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Great Job, Internet!: Video essay shares Christopher Nolan’s techniques for telling stories

20 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Christopher Nolan may make blockbuster films for large audiences, but he seemingly does so on his own terms with his own storytelling idiosyncrasies. His earlier indie films like Following and Memento may not have been for audiences everywhere, but they still garnered cult followings thanks to both the craft on screen and Nolan’s subtle work in creating complicated narrative techniques. And while he has his own visual language he likes to preserve, Nolan also puts his own spin on more traditional storytelling, even in the studio efforts like Insomnia, The Prestige, or The Dark Knight Rises.

A new video essay by YouTuber James Hayes examines the three most-often used elements of Nolan’s storytelling and how it has proven effective and enduring with audiences. The video is a fairly rudimentary examination of Nolan’s favorite three techniques for putting kinks in his stories—frame narrative, non-linear storytelling, and crosscutting »

- Rob Dean

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Mark Rylance Teases the Opening of Christopher Nolan’s “Pure” and “Simple” War Drama ‘Dunkirk’

19 July 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Known for his densely plotted features — from his break-out film Memento through his Dark Knight trilogy and even his sci-fi spectacles — perhaps Christopher Nolan is paring things down a bit on the page for World War II drama Dunkirk, which is currently in production. In a new interview from star Mark Rylance, he discusses the film’s “simple” and “pure” approach, as well as teasing the opening.

“Chris is the most serious and interesting filmmaker. Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. But Chris’ script-writing is so brilliant that I think he has the potential to make a very, very powerful and simple, pure war film about a miraculous loss. I think it has the potential to be just a marvelous film,” Rylance tells Empire. “With some of those old war films you used to get a lot of build-up, you play the guessing game: who’s »

- Jordan Raup

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Christopher Nolan’s First Released Short Film ‘Doodlebug’: Watch His Twisted 1997 Debut

17 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nearly a decade before he was making movies about bats, Christopher Nolan was turning his attention to bugs. The filmmaker made a debut of sorts with 1997’s “Doodlebug,” a three-minute short filmed on 16mm and produced by his future wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, who’s worked with Nolan on each of his subsequent films.

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Doodlebug” is marked by a grainy, black-and-white aesthetic that’s of a piece with the spar narrative about a man (Jeremy Theobald) trying to squash an insect in his dingy apartment. It eventually gets recursive, with the bug in question being revealed as a miniature version of the man himself; in the end, they’re both of them dwarfed by an even larger version who appears behind them.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Big Hero 6’ Honest Trailer Pokes Fun At The ‘Marveliest Non-Marvel Movie Ever’

5 July 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the latest Honest Trailer, Screen Junkies goes behind the “Disney hit that made you laugh, cry, won an Oscar, and best of all, isn’t ‘Frozen,’” “Big Hero 6.”

The animated movie was based on a Marvel comic book — many had no idea existed — according to the video. While all the Marvel branding was removed from the finished product, the film followed the same superhero premise of a team going up against “an unforgettable villain with a vague plan in a final battle… and an after credits scene with Stan Lee.”

“I mean come one, this is the Marveliest, non-Marvel film ever,” says the voiceover as he continues to humorously dissect the picture’s plot.

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“[Hiro] is a protagonist with hair of a Japanese anime and the tooth gap of every kid from recent Western animation,” he adds. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Jaws’ Honest Trailer Argues That the Mayor is the Real Monster in Steven Spielberg’s Classic Blockbuster — Watch

28 June 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What with it being the best shark movie in ages and all, “The Shallows” has “Jaws” back on moviegoers’ minds. That includes the folks at Screen Junkies, whose latest Honest Trailer is dedicated to Steven Spielberg’s summertime classic. The innovative blockbuster is “one of the scariest monster movies of all time — with barely any monster in it,” intones the narrator. Watch below.

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Among the main jokes: pointing toward the mayor (who refuses to shut down the obviously dangerous beach lest it ruin the seaside town’s 4th of July festivities) as the real monster, calling Richard Dreyfuss’ character the “original Instagram hipster” and blaming “Jaws” for the decades of unnecessary sequels that have followed in its wake.

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As for that other shark movie, »

- Michael Nordine

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Bucheon Fantasy Festival Unveils Huge Anniversary Line-up

23 June 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s largest genre film festival, announced a huge 302 title lineup for its 20th edition.

American actor-director Matt Ross’s Cannes prize-winning family drama “Captain Fantastic” will open the festival on Jul. 21. Closing the festival will be Yeon Sang-ho’s latest animated feature “Seoul Station,” a prequel to Yeon’s Cannes live action film “Train to Busan.”

In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Korea-France bilateral relations, the festival will dedicate a showcase to French company Gaumont. Other special programs include a David Bowie tribute, and a Nakashima Tetsuya retrospective.

BiFan will also take a look back on its own past twenty years through a program titled “20 Years, 20 Favorites.” The section features earlier works of major film makers including Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” and Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser.”

The festival’s industry program, BiFan Industry Gathering, »

- Sonia Kil

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Hell and salvation in the films of Christopher Nolan

16 June 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




In the logical, rational films of Christopher Nolan, heroes often make a mythical journey into the land of the dead, Ryan writes...

Christopher Nolan stands in front of a chalk board, carefully scratching out a network of lines and arrows. He's attempting to describe the complex structure of Memento, his second film, which cuts between two intertwining stories - one told in a conventional order, the other told in reverse.

"Most movies present a quite comfortable universe," Nolan says, standing in front of his odd hairpin-shaped diagram, "where we're given an objective truth that we don't get in everyday life. That's one of the reasons we go to the movies."

For many, Memento was their first encounter with Nolan's style of filmmaking, which seems fixated on the precise and the concrete. He favours the use of celluloid and practical, in-camera effects. Like Stanley Kubrick before him, Nolan »

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‘Let Me Make You A Martyr’ Exclusive Trailer: Marilyn Manson Plays A Hit Man On A Mission From Mark Boone Junior

15 June 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »


Let Me Make You a Martyr” follows Larry Glass (Mark Boone Junior), an abusive father, drug dealer, and pimp who hires hit man Pope (Marilyn Manson) to kill his rebellious adopted son Drew (Niko Nicotera) and his lover and adopted sister June Glass (Sam Quartin). The film also stars Michael Potts (“Conspiracy Theory”), Slaine (“The Town”), William Lee Scott (“Pearl Harbor’), Michael Shamus Wiles (“Fight Club”), and more. Watch the exclusive new trailer above.

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Marilyn Manson is best known as the frontman of the Marilyn Manson band, whose music garnered much controversy from politicians and the public for their nihilistic lyrics, graphic imagery, and provocative statements. Manson got tied up in the aftermath of the deadly Columbine shooting when he was blamed by politicians and the media for inciting the violence with his music. Manson has appeared in many films including David Lynch’s “Lost Highway,” Michael Moore’s “Bowling For Columbine,” in which he discussed the media’s interest in scapegoating rather than focusing on broader societal issues, and a recurring role on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”

Mark Boone Junior is best known for his role on “Sons of Anarchy,” along with his performances in Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and “Batman Begins,” Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line,” and David Fincher’s “Seven.” He will soon appear in Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” about Nat Turner, the leader of a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831.

Let Me Make You a Martyr” will premiere at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal next month. Manson will be in attendance.

Read More: Marilyn Manson Confirmed As Star Of Quentin Dupieux’s Cannes Short Film ‘Wrong Cops

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- Vikram Murthi

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Go Inside The U-96 Submarine In This Fascinating ‘Das Boot’ Documentary Featurette – Watch

14 June 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’re like me, you A) are fond of Wolfgang Peterson’s exhilarating 1981 film “Das Boot” (though have only seen the director’s cut) and B) have little to no idea how German submarines actually operated. Fortunately, we’ve got the video for you.

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From the “Das Boot – The Director’s Cut” DVD, this eight-minute featurette follows a German captain as he travels through and narrates each compartment of the ship, from the officer’s bunkroom to the control center to the torpedo room.

Fun facts you may have not picked up from the film itself: The boat was designed for 24 people but in wartime the crew was doubled to 48 (the captain being the only member who didn’t have to share a bunk). Large amounts of ammunition were stored right below these bunks. The electric motors allowed the boat to move silently underwater in case of approaching enemies. The motors had to U-96 submarines needed to recharge diesel engines, which is why they had to come up for air at least every eight hours.

But don’t take my word for it: Enjoy a splendid German captain saying it.

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‘Finding Nemo’ Honest Trailer Compares Dory To Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento’

14 June 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Before you catch the sequel that everyone hopes is a little more ‘Toy Story 2’ than ‘Cars 2,’  revisit the movie that had to spoil its own ending in its title,” begins the latest Honest Trailer created by Screen Junkies for “Finding Nemo.”

As usual, the video gives you a detailed, more straight-forward, blunt recap of the Disney and Pixar movie that made everyone fall in love with clownfish and Dory. And yes, the video does touch on the subject of the popularity of clownfish as pets and then the “death of countless fish that kids tried to free down the toilet.”

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The heartwarming story will make you reevaluate your life but it will also take you on an adventure that “combines the wonder of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ the excitement of  the ‘Great Escape’ and the musical talents of Ellen DeGeneres.”

With “Finding Dory” being released in a few days, the Honest Trailer also hopes that Pixar didn’t go full “Minions” on us (being that the “Despicable Me” spin-off received mixed reviews) and compares the forgetful fish to Guy Pearce’s character in Christopher Nolan’s thriller “Memento.”

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- Liz Calvario

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Watch: Video Essay Explores The Art Of Slow Motion In Cinema

12 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Cinema gives filmmakers an opportunity to be a modern-day Chronos: They can manipulate the time in their feature to their liking, whether it be in flashback dreamscape like Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “The Conformist” or tattooed on an amnesiac like in Christopher Nolan‘s “Memento.” Not only can the film be manipulated in execution, but a range of shots can […]

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Ambi partners with China's SinoLicensing

6 June 2016 4:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The joint venture will focus on producing both Chinese content and English-language co-productions.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group has formed a production and distribution joint venture with Beijing-based SinoLicensing, headed by Melody Bi.

The new venture, Ambi-sino China, will focus on expanding Ambi Group’s global distribution network in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

It will also finance and produce Chinese-language original content, co-produce English-language content with Chinese partners, and serve as a local production partner for Ambi’s productions and third-party projects.

The new outfit aims to exploit properties in Ambi’s film library acquisitions, including the Exclusive Media Group library, which includes titles such as Memento, Rush, The Mexican, Ides Of March and We Were Soldiers. These and other titles will be considered for Chinese-language remakes with local and international financing partners.

Bi and Iervolino will oversee the day-to-day operations of Ambi-sino China.

“The ability to operate in China as a Chinese »

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Mfr Explores The Dceu's Road To Ruin: Column #2

13 May 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Concept Art for "Superman: Flyby"

Welcome back to a special ongoing look at Warner Bros. and how it's handled its DC Comics properties. It's going to be a weekly, ongoing miniseries here at Lrm. This entry will look at what into relaunching the Batman and Superman franchises, and more. We'll explore all of the interesting parallels and forks in the road that brought us to where the Dceu is today. 

Last week, we left off in 1997. Batman And Robin came out and was a huge black eye for Warner Bros., effectively turning what was a once promising franchise into a punchline. It was the fourth installment of that series, and it killed Batman almost as definitively as the fourth Superman film had grounded the Man of Steel exactly 10 years earlier. 

But before we can look at how Warner Bros. planned to rebound its DC properties post-1997, we have to »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Guy Pearce to make directorial debut with 'Poor Boy'

12 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: La Confidental star will also star in the stage play adaptation.

Guy Pearce is to make his directorial debut with Australian paranormal drama Poor Boy, based on the stage play in which he starred.

The Australian actor, known for roles in La Confidental, Memento and Cannes 2014 title The Rover, will also play the lead in the feature. The cast also includes Frances O’Connor (Mansfield Park, The Missing), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!), Callan Mulvey (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Sarah Peirse (The Hobbit).

The story centres on a dead man, a young boy and two families mysteriously linked by synchronous events seven years earlier. Production is planned for Melbourne in 2017.

The screenplay is by Matt Cameron, adapted from his stage play created with Crowded House singer-songwriter Tim Finn and performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company in 2009.

Producer Al Clark, whose credits include The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and who »

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Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue to reunite on 'Flammable Children'

7 April 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Australian actors last appeared on screen together nearly 30 years ago in TV soap Neighbours.

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue have signed on to join Radha Mitchell in Flammable Children, the new comedy feature written and directed Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

It marks the first time the two have appeared on screen together in nearly 30 years, having starred as Mike and Charlene in TV soap Neighbours in the 1980s.

As well as a successful pop career, Minogue has appeared in films including Moulin Rouge! and Holy Motors while Pearce is perhaps best known for roles in Memento, La Confidential and Iron Man 3.

Flammable Children will shoot in Australia this autumn. Three other leading roles are yet to be cast.

Taking place in 1975, the film is set in a sleepy beachside suburb where “an extraordinary event” sets in motion a revelatory week for a teenage boy and girl.

The feature »

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Watch: The Fire Rises In 76-Minute Behind-The-Scenes Documentary About 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

5 April 2016 11:51 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Beyond aspects of quality and tone, what ultimately separated Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy from other incarnations of Batman —including Zack Snyder’s recent take on the iconic superhero— is that it’s entirely the work of one singular vision that avoids the demands common to corporate interests. With the franchise in dire straits after the abject failure of Joel Schumacher's “Batman and Robin,” Warner Bros. needed to pull a 180 to reverse any ill will amongst fans. The heads at WB wisely felt it was vital to give audiences a no-holds-barred look at the character, one that would be associated more with a filmmaker than with a global brand, and that’s when they turned to Nolan. It was a gamble to give full control and complete artistic license (not to mention a hundred million dollars) regarding a beloved 60-year-old character in the care of a British »

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Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker & Guy Pearce To Star In ABC’s Lgbt Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise’

21 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Rachel Griffiths, Mary Louise-Parker and Guy Pearce are set for lead roles in When We Rise, ABC's seven-episode event limited series about the gay rights movement, written and executive produced by Dustin Lance Black. When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. civil rights struggle. Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) will play Lgbt activist… »

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Pregnant Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce Are Expecting ... Shadowbaby Jokes

21 March 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Melisandre better get ready for another awkward baby shower.

Dutch "Game of Thrones" actress Carice van Houten and Australian actor Guy Pearce confirmed they are expecting a baby together, which served as a double notice for many of us that they were even dating.

Pearce split from his wife of 18 years last year, and they had no children together.

The "Memento" star had been open about his lack of interest in having children, telling The Guardian in 2007, "I don't even need them. There are enough babies in the world. Besides, I don't think I would be good for babies. I'd be on and off. I think they need more consistent affection than I would be able to give." (He said he's more of a cat person.)

So that's his experience with kids, and we've all seen how Melisandre deals with children -- she pushed Stannis to burn his daughter Shireen, »

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Carice van Houten From Game of Thrones & Guy Pearce Expecting First Child

19 March 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Congrats to Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce! The 39-year-old Game of Thrones actress and the 48-year-old Memento star, who appears in the new Australian series Jack Irish, are expecting their first child, her rep confirmed to E! News Saturday. On Game of Thrones, van Houten plays the priestess Melisandre, aka The Red Woman, who was pregnant in season two in 2012 and had a rather memorable and bizarre childbirth scene. "Ok. I'm ready for your shadowbaby jokes," the actress tweeted Saturday. Van Houten had last month appeared as Melisandre in a baby shower sketch on Late Night With Seth Meyers. She also talked about filming her famous »

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15 Things You Never Knew About Christopher Nolan's 'Memento'

15 March 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A hand shakes a Polaroid as it "reverse develops," moments before an ejected shell casing re-enters the gun it was fired from -- the bullet coming back out of the screaming man it was fired into.

As opening scenes go, you don't get much better than "Memento," Christopher Nolan's gripping film. And, as features go, few are as scary-good as this one. A thriller about memory, reality and, um, tattoos, "Memento's" twisty plot more than holds up 15 years later. Some would say it's "The Dark Knight" director's best film.

Forget the pending remake that has everyone crying "too soon;" in honor of the film's 15th anniversary this week, here are 15 things you never knew about this modern classic.

1. The brothers Nolan -- Christopher (pictured) and Jonathan -- came up with the idea for the film while on a 2000 mile road trip, driving from Chicago to Los Angeles.

2. The »

- Phil Pirrello

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