Tag Archives: Christopher Nolan

[Trailer] – Man Of Steel

11 Dec

Man Of Steel

The first full-length trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has just been released and it looks absolutely epic. Watch it below.

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[Review] – Side By Side

12 Sep

Title: Side By Side
Year: 2012
Director: Christopher Kenneally
Writer: Christopher Kenneally
Starring: Keanu Reeves, James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Runtime: 99 min
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Metacritic: 84

For a while now I’ve been hearing just the best of stuff from people who have seen Side By Side. That only made me want to see it more, since this already seemed like the sort of film I would be so deeply in love with. It’s a documentary for film geeks, basically, but also for anyone else who wants to get into one of the most heated debates in the industry nowadays: film vs. digital. It’s about the history, the process, the feel and differences that come between working with digital film and the good ol’ photochemical stuff.

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[Review] – The Dark Knight Rises

29 Jul

Title: The Dark Knight Rises
Year: 2012
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, based on the characters by Bob Kane
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language
Runtime: 164 min
IMDb Rating: 9.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Metacritic: 78

And so it ends. I don’t even know where to begin, nor do I know exactly what I want to touch upon here, in my review for The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy. Is it as good as The Dark Knight was? Well, no, not really. But to me it never was about beating its predecessor, because the bar was set so high by that masterpiece of a second installment, by Heath Ledger‘s performance, by the legacy, the records, the mystique surrounding it all. What it is, however, is a film that’s as ambitious as I’ve ever seen; Christopher Nolan really comes out swinging for the fences with all of his might here, delivering a film charged with so many ideas and messages and that’s still so thoroughly entertaining as an action film. Is it as perfect as its predecessor? Again, the answer is no; but that doesn’t mean it isn’t perfect on its own right.

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[Trailer] – The Dark Knight Rises

19 Jun

A month away from its release, we’re getting what will probably be the final full-lenght trailer for the hugely anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Trailer] – The Dark Knight Rises

1 May

It’s not like anybody needs any reminder that this film is coming out this year or that it will most likely blow our minds away, but yeah, the final trailer for The Dark Knight Rises was released today, and you can watch it after the cut.

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Oscar Predictions: Best Picture and Director

25 Feb

This is the last of my Oscar Predictions posts, in which I tackle the two main races: Best Director and, of course, Best Picture. These two races will see Sunday’s two main players pitted against each other, with The Social Network and The King’s Speech considered the front-runners for both categories.

Most are saying they will split the two, with the British biopic getting the big one, and David Fincher nabbing the Best Director statue for his work on the Facebook film. Some are saying The King’s Speech will get both, some say the same of The Social Network, so yes, there’s a nice variety of ways these two races could go. Read on through for my opinions.

BEST PICTURE

Nominees

  • Black Swan (Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin)
  • The Fighter (David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg)
  • Inception (Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan)
  • The Kids Are All Right (Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray)
  • The King’s Speech (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin)
  • 127 Hours (Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson)
  • The Social Network (Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin)
  • Toy Story 3 (Darla K. Anderson)
  • True Grit (Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen)
  • Winter’s Bone (Anne Rosselini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin)

So, The King’s Speech or The Social Network? How this race has evolved has been the highlight of the 2010 awards season to me, The Social Network seemed unstoppable early on, winning every critic’s group award, the Golden Globe, nothing seemed to stand in its way to get the big one come Oscar night.

But then Harvey Weinstein came up with The King’s Speech and that one started killing it, winning the PGA, DGA, SAG, BAFTA, pretty much every single big award it could after that initial Social Network streak, and it’s now considered the clear front-runner.

This is obviously a question of new versus old. The tough, gritty, relevant and modern The Social Network, acted out by up-and-coming actors, a film in which there’s really no hero, no one to root for. And it’s standing against The King’s Speech, the sort of movie Oscar used to love, a biopic about the British monarchy, made by many veteran actors and which definitely tugs at the voters heartstrings with the warm relationship and message at the heart of the film.

My personal pick is actually Black Swan, but amongst these two I love The Social Network the most, I mean, to base a film on Facebook is daring enough, but to have the end product by this masterful, no one really saw that coming.

I’m gonna go and say The King’s Speech will win this one because it seems like it will, even though The Social Network is the better film. But don’t write out The Social Network just yet, it may seem like it’s all said and done, but a last minute revival may occur.

Should Win: Black Swan
Will Win: The King’s Speech

BEST DIRECTOR

Nominees

  • Darren Aronofsky (for Black Swan)
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (for True Grit)
  • David Fincher (for The Social Network)
  • Tom Hooper (for The King’s Speech)
  • David O. Russell (for The Fighter

In my mind there should be a tie between Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher, the two are masters of their craft, and yeah, they should split the golden man up between the two.

But in all honesty, this one’s David Fincher’s. Even if The King’s Speech sweeps the night I think this one will still go to The Social Network. I mean, if a film about a social networking site and the story behind it was as compelling and intriguing and plain out entertaining as this was it’s because of how this man handled the material, sheer perfection.

Should Win: Darren Aronofsky/David Fincher
Will Win: David Fincher

Oscar Predictions: Best Original and Adapted Screenplays

24 Feb

In my seventh Oscar Predictions post I will examine the state of both writing races, the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay ones, who seem to both have pretty clear-cut winners already.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees

  • 127 Hours (Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy)
  • The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
  • Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt)
  • True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
  • Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini)

Any other year and Toy Story 3 would have had a really solid chance, and it really would have been nice to see an animated film be the winner of a screenplay category, but the script Aaron Sorkin penned for The Social Network is shoulders above anything in contention this year, and there’s no way it’s losing this one.

Should Win: The Social Network
Will Win: The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees

  • Another Year (Mike Leigh)
  • The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson)
  • Inception (Christopher Nolan)
  • The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg)
  • The King’s Speech (David Seidler)

This category is full of exemplary screenplays, even though it’s insane to me that the Black Swan screenplay wasn’t nominated. The King’s Speech is all but guaranteed to take this one, but boy would I really love an upset at the hands of Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg.

Should Win: The Kids Are All Right
Will Win: The King’s Speech