Monday, July 19, 2010

Your Mind is the Scene of the Crime: Brief Thoughts on Inception

Leonardo DiCaprio knows how to pick his roles! It's one thing to be a great actor, but another thing to pick projects that not only showcase your skills but also are quality films. Whoever is picking his gigs deserves a raise, because his filmography is nearly flawless (Producer credit on Orphan, really?!).

Inception is a mind-bending twisty film that tackles some lofty ideas. It's similar to The Matrix in that it makes you question reality after viewing. Is this the real world? Or we all just dreaming?

It's hard to detail out the plot because the storyline itself is a maze that the viewer must navigate. We are thrown into this world where dreams can be infiltrated and get the details of the how and why one note at a time, through the new architect's introduction to the job. This is a film where there is no good time to dash out to the bathroom, lest you miss a crucial tidbit of information on how everything is falling into place.

Christopher Nolan has become a brand in himself, which I don't think many directors have been able to do since the glory days of George Lucas and Steven Speilberg. The only other director who is instantly recognizable today for his style and writing credit is M. Night Shyamalan. However, for M Night, his brand is seen as a negative now thanks to a steady decline in the quality and reception of his work.
Are these really the only 2 directors who are branded?

For more thoughts on Inception, check out these UPDATED articles:
Ebert's Review
Nine Ways That 'Inception' Will Wake Up The Summer Movie Season

The season of 'Inception' begins, but where will it end?
Inception’s Dileep Rao Answers All Your Questions About Inception
An Illustrated Guide To The 5 Levels Of Inception
Dissecting 'Inception': Six Interpretations and Five Plot Holes

So You Think You Can Dance: Tour Dates

Season 7 has already produced some stellar routines and will undoubtedly produce more as the votes whittle down the current Top 7 to the eventual winner (Kent Boyd, perhaps?).

Fox hasn't announced if the All Stars will be on tour too, but I can't imagine how it would work with out them. 

For more news on the tour, stay tuned to

Sep-19 New Orleans, LA – Lakefront Arena
Sep-21 Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
Sep-22 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
Sep-24 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Sep-25 St. Louis, MO — Chaifetz Arena
Sep-27 Duluth, GA – Arena at Gwinnett Center
Sep-29 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Sep-30 Orlando, FL — Amway Arena
Oct-02 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
Oct-03 Richmond, VA — Richmond Coliseum
Oct-05 Baltimore, MD — 1st Mariner Arena
Oct-06 Trenton, NJ - Sun National Bank Center
Oct-07 New York City, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct-09 Mashantucket CT * – MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Oct-10 Manchester , NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
Oct-11 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena at Boston University
Oct-13 Rochester, NY – BlueCross Arena
Oct-15 Long Island, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Oct-16 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
Oct-17 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Oct-19 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Oct-20 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
Oct-22 Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center
Oct-23 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Oct-24 Columbus, OH * – Schottenstein Center
Oct-26 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
Oct-27 Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center
Oct-29 Rockford, IL – Rockford’s MetroCentre
Oct-30 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Nov-02 Broomfield, CO – 1stBANK Center
Nov-04 West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Nov-06 Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Dome
Nov-07 Portland, OR – Rose Garden
Nov-09 Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
Nov-10 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose
Nov-12 Las Vegas, NV – The Theater for the Performing Arts Center at Planet Hollywood
Nov-13 San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena
Nov-14 Ontario, CA– Citizens Business Bank Arena
Nov-16 Los Angeles, — CA STAPLES Center
Nov-17 Glendale, AZ – arena

NOTE: Schedule subject to change

For more information, visit the tour's website

Dora The Explorer: IncepciĆ³n Trailer

Can you say BURRRRRRR?

This mash-up is cute and funny. The little girl playing Dora is a good look a like to the cartoon and gets the tone and questioning down perfectly!

While great, I still don't think anything beats the SNL spoof "Maraka" on TV Funhouse.