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Friday, June 24, 2011


“Inception,” out on DVD for quite a while now, must be seen in a movie theater or IMAX to experience all of its special effects. The movie is based on the idea of sharing dream space and accessing another person’s unconscious mind to manipulate the dream and eventually creating a dream within a dream within a dream. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a corporate spy who uses dreams to extract valuable information or implant misinformation. His dead wife is played by Marion Cotillard who is still “living” deep within the third dream. Despite all of this mumbo-jumbo, the two principal actors -- through their body language and facial expressions -- suggest a love story similar to the classic Greek myth Orphus and Euridice.

Added attraction: Cotillard won an Academy Award for her performance as French singer Edith Piaf in the 2007 film “La Vie en Rose,” where she performed Piaf’s songs. Piaf’s recording, “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” is heard throughout “Inception” and during its credits.
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Natalie Portman deserves two Academy Awards for her performance in “Black Swan,” one for acting and the other for her dancing.


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