superdumb supervillain: #CouchCritics Oscar Screening: Inception

Sunday, February 27, 2011

#CouchCritics Oscar Screening: Inception

I don't get to see as many of the Academy Award-nominated movies as I'd like. Since we were actually invited to an Oscars party this year, we thought we'd try and rent some of the Best Picture nominees that we'd missed on the big screen. It's a great excuse to snuggle up and eat some popcorn! Our screening was sponsored by Orville Redenbacher Pop Up Bowls but, unfortunately, they are not available at our Walmart yet.

This week we watched Winter's Bone and Inception. I don't have a lot to say about Winter's Bone aside from the fact that I'm very, very happy that my life isn't much like that of druggies in the Ozarks, thank goodness. (I kept teasing Bob because he's from West Virginia but he wasn't amused.) I had high hopes for Inception because I really liked Christopher Nolan's earlier film Memento. Like that film, Inception is a twisted, dark semi-mystery that plays on emotions and the concepts of memory and loss. Here's the preview:

Inception is visually stunning and full of twists and turns, although I had heard there was a surprise ending and I wasn't particularly surprised. It's also almost three hours long and kind of dragged at points. I liked the more sci-fi elements and gorgeous cinematic effects but the human aspect was lacking for me. I didn't buy the chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard and honestly kept confusing the plot with Shutter Island, which we also watched fairly recently. It was okay but not necessarily my pick for Best Picture. (I'd be more apt to pick The Social Network or True Grit.)

Since the Orville Redenbacher Pop Up Bowls weren't on shelves at our Walmart yet, I used kernel corn and a microwave popper for our screening night snack. (If your Walmart has them, you're in luck! Here's a sweet $1.00 off coupon.)

Here's a Whrrl of my shopping trip and movie night:

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In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I was compensated by Collective Bias for my shopping and posting this review but all opinions are strictly my own.

1 comment:

  1. I had a hard time finding the pop up bowls too, though I did find a few in with the other Orville popcorn. They are quite yummy :)

    The movie does sound a bit dark, and like you, I think I'd be pretty confused.

    That is a really neat popcorn thingy! I have never seen one of those but what an excellent idea!


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