Interstellar & Inception: The 6 Similarities You Can’t Deny [SPOILERS]

Interstellar has finally arrived and it is exploding our brains, or at least our eardrums. Read the Interstellar Movie Review HERE!

Sporting Director Christopher Nolan’s trademark style of epic tales told from personal perspectives, the movie seems a natural companion piece to Inception. 

But the similarities go a bit more specific than that in 6 distinct ways. Take a look…

6. Michael Caine playing Professor Father Figure

Michael Caine in Interstellar (left) and Inception (right).
Michael Caine in Interstellar (left) and Inception (right).

In Interstellar Michael Caine plays Amelia’s father and Cooper’s ex-professor at NASA.

In Inception Michael Caine plays Cobb’s father and is also professor, shown above at the front of a lecture hall.

We touched upon Nolan’s Caine obsession in 10 Reasons You Should Be Even More Excited About Interstellar!

5. A Male lead (name beginning with C), a Female sidekick (A) and a Female relative (M)

Cooper and Amelia in Interstellar (left), Cobb and Ariadne in Inception (right).
Cooper and Amelia in Interstellar (left), Cobb and Ariadne in Inception (right).

In Interstellar the main character is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his sidekick is Amelia (Anne Hathaway). The plot is anchored by Cooper’s desperate relationship with his daughter, Murph (Jessica Chastain).

In Inception the main character is Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his sidekick is Ariadne (Ellen Page). The plot is anchored by Cobb’s splintered relationship with his dead wife Mal (Marion Cotillard).

Like McConaughey? Think he’s better than Affleck? Find out the king of the career reboot…

4. Time stretching/contracting

Interstellar and Inception Tim stretching

In Interstellar, Cooper and Amelia visit a planet so close to a black hole that time is contracted, meaning every few minutes they spend on the planet there are decades simultaneously passing on earth. Upon re-entry to the orbiting shuttle, they meet their now-elderly crew member who had been waiting for their return for 27 years.

In Inception our protagonists have the freedom of time as they burrow deeper into lower levels of dreaming. The lowest level – ‘limbo’ – allows you to spend lifetimes down there while only a minute passes here in reality.

3. Strange kinda-Earth-like worlds

Unfortunately, an image of Interstellar's odd new world cannot be had as of yet.
Inception‘s ‘limbo’. Unfortunately, an image of Interstellar‘s odd new world cannot yet be found. (Damn anti-piracy…)

In Interstellar, Cooper wakes up to find himself on Earth. But is it Earth? There’s green grass, a baseball game… Oh wait. The land is twisting upon itself like a goddam curl of hair.

In Inception, Cobb shows Ariadne the world he built with his wife in ‘limbo’. There are buildings, there is ocean, he has a home – but it all seems a little bit different. More DEPRESSING.

2. Protagonist sprung from purgatory when escape seemed impossible

'Everything feels a bit weird, guys...'
‘Everything feels a bit weird, guys…’

In Interstellar, Cooper is literally trapped in a black hole. There seems absolutely no way out, not even by fiddling with a little watch across space and time. Has Nolan written himself into a corner (or an infinite 5th dimension)? No. Cooper wakes up minutes later in a hospital bed, absolutely fine. Problem solved. 

Was Inception‘s ending a dream? How on earth did Cobb escape ‘limbo’ and find himself awake back on the plane in reality? His chances seemed extremely slim only a few minutes ago…

Is IMAX worth it? Read the Interstellar IMAX Review HERE!

1. Resolution Deathbed Scene

Inception's Hospital Bed Scene
Is this Interstellar or Inception? I can’t tell.

The climax of Interstellar involves Cooper finally setting eyes on his now elderly beloved daughter Murph just one more time. She forgives her Dad for leaving her as a child, giving Cooper the strength to set out and find Amelia. He leaves the room before she passes away…

The climax of Inception builds to a tender scene by a hospital bed of Fischer’s (Cillian Murphy) dying Dad, where Fischer manages to find peace and strength from his old man’s words right before he passes away…

CLICK HERE for the 5 Unanswered Non-Sciency Questions in Interstellar…

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Why and How Jennifer Garner should get revenge on Ben Affleck: Top 3 Sexy Jennifer Garner Scenes

So recently Ben Affleck supposedly got his todger out in Gone Girl. Now Jennifer Garner has responded to it hilariously on The Ellen Show which you can read all about here. 

It’s becoming clear that no-one will shut up about Affleck’s wiener. Every column and blog is talking about it, every chat show host asks him about it, and now his wife Jennifer Garner is getting asked about it.

So what about Garner? Surely she’s a bit sick and jealous of people fluttering over her husband’s pipe every hour of the day?

To balance it out and keep things equal, here is a list of the Top 3 Sexy Jennifer Garner Scenes… (and yes that is Top 3, because she doesn’t do sexy scenes often)…

3. Catch and Release

Want to get your own back on Affleck, Jen? Show him this video of some guy kissing your face off in a steamy scene from a so-so romcom. Just turn it off before the scene gets a bit depressing.

2. Alias

Pretty much all of Alias (a TV show running from 2001-2006 where Garner plays a spy) has a bit of sexy-Garner in it. Maybe you could make Ben watch all 5 Seasons, Jen? Including the part where you seduce a businessman in black lingerie. And the part where you seduce a businessman in red lingerie. And the part…etc.

1. Catch Me If You Can

What better way to shut up Affleck, or any husband for that matter, than show him a video of you having sex with Leonardo DiCaprio (a.k.a The Uber Man). Especially after she seduces him (see above video). Jennifer, just take two minutes out of your husbands day and remind him who is boss. Then karate kick him to the floor like you do in Alias and walk out. Then walk back in and check he is alive.

That should do it.

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Why Leonardo DiCaprio Is Scared Of Biopics

‘You really think I’d be stupid enough to do another biopic?’

It has been reported that Leonardo DiCaprio has dropped out of playing Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic about the late Apple CEO, directed by Danny Boyle. The news came with a quiet chorus of ‘Who cares?’ – the movie isn’t shooting yet, no one really knows how this one will turn out with such an eclectic mix of talents, and is Steve Jobs really that exciting a role for DiCaprio?

The real story may lie beneath – Leo’s torrid history with the biopic. A look down his resume shows us two of his biggest flops have been when playing a real-life character. Forget The Wolf of Wall Street – a bombastic role that many actors would have excelled in, having the freedom to be entirely extrovert and roll around in some cocaine.

Did he reject it due to creative differences? Schedule constraints? Maybe, maybe not. But just maybe…Leo rejected the Steve Jobs gig due to the scars of J. Edgar and The Aviator.

These two movies give us not only a pair you could call Leo’s biggest disappointments, but also the biggest disappointments of their respective directors. Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese helmed the box-office-duds; two respected cornerstones of Hollywood used to rolling in accolades and praise just as Leo’s Wolf rolled in his cocaine last year. Martin himself actually also helmed Wolf, a good example of just how well he can handle stories based on truth on a good day.

With The Aviator, he and DiCaprio crafted a sloppy, baggy, irrelevant tale of what’s-his-name. In the movie Leo is left floundering as he over-acts along with all those around him, the films tone and pace massively misjudged. The fact that this movie garnered so many nominations at certain ceremonies goes to show the ridiculous and cliquey nature of the awards academies.

‘Go on – give Aviator a nom, for old time’s sake’ – Martin Scorsese in 2004 (I presume)

Then there is J. Edgar – arguably a more painful example of how a movie can fail. With someone like DiCaprio headlining a Clint Eastwood movie about a past US president, expectations were high. They came crashing down as next to no one saw the ponderous movie. It has since slipped into obscurity.

DiCaprio in The Aviator

The failure of these movies can’t exactly be attributed to the performances of DiCaprio, at least not entirely, however their failures may have lived long in the actor’s memory as testaments to the difficulty of stories based on truth; the challenges of performance as well as narrative structure.

Maybe, just maybe, it was a factor in his withdrawal from playing Steve Jobs.

Or maybe it was the fact that he looks NOTHING like the man.

Both valid arguments.