Once upon a time, Tenet was going to be the movie that saved movie theaters. To be fair, no one directly involved with the movie actually said that out loud. But it was an assumption that set in – an assumption that the film would open in the summer and revitalize the coronavirus-stricken box office. Of course, as we all know, the movie didn’t even open over the summer. Instead, it got pushed to September. And rather than save theaters, Tenet seemed to signal the beginning of the end, despite pretty good box office returns. Now, director Christopher Nolan is weighing-in on what happened.
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The Movie: Memento
Where You Can Stream It: IMDb TV
The Pitch: A man who has lost his ability to make new memories must rely on his own notes and tattoos to piece together clues about the man who murdered his wife.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Watching Memento is crucial if you want to begin to understand the mind of one of the most successful working filmmakers today. Christopher Nolan made the one hour and nine-minute movie Following two years before this, but it’s kind of astonishing how much 2000’s Memento feels like a leap into the big leagues, even though this was still made with a relatively small budget. Twenty years after its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival (I’m jumping the gun on its 20-year anniversary in the U.S., which isn’t until March of next year), the film still holds up as a smart, twisty thriller that contains so many of the ideas that Nolan remains fascinated by and continues to explore in his work. Read More »
Note: I saw Tenet at a press screening with about four other people, total. We all kept our distance from one another, and as far as I can tell, we all kept our masks on for the entire time. It was a seemingly safe situation, but I cannot in good conscience tell you you must run out to the nearest movie theater anytime soon. It’s my job to cover this film and cover it I shall. But please be safe out there, and don’t put yourself – or the people around you – in any unnecessary risk for the sake of entertainment.
“Don’t try to understand it, feel it,” is a line that comes up in Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet, and it’s almost groan-inducing. It’s as if Nolan is just flat-out telling us to give up; to not try to decipher his latest cinematic puzzle. Because even if we think really hard about it, we’re still not going to know what the hell is going on. So it’s best to just go with the flow. And, sure, that can be a great sentiment. But Tenet is such an odd collection of muddled pseudo-science, inert emotional beats, and wham-bam action, that the only thing left to “feel” is befuddled. Nolan is a master technician, and with Tenet, he’s practically showing off. “Look at all this wacko stuff I’m doing!” you can almost hear him cry (albeit in a more proper way, with that accent and all). But what does it all add up to? Does it add up at all?
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If it’s a Christopher Nolan movie, there’s bound to be a few BWAAAMMMs. Even though Hans Zimmer, the inventor of the BWAAAMMM, isn’t handling the score for Nolan’s latest, Tenet, the soundtrack still comes loaded with that kind of loud, booming, anxiety-inducing sound. The Tenet soundtrack hails from Ludwig Göransson, and it’s pulse-pounding and propulsive – and it’s also now online.
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All summer, the same story: Tenet will fix things. Tenet will hail the return to movie theaters, and save them from bankruptcy in the process. Tenet will be the solution to the problem…if only it could open. Of course, nothing went according to plan. The planned July release date came and went. So did the August release date. Now, Christopher Nolan‘s big blockbuster has opened overseas, and is finally gearing up to arrive on American shores. Which means attention has been refocused onto the movie yet again.
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Director Christopher Nolan has been virtually making the publicity rounds in support of the release of Tenet in movie theaters across several international markets. Though there’s been a lot of discussion about whether it’s responsible or smart for Warner Bros. Pictures to release Tenet in theaters right now, especially in the United States, Nolan hasn’t directly addressed the issue himself. But in a recent interview, the director did discuss the idea of his film being labeled as the savior of movie theaters during this difficult time.
Outside of Tenet, the filmmaker behind The Dark Knight Trilogy was inevitably questioned about the casting of his Tenet co-star Robert Pattinson as the latest iteration of The Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman. In fact, Pattinson found out that he landed the role of Batman while on the set of Tenet, and Nolan chatted about the vibe on set after the casting news broke. Read More »
As Warner Bros. forges ahead with the divisive U.S. theatrical rollout of Tenet, the studio is attempting to take our minds off the dangers surrounding releasing a movie in theaters amid an ongoing pandemic with a ritzy behind-the-scenes featurette. The new nine-minute clip goes into great detail about how “cinematic” and “game-changing” the Christopher Nolan espionage movie is, from its incredible stunts to its even more incredible scope. Watch the Tenet behind-the-scenes featurette below.
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After months of hype and confusion, Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet is finally headed to theaters – in select locations. The film will open where it can in the U.S. next week, but this week, it bows overseas. Warner Bros. obviously would’ve preferred to release this thing worldwide all at once, but since that was an impossibility, they’re hedging their bets. So how is the potential Tenet box office looking outside the U.S.? Well…
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At this point, I really don’t know what is going on in the hallowed halls of Warner Bros. Studios in regards to Tenet. To be fair, WB was handed a crappy situation with the coronavirus threatening theatrical releases across the globe. But the studio has also had months to come up with a solution, and instead, they appeared to just…drop the ball. WB’s approach appears to be little more than “Let’s wait and see!”, and it’s not paying off, at all. So while Tenet is opening overseas this week, its fate in the U.S. remains in doubt. And now, to make things even more needlessly complicated, Warners seems to be intentionally limiting where the film can play at drive-ins.
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With Tenet poised to arrive in US theaters in under two weeks, Warner Bros. Pictures has released one final trailer with the most inverted time action yet. Not only does it give us the best glimpse at Christopher Nolan‘s high concept sci-fi action thriller, but it also introduces us to that final piece of the film’s puzzle, in the form of Travis Scott’s hip-hop track, “The Plan,” written specifically for the film. Watch the final Tenet trailer below and try not to get frustrated about how terrible of an idea it is to release it in theaters right now. Read More »