After first hearing about the movie Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, the movie seemed… strange. It was as movie that I knew I would have to see when it came out. A movie that toyed with your mind. Exactly my kind of movie! I would group it in the same category of movies such as Memento, Donnie Darko, Primer, and Shutter Island. Confusing, but all fully explainable if you can piece everything together.
Eventually, I decided it would be fun to go see Inception at the midnight premier. The only other movies I’ve seen at their midnight premiers are Harry Potter 6, and Avatar. Both were just awesome movie-going experiences. If you’ve never seen a movie at midnight, it’s really something you should try once.
Anyway, I’m glad I went to see Inception, because it really is a great movie! The problem is… seeing it so early left me no one to discuss it with. So, I’ve been scouring the Internet for opinions and discussions. After reading quite a bit, and fueled by inspiration from an article on CinemaBlend, I’ve decided to write my own small FAQ for the movie Inception.
DISCLAIMER: This article contains major spoilers. Please, please, please do not read this until you’ve seen Inception. The film is very enjoyable if you go in with an open mind. Reading too much about it before seeing it could kill the whole experience. (continue reading…)
Meant to post this earlier. Just a small post to admit that I was wrong in my prediction of best picture. If you watched the Oscars, or have talked to someone who watched the Oscars, you probably know that The Hurt Locker won best picture. This is slightly surprising. At its peak, The Hurt Locker was in a mere 323 theaters. Compare that to a major picture like Avatar, which had a peak of 3,461 theaters. That’s over 10x the number of theaters. Not that this number should, or does, matter, but a film with such a small release is a surprising pick for best picture.
Another interesting fact about The Hurt Locker is that it is the lowest grossing movie to ever win the title. The current estimated gross is about $16 million. Although, the low gross of the movie could be, in part, due to the limited release of the film. Again, this isn’t something that should, or does, matter, it’s just an interesting tidbit.
One final note on The Hurt Locker. The director of The Hurt Locker is Kathryn Bigelow, one of James Cameron’s ex-wives. Apparently, Kathryn Bigelow was debating on whether or not she should actually direct the film. So, she called her good friend James Cameron, and he convinced her to do the movie. It’s quite possible that if The Hurt Locker had not been in the running for best picture, Avatar might have one (although, history isn’t on Avatar‘s side, read my previous post). James Cameron, however, has said that he really liked The Hurt Locker, and even voted for it to win best picture, instead of Avatar.
So, there’s a blog post that’s about a week overdue. Now, on to write a more technical blog post!
Well, it’s that time of year again! That’s right, it’s Oscar season. Since all the nominees were announced a little while ago, and we have 15 short days left until the Oscars, about now is the time when everyone makes their predictions and tries to tell us who is going to win each award. Of course, we can’t know for certain who will actually win until the winners are announced, but… if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
So, while I don’t think of myself as much of a movie critic, and I haven’t even seen all 10 best picture nominees myself, I’m still going to attempt to throw my prediction for who will win best picture at the Oscars this year. Last year, I went to AMC’s “Best Picture Showcase”, and was able to see all five best picture nominees. This year, while AMC is running the event again, I won’t be able to attend. So, I’m not sure I’ll ever get the chance to see all ten nominees, but I’m going to attempt to have an opinion about all the movies anyway.
Before I start, I should note that I am disappointed at the Oscars this year. Having ten movies get nominated instead of the normal five does not “open the field”. Instead, it just removes from the title of “best picture nominee”. Even if a movie doesn’t win the award, it usually still gets bragging rights that it was one of the five best pictures of the year. However, being in the top ten, while still impressive, is less of a title. By attempting to give films more credit, they have actually removed the credit from the films that actually deserve it.
Anyway, the list of the ten nominations is as follows:
By the time of this writing, I have seen Avatar three times: twice in IMAX, and once in RealD 3D. The first time was for the midnight premier in IMAX. Then, I decided I wanted to see it again, so got a bunch of people to go see it in IMAX. The third time, a couple people I knew were going, and I wanted to see the movie a third time. I’m contemplating going to see it a fourth time.
Now, after reading this article and seeing the movie, you may feel the movie isn’t good enough to see it three or four times, and that’s fine. But if you go see the movie and think it was bad, then I think you’re just looking for something to complain about, so you found something. The only people I’ve heard of not liking this movie are comments I’ve read online. Every person I actually know that saw it thought it was a fantastic movie.
But, really… Why should you go see Avatar?
1. The plot line
This is the complaint I see most often, so I’m going to address it before anything else. I’m also fairly certain that this complaint comes mostly from people who haven’t seen the movie. I’m not going to argue that the plot isn’t cliché, because… well, it really is. But, that’s a terrible reason to not see a movie. First off, if the only complaint you can find about a movie is that the plot line/story has been done before, then I’d say it’s a pretty damn good movie. Overall, the basic plot line has little to do with whether a movie is good or not. Let’s face it: almost all movies have a clichéd basic plot line. The reason you like a movie is how the plot line plays out: character development, how the end is reached, tests that characters have to go through, etc. Most people would rather see a story they already know because it’s less confusing, and less to follow. You know what’s going on, you just have to sit there and go along for the ride. (continue reading…)