Monday, July 26, 2010

Inception: You won't be disappointed!

(Make the headline "You won't be disappointed unless the movie stops during the climax and it takes 10 minutes to get the audio back on so you miss the most important part." Thanks, Century 12.)

Inception was extremely creative, well-written, and well-directed. Many times I find myself in a movie judging the special effects or looking at holes in the plot, but I was immersed in this story from start to finish. Well, except for the aforementioned snafu.

The movie's idea is really complicated, but can be broken down like this: We can't really control our dreams, so if someone were to share a dream with us we'd be vulnerable to him or her discovering our thoughts, desires, personal information, etc. "Inception" means taking it one step further and planting an idea in someone's head during a dream so that they think it's an original idea of theirs.

I'm a vivid dreamer. I think it's probably a poor sleep issue, but I can wake up and tell you everything that happened in my dream, although trying to describe it in normal terms is almost always impossible. I think that's why I liked this movie so much! It takes all the strangeness of a dream and turns it into a plot.

(Yes, I know The Wizard of Oz did that 75 years ago)

I'm also capable of understanding that I'm dreaming, so I can take my dreams "to the next level" so to speak, and manipulate what's happening based on knowing there will be no consequences when I wake up. I also have dreams within dreams. I'll wake up from a dream, go get ready for work, then wake up again and realize I never actually got ready. So the fact that this "two-level dream" was glorified in the movie made me feel like I was special. :)

Ok, I've been writing for 10 minutes and know there's no way I'd be able to properly review this movie, so thanks for listening to me ramble, and GO SEE INCEPTION! Or, if you felt differently about it, please comment!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Conan's Tonight Show gets Emmy nod

Yeah this is a movie blog, but let's throw some TV in here too!

Reported by: VERTEXNews

The nominees for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced.

The hit Fox musical comedy "Glee" is among the nominee leaders this year with 19 nods.

AMC's "Mad Men" is also vying for multiple honors with 17 Emmy nominations.

Leading all nominees this year, however, is the HBO World War II mini-series "The Pacific" which nabbed 24 nods.

Acting nominations in the drama categories went to "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall for "Dexter," Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" and Glenn Close for "Damages," among others.

Nominated comedy actors include Steve Carell of "The Office," Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock," Amy Poehler for "Parks and Recreation" and Lea Michele in "Glee."

In an interesting turn, short-lived "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien earned his first and only Emmy nomination for his work on the NBC late night talk show from which he was unceremoniously dumped earlier this year. O'Brien's "Tonight Show" predecessor -- and successor -- Jay Leno was not nominated. In January, NBC bought O'Brien out of his contract with the network to make room for Leno's return as host of the "Tonight Show." The move came just seven months after Leno handed the show off to O'Brien after a 17-year run as host. O'Brien will have a new show on TBS beginning in November.

Awards for television's highest honors will be presented during a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles on August 29th.

NBC will air the ceremony live.

Here is a partial list of this year's Primetime Emmy nominees
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Dexter (Showtime)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Lost (ABC)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • True Blood (HBO)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  • Glee (Fox)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • The Office (NBC)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • American Idol (FOX)
  • Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
  • Project Runway (Bravo)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)
  • Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor - Friday Night Lights (NBC)
  • Bryan Cranston as Walt White - Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Matthew Fox as Jack Shepard - Lost (ABC)
  • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan - Dexter (Showtime)
  • Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House - House (FOX)
  • Connie Britton as Tami Taylor - Friday Night Lights (NBC)
  • Glenn Close as Patty Hewes - Damages (FX Networks)
  • Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
  • January Jones as Betty Draper - Mad Men (AMC)
  • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick - The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson - The Closer (TNT)
  • Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy - 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Larry David as Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  • Steve Carell as Michael Scott - The Office (NBC)
  • Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester - Glee (Fox)
  • Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk - Monk (USA)
  • Toni Collette as Tara Gregson - United States of Tara (Showtime)
  • Tina Fey as Liz Lemon - 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Lea Michele as Rachel Berry - Glee (Fox)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell - The New Adventures Of Old Christine (CBS)
  • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope - Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien (NBC)