Nolan Brothers Quay documentary

Stephen and Timothy Quay are twin animators who have worked in both short and feature forms for decades, creating striking and unusual images such as the one above, from The Comb. While their style is indebted to other directors such as Jan Svankmajer, whose work is namechecked in an early Quay short, Brothers Quay films are singular efforts. Their shorts have appeared on laserdisc and DVD, but so far the primary way to get their incredible short films on blu-ray has been as bonus features on UK issues of their features.

Now Christopher Nolan and his company Syncopy are working with Zeitgeist Films to curate Blu-Ray releases, including a disc featuring the short work of the Brothers Quay. Now we’ve learned there’s a bonus: Nolan has directed Quay, a short documentary about the animators, which will premiere in New York in August.  Read More »

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Dark Knight Rises

As Ben Affleck preps his own Batman movie, the guy behind the last set of Batman movies is pushing onward with his post-Bat career. Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has reportedly finished a “comprehensive draft” of a screenplay for his next project, though details are still hard to come by at the moment. More about the new Christopher Nolan movie after the jump.  Read More »

Inside Out Inception trailer mash-up

Hopefully by now you’ve met the voices inside your head by way of Pixar’s wonderful Inside Out. It’s a touching, funny, wonderful animated tale that will make you have all the feels.

But now filmmaker Nelson Carvajal has given Inside Out a new feeling (no pun intended) by mashing it up with the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Pixar’s emotional adventure gets a little more dramatic by being set to Zack Hemsey’s “Mind Heist” track, making the proceedings that occur in Riley’s mind all the more urgent.

Watch the Inside Out Inception trailer mash-up after the jump! Read More »

Batman Begins Behind the Scenes

Earlier this month, June 15th marked the 10th anniversary of Batman Begins, the franchise reboot from director Christopher Nolan that launched the most acclaimed film franchise adaptation of The Caped Crusader to date. So what better time is there to dive behind the scenes of the film that gave Gotham the hero it deserves?

A feature-length assembly of special features from the Blu-Ray release of the film is available online to explore various facets of the film at nearly all stages of production, from early development to principal photography and even the final release. Plus, there are some good quotes from Nolan after the jump about how Batman Begins came to be.

Check out the makeshift Batman Begins behind the scenes documentary after the jump! Read More »

Interstellar Tesseract

Even though Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi drama Interstellar ended up being a fairly divisive piece of cinema last year, it’s hard to deny that the film still left an impression on people. And while we can nitpick the story until we’re blue in the face, one element I think we can all take the time to appreciate is the abundance of practical effects used.

Miniatures and large sets were used surprisingly frequently with digital effects only being used to enhance what Nolan physically shot with a camera. And this is even more impressive when you take a look at how practical and visual effects combined to create what Nolan calls the “Tesseract,” which is the spatial plane where Matthew McConaughey can see across time and dimensions.

Watch the featurette on the Interstellar Tesseract after the jump! Read More »

Inception

Inception left one very big question hanging, and five years later fans are still talking about it. And so is Christopher Nolan. While giving a commencement speech at Princeton University, the director touched upon the much-debated final sequence of his dream-world epic. Read the Christopher Nolan Inception ending comments after the jump. (Spoilers for Inception follow, obviously.)  Read More »

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Interstellar honest trailer

Interstellar hit home video Tuesday and our friends over at Screen Junkies have picked Christopher Nolan‘s latest for their new installment of their signature Honest Trailers series. The four-minute-long Interstellar Honest Trailer begins “From the director who apparently gets a life time pass because he made The Dark Knight, comes the movie everyone respected for being ambitious and original but also made them say… What’s he doing in a space bookshelf?!”

Screen Junkies thinks Nolan has gone “full blown Shyamalan.” Even though I really enjoyed the film despite its flaws (including yes, the award winning “sound design”), it’s hard not to agree with some of their humorously well-presented points. Watch the Interstellar honest trailer embedded after the jump.

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Interstellar Text Adventure

Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is the height of technical cinema. Whether you love or hate the story, the filmmaking used to bring it to life is extraordinary. The practical and digital effects, the cinematography, production design, IMAX sequences, sound effects, and score are just some of the best of the best. It’s pretty much as high-tech as a movie gets.

So what better way to celebrate Tuesday’s digital release (and the impending Blu-ray release) than with the lowest-tech game imaginable?

Paramount has launched the Interstellar Text Adventure, a text-based game similar to the popular computer games of the early 1980s. There are no images, just text; you have to type in your commands to travel through the galaxy. It’s a lot of fun and a nice throwback. Read More »

Rian Johnson Christopher Nolan interview

If you haven’t seen Interstellar, you’ll have one more chance to catch it in IMAX this weekend when the film plays some IMAX houses on Saturday. But for those who have seen the film, here’s something worth checking out: a discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan about Nolan’s latest film. Rian Johnson is the director of Brick and Looper, and the man who’ll make Star Wars Episode VIII. The two spoke after an Interstellar screening at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica a few weeks ago, and you can hear their Q&A below. Read More »