in Films and movies, Geek stuff

This past weekend, I saw the film Inception. To a large extent, it felt like an updated version of The Matrix with dreams in the place of computers and less automatic weapon fire. It was also a pretty well constructed jewel heist type movie. It included some neat things conceptually and visually, and didn’t contain much that was frustrating or perplexing.

The image of a beach as where you end up when trapped at the lowest level of dreaming may have been inspired by what artificial intelligences can do to unwary hackers in William Gibson’s Neuromancer universe. It was also interesting to see who head related devices seem to be out, when it comes to mind-machine interfaces. Now, people connect tubing to their inner arms, probably to evoke the addictiveness and danger of intravenous drug use.

All told, I thought the film was well worth seeing.

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EK July 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

I loved Inception. I’ve seen it twice, and it has withstood the test that is most important to me: can I discuss it with friends for extended periods of time and still have more to say? Which I could. And did.

. July 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

Inception’s musical secret

Cory Doctorow at 9:23 PM Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010

Here’s a YouTube clip showing some of the nice attention to detail in the film: the two major musical stings in the movie (a threatening, bassy throb and a grainy Victrola of Edith Piaf singing “Je Ne Regrette Rien”) are, in fact, the same song, played at very different speeds.

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