Friday, July 30, 2010

Spoiler Free INCEPTION Review

I’ve wanted to review INCEPTION since I first saw it, but I didn’t want to give anything away.   But every time I start writing, I start giving things away.

Until I figured out a way to tell you how the movie made me feel without spoilers.

Here goes:

Remember experiencing breathless joy during a movie, like in watching the sword fight on the rolling wheel in the first PIRATES flick?  

INCEPTION’s got that.

Or the “whoa!” factor, like watching Neo dodge bullets?

INCEPTION’s got that.

A movie that engages your mind, that you have to keep thinking throughout, like MEMENTO?

Got that.

Or one with intricate themes, that you can keep digging at and coming up with more, like ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND?

Got that.

Or a movie that builds with edge of the seat action, like THE LORD OF THE RINGS?

It’s there.

Or a genre flick with dramatic depth, ala THE DARK KNIGHT?


Or the heart that really, really moves you despite yourself, like the opening sequence of UP?

Eh, not so much.   (There are passing moments of emotional depth – but really, what is passing depth?  It hits the heart, but leaves no mark.)

For me the positives outweigh the negatives.  Among my favorites of the past decade.

Just my thoughts,


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Leia Shoulda Taken the Express, Not the Local...

Thanks to Jeffrey for this find.

History One Word at a Time

Inky Fool honors Bastille day by giving a history of the French Revolution. 

Those of you who aren't into heavy reading, this is for you: The entire history is given in 13 words -- words introduced from the French into the English language by year of appearance.

I want more history like this!

Just my thoughts,


Friday, July 09, 2010

I've been practicing...

Mute Point and Even Stev(ph)en

 It might be a mute point to show the error of one's whey's when it comes to grammar and sin tax and the like, but How to Write Badly Well does it with phony results.  Head over and Chex it out.

In the meantime, enjoy the delightful re-union of two guys that can insult with compliments like nobody else:

Just my thoughts,


Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Close Your Eyes...

My friend Cheryl posted this intriguing quote the other day,

"The reason you close your eyes when you dream, when you kiss, and when you pray is because the best things in life are not seen with your eyes, but felt with your heart."

The quote is traveling around out there without a source credit, although it appears to be a variation on a Helen Keller quote. 

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched...but are felt in the heart."

Of course she didn’t mention the “closing the eyes” bit, for obvious reasons. 

(For those of you not hip to the obvious, it was so she wouldn’t have to explain sneezing.)

Being a sentimentalist, I really like this quote, and can see deeper meaning than just the pithy nature. 

Being a “safety first” kind of guy, I suggest wearing a pithy helmet before exploring that further.

Being a man in love, I see the direct connection between dream, kiss, love and the most beautiful thing in the world. 

(Boy, I just earned me some at home brownie points!)

And being a capitalist, I see that quote as a direct advertisement for Inception, opening this Friday. 

(“Inception” equaling “dreams” equaling “best things in life”; not as a suggestion to see the movie with your eyes closed.  Although that would be trippy too…)

And this is what happens when I share my actual thoughts on a “just my thoughts” blog.  Guess this one gets filed under “random.”

Just my thoughts,