VOTD: ‘the films of [Christopher Nolan]‘

From the earliest installments of his “[the films of]” project, I’ve noticed /Film commenters wondering if and when Kees van Dijkhuizen would get around to spotlighting Christopher Nolan. The British director inspires fervent devotion from movie geeks as few other filmmakers do, thanks to his wildly ambitious imagination, his masterful storytelling, and his eye for cool beauty, and van Dijkhuizen notes that he’s received “hundreds, literally hundreds of requests” for a video showcasing Nolan’s unique style.

Now, for the eleventh installment of his yearlong, twelve-part montage series, van Dijkhuizen has finally released “[the films of] Christopher Nolan,” with a sleek stylishness that serves fitting tribute to the Dark Knight director. Watch the video after the jump.

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Nolan's Following

In my e-mail box this morning I found a movie trailer for the rerelease of Christopher Nolan‘s first feature film Following. The trailer does a good job of fusing an independently made black and white movie with faster paced editing and a soundtrack reminiscent of The Dark Knight and Nolan’s current box office success, Inception. Unfortunately the movie is not being rereleased theatrically. I contacted IFC and they told me that it is only being rereleased through their IFC video on demand service.

This actually brings in question the term “rerelease”, as the cut of the film appears to be the same as the previously released home video version. The film has been on Netflix for a while now (and as far as I can tell, still is). There doesn’t appear to be any new additional supplements. I’m not sure putting the film on demand should be given the term “rerelease,” and if so, I guess every time Back to the Future is aired on TBS, it’s being rereleased for cable?

Anyways, IFC has succeeded on one front — they got us to talk about Nolan’s Following being released on demand.
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Netflix Gets Streaming Rights for 53 IFC Movies

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Netflix’s plan to bring streaming to the masses seems to be proceeding swimmingly. Under their “Netflix Watch Instantly” program they’ve been streaming a selection of 17,000 films on various platforms such as the PC, Roku, and Xbox 360 for quite some time now, and they recently added PS3 functionality with the promise of moving to the Wii in the future. But they’ve also been active on the content side, signing a groundbreaking deal with Starz last year to stream thousands of high-quality films. These moves have made “Watch Instantly” more than just a flirtation with new technology; indeed, “Watch Instantly” has become an essential part of most people’s Netflix subscriptions (available to anyone with at least an $8.99/month plan).

To this list of considerable accomplishments, they’ve added the acquisition of streaming rights to 53 films from IFC Entertainment.
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Before he was the director of the second biggest film in box office history, and even before he garnered acclaim by telling a story of memory loss in reverse, Christopher Nolan broke onto the scene with Following. The multi-layered black and white crime noir thriller tells the story of Bill (Jeremy Theobald), an unemployed aspiring writer turned burglar, who becomes interested in one of the woman house owners he robs. He begins following her, and eventually begins seeing her. But things are not as they seem.

Nolan’s debut film, which screened at Slamdance in 1999, is being included as part of Slamdance’s 15 year anniversary celebration. A special screening will be held in Los Angeles at LACMA’s Bing Theater (5905 Wilshire) on Friday, September 5th at 8:00pm. The screening will include a question and answer session with Christopher Nolan, moderated by Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, and hosted reception for ticket holders to follow screening. Tickets are available for $20 through slamdance.com. No tickets will be available at the door.

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