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When Christopher Nolan speaks, it makes sense that the film industry should listen. Long before reshaping Batman.s cinematic legacy, Christopher Nolan was pioneering somber storytelling methods with twisty narratives like Memento and moody police procedurals like Insomnia. In between Batman movies, Nolan pushes the technological envelope in vast epics like Inception. And he even explores the power and presentation of IMAX in his last two Batman films, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan is expected to be at the forefront of the theatrical-presentation conversation when his sci-fi drama Interstellar reaches multiplexes in November. Ahead of that curve, the filmmaker took to the Wall Street Journal for a fascinating, sobering conversation about the state of modern cinema and the direction of the major studios. There.s so much to chew on regarding what Christopher Nolan had to say about this industry, and this storytelling method, that we »
The film is set in the Australian outback, ten years after a global economic collapse. Pearce plays Eric, a hardened loner who pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car.
During his journey, Eric captures one of the thieves' brothers (Pattinson), and the pair form an uneasy bond.
In an interview for next month's edition of Total Film, Pearce describes working with the Twilight star.
"He's had a very different existence as an actor than I did," Pearce said. "He's just this megastar.
"I don't know if he struggles with feeling like a valuable actor, as I did, but he shouldn't. He's amazing."
Pearce described watching Pattinson in a scene on their second day of filming, when he turned to director David Michôd and said, 'Wow, he's really good, isn't he? »
Studio Canal UK have released the first trailer and poster for Before I Go to Sleep, the movie based on the best-selling mystery novel by S.J. Watson. It stars Nicole Kidman as a woman who loses her memory every time she wakes up, and who must solve a dark riddle related to her condition.
Why can’t she retain her memories? Well, when Kidman’s character discovers some terrifying new information, everything she thinks she knows about her life is thrown into question.
Before I Go to Sleep was written and directed by Rowan Joffe, and the Memento-like project looks set to be a very different to his last adaptation, Brighton Rock. Talking of the Christopher Nolan helmed movie, there’s no denying that there are some obvious similarities between Before I Go to Sleep and Memento, but that’s far from a bad comparison, especially as that helped »
- Josh Wilding
Following in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan's breakout thriller Memento, and, oddly enough, the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates, Nicole Kidman plays the latest victim of anterograde amnesia in the first trailer for Before I Go to Sleep. Nicole Kidman stars as Christine Lucas, a woman who had a terrifying accident in her past, resulting in anterograde amnesia, where her mind is wiped clean each day, remembering nothing from her past life. Colin Firth plays her husband Ben, who must remind Christine who she is every day of her life, with Mark Strong starring as the mysterious Dr. Nash, who is trying to help Christine get her memory back. Written and directed by Rowan Joffe, based on the international best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep hits theaters on September 12.
There’s a reason that amnesia is so often used as a storytelling trope: it not only offers a straightforward outline for a mystery tale as the protagonist tries to learn about their past and how they lost their memory in the first place; it also means that backstory and exposition can be spread out over the course of the story as new facts are gradually uncovered. Not to mention, it also provides plenty of opportunity for twist endings.
Perhaps the best known example of anterograde amnesia in cinema to date is Christopher Nolan’s film Memento, which was told using a mix of chronological and reverse chronological sequences that left a lot of viewers scratching their heads after the initial viewing. Now it’s Nicole Kidman’s turn to face the perils of memory loss in Before I Go to Sleep, a new thriller executive ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
S.J. Watson's debut novel "Before I Go to Sleep" follows a woman suffering from anterograde amnesia: each day, she wakes up with no idea of who she is and must put together the pieces from a journal she has been keeping. In "Memento," Christopher Nolan's remarkably artful amnesia film, Guy Pearce used Post-it notes, Polaroids and tattoos on his own body to solve a murder. In "Before I Go to Sleep," Christine, the protagonist, tries to find the truth behind the attempt on her own life that caused her amnesia, while being guided (or perhaps manipulated) along the way by her husband and doctor. Rowan Joffe ("Brighton Rock") directed the film adaptation of Watson's novel, due out September 12 in the U.S. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong and is produced by Ridley Scott. Check out the first trailer for "Before I Go to Sleep" below, »
- Jacob Combs
In "Memento," Guy Pearce uses Post-it notes, Polaroids and other visual clues to overcome his memory loss to find the truth behind a murder. But maybe all he needed was a good doctor. In the forthcoming "Before I Go To Sleep," Nicole Kidman will also get to the truth behind a crime, thanks to a handy physician, all while trying to manage a condition that sees her memory wiped out every time she goes to bed. Co-starring Colin Firth and Mark Strong, produced by Ridley Scott and based on the best-seller by S.J. Watson (some seriously strong credentials here), the Rowan Joffe- ("Brighton Rock") directed film follows a woman who digs into her attempted murder, while trying to unravel whether she can trust her husband who or may not be who he says he is. It's a premise that could be tricky to land effectively, but we'll let you »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Like the better episodes of The Twilight Zone, Christopher Nolan’s Memento and Shane Carruth’s Primer before it, indie sci-fi Coherence is a brilliantly staged and sharply written mindscrew of a movie that left me equal parts giddy, chilled and bewildered. It’s easily one of the most thought-provoking and deeply engrossing cinematic experiences of the year – not to mention a highly auspicious debut for writer-director James Ward Byrkit.
It’s hard to talk about Coherence without spoiling its many fascinating twists and turns, but I’ll do my best. Our protagonists are eight friends who come together for a dinner party on the night of an astronomical anomaly – “Miller’s Comet,” which is passing closer to Earth than ones recorded in the past. As Coherence opens, hints of the comet’s influence can be seen in broken phone screens and disrupted signals.
The one common thread linking all »
- Isaac Feldberg
Somewhere at the cross-section of technological advancement and artistic expression lies Christopher Nolan. The director of The Dark Knight, Memento and Inception is well-known for being beholden to film, and in particular to IMAX film. IMAX continues to produce film cameras for directors like Nolan to use, but IMAX projection is quickly moving away from […]
- Germain Lussier
Guy Pearce can do swagger (Iron Man 3, The King's Speech), he can do slimy (Lawless), he can do hard-nosed (L.A. Confidential, Animal Kingdom), he can do unhinged (Memento, The Road), he can do heroic (Lockout, The Time Machine), he can do fabulous (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert). Whatever adjective he's personifying onscreen, there's rarely a trace of “Guy Pearce” to be found. In his new movie, The Rover, a postapocalyptic drama that reteams the actor with Animal Kingdom director David Michôd, Pearce plays Eric, a grizzled silent-type determined to retrieve his car from a thieving trio. The reasons are murky — it's ten years after a global “collapse” and having a car to roam the Australian dust bowl certainly looks like a perk — and Michôd relies on the brunt force of Pearce's conviction to propel the brooding chase along. Pairing Eric with a Boo Radley–like »
- Matt Patches
Everyone has a theory about Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” from libertarians who find Plato’s Cave/Ayn Rand-like levels of reality in the film, to fan sites dedicated to dense theories, and blogs dedicated the film’s moral evolution. One prevailing theory (Spoiler) calls Cobb’s spinning top a red herring, and that we should turn our attention to Cobb’s ring. The theory goes: Cobb is dreaming when you see him wear the ring, and you know he’s awake when he isn’t wearing it. The theory’s falsifiable and it’s simple enough to stick (it’s Cracked’s number one fan film theory). Darren Foley is picking up the theory and is running for a touchdown, having transformed the ring-totem theory into a new paradigm for understanding “Inception.” Foley also explores Nolan’s use of film titles to introduce important concepts in the story. He »
- Joshua Encinias
When it comes to summer movies, Hollywood likes to rely on the same collection of actors to cover certain archetypes. If your script has a goofball character, both Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen fit that bill. A sly temptress that can lure moms and dads? Angelina Jolie is casting wisdom. Need an Everyman American with steely nerve and a big grin? Tom Cruise, your agent is calling. But what if your summer release is a bleak, nihilistic trip through a rough outback wasteland with a social menace, like David Michôd’s new thriller, The Rover? Well, you would be hard pressed to find an actor who can sink into the gallows of that role with as much intensity as Guy Pearce.
Pearce has always been a hard performer to pin down. In many of his notable roles – the disciplined cop in L.A. Confidential, the driven amnesiac in Memento, the »
- Jordan Adler
Robert Pattinson continues his quest for recognition outside the “Twilight” franchise in bleak apocalyptic thriller “The Rover” this weekend, and critics are mixed as to whether or not he completely pulls it off. The R-rated movie, directed by David Michod, has scored a majority of positive reviews on critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which currently grades the movie as 67 percent “fresh” after counting 48 reviews. Also read: Robert Pattinson Talks Lying, Erotic Spitting and Being Homeless on ‘Kimmel’ Set in the Australian Outback “10 years after the collapse,” Guy Pearce (“Memento”) takes the lead as a survivor whose car is stolen by a gang. »
- Greg Gilman
Yes, we have another dystopian movie coming up. But instead of a being based on a young adult novel and starring Shailene Woodley, this one's an original starring Kristen Stewart. In Drake Doremus's romance "Equals," Stewart and Nicholas Hoult play young lovers in a romance by Nathan Parker, set in a society where emotions have supposedly been eradicated. Just ahead of the stateside opening of David Michôd's Cannes hit "The Rover," Guy Pearce ("Memento") is joining Stewart and Hoult. Doremus (“Like Crazy”) previously worked with Emmy-winner Pearce ("Mildred Pierce") on “Breathe In.” Filming starts in August in Japan and Singapore. In "Equals," Stewart plays Nia, who lives in a future society called The Collective, where the inhabitants, called Equals, live calm, well-ordered, peaceful lives. There's no greed, poverty, violence--and no emotion. But a new illness has cropped up: Sos, or Switched-On-Syndrome, which activates in its victims a »
- Anne Thompson
Hot off The Rover, a dystopian thriller for which the actor is earning raves, Guy Pearce has joined the cast of another futuristic indie – this one titled Equals. Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult were previously announced to be leading the cast for Like Crazy director Drake Doremus, so it’s expected that Pearce will take on a supporting role.
Equals, which is billed as a stylish sci-fi romance, is “set in a world where there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone: Sos, or Switched-On-Syndrome, activating depression, sensitivity, fear, love — and once a person is overtaken, they are sent away and never seen again.” The IMDb summary for the film expands on that, though take it with a grain of salt until an official full synopsis is released:
A futuristic love story set in a society where emotions have been eradicated. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Nic (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and Maleficent), Haley (Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel), and Jonah (Beau Knapp of Super 8) are three college students pondering the future. Haley is relocating for a year, and her devoted boyfriend Nic and his pal Jonah are helping in the cross-country move.
But their road trip across the Southwest experiences a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. Nic and Jonah have piqued this mysterious hacker’s interest, and vice versa. The trail heats up, provocations are traded online, and the trio find themselves drawn to an isolated area. Night falls, contact is made, and suddenly everything goes dark.
When Nic regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare. »
- Michelle McCue
Christopher Nolan is without question one of the most celebrated and talked about filmmakers working in Hollywood today. In just the space of a decade, he went from being an independent filmmaker working on smaller, more intimate dramas, to becoming one of the industry’s most reliable and acclaimed directors of big-budget entertainment, making his most prominent mark with his beloved Dark Knight trilogy.
Though it’s difficult to argue with Nolan’s technical skill or ability to viscerally entertain us, there are also a number of truths about his movies that maybe we just don’t want to admit.
It goes without saying that the majority of these issues stem from the latter portion of Nolan’s filmography, where he became more immersed in tentpole filmmaking, and no doubt felt the need to homogenise his work a little more for the sake of mass appeal.
It’s considerably more »
- Jack Pooley
Cannes - The circus around the Cannes Film Festival is different than any other film festival in the world. It may be less Hollywood than Toronto and less audience-friendly than Sundance, but Cannes truly draws talent of all kinds from every corner of the globe. Only here could you be interviewing rising Australian filmmaking star David Michôd on a hotel rooftop deck while Kylie Minogue belts "Can't Get You Out of My Head" for a live French TV program across the street. And yes, like any good Aussie, he recognized Ms. Minogue immediately. Michôd burst on the scene in 2010 after "Animal Kingdom" became, arguably, Sundance's greatest foreign success of the past decade. Not only did it launch Michôd's career, but it earned star Jacki Weaver her first Academy Award nomination and long=deserved recognition outside of Australia. And directing an actor to an Oscar nomination in your first film is sort of big deal. »
- Gregory Ellwood
When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life Of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch.
In their 2013 Toronto International Film Festival review, Sound on Sight said, “Life Of Crime is a reasonable addition to the world of Leonard adaptations.”
Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Tim Robbins, Life Of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.
- Michelle McCue
We all love a good, intelligent movie: who hasn’t been charmed by the intricately-plotted twists of Fight Club or The Usual Suspects, or been bowled over by the mind-melting array of thrillers that Christopher Nolan has brought us over the years (Memento, The Prestige, Inception)?
However, making a clever movie for attentive audiences isn’t easy, and if a movie’s reach exceeds its grasp, or it ends up talking down to audiences, viewers are certainly going to be vocal about it.
Not all of these 10 movies are bad, and in fact, several of them are pretty good, but they clearly mistook confusing storytelling, muddled moral messages, absurd twists and ropey internal logic for intelligent filmmaking.
Though some viewers will continue to profess these movies to be intelligent, a deeper probing of the issues at hand reveals them to be ambitious failures, or simply entertaining films that »
- Jack Pooley
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