Archive for April, 2012

Inception
29 April, 2012

Thanks to a friend who loaned me his copy on DVD, I finally saw Inception. I have previously written about how much I liked Batman Begins and how much I disliked The Dark Knight so I started the film with some reservations. Much to my surprise, I ended up really liking Inception.

However, one thing quite bothered me: the Sopranos-style evasion of an ending. Perhaps when I was at university I found such “is it or isn’t it?” positions appealing. I vaguely recall late nights spent discussing such things with passion. But it seems like a cheap trick. Since stories have endings, to some refusing to have an ending seems cleverly deconstructive. Rather, it implies the storyteller has run out of ideas, which is a shame since Nolan obviously has plenty of interesting ideas.

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Not Funny
23 April, 2012

Today one of my coworkers said, “It’s not funny.” Another coworker has previously said the same thing. I feel somewhat bad if they think that I am invalidating their concerns. But I try very hard to maintain a positive attitude and keep things in perspective. So maybe in a way I am invalidating their concerns because, compared to other things I have seen, our concerns do seem insignificant.