Jonathan Nolan

A couple weeks back I got a chance to talk to Jonathan Nolan, the brother of filmmaker Christopher Nolan and co-screenwriter of Interstellar. Jonah started developing Interstellar as a project for Steven Spielberg to direct, before getting sucked into the television world showrunning Person Of Interest for Bad Robot. Jonathan has also been making the transition into directing, helming the pilot of the HBO/Bad Robot television adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Westworld (which we talk about briefly). Read all this and more in our Jonathan Nolan interstellar interview, after the jump.

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Christopher Nolan controls every single aspect of his movies from preproduction through publicity. He wants every single thing about his film to be handled just right, from something as important as the IMAX film capture all the way through to who writes about the movie before release. Recently, multiple reports said he personally went to numerous theaters that would be screening his latest film, Interstellar, to double- and triple-check the sound and picture quality. That’s a comforting fact, to know that he’s out there making sure things look and sound great.

Much less comforting is the buzz coming out of those screenings. From the first press screenings through opening night, fans have been complaining about issues with the film’s sound mix. Reports say multiple scenes have the music and sound effects so loud that dialogue is drowned out. This doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident. It’s a complaint that’s been registered all over the US, Europe, and Canada.

Below, we’ll present some of those reactions, some of the stories, and some of the explanations hoping to get to the bottom of these possible Interstellar sound issues.  Read More »

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If your local theater has a film projector, it’s likely you can see Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar beginning on Wednesday, two days before the rest of the country. It was the famously old school director’s way to paying respects to the past, and also letting people know his preferred format: film. The problem is, over the past few years, almost every theater in the country has begun to transition to digital projection. Digital is cheaper to distribute, easier to handle, and is not subject to the same sort of handling damage that can mar film prints.

The final numbers have been released and the number of theaters opening Interstellar on film versus on digital (with the digital rollout taking place on Friday) is pretty staggering. The numbers for Interstellar film theaters are below. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino Christopher Nolan

Odds are if you read a site like this, you’re going to see Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar no matter what. Whether the reviews are good or bad doesn’t matter. You just want to see what Nolan has in store in his epic sci-fi drama.

And while some of the critical response has been varied, one group which seems to be wholly Nolan’s side is one comprised of his fellow filmmakers. Names like Rian Johnson, Brad Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson and Edgar Wright have all praised the film. Now, Quentin Tarantino has heaped even more accolades on it. He likens the work to two filmmakers who bring to mind something very different and specific. Read the Quentin Tarantino Interstellar quote below. Read More »

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is one of the most ambitious, visually spectacular films I’ve sen this year. But it’s also a film with some really deep problems. In many ways, it highlights Nolan’s best and worst tendencies: his penchant for intricate, convoluted stories, his tendency to elide character work to move the plot along, and his knack for breathtaking visuals.

Hit the jump for my full video review of Interstellar. I discuss basic plot details about the film, but nothing I would consider spoilers. That being said, consider yourself warned.
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How A Projectionist Prepares a 70mm IMAX Print of 'Interstellar'

Fort Lauderdale Florida’s AutoNation IMAX Theater Chief Projectionist Armando Mena recorded a video explaining how a 70mm print of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is prepared and projected. I don’t think many people realize just how big IMAX film really is, or how much work goes into projecting the 70mm film onto the huge IMAX screen. A few IMAX theaters I’ve visited have a room which lets you look into the projection room and see the huge IMAX film platter feeding into the IMAX projector before you watch the film. Seeing it in action, you can understand why the company is eventually abandoning celluloid for a digital laser projector system. I wish IMAX corporate would put together more informational videos like this one. You can watch the video from DiscoveryandScience embedded after the jump.

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Kevin Dart - Interstellar IMAX poster

The week is finally here. Christopher Nolan‘s new film, Interstellar, open on Wednesday. Actually, Tuesday night, if you have a theater that plays movies on 35mm or 70mm film. Then it opens everywhere else on Friday. And that’s the day that IMAX has created a brand new poster by artist Kevin Dart. It’ll be handed out at IMAX screenings of the film on November 7 and, below, you can read more and see this awesome Interstellar IMAX poster. Read More »

15 Things We Learned About Christopher Nolan

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This week a couple of good profiles have been published on Christopher Nolan in advance of his film Interstellar hitting theaters next week. The two main articles come from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and I recommend checking out both pieces. Together, the profiles feature a great deal of interesting information on the filmmaker and his latest film which I thought might be of interest. I have collected 15 of most interesting tidbits for you after the jump.

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