Last weigh-in (Jan. 24) - 350
Current weight (Jan. 31) - 348
Total lost - 39
15% target - 329
Ultimate goal – 225
No, it's not a dream, Val and I finally got around to seeing "Inception" this weekend via DirecTV's pay-per-view cinema. We both agreed that it is worth all the hype, fancy adjectives of praise and awards earned thus far, including, I think, "Longest Van Drop Into A River From A Bridge." (Probably a technical award.)
"Inception" also gets a nod for being one of the coolest films of my lifetime, up there with "Kill Bill," "The Matrix" and "Short Circuit." When Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in an anti-gravity fight in the hotel hallway, that pretty much sealed the deal. More so, it was even moving by the end. Really, I got goosebumps.
The Filmspotting critics whose podcasts we frequently enjoy, Adam and Matt, started getting into all this nonsense about how the movie spent too much time explaining the story. We think they see too many movies and forgot how to watch a film as a normal filmgoer who isn't looking for a Super Dreamy Independent Film. Val and I want to be entertained, not confused. The exposition didn't seem to be overloaded; it helped understand what was going on.
Sure, you may wonder how many dreams involve constant gunfire and fights, but it was right up my alley. Almost every morning I wake up out of what I call my "man of action" dreams. I'm not necessarily kickin' tail and taking names, but there is a lot of wild and crazy sequences, violence to others and colorful characters. So if I could get into someone else's head to affect their dreams and play around in their mind, that would be pretty neat. I know I spent far too much time wondering that sort of thing in school about if Girl So-and-so "liked" me.
As for the performances, Leo is as good as you'd expect, Ellen Page is just fine as our guide to understanding the movie, Tom Berenger comes out of wherever he's been hiding since "Major League 2" and Gordon-Levitt does his best work since "Third Rock From The Sun," but the scene-stealer is clearly Tom Hardy. I'd never heard of him and it's no wonder based on his IMDB listing, but everyone will after this and when he's one of the bad guys in the next "Batman" movie.
"Liberals are always indignantly accusing conservatives of claiming God is on our side. What we actually say is: We're on God's side, particularly when liberals are demanding God's banishment from the public schools, abortion on demand, and taxpayer money being spent on Jesus submerged in a jar of urine and pictures of the Virgin Mary covered with pornographic photos."
“[Republicans] don’t like the truth, so they summarily dismiss it. They say it’s a government takeover of health care — a big lie — just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it, and you had the Holocaust.”And since he represents the city of Memphis, he will be voted into office forever and ever, so unless he calls chicken and waffles "gross" or pees on a statue of MLK, with that kind of job security why does he care what he says?
"A doctor in New York really thinks a county with almost a million people doesn't have any OBGYNs? Does she think we all just have our babies on the kitchen table while clenching a bullet between our teeth? You'd think before she went on TV she'd have at least tried Google to get some information."
"I'm sure Dr. Taylor would be surprised that indoor plumbing is abundant in the county too."
"Man, I'm sure glad we got that new fangled electricity at our house. I got a bunch of them coal oil lamps I'd like to give someone who doesn't have the wires strung to their house yet. Just leave me a note on the board at the general store up town."