Thursday, August 11, 2011

Good Story 016: Inception

Episode 16. Or is it? Julie and Scott both remember how they got there, and are pretty darned sure they discussed Christopher Nolan's Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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  1. Such a great movie. In some ways it explores some of the themes of the Matrix without the Gnostic crap and in a much more intelligent manner. I so enjoy Christopher Nolan's movies as I see him as the anti-Michael Bay. He create action movies for the thinking man and I mean thinking man in the sense that we are all thinking men and deserve more than fluff with explosions. Sure a mindless summer movie can be fun, but it's empty calories. Inception is a challenging movie and thus we have to respond to it and not just sit there and watch it unfold. I really enjoyed your discussion of it.

    As for your discussion on the Rise of the Apes. This is certainly a trend we have been seeing where humans are the enemies. Environmental-message movies with cute penguins have done this and of course Avatar would leave people cheering for the murder of the Marines by the aliens. Culturally we have the deep-ecology movement and other anti-human efforts where people are always the problem. An advancement of Satre "Hell is other people" to include any people other than a chosen few. Population explosion mythology has saturated the culture.

    The comment of Steven Greydanus (pronounced GRAY-DAWN-US) at the end of his review I think it right on. So while I look forward to watching it when it comes out on Blu-Ray, it won't be a movie I can fully embrace as I would want.

  2. Jeff, thank you for such thoughtful comments AND for the pronunciation of Steven Greydanus' name. :-)

    I had forgotten all about Avatar, probably because I never watched it. I believe I also was able to avoid the happy penguins, although I have some vague memory of a shorter piece with them maybe (?) that sullies my mind with its sheer awfulness. I notice that Orson Scott Card loved the ending because he said it was like a movie version of Ender's Game.

    Not having ever finished the book, I can't comment on that. Although I know that Scott and you have read it. Strictly from a Catholic point of view, isn't that typical of the Evil One? To twist and twist and twist our thinking, ever so slightly each time, that by the time we are done then we hate ourselves as a race. St. Michael, protect us ...