Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Movie Making History

I need you to pay attention to this one. I am about to make a statement I thought I would never make. The type of definitive statement that leaves me vulnerable to second thoughts, ridicule and ninja attacks. But I am going to make it anyway.

Before I do, though, I want to remind you that yes, I have seen The Godfather, The Godfather II, Fight Club, Braveheart, Gladiator, The Matrix, The Departed, The Sting, Ocean’s Eleven, A River Runs Through It, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Mary Poppins.

I’ve seen them all, yet I’m still going to say it:

Inception is the greatest movie ever made.

Not “one of the…”

Not “in my top ten…”


I left the movie theater with the chills. I left feeling like I had just attempted 8 simultaneous Sudoku puzzles. I left feeling disappointed in every other movie I have ever seen for not trying hard enough. I came away upset with myself for accepting mediocrity for so long.

Some movies make you cry because they are touching. Some make you cry from a sense of honor, courage or sacrifice. Some make you cry tears of sadness when witnessing human suffering.

Inception made me cry the way dropping out of the womb makes a newborn cry: I simply felt the newness of a life and reality I never knew existed. I didn’t know they could make movies this good. I didn’t know this quality of writing, directing and acting had even been invented.

Go see it.

Look, you’re not getting it. Go now. Leave work and go to the matinee. Pay twice though, and stay for the second showing. If you don’t love it, please stop reading the blog. In fact, if you don’t like it, I can’t imagine that you are literate enough or even have the basic computer skills required to read this blog, so…never mind.

Go see it, come back and tell me what it did to you.


  1. Although I haven't seen the movie, reviews such as yours sometimes sets the bar too high. Thinking I am going to the best movie ever made may make me disappointed in the long run. I hope it is as good as you say.

  2. Doug, you live in Pocatello. Every time you see a movie depicting somewhere outside of Bannock county you are awed not because it is a great movie, but because it isn't Pocatello. Drive to Fort Hall, play some bingo, then go to Lava for a soak. Afterwards if you still think Inception is so great, I'll go see it.

  3. I saw Inception and don't feel like I can call it the best movie ever. I don't think I can put that tag on any movie. Like all movies, there are things that could have been better. How do you define the best movie ever? Just curious?