The Canon 6 | 12/8/14
Inception
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This week Devin & Amy will decide if Christopher Nolan’s dream heist film Inception is a movie that should aspire to be more than great visuals or a fantastic piece of cinema that belongs in the canon. Does Leonardo DiCaprio bring a great tortured presence to this movie? Should everyone have gotten the Ariadne reference? Is the movie a beautiful brain teaser or a bad onion that gets worse as you peel it apart? Does it matter if the totem keeps spinning at the end or not? Tune in for the head to head battle -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote!


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xianparrish
xianparrish
9 posts

Nay to Inception. A whole lot of people out there really love this film... Thank you Devin for explaining why. I've always felt those were the same people who listened to The Wall while watching The Wizard of Oz cause it's trippy. I say nay because although empathetic characters aren't a requisite for a canonized film, in this case I think they should be. Nolan's characters take themselves too damn seriously for us not to wanna care, and I didn't care.

zerocharisma389
zerocharisma389
4 posts

Yay to Inception. I have never been a big fan of Christopher Nolan, but I love Inception. I absolutely agree with Devin's point that the team in Inception is a metaphor for the individual memebers of a film crew. The final moments of this film sum up everything that I love about cinema's ability to create real catharsis. This film most definitely belongs in The Canon.

weembles
weembles
3 posts

Nay to Inception.

Amy's criticisms were deadly accurate. "A beautiful snore" is the perfect summary of Inception.

joelzawada
joelzawada
5 posts

Nay to Inception. Christopher Nolan is absolutely the wrong director for this film. Only Nolan could turn a story about passion and the nature of dreams into a precision-crafted puzzle box that mistakes exposition for both characterization AND plot. Inception is a cute trick that believes itself to be smarter than its audience. And Devin, stop being so condescending to Amy's legitimate points. It's "Temple of Doom" all over again: just because she doesn't agree with your VERY specific and narrow interpretation of a film doesn't mean she's wrong.

rcjones86
rcjones86
4 posts

Nay. Prestige, Memento, Dark knight all more deserving.

mrm1138
mrm1138
43 posts

Yes.

My initial reaction was no, but I think Devin successfully argued why this should be included in the canon. Amy has some valid criticisms, but in the end, I think the movie works incredibly well despite Christopher Nolan's emotional distance.

bportom
bportom
1 posts

This is one of my new favorite podcasts.
I usually agree with Devin Faraci, but I really enjoy hearing what Amy Nicholson has to say. I enjoy having my views challenged.
For this episode, I vote yes. I think "Inception" definitely belongs in The Canon.

Something that bugged me, though, was what Amy Nicholson said at 50:30 minutes into the episode. She was talking about the circular maze that Ariadne draws for Cobb: "Watch that scene [..] when you actually pause it on that, you can get through that maze in 2 seconds." I watched that scene and paused it to get a clear view of the maze. I discovered that the maze is literally impossible. There are no exits. There is no way out.

Anyway, great discussion on an awesome podcast!

christophc11
christophc11
2 posts

Yes.

I think Amy made some excellent points as to why she doesn't think Inception is a good film, and I can see that from her perspective she doesn't think it's a good film. However, I am a fan of inception and was even more convinced by Devin's points. I really enjoyed this film and I don't think it needed to be like Ocean's 11 to be enjoyable. I came away from this even more convinced that this is a great film.

This is a great podcast and I look forward to it every week. Keep up the great work!

daklog87
daklog87
6 posts

Yay,
This movie is amazing, and I think that Amy's points were just not very valid, because they weren't relevant and didn't bring down the movie.

tariqborres
tariqborres
3 posts

Nay, because it doesn't seem to have contributed anything lasting to the culture except that atonal BWAAAAAAAH in movie trailers.