11 items from 2012
Following Directed by: Christopher Nolan Written by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell Christopher Nolan's brand of high brow blockbuster filmmaking has certainly shaped the landscape of quality populist cinema. He single handedly revived the Batman franchise and in the process, formed a style guide which is regularly referenced by his peers in an attempt to emulate his successful recipe. Years before the Bwwwoooommmmm Inception sound rewrote modern day marketing, Nolan wrote and directed 'Following', filmed in black and white and shot on weekends with his film school friends. It's an impressive first feature that isn't without its problems. The film stars Jeremy Theobald as an unemployed, unnamed writer who follows strangers in hopes to find inspiration for his first novel. One of his targets, a young man in a dark suit, calls him out on his unusual brand of research and a strange relationship is formed. »
- Jay C.
Over the last decade, Christopher Nolan has established himself as one of the most noteworthy mainstream directors working in the industry, mostly due to the unprecedented cultural impact of his three entries in the Batman series (but not to mention high functioning works of originality at the multiplex, such as 2010’s Inception). His penchant for labyrinthine narrative structure and chronological confusion date back to his delightfully well made feature debut, Following, winning the top prize at the 1999 Rotterdam Film Festival, exploring themes and motifs he would closely mirror in his significantly successful follow-up, Memento. A no budget neo-noir, Criterion restores Nolan’s debut from a new digital transfer, making this edition the definitive way to experience an exciting beginning to a fascinating talent.
We meet a young man (Jeremy Theobald), narrating a story to a stranger that quickly seems to take on ominous dimensions. An aspiring writer, it turns out »
- Nicholas Bell
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 11 , 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Before he became a sensation with the twisty 2000 revenge story Memento, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) directed his first feature film, 1999’s Following, a low-budget, black-and-white, 16 mm neo-film noir mystery with comparable precision and cunning.
Following is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer (Jeremy Theobald) who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for with one of his unwitting subjects (Alex Haw), who leads him down a dark, criminal path.
With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), Following is a mind-bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.
The DVD and Blu-ray editons of Following contain the following features:
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Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Kelly Reichardt had a stellar if hushed 2000s, and then she commenced the current decade with a film that is already beginning to feel like an unsung modern classic. Meek’s Cutoff is one of those exhilarating instances in which a marriage of disparate styles produces something tricky to imagine, but perfect to behold: a period piece set in mid-1800’s Oregon, shot in academy ratio and classically beautiful for it, but with Reichardt’s signature severe naturalism. The result is so stark and understated that it begins to feel graceful, weirdly epic. A small caravan of settlers (featuring Michelle Williams and a once again devout Paul Dano) hires a guide, big-talking Stephen Meek, to help them navigate the Oregon Trail. As the terrain grows less forgiving and water evermore scarce, the settlers begin to wonder if the route Meek »
It was announced today via IndieWire that Christopher Nolan’s first feature film Following will be entering the prestigious Criterion Collection this December. It has received a new high-definition transfer as supervised by Nolan himself, as well a new 5.1 surround sound mix by sound editor Gary Rizzo. Other special features include a new interview with director Christopher Nolan, a chronological version of the film, the previously recorded commentary track, a comparison between select scenes and the script, as well as the Nolan’s short film Doodlebug.
We first heard about Following getting the Criterion treatment just over 3 years ago, but there was never a set date. Fans can now look forward to the holidays with this December 2012 release, as well as an assumed December release for The Dark Knight Rises. Find out more about this special release by heading over to the official Criterion site. And thanks to Insomniac and »
Yes, Christopher Nolan has now been minted with the wacky C. Everyone's favorite boutique label has unveiled their December slate, and as usual, they play it quiet at the end of the year, but there are more than enough highlights to make the cinephile on your Christmas list happy. So let's get to Nolan's debut film, "Following," which will get a fresh reissue. While it has been widely available on DVD, devotees of the director will want to pick this up as it will boast a fresh new transfer as supervised by Nolan, as well as the commentary with the director that we're guessing has been ported over. But there will also be a new interview with Nolan along with the chronological version of the film, a comparison of three scenes to script, the director's short "Doodlebug" and more. It will make a great two-fer with the likely "The Dark Knight Rises »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Is there a finer filmmaker working today than Christopher Nolan? From humble roots and some indie smash hits, the British director has conquered the world. His star has risen to the point his name carries with it the same expectations of Hitchcock or Kubrick. You may think that a bold claim, but has there ever been a director so consistent in quality yet so unique in approach? No one would ever say that the two aforementioned greats never did a bad film, but I submit to you that Nolan has yet to.
Born in England and raised partially in the Us, he is a director who can craft films that will entertain the masses while also providing layers of meaning for those who desire to discover it. Every one of his movies benefits from repeat viewings, presenting something intelligent and, in reference to his recent work, beyond the standard blockbuster. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Very few filmmakers can boast a resume like Christopher Nolan’s. The man seems incapable of making a bad or sub-par film, each one managing to somehow top the last. With only seven feature films to his credit, he is already being acclaimed as his generation’s Stanley Kubrick. In anticipation for his eighth and most epic feature, The Dark Knight Rises, we countdown the top 20 scenes, sequences and moments from the work of a consistently innovative modern genius.
20. Batman Begins – The Construction of the Bat-suit
‘Bats frighten me, it’s time my enemies shared my dread.’
This is a sequence of short scenes depicting how a real-world Batman would adapt modern technology to build his famous armour. The elegantly simple look is to the credit of costume designer Lindy Hemming, whose Bat-suit presents a combination of Bruce Wayne’s ninja training, and military prototype high-tech.
How does one recover »
- Alai Naseer
Christopher Nolan is known for working with the same talent over and over. Throughout his short but illustrious feature film making career the director has re-teamed with several big stars, most notably recycling Christian Bale and, his good luck charm, Michael Caine. Nolan's only worked with one cinematographer, the Academy Award winning Wally Pfister, and just two composers, David Julyan and Oscar winner Hans Zimmer. Juylan's creative relationship with the filmmaker dates all the way back to his short film Doodlebug and includes the features Following, Memento and The Prestige while the rest, three Batmans and Inception, all fell under the purview of Zimmer. The first three scores that the latter has composed for Nolan have been brilliant, especially his music for The Dark Knight, so it comes as no surprise that this recently released 14+ minute preview of his work on Rises sounds so good. This video is compilation of »
BFI Southbank has announced a Christopher Nolan season for this July. All of the Inception director's films will be screened throughout the month at the riverside venue, leading up to the release of The Dark Knight Rises at BFI IMAX and nationwide on July 20. "Nolan has created a new type of Hollywood 'mainstream'," the BFI said, "films notable not only for their considerable technical skill but also for their brilliant, complex and playful narrative ingenuity." The full Christopher Nolan programme is as follows: Following (UK 1998. With Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan. 70min. 15)
Plus Doodlebug (UK 1997. With Jeremy Theobald. 3min):
- By Emma Dibdin
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Films in themselves are "such stuff as dreams are made on", sound and image conspiring to draw us into a whole new world of strange sensations that often reach an unimaginable scale. Perhaps that's why dreams offer such rich subject matter for film-makers, opening up a chance to explore both the effects of their craft and the hidden depths of the human mind. It's a state to which everyone can relate. We've all had a dream so vivid we can't help but tell the whole office the next day, »
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11 items from 2012
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