Dancing on the ceiling

Posted by · 2:17 am · May 7th, 2010

The “Inception” marketing finally goes all Escher on us with this rather terrific poster. Is now as good a time as any to admit that, as much as I’m looking forward to Christopher Nolan’s latest, I wish it had another title?

[Source: Yahoo! Movies]

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  • 1 5-07-2010 at 2:50 am

    adam said...

    What’s wrong with the title?

  • 2 5-07-2010 at 3:09 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I just find it awfully generic, interchangeable with any number of one-word thrillers. I kind of glaze over whenever I hear it.

    But that’s me.

  • 3 5-07-2010 at 3:12 am

    Alex said...

    I second that. Awfully bland it sounds. Hopefully the film will be better than its title.

  • 4 5-07-2010 at 3:41 am

    JJ said...

    Everyone looks so freakin’ good.

  • 5 5-07-2010 at 4:07 am

    JFK said...

    I think this poster looks cheesy, but then again, I’m of the few left on this planet that is not fawning over Nolan’s work.

  • 6 5-07-2010 at 4:40 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Liking the poster has nothing to do with fawning over Nolan.

  • 7 5-07-2010 at 5:53 am

    The Dude said...

    Warner just released an official synopsis a few days ago on what the movie is going to be about…so while you might find the title bland and generic, based on this synopsis the title actually makes a lot of sense.

    That poster, by the way, looks pretty good.

  • 8 5-07-2010 at 5:58 am

    The Irishman said...

    Speaking of titles, lemme just say the title of this post made me laugh hysterically. Well-played. And if the title of the movie DOES have a specific role to play, as much as I’m looking forward to it, I really hope they don’t try to slip it in with one of those Peter Griffin “AHHH! He said it!” moments.

  • 9 5-07-2010 at 6:07 am

    Chris138 said...

    I don’t find the title that bad. And I like the poster. I’m looking forward to seeing the new trailer before Iron Man 2 this weekend.

  • 10 5-07-2010 at 6:12 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Batman Begins and Memento sound pretty bland and generic. Then you watch the movies and the titles sound better after viewing.

    There is a bad copy of the third trailer on youtube (search Inception Trailer 3) that some people took in the theatre and it was messed up because two projectors seemed to be running at once. It’s pretty amusing actually hearing everyone cuss in the theater.

  • 11 5-07-2010 at 6:40 am

    Mark Kratina said...

    Trippy poster.

    I like one-word titles. Less is more. Think of Hitchcock and how many great films of his have one-word titles. It wasn’t a mistake- he employed the less-is-more mantra as well.

    Can’t wait to see the third trailer.

  • 12 5-07-2010 at 6:52 am

    Jim T said...

    I’d prefer more imaginative psychedelism.

  • 13 5-07-2010 at 6:53 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I like one-word titles too. But it’s the word.

    Anyway, it was a minor observation. Don’t mind me.

  • 14 5-07-2010 at 7:53 am

    Mark Kratina said...

    @ Guy:

    Just watched the scratchy trailer on Youtube (crowd reaction is funny- trivia projector is running over the trailer), and it seems inception is the process for which Leo inserts himself into people’s dreams. As someone else said, the title might carry more meaning after you see the film.

  • 15 5-07-2010 at 8:58 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Finke had a report about a screening the blew even that harshest sceptics away.

  • 16 5-07-2010 at 9:44 am

    Bryan said...

    Look at Maron Cotillard down in the corner.

    Oh, Marion Cotillard.

  • 17 5-07-2010 at 9:53 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Nobody puts Marion in the corner.

  • 18 5-07-2010 at 10:39 am

    Mark Kratina said...

    If the rumors are true, Nolan would just as soon she stay there.

  • 19 5-07-2010 at 11:21 am

    The Dude said...

    @ Jonathan Spuij

    I saw an article on AICN (I think?…or maybe it was somewhere else, I can’t remember off the top of my head) that said something very similar. Specifically, the author stated that DiCaprio, Page, and Cotillard were standouts. I always take these sorts of reviews/news briefs with a grain of salt (these same news outlets tricked me into thinking “300” would be the movie experience of the year…ugh), but it’s encouraging to hear that the combination of a action and psychological film-making are, at first glance, successful.

  • 20 5-07-2010 at 1:37 pm

    Pete said...

    What do you want the title to be, ‘DREAM INVADERS FROM THE WESTSIDE’? Get some taste, for christ sakes. The film is about planting a seed of an idea in someone’s head. Hence the title.

  • 21 5-07-2010 at 2:37 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Way to overreact to a mild observation.

    And thanks for the explanation, but I never said I was confused by the title — just that I don’t think it’s especially distinctive.

  • 22 5-07-2010 at 4:03 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Pete: Don’t prove what we all know, that Nolan fanboys are rabid, scary, out-of-balance individuals, please.

  • 23 5-08-2010 at 2:57 pm

    mark kratina said...

    @ Kris:

    I thought you were a member of said Nolan Tribe. : )

  • 24 5-08-2010 at 5:11 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Not really. I like Nolan. I think he’s incredibly gifted, but his shit DOES stink. People seem to forget that I gave TDK three and a half stars. I didn’t really care for The Prestige. But I am definitely looking forward to Inception, and not with any rabid, insulting aggression.

  • 25 5-08-2010 at 5:35 pm

    Jim T said...

    Is anyone else a little bothered by big-movies’ marketing?

    I know that the point is to sell a film that you paid good money to make but it seems as if studios/filmmakers/whatever are saying “Hey, I made something that is going to change your life. I’m only going to show you a poster now. Here comes a trailer. Another poster. A clip. Are you dying to see it?”

    Yes, it can be fun. But if you are not all that interested in the first place it seems, to me, arrogant. I’m not talking about Inception in particular.

  • 26 5-08-2010 at 5:47 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I think this poster straight sucks. Particularly when compared to the trailer.

  • 27 5-08-2010 at 6:59 pm

    mark kratina said...

    @ Kris:

    Fair enough. Nolan is the unique talent who, I think, is actually getting better as he goes along. I never really got the love for Memento, but I did love The Prestige. As a Batman fan, I thought TDK was epic, but I liked Begins better. The pace of the storytelling was more deliberate rather than the 100 mph roller coaster of TDK.

    That said, I second the notion that there is no need for insults.