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"Inception" was released in 2010 and has a complex plot that is difficult to summarize in a cutline.

I had an odd mix of movies I watched over the extended holiday weekend.

One could say it was an eclectic mix. Yes, I know some of the words.

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I will discuss the strange mix of the last four movies I watched. I could go last five to include a night at the theaters with co-workers, but I didn’t technically pick the movie. So I’m just going with the last four, starting with the longest ago. For a review on “A Quiet Place Part II,” you can ask managing editor Justin Rust at jrust@iowainformation.com.

Four: "Inception" (2010)

I went to my parents’ house on Sunday. It is difficult sometimes to get something my mom, dad and I can all agree on to watch. My dad was watching golf on Sunday. While he did that, my mom and I watched “Inception.” I believe it was the third time I’ve seen it and it was the first time for my mom.

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For anyone who hasn’t seen it, the vast oversimplification would be it’s about people stealing secrets for corporate reasons through the dreams of someone. It’s a science fiction/fantasy movie.

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Three: "The Towering Inferno" (1974)

On Monday, before I left my parents’ house to return to Sheldon, we watched “The Towering Inferno.” For those not in the know, apparently disaster movies were quite a big deal in the 1970s, kind if like superhero movies today. Get a big budget, some nice special effects and a few A-list stars and a movie studio might have a hit on their hands.

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“The Towering Inferno” was arguably the biggest disaster movie. It’s unsurprisingly about a large tower, located in San Francisco so it must have been extra expensive, that catches on fire. It stars Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Fred Astaire, Faye Dunaway and William Holden.

I’d never seen it before Monday, but for a movie that’s 47 years old, it kind of works because McQueen and Newman were megastars.

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Two: "The Raid: Redemption" (2011)

For Action Movie Saturday — which can be delved into further here and here — Ty Rushing, Rust and I watched “The Raid: Redemption.” It is one of the most bonkers action movies I’ve ever seen.

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It’s an Indonesian movie, so there are subtitles, but it isn’t a dialogue heavy movie. A SWAT team, or the Indonesian equivalent, raids an apartment complex to apprehend a drug lord. The drug lord and his accomplices find out and lock the building down. The SWAT team must find a way to fight out. It’s intense.

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One: "Army of the Dead" (2021)

This is a Netflix movie starring former professional wrestler Dave Bautista. In a world where zombies have taken over Las Vegas, a billionaire pays Bautista to break into the locked down city to steal his money before the United States drops a nuke on the area.

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Readers may be stunned to hear this, but it was not a fantastic movie. Was it fun at parts? Sure. Was it good? Not especially. I probably won’t watch it again. It’s very predictable. There is a zombie tiger though.

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Strangely, all four movies had one thing in common. I didn’t plan on this, but they all involved escaping. Leonardo DiCaprio and crew must escape the different levels of dreams so they don’t get lost there forever and lose their minds. McQueen, Newman and crew have to escape the skyscraper in San Francisco before it’s engulfed in flames. The SWAT team in “The Raid: Redemption” must escape the crummy building. And even the heist squad in “Army of the Dead” is trying to escape Las Vegas with millions of dollars.

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Based off the last four movies, I guess the next movie I’ll have to watch is the 1963 classic “The Great Escape.”

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