Christopher Nolan La La Land

Unless it’s Steven Soderbergh publishing his exhaustive lists of all of the media he consumes in a given year, or someone like Quentin Tarantino dropping his always-eclectic annual list of favorite movies, we often don’t get much insight into what working filmmakers spend their free time watching. But thanks to a new interview, we know that Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan spent at least six hours watching Damien Chazelle‘s Hollywood throwback musical La La Land, because he says he saw the film three times in theaters.
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dunkirk review round up

Dunkirk seemed like a strange choice for Christopher Nolan‘s next feature, since he’s a director known for his abstract sci-fi features and clever plot twists. Box office predictors and audiences didn’t know what to make of the war epic about a relatively obscure (to American audiences) World War II evacuation, with some estimating that it would be his lowest-grossing movie in years.

But if the reviews are anything to go by, Dunkirk may be Nolan’s most stunning achievement yet. Dunkirk is being met by some of the most enthusiastic praise of Nolan’s career — and indeed, many critics are calling it the filmmaker’s best movie so far.

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insomnia revisited 1

When we think of director/writer/producer Christopher Nolan and the hallmarks that line any of his films, a few obvious things come to mind. Twisty, complex stories. Taciturn and dour (to the point of humorless) lead characters. Jaw-dropping effects, both practical and computer-generated. Massive action setpieces. There’s little doubt that Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk, will have a few of these hallmarks present, specifically in regards to special effects and action sequences. Yet even though it’s a straightforward narrative about the infamous Battle of Dunkirk in World War II, Nolan has said the film will be told in three timelines, from the air, land, and sea fronts.

Largely, you have to go back 15 years to find his sole film without tons of the familiar elements that define what we think of as a “Christopher Nolan film.” That film is Insomnia, which remains Nolan’s most underrated film, all the more so because it’s so assured, intense, and remarkable.

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Dunkirk IMAX Featurette - Christopher Nolan

Next week brings Christopher Nolan‘s latest film to theaters in the form of Dunkirk, and you have a wide variety of formats in which you’ll be able to see it. But easily the best way to see the movie will be on the largest IMAX screen possible, because the director shot the film with IMAX large format film cameras, creating a massive, rich image that Nolan describes as something akin to virtual reality without the goggles. If that’s not enough to sell you on the movie, watch the Dunkirk IMAX featurette below for more convincing. Read More »

the dark knight trilogy in 4k

Christopher Nolan‘s acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy was a testament to the superhero genre, and arguably, cinema in general. The Dark Knight is still widely considered the best Batman film of all time, and a stunning example of what genre movies are capable of — and even influenced how the Academy Awards picked its Best Picture line-up.

Their impact is thanks, in no small part, to Nolan’s adherence to film stock over digital photography. All of Nolan’s films, from The Prestige to Inception, to even Interstellar, have a steadfast, classic quality because of Nolan’s insistence on using 35mm (and sometimes larger) film. But even though he is a traditionalist, Nolan is still open and encouraging of new technologies. You can see it in his embrace of IMAX technology for his action sequences and his newest film Dunkirk. And soon, you can see it in the 4K remaster of his previous films, including The Dark Knight trilogy.

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dunkirk reviews

The press junket for Christopher Nolan‘s new film Dunkirk happened over the weekend, and the social media reactions have begun to be revealed on Twitter. What did the first critics to see Nolan’s war movie think? Hit the jump to read the first Dunkirk reviews/reactions.

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Why ‘Dunkirk’ is Under Two Hours

Dunkirk Run Time

Once, movie run times that stretched more than two hours were only reserved for Biblical epics or adaptations of Russian novels — and occasionally, a musical starring Julie Andrews. But those were anomalies, and even featured short intermissions for audiences to take a break at the theater or change the VHS tape. But nowadays, blockbuster run times are becoming so bloated that audiences barely blink an eye when a Transformers movie is over three hours long.

Some of the blame can be laid on Christopher Nolan, whose epic Dark Knight films were on the vanguard of increasingly dense superhero and action films. For Nolan’s films, they made sense — his intellectual blockbusters required plenty of information and plot twists. But now Nolan returns to the movie scene packed with franchise films that have an average run time of more than two hours with one of his shortest films yet.

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Christopher Nolan Directing James Bond

The future of the James Bond franchise is still up in the air. Not only do we not know where the rights for the franchise will end up now that Sony Pictures and MGM are no longer in control of the secret agent on the big screen, but Daniel Craig hasn’t even signed on to return as 007. That has left many fans speculating and wondering what’s in store for James Bond, and that includes thinking about who should get behind the camera for his next mission.

One of the filmmakers who is on almost everyone’s wishlist to direct a James Bond movie is The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan. Though you might think Nolan wouldn’t be keen on returning to franchise filmmaking, the director has a soft spot for James Bond and has previously expressed interest in directing one of 007’s movies. However, if Nolan were to direct a James Bond movie, there’s really only one way he could see himself doing it.

Find out below what scenario would need to be happen for us to see Christopher Nolan directing James Bond. Read More »

dunkirk box office tracking

Box office tracking for Christopher Nolan‘s World War II movie Dunkirk suggests an opening weekend in the $30 to $40 million range. This would make it Nolan’s lowest opening for a wide release since 2006.

It is important to note however, that these are early estimates, with the film not slated to open in theaters for another two weeks, so numbers are bound to change up until its release.

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the batman director

Part of the reason Matt Reeves‘ take on the Planet of the Apes movies works so well is that as Caesar reluctantly fights his way through various conflicts with humans, you can feel the filmmaker’s distaste for war permeating the story. He’s able to successfully balance blockbuster spectacle with genuine emotion and makes us care about the characters, an important aspect of storytelling that can often get lost in films of that scale.

Fans of Reeves’ approach will be happy to hear that he plans on carrying that mentality over to his take on the Caped Crusader with his new Batman movie (which is supposedly called The Batman, but is still officially untitled). In a new interview, the director talks about how he wants to tell “a very emotional Batman story” and also takes a moment to praise Christopher Nolan‘s techniques in The Dark Knight trilogy.
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