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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In one short decade, Christopher Nolan has gone from interesting new talent to one of our most revered filmmakers. Though he had made Following at the time, it really all started in 2001 with Memento, Nolan’s backwards mystery about a man with short-term memory loss trying to figure out who killed his wife. Almost everything about the film – from its structure, to its dialogue and tattoos – became iconic and ended up being the spark that set Nolan’s career on fire.

Memento is ten years old this year and not only will Lionsgate be releasing a 10th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray on February 22 with all new features, they’re reopening the film in select theaters for one night only on February 17 complete with a Q&A featuring Nolan and Guillermo Del Toro that was recorded in Los Angeles last week. Hit the jump for more details and the theater list. Read More »


What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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With Inception, The Prestige and each of his Batman films, Christopher Nolan has firmly established himself as one of the rare filmmakers working today who can not only produce complex, character-driven entertainment on the studio’s dime, but can command an audience while doing it.

Women viewers, though, would be forgiven for dismissing themselves from that audience, for reasons that likely hadn’t even occurred to Nolan’s male fanbase. Read More »

The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 33 – The X Factor

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Stephen gives tips on auditioning and some recollections of the film Memento as he recalls  some of the dangers of knowing too little as well as the dangers of knowing too much.

The Tobolowsky Files is a podcast from the people who brought you the /Filmcast, featuring a series of stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry, as told by legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky. You can always e-mail Stephen at stephentobolowsky(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or you can e-mail David at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com. You can also follow Stephen on Twitter or follow David on Twitter. You can now become a fan of Stephen on Facebook. Please let us know what you think of the show! You can find every episode of the podcast at http://www.tobolowskyfiles.com.

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IMDb’s Top 25 Movies of the Decade

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A couple weeks ago we ran a listing of the best reviewed films of the decade as compiled by Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. We followed that up by the top 20 films of the decade, as voted on by the users of FlickChart.

Today I decided to compile the top 25 films of the decade, as voted by the users of the Internet Movie Database. While it is very easy to discount any of these lists (or any best of list in general), and while it might be easy for many of you to just write off the user ratings on IMDb as fanboy voting, it’s definitely the largest sampling of movie-going opinion that exists today.

# American Film Title (year)      IMDb rating       # of Votes      # on Top 250 of all Time List

1. The Dark Knight (2008)    8.8    410,450    9
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)    8.8    329,852    11
3. City of God (2002)    8.7    148,073    16
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)    8.7    355,929    20
5. Avatar (2009)    8.6    69,101    24

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IMDB’s The Top Rated Films of the New Millennium

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The Internet Movie Database have announced The Top Rated Films of the New Millennium, looking at the 15 films made since 2000 that IMDb users have rated as the best of the new millennium. Usually people are quick to write off the IMDb user ratings as fanboy controlled, but I was surprised to four foreign and three animated films on the list, films from Darren Aronofsky and Michel Gondry, in addition to the expected trilogy and comic book heros. Check out the full list after the jump.

Discuss: Forget the order of titles, as we could argue about that for a year… Which films shouldn’t have made it, and which films should be on the list, but aren’t?

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The /Filmcast Interview: Stephen Tobolowsky

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The /Filmcast Interviews are a series of interviews with movie stars, directors, and other key figures from the film industry. Last week after Stephen Tobolowsky reviewed The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with us on the /Filmcast, he spent an extra 40 minutes chatting with us about his past and present work, including the greatness of Groundhog Day, working with Christopher Nolan on Memento and what exactly it’s like to be an actor on the show Heroes. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, here is the interview in its entirety for your enjoyment.

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