Weekend Viewing Roundup: Inception & You’ve Got Mail

Happy Monday everyone! It’s back-to-work for most of you but I’m still on holiday until this Wednesday night and I’m taking the entire week off, yay! πŸ˜€

I’m going to keep this short as I’m typing this after midnight already but I just miss blogging so much I figure I’ll fit a quick post in. Well suffice to say I didn’t have time for a cinema visit but we’ve got tons of family time so of course it’s all good. I did manage to see two somewhat oldies-but-goodies movies the first day we arrived in Seattle. We just went through my sister’s DVD collection and decided to see Inception in the afternoon and then You’ve Got Mail after dinner. Yeah I know, couldn’t be more different right? But after being fed the brain-twisting fare courtesy of Chris Nolan, we just wanted something light and sweet.

It’s my third viewing of Inception and I find myself still engrossed in the story and the awesome actors Nolan has assembled, especially Tom Hardy in his scene-stealing role as the thief/forger Eames. I had written my full review over a year ago, and in it I said I was quite mystified for a good portion of the movie. Well, glad to say this time I finally had a full grasp of the film and by that I mean, I discovered a lot of clues I didn’t realize before.

I’m sure most of you have seen it by now but if you haven’t consider this a SPOILER ALERT. Like many viewers, I kept pondering about that ending… is it real or is it still part of Cobb’s dream? Well, apparently the key to ‘getting’ just what’s going on in the beginning of the film where Cobb visits Saito as an old man has to do with Saito and Fischer being shot. Someone else in the dream has to descend even farther down the layers within the dream to ‘rescue’ them from being ‘lost in oblivion’ if you will. So yeah, I guess that ending of Cobb finally being reunited with his kids is not as ambiguous as I had thought! That was quite an a-ha! moment for me, though most of you clever sort probably have realized this the first time around πŸ˜€

I definitely have a renewed appreciation for Nolan’s masterpiece, no wonder Stevee @ Cinematic Paradox listed 52 reasons she loved this movie, I’m sure between the both of us we can come up w/ more!

You’ve Got Mail (1998) is one of my favorite rom-coms from the 90s. Yes of course the whole Internet chat technology is so dated now but I find that the cute story and chemistry of the lead holds up. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks had starred in another rom-com Sleepless in Seattle five years prior but they shared far more screen time in this and that’s a good thing as they are great together on screen. I think this marked the third time they worked together since Joe Versus The Volcano in 1990.

I know the story is implausible and some schmaltzy-ness is to be expected, but I love this movie! Meg Ryan β€” and her haircut – is just as cute as a button and Tom Hanks is at his most affable. From the time they ‘meet cute’ where she yelled at him for taking all the caviar “That caviar is a garnish!”, you know they’re gonna end up together. Parker Posey and Greg Kinnear are quite memorable as well as their respective significant others who are obviously not right for Hanks/Ryan as they’re ‘destined’ to be together πŸ˜‰

I also love Hanks’ rapport with comedian Dave Chappelle as his BFF, that part where Hanks asked him to spy on his blind date who of course turns out to be Ryan’s character. “If you don’t like Kathleen Kelly, you ain’t gonna like this one,” ahah. Say what you will about this one but I think Nora Ephron’s got things right from the start by casting Hanks and Ryan together again.

This movie makes me really want to see The Shop Around the Corner with Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart, which is the inspiration for this movie.

Last Saturday we went to Multnomah Falls in Oregon, a few hours drive from Seattle. Apparently that waterfall was used in the first Twilight movie, they even had an Experience Twilight tour! Anyway, look for a waterfall-related post later in the week πŸ˜€

So what did you see this Thanksgiving weekend? Thoughts on either one of these flicks, please supply those in the comments.

60 thoughts on “Weekend Viewing Roundup: Inception & You’ve Got Mail

  1. I’m glad you liked Inception a third time! And I’m sure we could come up with more between the two of us! I was actually thinking about watching it for a 17th time. Geez, I’ve watched that movie a few too many times…

  2. Ted S.

    I’ve watched Inception a few times since I bought the Blu-ray and I still think it’s a great film, as for the ending, I decided to not even try to figure out if it’s still a dream or not. There’s no right or wrong answer to that question, if you think it’s still a dream great, if not that’s great too. I really enjoyed You’ve Got Mail too, I think it was the last film I saw of Meg Ryan. It’s definitely set in an alternate reality, I mean come on NYC is so clean and everyone there were nice to one another? No way that’s the real life NYC.

    I bought a few BDs from the pre-black Friday sale, X-Men: First Class, Lord of the Rings extended editions trilogy and two of Stallone’s action films, The Specialist and Cobra. I might type up a double feature review of those films so you can post it here if you like, I haven’t review films on this site for a while. It should be a fun review since I’ll be making fun of Stallone and those two films.

    1. Awesome sales you’ve got there Ted, I couldn’t shop much on Black Friday which is a pity as there were surely lots of BDs I wanted 😦

  3. I’m envious, Ruth. If you were anywhere near Bainbridge Island, I’d have you go over and say ‘hi’ to my cousin (hopefully, she and the family will be coming down to the southland over the Christmas holidays). Sounds like a wonderful time is being had by all. ‘Inception’ remains a fave (but would like to re-experience its IMAX goodness once again). Believe it or not, I’ve not seen ‘You’ve Got Mail’. I guess I need to fix that.

    Did a few films over the extended weekend:
    ‘Captain America’ on Blu-ray Disc (my daughter loves Mr. Evans and she wanted to watch over her birthday weekend)
    ‘The Descendants’ at movie theater (great film, previews don’t do it justice)
    ‘The Guns of Navarone’ on Blu-ray Disc (your Gregory Peck talk caused this, btw, plus this was my kids first screening and they naturally loved it)
    ‘The Muppets’ at movie theater… all I can say is one word:

    ‘Blitz’ streamed via Netflix (a Jason Statham film based upon the work of Irish crime writing great Ken Bruen — this one is a sleeper and worth it if you love gritty Brit crime films).


      1. Ted S.

        Love Plane, Trains and Automobiles, a great film to watch on Thanksgiving. “Those aren’t pillows!!”, ha ha love that scene.

        1. PrairieGirl

          I’m with you all they way on PT&A, Ted ;-D I just saw it recently on DVD (had only seen it on TV before) and even though I’m not the swearing type, the scene of Steve Martin at the rental car counter kept me in stitches! (And it’s obvious to see that they would have to cut most of that scene out for TV.)

    1. Hi Michael, well you are a lot closer to Seattle than me, so you should visit more often πŸ˜€

      Glad to hear you watched a Gregory Peck movie because I talked about him so much, ahah. I hope to see To Kill a Mockingbird before end of the week, I REALLY want my hubby to see it too as the subject matter is so compelling. Then perhaps he’ll understand my GP obsession, he..he..

      Wow, you watched lots of movies, good for you man!

  4. I caught 127 Hours, Rear Window, Psycho and a quite a bit of the Liam Neeson film, Unknown.

    I am also awaiting my BD box set of Years 1 through 7 of Harry Potter πŸ™‚

  5. I still have to see Inception a third time although it’s on my Netflix queue for when I’m ready to do so.

    I saw quite a few movies over the long weekend, most notably:

    – The Muppets: Awesomely joyful movie. I knew nothing about Muppets and still really enjoyed it.
    – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time; A solid Japanese animation about a girl who can time travel and ends up facing a bunch of time-travel paradoxes.
    – Cedar Rapids: Decent but not much more comedy
    – Hugo: A bit too slowly paced for me. Definitely not your run of the mill family film though. I’m a bit perplexed by it.

    1. Glad you really enjoyed The Muppets Castor & Michael, but I really just am not interested in it… I guess I just don’t find talking stuffed animals entertaining, sorry 😦

      Are you gonna review Hugo Cas, or you did already? I’m curious about it as the trailer looked really good.

  6. I saw the Muppets a second time (this time with family) and loved it just as much as I did the first time. I also re-watched Preston Sturges’ “Sullivan’s Travels” (amazing movie) and made my way to the theater to see Hugo just today. Hugo is basically Scorsese’s love letter to the roots of cinema. It’s the perfect kids movie for movie nerds with kids… though I’d imagine very young kids wouldn’t like it at all. 8 and up would probably enjoy it.

    1. That’s cool to hear that a beloved franchise lives up to fans’ expectation. I never really pay attention to The Muppets so I guess its appeal just escaped me. As for Hugo, I’m really intrigued about it from the first time the first trailer came out.

  7. Excellent!! I am glad you have had a great weekend and are having a great holiday!

    I love that fact that you are still getting more and more from Inception!! I think I may need to have a little revisit soon!!

    See you soon Ruth!!

  8. Inception is just one of those films that is completely engrossing and if you watch it again, you find something different each time. I made and attempt to watch the Twilight film the holiday weekend and the theater was completely packed that I just went home and played video games. Glad I found your site and will be visiting you again soon!

    1. Hi Aidy, welcome to FC! You’ve got a nice blog btw, I’ll pop in sometime when I catch up w/ blogging again after my holiday.

      I heard Twilight still topped box office in its second wknd, man what a mammoth franchise that one is.

    1. I haven’t seen The Shop Around the Corner Rich, but I hope to watch it one day. I’m sure it’s better as most remakes usually don’t live up to the original.

  9. Hi, Ruth and company:

    Excellent choices for weekend viewing!

    I caught a favorite film of mine on TCM late Saturday night.

    ‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’.

    A thoroughly enjoyable, meticulously detailed love story that the British do so well. Involving a young officer and diplomat and his exploits and adventures from the Boer War. Through WWI and finally commanding a company of Home Guard in WWII. Something of a flag waver, but the film was done in 1943.

    A great Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger epic. With Deborah Kerr in multiple roles as the hero’s love interest.

    1. I started to watch that Jack it is one of theirs I have not seen. So far I have seen Red Shoes, Matter of Life or Death/Stariway to Heaven, A Canterbury Tale (which I loved) and (of course) Black Narcissus.

      Still need to see I Know Where I Am Going! w/ Wendy Hiller

      1. Hi, iluv:

        Powell and Pressburger are a team whose works are best kept away for a rainy, lazy Saturday afternoon. Or if you’re laid up in bed with a cold or the flu. None are really set to a standard two hours. There’s so much story to be enjoyed.

        ‘A Canterbury Tale’ is quite good! As is ‘Black Narcissus’. While ‘I Know Where I Am Going’ takes a while to work its magic, but once it does. Is very good magic, indeed!

    2. Hi Jack, β€˜The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’ sounds interesting. I really need to see a Michael Powell film, maybe I’ll start w/ Red Shoes first though.

      Iba – I was saying in another’s blog that I really need to see Red Shoes, someone recommended it to me after I saw Black Swan.

  10. PrairieGirl

    Not interested in Inception, but like you, I love You’ve Got Mail. Shop Around the Corner is really fun, even just to see the way they had to use snail mail back then. And Jimmy Stewart’s character is just as teasing and brash as Hanks is, so it’s good to see they stayed faithful to it in the remake.

    1. Ok, I’ll definitely rent β€˜Shop Around the Corner’ after my GP marathon is over. I quite like James Stewart since ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ though I wasn’t as smitten by him as I am w/ Gregory πŸ˜‰

  11. Sounds like you are having a great time! I’m so glad for you!

    I always love Inception and enjoy joining debates about it back and forth!

    enjoy your trip. I hope you include photos on your upcoming posts!!

    1. Hi T, yeah we’re so blessed to have such a wonderful trip! My mom in law and her husband surprised us by having an extended layover from her trip to Indonesia, so it was a great mini-reunion around Thanksgiving. I’m grateful indeed!

  12. Love this one. I feel that the only reason he does any more Batman films is so he can do stuff like Inception. I’ve heard that really it’s a movie about making movies and even Leo intentionally resembles Nolan appearance wise. Definitely one to enjoy multiple viewings with.

    1. Ha..ha.. you’re right Leo does look like Nolan a bit, he looks more like him than Nolan’s own brother Jonathan who looks nothing like him and doesn’t even have a British accent!

  13. Haha, even on your holiday you are still bloggin! I don’t mind as it’s always fun to read. Haven’t rewatched Inception since I saw it at the cinema, but that’s probably because I didn’t like all the explanation before everything kept going.

    1. Ted S.

      You’re so right Nostra, the first time I saw Inception, I wanted to yell at the screen: Enough with the exposition already! Nolan didn’t need to spoon fed us every time the team does something on the screen, just tell the damn story and we’ll get it.

      1. I guess I didn’t mind the exposition, it didn’t bother me as much as you. The one thing I still find lacking is the warmth in the love story. I’m supposed to really feel for Mal and Cobb but I didn’t, even after she jumped. I don’t know why as I think both did a decent job conveying that part of the story.

  14. Nolan did the show Person of Interest with Jim Caviezel and company on the telly and that show is fab a sort of Jason Bourne thing going on and I like the comraderie of the characters is interesting. As for a Dicaprio film I am unsure that I would actually watch one with him in it except for Titanic and only for the rest of the cast.
    YGM I did actually think it was charming but I am a soft touch for these type of films as I am for the pairing up of these two actors a lot better than the recent pairing of Hanks and Roberts I heard got panned and didn’t do well.

    1. Hi Stella, yeah I like Hanks + Ryan more than him w/ Roberts, it’s just a preference thing. Glad you enjoyed Person of Interest, I still haven’t got a chance to see it but I love Caviezel!

  15. I’m one of those who think the end of Inception was Cob returning to the real world – no, I don’t think he was still inside a dream. Just the way the spinner wobbled right before it cut to black, I think indicates that gravity was starting to work, which would go on to indicate that they were really, really in the real world.

    You’ve Got Mail just annoyed me, because it could have been so much better than it was. I always liked Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together, but here it felt forced and trite.

    1. I finally came to that conclusion after seeing this again Rodney, and now I’m convinced he’s no longer dreaming. I’m certain of it though Nolan is so coy he won’t admit it πŸ™‚

      Sorry to hear you don’t like You’ve Got Mail, I thought both looked natural together here.

  16. I like your final thought on Cobb’s last scene. I really need to see Inception again and write a proper review. My previous review was an instant review wrote an hour after I saw the movie. I have been meaning to buy the dvd but something else always came up.

    You’ve got mail is one of my fav romcom movie. love to see it again.

    1. Hi Nov, you could do a dvd review or something. I felt really strongly to write a mini review of sort after seeing this again, I could write longer if I weren’t on holiday.

  17. I have Inception waiting for my second viewing. I haven’t seen this brilliant film since I saw it in the cinema.

    You”ve Got Mail is a film that I have some affection for. Sleepless In Seattle seems to get more praise but I prefer Mail. That said, I’m not a Meg Ryan fan so it is always tough watching any of her movies.

    1. I’m curious to hear what you think on your 2nd viewing Dan, I think Inception is one of those films you might get more out of with each viewing.

  18. Inception’s ending is one of those that is just so perfect. I never want to know the truth behind the spinner. Everytime I watch the movie I can have a different interpretation of whether he got out or not. Makes it fresh. I need to do some viewing of my own, but I haven’t been into the 8 movies I just bought lately.

    1. Ha..ha.. I was kind of like that too Max, but now that I’m sure what I think the ending is, I can’t possibly think of the alternative. You just bought 8 new movies? Cool! I’ve been buying so many Gregory Peck movies that now I have to find time to watch ’em all! πŸ™‚

  19. Oh good, lord I loathe You Got Mail. And, it’s so weird because I cannot think of a specific reason why, and the movie The Shop Around the Corner inspired the musical She Loves Me, which I adore. But, this movie just does not work for me. I’ve never found Ryan or Hanks more annoying.

    ‘Tis a shame.

  20. Great reviews, Ruth! Random film combinations are great fun! Whenever I watch a horror film I always have to watch a comedy after to balance it out πŸ˜›

    Inception is such a fantastic, intelligent film. Time for another watch, I think. You’ve Got Mail is very, very 1990s! Tom Hanks is a fantastic actor but I do have a soft spot for him in rom-coms.

    Hope you’re enjoying your time off πŸ™‚

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