Not Just a Proclivity Towards Long Movies Starring Leo

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


Well, I’ve been dying to talk to everyone about Inception, so you, blog-reading-person, will be the first to read my thoughts.  But, please be warned, SPOILERS will be abound.  Not that it matters so much, because this movie is so perfect that even if you’re spoiled, the movie only falls into place as you watch it.  Before and after, it seems to slip away from you, like a dream..  Hans Zimmer’s score inspires awe and builds atmosphere almost as deftly as the architects create dreamspace in the movie.  And don’t get me started on the actors… Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way from “3rd Rock from the Sun.”

But I digress; I don’t want to actually review the movie.  I want to discuss it.  Because it’s one of the very few movies that once you see it, you want to immediately talk about it and not stop talking until we’ve covered every single frame.  In an age where I want to order a pizza online to avoid the bleak conversation with the Domino’s order-taker, I actively seek out conversations with people about this movie (for real life examples: my dentist, my parents, my best friends, Mitch so I could write this blog, and then yelling at random people who haven’t seen it yet).  And I think that’s INCREDIBLE!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I know this is not the “perfect” movie.  A lot of people will disagree with me and my assumptions about plot/the ending (IT WOBBLED).  But I want to hear it.  I want to hear it all; how you think the hype got to be too overwhealming, why the top doesn’t matter, why Ariadne’s name is extremely important, why it didn’t make any sense, or how from the first shot of Leo on a beach you thought “JACK LIVED YOU GUYS!”

In case you are one of the few people who haven’t seen Inception yet, or you just can’t wait to see it again, don’t worry- Inception will be showing this fall at JMU in Grafton-Stovall Theater!

~Kelly McKew (Film Director)