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Inception is on it's way to theatres as we speak. Inception: an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events according to Princeton (an ok school if you ask the scholars). The anticipation is at a fever pitch and no wonder. It has Leonardo (no last name needed), and Joseph (Gordon-Levitt - a guy who's name depends on his, well, last name) and Ellen Page. For us older folks it also stars Tom Berenger, Ken Watanabe and Michael Cane. And for me personally - it stars a dear old friend Lukas Haas.
Chris Nolan, a guy who has made some pretty incredible movies, puts this one on the screen with high precision. No wasted movements. Will it be the film it has been built up to be? I can name a couple that had HUGE buzz before their films but sadly bombed in the numbers. Kick Ass (which I thoroughly enjoyed) bombed following some of the best pre-release buzz ever. Watchmen. Oh Watchmen. A film I had to see three times to fully grasp its genius. I had fanboys passing out like Beatles' fans at the very idea of seeing this film at midnight opening night. Then it withered away. Why? Expectations can sometimes be far higher than the delivery and whether or not the movie is any good (Snakes on a Plane I am talking about you) or not the film-goers quit early.
Word of mouth can make or break any film. That's why particularly bad films generally don't preview to reviewers. That's getting tougher for the bad films with the Internet giving reviewers instant access to their readership. But why would word-of-mouth be the kiss of death to an otherwise decent film? Again...expectations. If you thought Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight (great title btw with the tie-in between a dark night and a character being a dark knight) was going to be the end-all be-all of films then you weren't off base. That movie did for cinema what the Matrix did those 10 years earlier. It met expectations. Let's run with that Matrix idea for a minute. Remember Matrix Reloaded? Revolutions? Me neither. But I checked - first weekend grosses were off the charts for both. Why? Fans were raising the expectation level so high they blew their load early and then complained that their date wasn't pretty enough.
I am looking forward to Inception too. Fever pitch? No. But I do expect a certain level of high precision film making from the guy that fearless brought us Memento and then turned around and did the Dark Knight.
It's funny - I remember when Lukas read for a part in a western called The Quick and the Dead. He thought the film was stupid but he kept on about a kid that he said showed real talent. Yep - that part went to Leonardo.
*At approximately 9:00 p.m. local time (midnight ET), Pastrana launched his Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru Impreza STI rally car off the Pine Avenue Pier in Long Beach at 91 miles per hour, soaring 269 feet over Rainbow Harbor and successfully landing on a floating barge. The jump put Pastrana almost 100 feet over the former record, which stood at 171 feet.