I kept hearing on the news yesterday about the eight people who were killed on the bus trip through Egypt. Rebecca Jarvis was still on the CBS Early Show, and when talking about Paul McCartney and his Kennedy Center Honor, she said she couldn’t say what her favorite Beatles song was, because her mother would get upset. Russ Mitchell said that his was “Let It Be.” Betty Nguyen was still around. When she said she was born in Vietnam, I was not surprised.
I walked on to the library. One of the women in the neighborhood who was taking out her garbage said hello to me. The librarian named Leila talked too loudly in giving directions to someone to a shopping mall. I used the Internet to place an order for the DVD of “Lies My Father Told Me.” It was a movie that I’ve seen only once, perhaps 25 years ago. It made a strong impression upon me at the time.
My parents had taken an early morning walk to buy the daily newspaper and a dozen donuts. I took one of the chocolate. I sat around reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” until I finished Chapter 20. The day was warm and sunny, so it was hard to believe the weather reports which predicted a heavy rain within 24 hours. We took a trip out to a nearby Best Buy store. I thought about buying a copy of Super Mario Galaxy 2, which was on sale for $40. I also thought about buying a CD of The Black Keys. What I did buy was a Blu-ray copy of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” for only $8. The 2-disc set actually had three different versions of the film.
We tried to adjust the antenna for the new TV, but the best placement was a complete mystery. The TV would not pick up some of the channels no matter what we did. I watched the game between the Eagles and the Vikings. Minnesota surprisingly tied the game with a fumble return for a touchdown and refused to give up the lead.
I watched the DVD of “Inception.” I enjoyed watching the movie again. I watched more closely for details like the totem. Leonard DiCaprio had one of his best roles as Cobb. I still couldn’t figure out why that nutty Mal had such a strong hold over him. I didn’t think she showed so much charisma in “Public Enemies,” either. She seemed so much like a poisonous, crazy woman trying to drag him down with her down a black hole.
Cobb’s sidekick Arthur reminded me of Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix.” The whole movie reminded me of “The Matrix,” in fact, with its slow motion shots and altered states of consciousness. Supposedly, five minutes in the real world equaled one hour in a dream. I kept wondered why everyone’s math was correct. Ten dream hours would be equal to 120 real hours, which is five days. I think one of the characters claimed it was a week.
Ellen Page was kind of interesting. Her character was a good change from those unhappy teenagers of the past. I don’t think I see her as being especially gifted with any sort of talent. There were a couple of moments when the sight of her face was reassuring, in the plane and in the airport.
Ken Watanabe was Saito, the businessman who hired Cobb for this complex job involving inception. It sounded like he was struggling with his English dialogue. I never figured how why Arthur mispronounced Saito’s name. Tom Berenger was in a key role. I can’t remember seeing him in any movies since the 80s, with “Rustler’s Rhapsody” and “Platoon.” Michael Caine was Cobb’s father. We don’t see very much of him in the story.
I’m not sure if having all those levels of dreams was such a great idea. It seemed like a gimmick to be able to cut back and forth between different, unrelated action scenes. The use of slow motion doesn’t necessarily prolong the suspense. We start to get restless waiting for what’s going to happen to happen.
I got a bit tired of seeing crumbling buildings, as if I was watching news footage of the use of explosives to demolish old structures. These created worlds start to feel false once we get the feeling we’re staring at CGI.
I wished the movie hadn’t ended on an ambiguous note. After watching such a long and exhausting movie, I would prefer some sort of clear answer, even if it’s a cynical and unpleasant one.
The movie had the feel of something original and thrilling, and I preferred it to “The Dark Knight.” I am fascinated with dreams, which seem like pathways to the subconscious, and to death. I also liked how the movie touched on ideas of resolving guilt, and desperate attempts to make personal bonds eternal. I think “Inception” is going to be remembered for a long time, and it’s long to last longer than something like “Avatar.”
I was horribly tired after the movie ended. I retreated to my room and listened to the radio. I heard that the Lakers lost to the San Antonio Spurs. They’ve reached 10 losses faster than during any season since 2007. They’re not playing like a championship team, that’s for sure. I heard “Let It Be” on the oldies station.