Family Movie Night

This summer the movie Inception caused a big stir because it is a mystery.

Michael Caine and Leonardo DiCaprio in "Inception." Picture from

The story is about a man who steals things after gleaning information from people’s dreams. It has come at a cost. But then he is given an opportunity to reverse it all and find redemption. It is not easy and there are times that it seems the obstacles are too large and too conveniently placed.

It is a movie of such skill in storytelling and confusing clue-giving that no one is really sure what the story is about or how it ends. People had to see this movie over and over in attempts to understand the movie and figure out just how the story resolves itself.

"Inception" director Christopher Nolan; Picture from

Christopher Nolan directed this movie and recently gave an interview in Wired magazine that gave no clue about the ending. He put forth impressive non-answers that would make the CIA proud. His point is to let the audience think about the story and come up with their own suppositions.

I have not seen this movie which is why I am looking forward to its release on DVD. I am looking forward to watching it and re-watching it so I can figure out the storyline, what is a dream and what is not. Granted I will have to watch Leonardo Di Caprio a lot but it is a sacrifice I am willing to make. It is rated at PG-13 and would be best suited for those in junior high and older.

It is a movie that may be in one of the ten nominated for best film when Oscar season rolls around. I am willing to bet it will receive honors in the technical aspects. Please let me know what you think of this movie which has been called the thinking man’s blockbuster.

Ralphie talks to Santa in "A Christmas Story"; Picture from

As the Christmas season rolls along, it seems as if there are so many movies to watch. One of my favorites for the season is A Christmas Story starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie. Set in the early 1940s, it is a slice of life picture about a young boy’s desire for the perfect Christmas gift – a red rider bb gun.

There is so much about this movie that I love. Every scene is a treasure trove of memories and joy. Who can forget the scenes of the tongue on the pole, the flat tire, meeting Santa and the dogs on Christmas day?

The Infamous Leg Lamp; Picture from

There are so many things to love about this movie that is perfection in the casting in every principle player. Plus it is a movie the whole family can watch together.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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