Movie Review: How Many Layers of Dreams Are There in INCEPTION?

Positives

1) Inception is a unique film.

After watching this film, I have questions. Questions that are worth asking and only by thorough research can there be “real” answers.

2) The script is intellectually well-written.

The main characters are using terms such as subconscious projections, catharsis, a dream within a dream, etc. and when I arrived home, Inception subconsciously coerced me to flip the pages of my college textbooks.I also need to browse Mr. Wikipedia to satisfy my deepest curiosity.

3) No questions ask, Inception’s visual effects are awesome.

I can not forget the method of editing used in the scenes in layers of dreams where Cobb and his team are about to dismantle the business empire of Mr. Fischer’s father. For this, Inception deserves an Oscar’s nod for Best Picture, Best Cinametography and Best Story.

All the actors also deserve big kudos. Truth is; I am only familiar with two names: Titanic’s Leonardo Di Caprio and Juno’s Ellen Page. Yet, it is hard to ignore others’ performances especially Cabb’s deceased wife (Marion Cotilard) and Arthur- the Point Man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

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Source: IMDB Quotes

Cobb: I can’t stay with her anymore because she doesn’t exist.

Mal: I’m the only thing you do believe in anymore.

Cabb: I wish. I wish more than anything. But I can’t imagine you with all your complexity, all you perfection, all your imperfection. Look at you. You are just a shade of my real life. You’re the best I can do; but I’m sorry, you are just not good enough.

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All in all, the whole experiment is also made for Cobb. He needs to perform this experiment for his own good. This experiment can help him move on with all the happy and sad memories he had with his wife. The real life was not supposed to be lived in the web of dreams. The real life is all about courage to let go of your past.

4) While watching Inception, it somehow reminds me of:

***LOST-TV Series

Due to its style of bringing-more-questions-than-answers type of delivery

***THE MATRIX

It makes me wonder what if there’s really a world beyond the limits of our senses

***VANILLA SKY

The concept of dreams gets even more complex in Inception

5) The ending bugs you a big question mark.

There are numerous matters in the film that are worth discussing and I seem to expect a cliff-hanger ending. It’s a given part but there is no clear answer to support the mystery.

Is Cobb still dreaming or is he truly in real world with his children? Why he still chose to spin the top when he arrived home? So, if he choose to spin the top, it’s just right to say his children are only his subconscious projections.

Negatives

  • Until now, I can not understand how subconscious projections are linked in dreams. Projection is an unconscious defense mechanism which means you are foisting off unfavorable attributes and emotions to other people and it sounds to me, I did not get the answers I want while watching the film. Geez, maybe I was not paying attention well or the story over-complicates Freudian Dream Theory. To stop the debate inside my head, I just need to read, read and read more, right?
  • If all the events inside their dreams are purely a product of their “subconscious projections,” why can’t they have the ability to control it? Is it right to say the subconscious mind is so powerful? Perhaps yes. Perhaps it’s not. While in the limbo, Cobb controlled his projections and allowed the memory of his deceased wife to go, why can’t the others in his team?

Overall Rating

Inception is the type of movie that can only be written by an extraordinary writer (Christopher Nolan). His ability to link complex ideas into 148-minute motion picture is rare. Therefore, I am giving it seven point five out of ten stars.

Philippines Loves Raymond!

Usher singing There Goes My Baby

Tonight (8PM at Mall of Asia) will be the very first concert of the R&B Superstar, Usher Raymond, here in the Philippines. Feels sucks that I can’t go (My reasons why).

Hopefully, there’s still a next time and Usher’s organizers will choose a concert hall with a roof.

On a good note, Usher is scheduled to release a Raymond vs Raymond Deluxe Edition on August 24th. The extended album will contain eight new songs and the lead single “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” ft. Pitbull is expected to be released today.

Raymond vs Raymond is the sixth studio album of Usher and the third consecutive album of his to debut at number one in Billboard Top 200. The album’s buzz single “Papers” topped the R&B Billboard Charts for two straight weeks even without a music video.

Right now, Usher released four music videos. These are Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home), Lil’ freak (ft. Nicki Minaj, OMG (ft. will.i.am) and There Goes My Baby. Wikipedia reveals Raymond vs Raymond sold 329,000 copies in its first week of release (US alone).

The Night of the Concert

It was reported in Tumblr that Usher sang 17 songs including two medleys (Lil’ Freak/You Got It Bad & My Boo/I Need A Girl/Lover’s Friend). Until now, I am still questioning why his opening act was “Caught Up (taken from his album Confessions).” “You Make Me Wanna” came second and “You Remind Me” is third. Usher’s closing act were “Yeah” and “OMG.”

For more high-quality pictures of Usher, visit the site of Rosari Oko.

Ana vs Venus: Just the Best Match in Australia

Ivanovic's Forehand

Australian Open 2008 (QF): Memorable and unforgettable day for Ana Ivanovic. Ana was moving well, constantly hitting those lines with precision and stunned Venus Williams for the first time in straight sets.

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Wimbledon 2010: The Unexpected

Another slam event has passed and surprisingly, numerous events took place beyond the limits of everyone’s expectations. Here are the ten of the unforgettable moments in Wimbledon 2010 (in order):

1.) Just the first week and John Isner fulfilled his biggest breakthrough of his tennis career. The 6 feet 9 American just needed three break points to outlast Nicolas Mahut and win the longest match in tennis history.

2.) Roger Federer was heavily challenged by Colombia’s Alejandro Falla in the very first match on Centre Court. The top seed was in the brink of losing during the third set (4-5). Luckily, Federer survived that scare and embraced victory in the last three sets (5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-0). At the end of week one, Federer finally won his third round in straight sets (6-2, 6-4, 6-2) over Frenchman, Arnaud Clement.

3.) The second week started with unexpected upsets. Kim Clijsters ended Justine Henin’s longing to face Venus Williams in the semis (2-6, 6-2, 6-3). News also confirmed Henin was injured and will not play in US Open.

Last year’s finalist, Andy Roddick, was knocked out by World’s Number 86, Yen-Hsun Lu. Even if Roddick fired two more winners than Lu, his 33 unforced errors and eight double-faults hurt him badly, 7-9 in the fifth.

4.) The current champion in French Open, Francesca Schiavone, and finalist, Samantha Stosur, exited during the first round. Kaia Kanepi slayed Stosur in straight sets and cruised easily into quarterfinals. Kanepi was 4-0 in the final set but due to painful errors, she was luckily defeated by Petra Kvitova.

5.) Since Wimbledon 2007, Venus Williams was only defeated by her sister. This year, however, was a different story. The Queen of Grass was unconvincingly annihilated (2, 3) by Bulgarian’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the last eight. The lucky contender for Venus’ heartbreaking loss was not Pironkova, it was actually Vera Zvonareva who ended up as the runner-up of Serena.

During the semifinals, even Pironkova took the first set, the Russian used her experience to thrash the Bulgarian in the next two (3, 2).

6.) The Dark Horse: If Robin Soderling was the first person to end Federer’s semi-steak in the grand slam since 2005, Tomas Berdych deserved a loud applause for his efforts to stop Federer’s reign in Wimbledon since 2003. Berdych played brilliantly and moved fluidly during the quarterfinals (6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4) in which he hit 12 aces, 51 winners and 138 mph fastest serve speed. Basically, Berdych left no chances for the New World Number 3 (as of July 5, 2010).

“Quarters is a decent result. Obviously people think quarters is shocking, but people would die to play in the quarter-final stages of Grand Slam play. It’s not something I’m used to doing, losing in quarter-finals, because it’s not something I’ve done in the last six years.” -Roger Federer

New rankings update: Federer (3), Soderling (5) and Berdych (8).

7.) Serbia’s only hope for First Wimbledon Crown lies in the hands of Novak Djokovic.

Nole got lucky in the draw after outplaying former champion Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round. He took down Yen-Hsun Lu to secure a spot in the last four.

Put in a toughest position where past head-to-head records meant nothing, Djokovic could not find the right tactics to outplay the new and improved “Tomas Berdych.” The Serbian was regularly defensive during the rallies and double-faulting in the most important points.

Berdych’s consistency in all departments was his strongest weapon against the 2008 Australian Open Champion.

Although loss, the Serbian’s biggest moment during the entire match took place in the second set. He was 5-6 down but the luck sided with him and give him a break to force a tiebreaker. In fact, Nole is back at #2 when the new ranking is released. As a semifinalist, he received £250,000.

On the other side, Jelena Jankovic reached the fourth round but chose to retire while Ana Ivanovic, as predicted by everyone, loss in the first round against Shahar Peer of Israel.

It’s crazy as it seems but Jankovic is expected to be back at number two (Poor Venus!) and Ivanovic is out the Top 60.

8.) After series of lucks and upsets, only the supreme competitors remain. After an ace, an un-returned serve and two smashes, Serena Williams was certainly unstoppable during her finals with Vera Zvonareva  (3, 2) to win her fourth Wimbledon title on Saturday. With her 13th Slam, Serena ranks sixth in all time Grand Slam Ladies Champions.

9.) Relentlessness is his key to success and for that, Rafael Nadal won Wimbledon for the second time. Survived a five-set test during the second and third rounds, Rafa took another heights to knock down the popular names in back-to-back-to-back matches: d. Robin Soderling (3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1), d. Andy Murray (6-4, 7-6, 6-4) and d. Tomas Berdych (6-3, 7-5, 6-4).

Just an observation: Berdych/Nadal finals was not as good as I expected. I don’t know what happened with Berdych after the first six service games. The Czech was not moving well the next game and he literally donated points to Rafa.

Anyone could not blame Rafa for what happened. As a World Number 1, the charismatic Spaniard simply fought for every point. With the style of playing he performed, it’s just fair to say Berdych’s consistency/inconsistency is either his strongest or weakest weapon in any surface.

10.) Unseeded players are also Wimbledon Champions:

Men Doubles: Julgen Melzer/Philipp Petzschner (unseeded)

Women Doubles: Vania King/Yaroslava Shvedova (unseeded)

Mixed Doubles: Leander Paes/Cara Black (seeded second)

Wheelchair Doubles: Robin Ammerlaan/Stefan Olsson (men), Esther Vergeer/Sharon Walraven (women)