The mark of a great movie to me is one that is able to alter your mood, captivate your thoughts, and ultimately make you see the world differently. I can readily recall two movies that have done this to me in my lifetime: Titanic and Inception.
I will never forget how I felt after I watched Titanic for the first time. I remember lying on my back on the couch in our living room before dinner, scenes and thoughts about the movie stirring around in my mind, as they had been since the moment I left the theater. I felt moved emotionally by the story and by the reality that this tragedy actually occurred. I began pondering life, death, and the afterlife like I never had done at the ripe age of ten. These philosophical thoughts and awakened emotions cast me into a mesmerized, almost transcendental state of being from which I never wanted to leave. This, rather than Jack Dawson’s golden locks, is the true reason why Titanic has been my favorite movie ever since.
I went to see Inception this summer after hearing rave reviews from the general universe. Within the first five minutes, I was instantly impressed. The movie was sharp, original, and treated you like you were an educated human being (we’ll explain everything to you—but only once—so listen up). The final kick, however, came when I got into my car to drive home. As I sat there with the car running, the movie seemed to actually hang in the air particles around me. Had it somehow followed me out of the theater? Or was I actually in the movie or one of its dreams? I tried to shake this peculiar feeling a bit (let’s not wreck the car), but then gave in to it and spent the drive home pondering the movie and savoring this Titanic-esque spell it had cast over me.
Today at 2 PM, and this week at Grafton, you have a chance to experience Inception yourself. Let me know your reaction! (Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30 pm).
~Maria Cheshire, Film Committee