Scene spotlight: INCEPTION – ‘You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling’

Hi everyone! My blogging break has been longer than expected, but for some reason I haven’t got the energy to write reviews. I actually tried to write my review of Doctor Strange and Jack Reacher yesterday but never finished it. I guess my heart just wasn’t in it lately… I’ve been focusing on other things [read: my screenplay and the dream of turning it into a feature film]

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Thinking about dreaming big… somehow Tom Hardy‘s Eames quote from Inception is one that keeps coming to mind. Hardy is the absolute scene stealer here, his charisma eclipse everyone here including Leo DiCaprio himself. It’s a memorable little scene that’s said in a tongue-in-cheek way, it really has nothing to do with anything philosophical at all. Yet that line, and the way Hardy’s gorgeous voice saying it, resonated with me and in a strange way, inspires me. It’d look good as a framed quote too!

It’s been ages sinceI watched Inception, I should rewatch it again soon as I’ve got the Bluray. Now if only I could enlist Dom Cobb & co. to help plant an idea on some studio executives that my script is worth investing on, ha! Interesting too that Christopher Nolan based the roles of the Inception team similar to those used in filmmaking – Cobb is the director, Arthur is the producer, Ariadne is the production designer, Eames is the actor, Saito is the studio, and Fischer is the audience. What a troupe of actors to portray a perfect team for the perfect heist. The grand scale of idea for this film is mind-boggling… it’s just a phenomenally-written script that’s executed so well.


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INCEPTION teaser poster revealed …

Wow, it’s been a busy week in Hollywood! What with the Golden Globe nominations, Robin Hood trailer and now THIS. Yet another one of my top ten must-see flicks of 2010 gets a brand spankin’ new poster.

Hmmm, looks familiar? The blue-ish hue, the skyscrapers surrounding the hero in the middle, even the font… does that remind you of anything? Well, take a peek at these previous posters from Christoper Nolan’s last movie. Movieline also confirmed my initial thoughts of the poster, though it doesn’t mean I lose interest in seeing the flick. Far from it in fact. Nolan sure knows how to tease, as the trailer back in August didn’t reveal much but just enough to wet the appetite of movie geeks like me.

For those just tuning in, Inception is billed as a mind-bending contemporary sci-fi thriller, the synopsis sounds mystifyingly fascinating: A thriller set within the architecture of the mind about a CEO (DiCaprio) who is involved in a blackmailing scandal. Hmmm, does it involve a flood perhaps? A virtual flood?? Who the heck knows, the whole thing is shrouded in secrecy. But Sir Michael Cain was brave enough to defy the ironclad rule as he revealed to Empire what his role’s supposed to be: “I play a professor who’s teaching a guy science,” Sir Michael told of us of his fourth Nolan collaboration. “It’s Leonardo diCaprio. He’s going off to do a science project and he speaks to me before he goes.” Not to be outdone by Sir Ridley, Nolan’s flick also boast an all-star cast. Besides Caine and DiCaprio, it’s got Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Tom Berenger, Ken Watanabe, and Tom Hardy.

The viral marketing campaign for the flick has begun. Basically, the poster itself is the reward you get for completing a web-based maze game at, accessible via the updated official Inception website. You’d need to download a Unity Web Player to be able to play it though, so if you’d rather not bother, take a glimpse of what the game looks like here.

What do you think, folks? Are you diggin’ the poster… or the movie itself for that matter?

Catwoman rumors on the prowl for Batman 3

Not a lot of flicks get this much buzz before its existence even announced. It’s got to be good to be Christopher Nolan when not only are the regular folks anxious to see this off the ground — with him at the helm of course — but even the celebs have started to express interest to get involved.

marioncotillardAccording to Coventry Telegraph blog, “Only few days ago Charlize Theron was saying how she would be delighted to play Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman movie.” Miss Theron must love being clad in those tight-fitting leather suit — which she donned in Aeon Flux — alas, she’s not the top contender according to an internet fan poll. Today’s birthday girl Marion Cotillard, the french Oscar-winning actress (for playing Edith Piaf in La vie en rose), is apparently the top choice, with Rachel Weisz second, and Charlize Theron third.

It’s interesting that she’s worked with both Christian Bale and Nolan in Public Enemies and the hotly anticipated 2010 thriller Inception, respectively. Not that it’s any indication she’ll be cast though. Geez, there’s not even Batman 3 in the can yet so this is all just fans’ wishful thinking. Just for fun, check out a fanboy poster by DeviantArt of Cotillard in full catsuit costume at Looks pretty realistic, they even made up the cast that includes Dr. Who‘s David Tennant.

I’m just meh on this idea, the reason I love Nolan’s Batman films are largely because they’re short of the ‘freaks’ the comics are laden with. Now, I realize it’s unavoidable if they continue the franchise, but we can trust Nolan’s ability to elevate a comic book movie beyond a mere circus freak show. So, as long as he and Bale are in, the rest of the characters are basically just icing on the cake.

On a related Nolan news, reported that the British director is auctioning off a visit to the highly-secret set of his thriller Inception. The aim is to help raise funds for the nonprofit Pablove Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research and treatment. Here’s what the lucky winner would get:

You and your guest’s (2)-hour set visit will also include lunch with Christopher where you will be able to ask him questions about his career and work as a screenwriter and director, and get tips from one of the best in the business.

The set is located in Los Angeles and the location will be revealed to the auction winner only, The set visit will take place week of Oct 12, 2009. Exact date the week of Oct 12, 2009 is TBD. No other dates are available for this visit.

The bid on eBay was closed at about 5pm PDT, with 31 people bidding and the last bid price was $3, 650! WOW, that’s a hefty price indeed. Filmonic is betting that the winner is an obsessive Batman fan who will use his 2 hours to probe Nolan about the next Batman installment. I couldn’t agree more!