A couple films watched over the last few days:
The Brothers Bloom - An odd movie and one that felt somehow not quite successful... yet I really liked it. I think part of the problem was the heiress who was very much in the screwball tradition; the actress Rachael Weiss did a charming job with the character, but it's a type of character and a souffle-light tone our prosaic age has trouble pulling off. (Making last week's Arsenic and Old Lace even more of a miracle). Still, I'll watch it again.
Inception - It started out so promisingly and, for me at least, fizzled out. I loved the setup and that moment in the Paris street when gravity is up-ended. But by the oddly Bond-esque snow action-scene and the final, strangely ugly, we-spent-50-years-building-it dream city... it'd lost me. The film abruptly changed its own rules 3/4 of the way in: die in a dream = wake up, changed to = lost in limbo, simply to raise the stakes. Cheat. And trying to cheat added a great huge indigestible lump of explanation smack in the middle of things... a pit in the cherry pie.