Poussez le bouton rouge

Admit it — Inception has been doing a very slight fade, certainly in terms of its Best Picture contention. Not that it won’t end up as one, but last summer was last summer, etc. But pushing the red button and hearing that Han Zimmer/Edith Piaf chord got me going again.

31 thoughts on “Poussez le bouton rouge

  1. Yeaaaaah comments are back.

    “I’m not sure what the point of this post was. It was almost as bad as a Playlist post.”

    I think you mean BadassDigest.

  2. Inception was a good, fun film but it was in no way some kind of Oscar-winning masterpiece. Movies are of such a low level generally these days that when something above average comes along it is immediately hailed as some kind of masterpiece. There are lots of problems with the film, and Nolan shows yet again that he can’t direct action sequences.

    (It’s nice to be able to comment again!)

  3. What do you mean “Nolan shows yet again that he can’t direct action sequences”? Did you go for a massive shit during the zero-g hotel sequence?

  4. Also, I’d fucking love someone to tell me precisely what was unimpressive about the action sequence in The Dark Knight with the truck and the armored van and the bat-motorcycle thing. It was mint.

    People who insist “Nolan can’t do action” are just thinking of the hand-to-hand fights in Batman Begins. It’s become some sort of accepted truth in moviesnob circles even though it’s not true at all.

  5. Personally I couldn’t tell what was going on in The Dark Knight’s truck and armored van sequence. The axis was all over the place.

    I agree that the zero-g sequence in Inception was really cool, not sure if i’d classify it as a full-on action sequence though.

  6. I’m with Markj. Except I love the truck sequence in Dark Knight. But Inception was OKAY! Not great. Parts of it were cool… but come the fuck on, people… Total fucking Recall handled the same sort of material and themes with the exact same level of wit and sophistication. TOTAL RECALL… snubbed for Best Picture 1990!! If only there’d been a 10 pic race back then!

  7. Didn’t love Inception either. I saw it twice just to make sure I wasn’t missing something. It was messy and sloppily directed. The Zero G sequence was probably the coolest thing about it, but it lasted for, like, a minute. The other action sequences, the car chase/shootout and the ski action sequence sucked. Everything about the movie was unfocused and undercooked. I know Wells said he thought the film was almost a masterpiece, but I never felt he really loved the film. Has he ever talked about it in those terms since?

    Also, The Inception fan-boys are the most obnoxious dicks out there. All there arguments are “you just didn’t get it because your not smart enough!!” Just shut the fuck up already. The film wasn’t smart. Passively receiving exposition for two hours and understanding the plot machinations doesn’t make the film smart. There is nothing to “get” about this movie. There is nothing Nolan is saying through this film. Nothing to ponder, no characters to identify with or understand. Just an empty film with a lot of posturing.

  8. It’s a great movie.

    I’m surprised people think there was excessive exposition. They don’t even explain how most things work. It was just a need to know basis.

  9. My wife went with me, because she knew I really wanted to see it. It blew her socks off. This is what big budget films are supposed to do, wow you, thrill you. It had characters to care about too; would Cob stay in the dream to be with his wife? Did he stay or not?

  10. Inception was a good, fun film but it was in no way some kind of Oscar-winning masterpiece. Movies are of such a low level generally these days that when something above average comes along it is immediately hailed as some kind of masterpiece. There are lots of problems with the film, and Nolan shows yet again that he can’t direct action sequences.

    (It’s nice to be able to comment again!)

  11. Great movie, will definitely be nominated (even if we only had a 5-slot year instead of this lame 10-slot business).

    Personally, I think it can still win, given that it has two things going for it: it’s awards-worthy, AND it resonated with the the public. Which movie this winter matches up in both those departments?

    That whole boring Merchant-Ivory / Cowboys eating pudding phase made a lot of folks forget what Titanic, LOTR and Avatar reminds us: both the public and Hollywood love spectacle, and if you give us *good* spectacle, it gets rewarded not just at the box office but during awards season as well.

    Inception was great spectacle. It’s in, if not even a strong contender.

  12. Personally I couldn’t tell what was going on in The Dark Knight’s truck and armored van sequence. The axis was all over the place.

    I agree that the zero-g sequence in Inception was really cool, not sure if i’d classify it as a full-on action sequence though.

  13. I agree that the zero-G action sequence was sweet. The problem was that it was intercut with that boring slog at the snow fortress.

  14. Well, here’s the funny thing about Inception. I saw The Social Network the other night. Great film, great script, perfect acting, etc. Still…..if I had to choose between seeing that and seeing Inception again, I’d choose Inception without a doubt. Although I completely enjoyed my Social Network experience, I’d pretty much forgotten about it within a few days. Whereas I think Inception is just a great movie with a lot more under it’s cover. It’s a great movie with some sloppy bits but I adore it.

  15. The score lingers. Aside from that, Inception is strangely forgettable for me. I didn’t care about the characters. Mal was annoying. I wanted her dead (again) and invisible. Dull action scenes. The zero-g moment was rather nice but only because it reminded me of that Jamiroquai video.

  16. Are you kidding? Mal was the scariest part of Inception. Totally unpredictable. I still don’t get people who say the movie wasn’t involving or emotionally moving. There was a nice sense of melancholy throughout for me.

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