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Inception

I am ecstatic that the movie Inception was not based on a novel, because that novel would most certainly have made me strongly consider retiring my one pen. If Christopher Nolan continues the writing, directing and producing quality he has exhibited with this and the last Batman movie, the rest of Hollywood should be concerned that he, Peter Jackson and a select group will corner the market of our minds.

Unlike The Matrix, The Sixth Sense and others of the genre, Inception not only pushes the boundaries of what movies expect from movie goers, but assumes enough intelligence on the populace to let us draw our own conclusion. I loved the ending (and, yes, no spoilers here).

To put a summary here would be to commit movie hari cari. All I can say (besides go see the flick) is this: Dom Cobb (Leanardo DeCaprio) is an expert at getting into dreams and finding secrets. Because of a tragedy involving his wife, he cannot enter the US and be reunited with his children. A Japanese businessman whom they were trying to steal secrets from recruits Dom and his team to insert an idea into the mind of an heir to a fortune, with the promise to Dom of reuniting him with his children. Dom has to recruit another “architect” because he cannot create any dream scapes without his dead wife intruding and because the Japanese businessman (well played by Ken Wantanabe) got rid of his last one. This happens to be Ellen Page who during a test dream is able to quickly bend Paris over on top of itself, making wine bars accessible in multiple dimensions.

The difference between this movie and others is that not only does it expect you to keep up (as one of my son’s friends said, you have to watch and pay attention to the whole movie), the story line keeps you emotionally involved while your brain is trying to differentiate dream from reality. The special effects are as good if not better than the previews, and DeCaprio, unfairly classified since Titanic, is excellent.

Best movies of the year thus far, and any movie that has Michael Caine in it is a must-see. But I am holding out for R.E.D. (Retired Extremely Dangerous) before final judgement. When my man Bruce Willis can jump out of a spinning car shooting, that is Oscar material.

The Man Who Shook the Earth (Doc Savage #43)

The Man Who Shook the Earth (Doc Savage #43)

Heidegger’s Glasses combines the events of World War II and the Holocaust, mixes in a Nazi obsession with the supernatural, and adds a stubborn German philosopher named Heidegger who needs a new pair of glasses. The idea and concepts were interesting and i enjoyed the read, though I found the characters (especially the Germans) running together and the ending loose. This book was an uncorrected proof sent through Amazon’s Vine program.

The story revolves around a hidden camp, where Jews with particular language skills are pulled from the concentration camps and made to answer letters that come in for those whom have died in the camps.

“Himmler had forbade burning them. He believed in the supernatural with a vengeance and thought the dead would pester psychics for answers if they knew their letters were destroyed – eventually exposing the Final Solution. Goebbels, who despised the supernatural, wouldn’t burn them for a different reason. He wanted each letter to be answered for the sake of record keeping so there wouldn’t be any questions after the war. In order to look authentic, he decided the letters should be answered in their original language: hence the compound’s motto Like Answers Like.”

Elie is the lady with past whom takes care of the scribes and loves their German handler, Gerhardt, when she is not helping to smuggle Jews out of Germany. Their existence is strained, with the Scribes, Elie and the Germans assuming they wipe all be called to task by different masters soon.
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