'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

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'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

Postby CardioloJest » July 20th, 2010, 9:00 am

The box office got incepted so hard this weekend. Here's your top five:
1. Inception - $60.4 million. And people said you couldn't make money on a complex film based on dreaming and constant gunfire.
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Re: 'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

Postby Jonathan Townsend » July 20th, 2010, 11:29 am

Yes, already a thread here about inception too - and a link to AICN where some folks are discussing it.

And a nod to it as a smarter version of "the sorcerer's apprentice" without spoiling that aspect.

Spin that top - and go read Palimpsest by Charles Stross if you have a chance too,

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Spoiler: River Song's story might take more than one season - and that's no inception.

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Postby Jonathan Townsend » July 21st, 2010, 10:04 am

Update: Just found out Michael Caine is in this movie. That opens intersting possibilities for intercutting with the Batman films and The Prestige as well. Perhaps add a few clips from both versions of Sleuth and we've got something intersting.
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Re: 'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

Postby Jonathan Pendragon » July 26th, 2010, 8:48 am

Directors often have a stable of actors they use in film after film. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.

The film inspired a thought about creating an effect where the audience assumes one reality when in fact all of the actions have a completely different interpretation which is only understood at the end. Not a sucker gag, a routine where the audience follows a complex series of events that have two meanings, what they are led to think is happening and the what is really happening. Alternative reality. Like effects with time manipulation, it sounds great, but it's hard to realize. In Jim's new book "The Conjuring Anthology" there is a charming effect called "Making Time" that I am going to perform. Steinmeyer thinks for all of us.
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Re: 'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

Postby Jonathan Townsend » July 26th, 2010, 9:50 am

Glad to read that Jim Steinmeyer is giving folks material they can work with and think about.

The film inspired a thought about creating an effect where the audience assumes one reality when in fact all of the actions have a completely different interpretation which is only understood at the end.


That puts magic about a century behind common literature. Keep up the good work - more efficient to get ones ideas from books IMHO.

The astute viewer watching Inception may consider whether the kid was more of a player - and in context whether it's really Alfred's attempt to cure Bruce Wayne.

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Re: 'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

Postby Jonathan Pendragon » July 26th, 2010, 10:39 am

The best inspiration comes from outside magic. If we constantly rehash conventional presentations, we doom our art to stagnaion. Nolan showed what was possible with non-linear story telling in "Momento." It's amazing he ever got it made since Hollywood feeds on itself by constantly producing high concept knock-offs. The heat "Inception" is getting is a lesson to us all. If you wanted be noticed, invent.

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Re: 'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

Postby Amos McCormick » August 9th, 2010, 4:58 pm

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Update: Just found out Michael Caine is in this movie. That opens intersting possibilities for intercutting with the Batman films and The Prestige as well. Perhaps add a few clips from both versions of Sleuth and we've got something intersting.


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Postby Richard Kaufman » August 9th, 2010, 5:02 pm

There are definitely a few things to like about Blame it on Rio. :)
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Postby Michael Close » August 9th, 2010, 5:19 pm

[The film inspired a thought about creating an effect where the audience assumes one reality when in fact all of the actions have a completely different interpretation which is only understood at the end.[/quote]

Penn & Teller's routine Cowboy is very much about this concept. The audience gasps at the end.

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Postby Seuss » August 9th, 2010, 5:20 pm

A few? I remember 4. :D
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Re: 'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

Postby Jonathan Townsend » August 9th, 2010, 6:39 pm

So Alfred has his own life away from Walter Mitty (as played by DiCaprio, Jackman and Bale) - I like it - definitely intercut some of that film. :)

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Re: 'Inception' Takes Weekend Box Office, 'Nicolas Cage: Magician'

Postby James Cotton » September 2nd, 2010, 4:26 pm

CardioloJest wrote:The box office got incepted so hard this weekend. Here's your top five:
1. Inception - $60.4 million. And people said you couldn't make money on a complex film based on dreaming and constant gunfire.




It wasn't complicated.


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