springs]

Love stories and life have three things in common (sorry for the bullshit opener but I swear this will work)…  They get monotonous An amazing person can help get you through them Palm Springs provides a fresh take on them The layers of commentary in Palm Springs leaves the movie open for so much significance and interpretation, butContinue reading “The Not-so Repetitive, Repetitive Approach Of [Palm Springs]”

The Glare Of The [Friday Night Lights]

My first exposure to Friday Night Lights (movie, book, and TV show) was through the responses from others who had seen the film or show (not many, if any, had read the book) and were heavily involved in football (some in Texas). Unexpectedly, this offered me a unique vantage point on the impact of the story, whichContinue reading “The Glare Of The [Friday Night Lights]”

Dream Heist Team [Inception]

Inception is a very particular type of heist movie, but it is a heist movie, and as with all heist movies, Inception has a clear designation of roles on the heist team. The characters are designated like so… Extractor: CobbIn charge of the overall plans for the job. Point Man: ArthurIn charge of research and details in the executionContinue reading “Dream Heist Team [Inception]”

The Soundtrack for [Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga]

I’m not sure if Eurovision is a good movie. I think I am supposed to know but often with comedies like this we need to wait and see how it sinks into culture via quotes and memorable scenes. I suspect it won’t (although I’m already seeing ‘Play “Jaja Ding Dong”’ memes) and therefore will not be aContinue reading “The Soundtrack for [Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga]”

Is [My Week With Marilyn] True?: Based on a true story

Michelle Williams is so jaw-droppingly amazing as Marilyn Monroe, that when the movie finally ends, and the credits roll, and you remember once again that this was a film and not a documentary, it is impossible not to ask whoever was sitting next to you, or murmur softly to yourself… Was that all true? It mayContinue reading “Is [My Week With Marilyn] True?: Based on a true story”

Can We Talk About [Fight Club]?

How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight? I know this title is in poor standing with the first two rules of Fight Club, but I started a series a while back called ‘Can we talk about [blank]?’ where we have conversations about movies with no clear topic inContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Fight Club]?”