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Friday, July 30, 2010

Inception, Other Stuff, Weekend Box Office #196

So I saw Inception, and I liked it a lot. It's mentally engaging and visually cool, and it hangs together for what it is.

It's interesting to hear the criticism of the movie from people who don't like it (including some critics). Basically, either they are too confused with what is happened (which probably means they aren't used to being actually challenged to figure things out in a theater) or they wish it was a different version of the idea that it isn't.

There are probably hundreds of ways to take this basic idea and do it differently, and a lot of them might have worked. Christopher Nolan chose this tale, and on that level it's hard to quibble with a lot here.

Worth seeing on the big screen.


As an odd little writing experiment, I created a Facebook page for the main character in my Nicholl semi script, which I'm trying to turn into a pilot. It's a different way of storytelling, using text and pictures to tell the tale, and I'm having fun with it, while it's a good way to make me think about aspects of this world every day.

Her name is Blue Malone; if you're around Facebook, check out the page and friend her if you like. She won't bite.


Opening this weekend in wide release --

CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (3705 theaters). I'm not sure why the not-very-good first movie demanded a sequel, but my niece and nephew (age 9 and 11) want to see it, and that's a lot of theaters. Figure $21.9 million for the weekend.

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (2911 theaters). I was hoping this would be good, but most reviews have been unenthusiatic (it's running at 53% on Rotten Tomatoes right now -- though that's better than a lot of movies currently out). Figure $16.9 million for the weekend.

CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (2720 theaters). Looks a bit earnest and sappy, though I suppose there's a market for that. Figure $10.2 million.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is expanding to 847 theaters; it'll be interesting to see how it does. Figure about $4.8 million.


Last weekend, SALT made $36.0 million, finishing about $6 million behind INCEPTION's second week. RAMONA AND BEEZUS made $7.8 million.


At 8:23 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Just got back from a weekend of salmon fishing at Westport.

Wasn't that enthralled with "Inception." Thought it got a little ridiculous a little over a half way through the movie. The the mood music was good at first, but then it was way overused and got trying. By the time "Inception" got to the ski chasing scene I thought this movie lost ALL of it's momentum off a very interesting premise. "Inception"; started strong, ended on a whimper.

Can't wait to see "Dinner for Scmucks." HUGE Steve Carell fan.

Hope all goes well with your Facebook page for Blue Malone. Glad to read you're taking chances and trying something new.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Inception was near great. The sequencing was amazing. And I disagree with the critics who point to Bunuel and more surrealist interpretations of dreaming. There is also the mechanical side of human subconscious, which is just as fascinating.

IMO what keeps it from great was the characterization. Cobb doesn't have a rich enough interior life, despite the hullabalo with the wife. When you look at two great "haunted memory" movies Raging Bull and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, yeah, stuff in the past happened to Jake LaMotta and Ransom Stoddard (and Tom Doniphon), but it's who they ARE that ultimately defines the story. Character was their fate.

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