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Inception In Names

I've been thinking a bit about names lately, how in movies you remember the alias more than the name of the actors themselves.

I guess it's not so strange considering you hear their in-movie name all the time, and you need to know the actor to know who they are, but even when you do know who they are the movie name seems to come to mind so much easier. Just think about...

Batman? Bruce Wayne.

Superman? Clark Kent.

Terminator? Arnold Shwarz... wait a minute.

Well, some personas just don't have an official alias. In that latter example, The Terminator doesn't have an in-movie name, so you relate his name to the real-life counterpart.

Or maybe it's just because Arnold both looks and acts like the Terminator in both the movies and in real life. Sort of.

A better example for this post topic would be Tomb Raider, where Tomb Raider is the alias, and Lara Croft is the name, and yet in the movie she's portrayed by actress Angelina Jolie. When I think Tomb Raider, I think Lara Croft.

I remember having a chat with my brother about the movie, and though I was thinking of Angelina Jolie in regard to this particular franchise, I said Lara Croft. Granted, it was long past midnight and we were both weary wanderers riding home in the dark of night, but that recent memory had me thinking that there's a certain inception with names, similar to the theory on how - if you visit an arcade in Virtual Reality and play a game in that arcade, you have a hard time differentiating between playing the game and the arcade in which you are playing the game.

Three layers.

The more layers to your reality, the more embedded you'll become in this reality. Similarly, the longer the chain of aliases for a particular character, the more probable you start regarding only the tip of the chain, as the iceberg above the water. So for example...

Angelina Jolie? Lara Croft.

Lara Croft? Tomb Raider.

Who played Tomb Raider? Lara Croft.

The early names fade away. Inception in names.

Indiana Jones Movie Cheatsheet

Here's a quick cheat sheet I threw together to differentiate between the four Indiana Jones movies so far. Order of items of interest: main nationalities, villains, the girl, the spectacular death, locations, sceneries; other notables.

1 - Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

- Arabs
- Nazis
- Marion
- Death by melting
- South America and Cairo (and a little Nepal)
- Deserts and Ruins (and a little deep jungle)
- The one with the monkey

2 - The Temple Of Doom (1984)

- Asians/Indians
- Kali
- Willie
- Death by crushing
- India (and a little Shanghai)
- Tunnels and Temples (and a little dry jungle)
- The one with the Asian kid

3 - The Last Crusade (1989)

- Europeans
- Nazis
- Elsa
- Indiana's Dad
- Death by greed
- Europe (and a little US)
- Catacombs and Castles (and a little prairie)
- The one with the flashback
- Immortality

4 - Kingdom Of Crystal Skull (2008)

- All sorts of people
- Communists
- Marion again
- Indiana's Son
- Death by knowledge
- Peru and Brazil (and a little Nevada)
- Tropics and Exotics (and a little awesome)
- How to survive a nuclear blast
- Aliens

6 Hours Left...

6 Hours Left...

When I saw this I thought for sure the movie was just about to come out! Turns out... it was just a commercial, a rehearsal, a little sum of much much much bigger things to come (and this for backers only).

I Just Realized Why House On Haunted Hill 2 Sucked...

They took away the mystery.

So Many Movies

There are so many movies! So, many movies. And I like watching them. Maybe a bit too much. In difference from the times of old, there are so many movies out there that we won't actually have a chance to watch through them all in a regular life-time, even if watching movies is our one and only hobby, or even our work. Even if it's all we ever do. Even if we only watch the movies we expect to like. Well, I don't know about you, but in my case that amounts to an incredibly vast and varied selection of movies.

I've been catching up on old and new titles alike, and every time it seems like I've seen all the good ones - all the ones I want to see, I go looking around and find another batch that would last any normal individual a week or more. Do I watch too much? Well, it's not a waste of time if you like doing it, is it? So I tell myself.

I ponder venturing down a road as a movie critic, yet when I once in a while stop by sites like IMDB to read a review or two, I'm always surprised by how negative the critics are, and that gives me a distaste for the profession. Why can't everyone just enjoy the movie? Why do they have to get stuck on the most trivial details, and let those minuscule things ruin what could have been an awesome experience?

The reviews I read make it seem like the people writing them take pride in finding flaws: in finding reasons as to why not to like the pieces they just watched, when they could instead be having a good time and focusing on what they did appreciate. Optimism grows. Think positive, and you'll become positive, and the world will be positive, and if you like movies maybe the movies will become good. But then again, if all movies were incredibly hyped up and everybody loved everything, maybe I'd be the one standing in front of the sun trying to nurture a shadow in that overwhelming light.

The conclusion I'm coming to here, if there is one: is that I really like movies.

I like the breaks in the routine with which I relate them, that ease with which you can - depending on chosen genre - either learn something, or flee whatever hardships you're currently facing in life, or inspire yourself to make a change. Martial arts. Fighting. Dance. Animation and drama. Even musicals. There are so many different types and tastes to savor and appreciate, that'll empower you to do things! Or learn things! Or simple make you laugh and relax!

Every once in a while I just feel like pointing this out. So I'm writing this little causerie in between the childish but fun Race to Witch Mountain (2009) and Black Dynamite, from that same year, and judging by the cover it seems great. I can't say anything more about it because I haven't seen it yet.

Unless I'm watching movies with friends or on the big screen, I rarely ever watch a trailer, rarely descriptions, and sometimes I don't even need to see the cover to type in a title on my watchlist, one in which every word fills me with expectation and exhilaration. There are so many movies. So, many movies. And I like watching them.

Freelancers

Woah, I just realized 50 is in the movie, along with Robert De Niro. How does that work? 50 can't actually act... or can he? Not to say I didn't enjoy his latest attempt, that one called, *quick IMDB check* Setup. It was good, but he still can't act for shit. Turns out he's been in a whole lot of movies the past few years! I'm surprised! Shocked, even! And I'm looking forward to more of them! He's made a ton of music videos too, around 20 just this year. Crazy. I spent a couple of hours yesterday watching through 50 Cent videos on YT, on just the one official channel. I'm going through them one by one (just skimming, trying not to miss anything important) and I'm not even further back than 2011 yet! I'm starting to wonder if this check-all-old-videos-of-channels-I-subscribe-to plan is going to work. This is going to take forever...

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