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Writer/director Andrew Bujalski ("Computer Chess”) is making his bones quickly. He's only made four independently financed feature films, and his fourth is his biggest and best yet. A dynamite cast helps, but Bujalski's tentative move towards the mainstream doesn't tamp down his funny and observational sensibilities. His latest, "Results," stars the criminally underused Kevin Corrigan ("Pineapple Express"), Guy Pearce ("Memento"), Cobie Smulders “(“The Avengers"), Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Michael Hall in the weirdest role you will ever see him in. “Results” is centered on the culture of self-improvement. The comedy focuses on two mismatched personal trainers, self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders), whose lives are upended by the actions of a wealthy client (Corrigan). As their three lives become inextricably knotted, the plot go from complicated to super messy, and as our »
- Chase Whale
Photo: Warner Bros. / Lionsgate / Paramount Christopher Nolan was asked, during a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival, to choose which sequence from his films he considers his favorite. The log chase scene in Insomniac The semi-flip in The Dark Knightc The docking sequence in Interstellarc Every single one of themc Nope. The director answered as some may have expected, with the opening scene from The Dark Knight Rises, often discussed as his most impressive stunt sequence thus far in his directorial career. Call it the prologue scene, call it the airplane hijacking scene, call it what you want, Nolan is proud of it no matter what title you give it. "It took us about two days in Scotland," he told host Bennett Miller and the crowd. He continued: "It was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of »
- Jordan Benesh
Has being the director of a film in a major franchise become a high-stakes gamble? Ryan looks at the pressures faced by modern filmmakers.
The process of making the behemoth that is Avengers: Age Of Ultron has clearly taken its toll on Joss Whedon. In each successive interview with the press, he’s talked with surprising openness about the process of making the superhero sequel and his battles to places an individual stamp on it; this culminated in a recent podcast with Empire, in which he described the “really, really unpleasant” fight to keep certain scenes in the film.
For an established writer and director like Whedon, who’s been working in TV and film since the 90s, taking on a project as huge and loaded with expectation as a Marvel film is evidently punishing, both physically and psychologically. Imagine how difficult it must be, then, to make the jump »
Interstellar and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan was on hand at this year's Tribeca Film Festival for a conversation with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, and their chat covered a number of different topics -- from Nolan's first influences (Star Wars) to his massive success as a filmmaker (“I do attribute a lot of it to luck"). What else is going on inside the nerdy mind of the guy who gave us Inception and Memento? Here are three Christopher Nolan fun facts to break out at your next movie party 1. His favorite movie of 2014 “I really loved Whiplash last year. I thought that was an incredible piece of work. That was the kind of film where when you see it, it’s very precisely put together and you’re very...
- Erik Davis
As an interview subject, Christopher Nolan is an expert diplomat: He’s great at sounding forthright while not saying anything particularly revealing. But, holding forth on his career in an hour-long conversation with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, the Dark Knight and Inception director did open up at a couple of points. Maybe it was the fact that he was talking shop with a fellow filmmaker, but Nolan seemed refreshingly reflective, particularly as he discussed some of the opportunities he’d been given in his career.“If there’s one thing that I’ve been fortunate in, in my development as a filmmaker, it’s that I’ve always worked at a comfortable scale,” Nolan said. “I started very very small [with the no-budget feature Following]. Then, after I had done Following … I was able to show people the script for Memento, and it had a similarly nonlinear structure. »
- Bilge Ebiri
On Monday evening, Christopher Nolan, acclaimed director of "Memento," Inception" and "Interstellar" visited the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival for one of their Tribeca Talks panels. His moderator was Bennett Miller, acclaimed director of "Moneyball" and "Foxcatcher." Throughout the panel, Miller kept the focus mostly on Nolan's filmmaking history, his influences, his processes and his family, but did manage to include a story referencing Amy Pascal and his own experiences with studios. Check out the highlights from the panel below which dive into Nolan's process: Nolan's first memory of film."My first memory of going to a film is probably seeing 'Snow White' in re-release," Nolan said. "I very much remember seeing the evil witch, the evil queen who transforms herself into the witch, with the apple and »
- Casey Cipriani
Christopher Nolan described his filmmaking process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
“I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festivalgoers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher,” “Moneyball”). “Usually my answer right off the bat is that I work intuitively, but I draw a lot of diagrams when I work. I do a lot of thinking about etchings by Escher, for instance. That frees me, finding a mathematical model or a scientific model. I’ll draw pictures and diagrams that illustrate the movement or the rhythm than I’m after.”
Intuition, he noted, comes to the fore in his editing process. “I’ve always edited in a huge hurry, tried to catch that lightning in a bottle, just so the energy is there,” he said. “I »
- Gordon Cox
Director Bennett Miller went mano a mano with director Christopher Nolan Monday evening before a packed, film-crazy crowd at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Actually, the Tribeca Film Festival event was more bromance than smackdown, as Miller (Foxcatcher, Moneyball, Capote) played admiring interlocutor to the amiable Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, Memento). Their only prior work together had been in the area of keeping the use of film stock alive. After running… »
Christopher Nolan is one of the most successful filmmakers working today. In fact, he’s one of very few directors (maybe the only one) that basically have carte blanche when it comes to choosing projects and getting them made without any fuss. He makes massive, ambitious original films like Inception and Interstellar, and audiences turn out on a scale normally reserved for superhero movies or the next Transformers sequel. It’s an impressive feat, and it’s no wonder that he’s able to assemble such impressive ensembles in front of the camera. While everyone’s waiting to hear what Nolan will do next, a new video tribute to the filmmaker has landed online that runs through his entire filmography, from his feature debut Following to last year’s Interstellar and everything in between. It’s a serviceable ode to Nolan, and while a few of the cuts are a bit jarring, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Prestige is about magicians, who specialize in tricking the mind as a form of entertainment. Like it’s subject matter, the film itself fittingly accomplishes the same thing. Join us as we discuss the subtle complications of this intriguing film and how they are often misunderstood by general audiences.
Not every movie is meant to be a form of mind-numbing entertainment. Sometimes things get complicated. Christopher Nolan's The Prestige is one of these movies. Not only is the subject matter itself tricky, but the way the story is told and the way characters are developed is not straight-forward. The Prestige is one of those films which allows the audience to come up with their own conclusions about the events that take place. While this leaves much of the importance of the film open to interpretation based on personal perspective, it also provides an opportunity for misunderstanding. This article »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
These days, Christopher Nolan is one of the few directors who is given creative carte blanche and blockbuster sized budgets so he can create his own original visions on the big screen. But there was a time he was just another independent filmmaker trying to get noticed, and even fifteen years on from "Memento," he still remembers very clearly that at one time, no one in Hollywood wanted anything to do with him or his narratively tricky little movie. "We organized a big distribution screening in L.A. the weekend all the distributors were coming to town for the Spirit Awards," he said recently at BAFTA (via THR). “But every distributor passed [on it] in one night — nobody wanted it. Some of the distributors were really awful to us, actually, and said they’d walked out of the film. It was a really, really tough ride … pretty devastating." It's a sobering reminder »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jonathan Nolan is one of the most in-demand screenwriters in Hollywood today. His first four screenplays, which he co-wrote with brother Christopher Nolan, are among the top #100 most-loved films according to the Internet Movie Database (The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and, now, Interstellar). You could even count a fifth title in that grouping if you include his story credit for Memento, for which he received an Oscar nomination.
Still, Nolan is not just a potent creative collaborator of one of the world’s biggest directors. He has branched off to become a creative force on the small screen, too. He created the hit CBS drama Person of Interest, which draws in around 10 million viewers a week, and is also hard at work on Westworld, an HBO sci-fi drama set to air later this year based on Michael Crichton’s novel. With an ensemble cast including Anthony Hopkins, »
- Jordan Adler
Modern cinema throws up few things you can depend on but Christopher Nolan is one of them. Released this week on DVD and Blu-ray is Interstellar, the director’s tenth feature. In celebration we look back at a few of his most important films and examine what helps the Englishman stand out from the Hollywood crowd.
Nolan’s breakout feature was Memento, based on brother and long-term writing partner Jonathan’s short story Memento Mori. Focused on Leonard, who suffers from short-term memory loss, as he hunts for his wife’s killer the film uses character as it’s base and also plays with narrative convention in telling its story backwards. These methods bring out the human side of Leonard’s struggles and frustrations drawing empathy from the audience, an emotional connection that has continued through the director’s work. »
- Gary Collinson
Christopher Nolan thinks big. There’s little question he has an impressive imagination and his body of work speaks to those larger issues. Often writing with his brother Jonathan, they have produced a series of films with a polish and gravitas that few other big budget spectacles can match.
And yet, in almost every case, the lapses in story logic rob the movie of its power so you always walk out of the theater shaking your head in bewilderment. The great ideas and execution found in Memento and again in Inception are spoiled in his other films, notably The Dark Knight Rises. Such was the case with Interstellar, coming to home video via Paramount Home Entertainment this Tuesday. The larger theme of where we do go when we ruin the Earth beyond repair is a timely one as more and more reports indicate this is the century we hit the ecological tipping point. »
- Robert Greenberger
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
Christopher Nolan, in addition to being perhaps the most cerebral director of blockbuster action flicks currently working, clearly cares a lot about the culture of preserving and appreciating film. He’s one of the most vocal advocates of for Kodak Film, along with his chums Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams, and he’s recently branched out into yet another previously uncharted realm, if you’ll forgive the vaguely galactic pun. Variety has recently reported that Syncopy – the production company co-owned by Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas – is planning a joint venture with New York-based independent film distributor Zeitgeist Films whereby the two companies will oversee and curate Blu-Ray releases for Zeitgeist’s prestige titles. And Nolan has good reason to trust Zeitgeist: they handled the release of his assured debut “Following,” a moody, minimal thriller about obsession and paranoia that led to the funding and release of his breakout picture, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety. Here's the 32-minute discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan (via The Playlist): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
The awards season momentum for “Birdman” — which has won the major trophies at the PGA, SAG and DGA ceremonies — is about to be halted temporarily.
When the Writers Guild of America hands out its screenwriting awards Saturday, the Oscar-nominated scripts for “Birdman” and “The Theory of Everything” won’t be named. Both scripts were excluded by the WGA last year when the guild sent out its nominations ballot to members, which included 60 scripts in the original category and 48 in adapted.
The script for “Birdman,” written by director Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, is up for an Oscar in the original screenwriting category. Anthony McCarten’s script for “The Theory of Everything” is contending for an Oscar in the adapted screenplay contest.
The WGA restrictions on script awards are far more rigorous than those for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, SAG-aftra and the Directors Guild of America. »
- Dave McNary
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
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