Christopher Nolan

Review – Dunkirk

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Review – Dunkirk

The Golden Globe nominations are in (which tend to be an early indicator of what may get nominated for the Oscars) so this week guest writer TheNoShitMovieCritic has a review of one of the nominees for Best Drama Picture: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

I waited a long time to finally add this one to the shelf collection, but to be fair; pound for pound, it’s just not as good as anticipated (hyped beyond delivery).

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Movie Issues Review: The Dark Knight Rises

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Movie Issues Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Starting with 2005’s Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan gave the world a new-and-improved Batman. Gone were the familiar flashy comic book stereotypes, replaced by a dark, gritty hero of today’s world in a realistic noir vibe. Batman Begins captured the imagination of comic fans and proved Batman could be more than what he had (d)evolved into in prior cinema efforts.

Following that film was Nolan’s The Dark Knight, where Batman once again proved himself king of the comic book heroes alongside a new and more twisted Joker than ever before.  Now the third and final installment in Nolan’s Batman trilogy has come to an end with The Dark Knight Rises, and what an end it is!

The film is nothing but brilliant from start to finish. It ends an amazing film series with a bang that will be talked about for years to come by film and comic fans alike.

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Anne Catha…Woman?

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Anne Catha…Woman?

The wrath of the faithful is dire. And the wrath of the comic faithful is far, far worse. Nothing raises the blood pressure and sends the spittle flying like a divergent interpretation of an origin story, plot-line, or character redesign.

Enter the newly-minted shots of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

ANGRY GEEK RANT COMMENCE!!!

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Villians for The Dark Knight Rises Announced

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Villians for The Dark Knight Rises Announced

Warner Bros has just named the two villains that will face off against Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.

While it’s been known for some time now that Tom Hardy had signed on for the next Batman film, the role in question was still up in the air. Speculation was that he would be playing Dr. Hugo Strange. Thanks to today’s press release we can now confirm he will be portraying Batman’s villain Bane, possibly the most intimidating of Batman’s foes.

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Spare Change: A Dream within a Dream within a Dream on Blu-Ray [Inception]

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Spare Change: A Dream within a Dream within a Dream on Blu-Ray [Inception]

Does the Inception-labyrinth of a plot get less confusing on blu-ray?…nope. But it looks damn good and sounds fantastic!

When Inception first came out, I knew little about it; all I knew, in fact, about a new Christopher Nolan original film. My friends dragged me to the midnight premiere. Twenty minutes in, I knew blu-ray was the only format in which to own it.

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Inception

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The premise of Inception is difficult to convey, but worth the effort to ken. A technology exists, called “shared dreaming,” that allows two or more people to enter the same dream, and therefore the subconscious of the source of that dream. From there, the guest(s) in the dreamer’s world can access info, plant idea, build worlds, and discover secrets. How? It’s not that important to know how. Just accept it and the world is your oyster.

Writer/director Christopher Nolan is no stranger to touring narrative consciousness after his breakout film Memento; here, he constructs the world where shared dreaming is possible, and the worlds that can exist in shared dreams. It’s not a gooey painting fantasy landscape like What Dreams May Come or The Lovely Bones, it’s a real-seeming illusion speeding through time as the sleepers tip toe through their real-life minutes, and one that demands the full attention of everyone involved. I did find the first 30 minutes or so unnecessarily obscure (why keep reality-based motivations as much of a secret as the other), but by 45 minutes in, the movie had taught me all I need to know to watch the rest of it.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his team of handsome underground oneironauts take a job from Ken Watanabe involving Cillian Murphy, his fellow cheekbone-sporting father Pete Postlethwaite, and shared dreaming. That’s all you need to know to go. There is of course a problem, and it gets worse, and the stakes get higher and the dreamscapes get deeper. It’s a pleasure to watch something based so deeply in psychological reality not be all surreal or simplistic. It doesn’t get weirder, not really — if anything, it gets more real (yes I am aware of the exception to what I am saying but it is totally justified by…we’ll discuss later). Nolan learned some things on the Dark Knight too, things about accessibility and the framing of action sequences and practical effects, and the result is really effective.

Modern audiences can thank the increasingly complex narrative structures of television shows like 24 and Lost for a starter manual for absorbing this much conceptual content in only 148 minutes. We can also thank movies like The Matrix and Frequency for helping prepare us for this kind of a narrative within a narrative. And still, sometimes you just have to pull out the old Star Trek manual and just accept the tech talk and roll with it. My one complaint is when movies give characters awful obvious literary reference names, like Ellen Page’s Ariadne. It drives me nuts, not just because it robs me of an illustrative analogy in what I do, but also it’s just lazy! It’s a quibble — at least Ariadne isn’t as ubiquitous as Cassandra.

There are plenty of reasons to like Inception, whether you found it obvious or impenetrable. One big one: I haven’t seen a movie in forever where I boggled “how did they DO that?” especially not one where I did it more than once. Remember that feeling? Especially back in the nascent CGI days where less was more? Joseph Gordon-Leavitt is in a number of these scenes. The score is a slow burn until it builds into Hans Zimmer Conquers The Universe madness, but it’s never out of place. I really appreciated that even in the dream universe, you still have to obey the laws of physics. You can’t just walk on water or blow things up with your mind, you have to plug the leak with a cork and push the button to make the thing work. And oh my goodness, the stunts, the wonderful stunts!

The intimate nature of the work that this team does is echoed by how close we all feel being drawn in to their worlds — when everyone is unplugged again, you feel a little thrown into the awkward cold like a tentative greeting of a long-ago acquaintance. You’ll wish you could dream as lucidly as this, but be grateful here you have Nolan as your tour guide.

MPAA Rating PG-13

Release date 7/16/10

Time in minutes 148

Director Christopher Nolan

Studio Warner Brothers

Next Batman Film Release Date Announced

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Next Batman Film Release Date Announced

The next installment of the Batman series directed by Christopher Nolan has an official release date. Mark your calendars for July 12, 2012. With the film not being released until over two years from now, very little details have surfaced. However, Nolan has said this about it in a LA Times interview last month:

Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story, and in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story. I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters. My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it harkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.

He also stated that the villain will NOT be Mr. Freeze. Sorry Mr. Freeze fans if you’re out there. So who does that leave? Well it’s a long list with The Riddler definitely at the top.

Christopher Nolan Talks About New Superman Film

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Christopher Nolan Talks About New Superman Film

Last month it was reported that Christopher Nolan was to serve as a mentor for the new Superman film set to be released in 2011. Since then we haven’t heard much, until now. Nolan sat down for an interview with the LA Times where he revealed a little bit more details about the new Superman movie as well as the third Batman film. More after the break.

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Nolan to Serve as Mentor on New Superman Film

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Nolan to Serve as Mentor on New Superman Film

Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow? It’s been a good couple of years since we’ve seen mention of a Superman feature film, especially after the ill-fated Superman Returns, aside from animated films like Superman: Doomsday. But it seems that Warner Bros. is already prepping the third iteration of the Superman movie franchise.

Enter Christopher Nolan, the writer/director who not only took on the Batman movie franchise after Joel Schumacher made a mockery of the Dark Knight in the mid-90’s, but rebooted and reinvigorated the franchise, giving it a darker, edgier feel that proved popular among fans and critics alike. So, with Warner Bros. deciding reboot the Superman franchise and begin anew, it’s seems like Nolan is being brought into the mix to share some of his expertise in superhero drama.

But worry not, Batman fans. Nolan isn’t attached to direct, in fact he’s hard at work penning a script for a Dark Knight sequel. Instead, Nolan is being brought aboard to serve as a sort of mentor or godfather to the Superman franchise, someone to help aid and steer the Man of Steel in the right direction. And who better? After all, Nolan has proven he knows what he’s doing with two highly successful Batman films, and I think a serious, darker Superman movie would do the character justice.

[via Deadline Hollywood]

The Dark Knight Blu-Ray Sales Shatter All Records

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BURBANK, Calif., Dec 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — –Over 1 Million Blu-ray Discs(TM) Sold in U. S. Alone

The Dark Knight took the world by storm on Blu-ray and DVD, breaking records for 2008. The blockbuster hit from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan became an instant must-own classic with Blu-ray sales of over 1.7 million units and total DVD and Blu-ray sales of 13.5 million worldwide* Read On

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