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Will Christopher Nolan's Interstellar be the heralded filmmaker's first ever flop, or will mainstream audiences respond to what is being called a very personal and ambitious film with big ideas? We'll have to wait a few more weeks to find out, but the first wave of reviews have come in, and they are not as overwhelmingly positive as his previous work. The sci-fi thriller currently has a 72% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a number which will surely change as more reviews come in before the November 7 release. The aggregate score so far represents his lowest Rt score to date for his first eight films:
Following - 78% Fresh
Memento - 92% Fresh
Insomnia - 92% Fresh
Batman Begins - 85% Fresh
The Prestige - 78% Fresh
The Dark Knight - 94% Fresh
Inception - 86% Fresh
The Dark Knight Rises - 88% Fresh
Interstellar - 72%
Below we have compiled excerpts from some of the first 18 reviews that were published today, »
If you've been on the internet at all in the last half hour you're likely to have seen a tidal wave of Interstellar reviews. The embargo broke on Christopher Nolan's first feature after his release from Batman prison today at 11 Am. The film makes it debut in theaters on Friday November 7th in a variety of formats but see it in IMAX 70 Mm because it is epically large and immersive that way.
If you've been putting up with The Film Experience for any length of time you'll know that yours truly, Nathaniel, is not the speediest critic. My interest in screaming "first" is practically less than nil which can be a disadvantage online but it's not who I am. Never cared about it. Never will. Time is a flat circle, yadda yadda yadda. My review is forthcoming at some point. It was meant to go up today but I »
- NATHANIEL R
To infinity and beyond goes “Interstellar,” an exhilarating slalom through the wormholes of Christopher Nolan’s vast imagination that is at once a science-geek fever dream and a formidable consideration of what makes us human. As visually and conceptually audacious as anything Nolan has yet done, the director’s ninth feature also proves more emotionally accessible than his coolly cerebral thrillers and Batman movies, touching on such eternal themes as the sacrifices parents make for their children (and vice versa) and the world we will leave for the next generation to inherit. An enormous undertaking that, like all the director’s best work, manages to feel handcrafted and intensely personal, “Interstellar” reaffirms Nolan as the premier big-canvas storyteller of his generation, more than earning its place alongside “The Wizard of Oz,” “2001,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Gravity” in the canon of Hollywood’s visionary sci-fi head trips. Global »
- Scott Foundas
Director: Christopher Nolan; Screenwriters: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan; Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo; Running time: 166 mins; Certificate: 12A
What purpose does love serve? That's a question posed around the midway mark in Christopher Nolan's operatically ambitious Interstellar, but it's also an intriguing one to apply to the director's filmography. While he's far from a heartless filmmaker, Nolan has tended in the past to deploy emotion only in very particular ways. Love is a catalyst: it fuels vengeful rage (The Prestige and the Dark Knight trilogy) or self-destructive guilt (Memento, Inception), and it's largely futile, felt more often for the dead than for the living.
For fans of Star Wars, there are few comedies that bring as much joy as Mel Brooks' classic spoof Spaceballs. From Rick Moranis' great turn as the villain Dark Helmet to the late Joan Rivers as a scratchy voiced, lady C-3Po named Dot Matrix, there's just so much to love about this movie. And while Brooks is a master of comedy (he even planned a joke that will last forever with his Hollywood Walk of Fame handprint this year), YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has decided to give Spaceballs a dramatic makeover by giving the film a trailer in the style of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and it's pretty cool. Here's the Interstellar style trailer for Mel Brooks' Spaceballs from YouTube (via Live For Films): For more on Interstellar see: fan-art posters, five new TV spots, third official trailer and the official website. Interstellar is »
- Ethan Anderton
Last year’s magician thriller, Now You See Me, didn’t exactly receive universal critical acclaim. While it was certainly an enjoyable romp with a couple of twists chucked in, it failed to revive the genre after the 2006 double-whammy of The Prestige and The Illusionist. Still, putting its critical reception aside, it raked in a sufficient haul at the box office to warrant a sequel that we’re not sure is entirely needed.
Nevertheless, it’s been a while since we’ve heard official word on any new casting for Now You See Me 2, but today’s scoop from The Wrap has now transformed the second outing into a far more enticing affair. The outlet reports that Cloverfield‘s Lizzy Caplan is currently deep in negotiations to snag the female lead. The biggest hurdle surrounding her involvement is her role on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, for which the »
- Gem Seddon
Big week for Bat-talk! Last week, I published a couple Geekly columns focusing on the Dark Knight Detective. First, I drew up my list of the hundred greatest Batman comics, movies, TV episodes, etc. Then I considered whether it was possible to have entirely too much Batman at one time. And would you believe it, everyone has an opinion about Batman–and a ton of great recommendations! Read on for the highlights. Darren Franich was dead-on right in his piece 'Dark Knight Fatigue Rises,' but from just one perspective. In July of 2013, Cartoon Network debuted DC Animation's new CG series "Beware the Batman. »
- Darren Franich
Sarah looks back at the Amityville films, and finds a lot of scary things, not all of which were intentional…
112 Ocean Avenue, Long Island is probably the most famous haunted house in the world. Not that you’ll necessarily recognise the address – it’s far better known as the Amityville Horror house. Back in 1975, George and Kathy Lutz moved their family into the house… and then 28 days later, they moved back out, claiming to have been driven out by supernatural forces. Their story made the news, was turned into a book, and then made into a movie, in 1979.
It’s hard to imagine now that a family claiming to have encountered the devil in their basement could cause such a massive fuss, but I’m not here to interrogate the truth of their statement. What I am here to do, though, is to watch all of the Amityville Horror movies made to date, »
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich
Director Christopher Nolan has included many different science fiction elements in some of his films outside the celebrated Dark Knight trilogy. From the unsettling device created by Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) in his Victorian-set dramatic thriller The Prestige to the dream-sharing technology central to the innerscape of Inception, Nolan’s profound respect for sci-fi has been ever-present.
This November, his epic Interstellar will premiere. It will be his longest film to date, and his first major foray into the realm of hard sci-fi. Longtime Nolan fans will not need any convincing to see this – for many, it will be their most anticipated movie of the year. For casual moviegoers, the film’s striking imagery and starry cast (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain) should draw a significant crowd.
While there is still plenty of mystery surrounding the film’s plot (which is typical of Nolan films), the ...
- Anthony Vieira
Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy is the best and most cinematic take on Batman we've ever seen. Thanks to Reddit user Join_You_In_The_Sun, we have 120 behind the scenes photos from the films. After going over the gallery, I really want to re-watch the full trilogy.
- Free Reyes
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Following yesterday's awesome Poster Posse collection from Blurppy for this fall's release of Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan, an official poster from Paramount Pictures has debuted online. This one is a little more conventional as it merely shows Matthew McConaughey on another world, which we've seen glimpsed in the most recent trailer for the film as well. Some think that the most recent trailer showed too much, but considering it's all out of context and a Nolan movie has never been spoiled by trailers, it shouldn't be anything to worry about. Could we get one more trailer before the release? We'll see. Here's the latest official poster for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar from Empire: Watch the most recent trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar right here! 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. »
- Ethan Anderton
There are some directors whose work you can identify on the spot because of their films' style, look, music, or the actors involved. (Think Wes Anderson or Tim Burton.) And then there are some who can be I.D.d by recurring motifs that pop up again and again in their work. Alfred Hitchcock had a weird thing for blondes, yet compared to some of these other filmmakers' recurring obsessions, Hitch seems downright clean-cut. Let's take a look at some of our favorite directors and their … well, interesting proclivities.Christopher Nolan:Dead wives (Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception)Nolan is beloved by his fan base for the tightly calculated precision of his screenwriting and shooting styles. In that cool detachment, he may have been unaware of an increasingly disturbing trope that shows up time and again in his films: dead wives. The entire plot of Memento is driven »
- Max Evry
Before he resurrected Batman and made us forever uncertain if we were actually dreaming, Christopher Nolan made Memento. A twisting tale of revenge told in reverse, the film was the first suggestion to many that Nolan was something really special (it was only his second feature film).
Widely regarded as one of the director’s best films (and also of the 21st Century as a whole), Memento has betrayed its indie origins and become a widely regarded masterpiece. It was incredibly strong at box office thanks to glowing word-of-mouth, but it’s on DVD where the film really exploded, becoming a must see for a whole generation of movie goers.
But what’s actually going on? Memento is intricately presented in a manner that require multiple rewatches to just pin down what’s going on, while Nolan himself has thrown irritatingly conflicting viewpoints out there that make unravelling the story incredibly tricky. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
The Dark Knight (2008) reunites director Christopher Nolan ("The Prestige") with star Christian Bale ("Empire of the Sun"), who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. The Dark Knight (2008) was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a script written by Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer and of course Christopher Nolan himself. The film starred: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Michael Caine as Alfred, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel, Gary Oldman as Gordon, »
Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn. In this case, The Joker (portrayed by Heath Ledger) just wanted to watch Lau (portrayed by Chin Han) burn. We last saw Lau sitting on top of the money. He had on a straitjacket and several times The Joker taunts him while he chats with The Chechen (portrayed by Ritchie Coster). Below, is an unused shot from Chris Nolan's masterpiece, The Dark Knight. It depicts Lau's fiery off-screen death. The Dark Knight (2008) reunites director Christopher Nolan ("The Prestige") with star Christian Bale ("Empire of the Sun"), who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. »
We’ve heard this was shown at Sdcc on Nolan’s first visit to Comic Con and now it’s here for everyone, it looks like another perfect addition to his truly impressive work so far. Interstellar focuses around a team of explorers who use the discovery of a wormhole to go beyond what humans have achieved so far in space, thus stripping away the limitations that we’ve known for all the years so far.
Nolan obviously has his Batman universe in his filmography but he’s also got such tremendous films as Insomnia, The Prestige, Memento and Inception and this new one will surely be his masterpiece – I’ve got so much hope for it!
- Dan Bullock
Over the course of his career, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has garnered critical and commercial acclaim for a filmography that includes Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception. With his last film coming in 2012, many were excited to hear that he was working on a new feature, excitement that was heightened by the announcement that this would be another original property. Titled Interstellar, Christopher Nolan takes on directing duties, along with co-writing the screenplay with Jonathan Nolan, and working with a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: The Dissolve)
- Deepayan Sengupta
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