NOTE: We ran this article in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and have updated it for 2015.
The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?
More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?
For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.
Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »
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One of the things I love about films by Matthew Vaughn is the sense of fun. In everything from Layer Cake to Stardust, X-Men First Class and especially Kick-Ass, Vaughn takes a film you think will be one way and spins it into something more. His latest, Kingsman: The Secret Service, looks to continue the trend. A spy film on the surface, it features superhuman feats of action, humor and violence that give it a distinctly unrealistic, comic book feel.
A “comic book feel” is not a phrase used to describe the Christopher Nolan Batman films. In fact, many think they’re the best comic book movies ever specifically because they reject a “comic book” style. Each film is very rooted in reality, and that means they get pretty dark.
In a new interview, Vaughn takes aim at those films. He believes films like Guardians of the Galaxy prove that audiences are no longer interested in superhero films like the ones from Nolan. Do you believe him? Read the Matthew Vaughn Christopher Nolan quotes below. Read More »
Discovery Channel has released The Science of Interstellar, a 42 minute documentary about the Cosmology and science behind Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi epic. The documentary is narrated by Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey and takes us behind the sci-fact of the sci-fi. The film’s producer and consultant Kip Thorne (Cal Tech theoretical physicist) guides us through how Nolan adapted science and theory into the story, and explains the real science behind the ideas presented in the film.. Watch The Science of Interstellar embedded after the jump.
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Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers. They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.
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Major spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout
You’ve got to give it to Christopher Nolan. When I saw The Dark Knight Rises, I was pretty confident I knew what happened at the end of the movie. Bruce Wayne fakes his death, fulfills Alfred’s dream of seeing him in Italy, and he passes the mantle of Batman – a symbol – to John Blake. Say what you want about the rest of the movie (and we have) but I still think that ending is fantastic. By far the best thing about the movie.
But like I said, you’ve got to give it to Christopher Nolan. Years later and people are still debating what happened in those final few scenes. Case in point, Christian Bale was doing an interview for Exodus: Gods and Kings and was asked his thoughts on the ending. Listen to The Dark Knight Rises ending explained by Christian Bale below. Read More »
If you thought the idea of Christopher Nolan directing Ready Player One was crazy, you may want to sit down for a second.
Earlier this week, we reported that Warner Bros. was reportedly courting the Intersteller director to helm the sci-fi adventure film, written by Zak Penn based on a book by Ernie Cline. It seemed like a pipe dream – Nolan generally develops his own screenplays – but it hinted at the confidence Warner Bros. had in the new script.
Well, it turns out that confidence is very real. Ain’t it Cool News reports not only is Warner Bros. talking to Nolan about it, they’re also looking at Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn. Read more about the Ready Player One director short list below. Read More »
This week filmmaker Christopher Nolan appeared on The Colbert Report. I wanted to spotlight this interview because Christopher Nolan usually doesn’t do fun talk shows like Colbert, and Stephen gets the almost-always-serious Nolan to swear and talk on a more down to earth level. I know that Nolan is very picky about which outlets he does interviews with (rumor has it he hates online blogs, which is why you almost never see him talk 1:1 with anything but print and television press) so for him to accept an interview with Stephen Colbert likely means he’s watched the show (he tells Colbert he’s also a big fan of his in the quick intro). My favorite moment comes when Colbert takes Nolan to task for making him think in a big blockbuster space epic, asking “Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t make me do that… why do you want to make me think? Why can’t you have shit just blow up?” Watch the full Christopher Nolan Colbert Report Interview embedded after the jump.
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