Courtesy of TheHighDefinite, here’s a little comparison showing that the snow fortress in the climax of Inception was actually a replica of the Geisel Library at UCSD in La Jolla, CA (it’s named after Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss). The same building was used as an exterior in Killer Tomatoes Strike Back. I must be an idiot, because I went to UCSD for four five years and even I didn’t notice that. (I also haven’t seen this mentioned in any interviews with Nolan or referenced anywhere, really — but it looks a little too similar for mere coincidence).
The worst part is, the library is pretty much UCSD’s claim to fame (relatively speaking). They put the silhouette on half their advertising material (here’s the official logo, for instance) and it’s the centerpiece of any campus tour. Once, I even met an Asian dude who had a picture of it tattooed on his shoulder. I’m not sure if him being Asian is relevant, but it was pretty weird. Anyway, despite all that, I saw Inception and didn’t notice this at all. In fairness, I was drunk for much of college. Maybe it was actually all just a dream within a dream within a dream. They must’ve given me that drug that makes it hard to wake up, because when I finally broke through, someone had drawn a bunch of wieners on my face in sharpie. Is one of the side effects having a sore ass? Yes, it’s all starting to make sense now.