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Sound On Sight’s Best Films of 2010 – part 3

29 December 2010 12:50 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#10 – Let Me In

Directed by Matt Reeves

Based on the best-selling Swedish novel “Let The Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name, Let Me In is a haunting, provocative thriller and in many ways is better than the original. While originally pegged as their own vision of the novella, it’s clear that director Matt Reeves has mimicked Alfredson’s distinctive sense of style and looked to his adaptation for visual inspiration. Reeves takes a bold and critical step in shooting an almost shot-for-shot remake of the Swedish vampire flick. But by injecting his own craft, he finds a way to harden it with a little more emotion and flavor. The pressure in adapting a story or remaking a film is that the filmmakers already have an archetype to which everyone will compare their work to. Some people will be unwilling to invite this film in, »

- Ricky

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Robert De Niro Tops List of Most Movie Deaths

27 December 2010 4:16 PM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

ChaCha put together a list of actors who have died the most in their movies. Topping the list is Robert De Niro with fifteen deaths, including ones in "Cape Fear," "Frankenstein" and "Jackie Brown." Bruce Willis also made the list and was actually killed twice by his ex-wife Demi Moore in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Brad Pitt is in top ten as well, but his deaths are a bit odd. He died in "Cool World," but returned as an animated character. He died in "Fight Club," but never actually existed. And he died in "Meet Joe Black," but came back as Death. The list is far from perfect, since it doesn't include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Titanic, Blood Diamond), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, La Confidential), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea, True Romance, Jurassic Park), or John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Punisher). Plus, there »

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Best Films of 2010 #5 – ‘Inception’

25 December 2010 4:25 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Christopher Nolan

Many will question Nolan’s need for having quite so many rules and restrictions for the film’s version of the subconscious, and by extension the film’s occasionally tiresome opening stretch. While Nolan’s screenplay (his first since Memento) could certainly use some streamlining in that regard, and some of the plot mechanics feel extraneous (totems?), the sluggishness isn’t a deal-breaker considering the brisk pacing of the rest of the film. Like all of Nolan’s work, it’s the commitment you’ll just have to make in order to be effectively immersed. “Critic-proof” is a term usually thrown at hacks and “audience-friendly” studio pawns, but Nolan’s works occupy a different definition of “critic-proof:” you see Inception (or The Prestige, or Memento, or Insomnia), and his ideas either “take,” or they don’t – but going in with the willingness to be awed certainly helps… »

- Ricky

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2010 Look Back at the Year in Film

24 December 2010 9:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Scott Mendelson Let us begin our look back at the year in film with a token acknowledgement of ten films whose reputations did not proceed them. For the record, not all of the films below are bad pictures. But they all generated critical and/or audience esteem that they perhaps did not entirely earn. There is nothing wrong with overpraising a good film. It often emanates from a hunger for quality that often causes we the critics to look at a merely solid and/or competent piece of cinema and hail it as a groundbreaking work of art. The following are in alphabetical order.

The Ghost Writer

The release of this film timed so conveniently with the arrest of director Roman Polanski that the reception of this film seemed to fall into two categories: ‘a triumphant thriller from a master artist’ and/or ‘the new movie by that kiddie-rapist’. Truth be told, »

- Scott Mendelson

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Christian Bale Using His Superhero Currency Smartly

22 December 2010 10:50 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The press conference announcement in Beijing by acclaimed director Zhang Yimou that Christian Bale will star in his Chinese period film The 13 Flowers of Nanjing is the latest piece of evidence that Bale uses his signature role as Batman as a beachhead that allows him to stretch, better than any actor who has inhabited a superhero movie role (with the possible exception of his The Prestige costar Hugh Jackman). I always felt that Michael Keaton could have better exploited his Batman perch as a way to enable  good projects, but he seemed uncomfortable being defined by the role and left after two films. Keaton shows up now and then and delivers the occasional strong performance, but any ability to get movies made just by his presence vanished after his exit. Val Kilmer never got the chance to exploit the perch after replacing Keaton for one appearance in 1995's Batman Forever, »


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Inception Blu-Ray Review

17 December 2010 11:33 AM, PST | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

I may not have liked Inception quite as much as a lot of people, but I have to admit (as I have been known to say frequently) I would rather see people try to do something great and fail (or not quite get there), than sit through yet another example of trying to do something mindlessly aimed at the lowest common denominator and succeed brilliantly.

While I think Nolan ultimately ran away with himself (see full review below), and could have used some other sounding board (brilliant things can be tricky to understand... so too nonsensical things), I also think he is nevertheless one of the most talented filmmakers working today. It may have folded over on itself too many times, but the film is still a fun adventure with amazing visuals, and thoroughly entertaining.

The release is somewhat light on bonuses, especially considering it is the film everyone was »

- Marc Eastman

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[DVD Review] Inception

14 December 2010 8:01 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The general public and critics alike like to speculate what made Inception such a buzzword this past summer. Could it be that the film offers so many pop-psychology discussions and what-if debates in Hollywood moviegoers that hadn't been seen since The Matrix? Or is it the fact often stated that it came at a time when big budget action movies emphasize spectacle over story, and audiences at large were hungry for something a smidge brainier? But the same was said of Nolan’s own The Dark Knight just two years prior, and the still-sky-high box office returns of the braindead entertainment it’s supposedly replacing certainly knocks a few pegs off that theory.

Or maybe the answer is much simpler. Maybe the film just hits a universal chord. And I'm not talking about that Bwooomp sound Hans Zimmer kept making.

My initial impression of the film can be read here. »

- Arya Ponto

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DVD: DVD: DVDs In Brief: December 7, 2010

7 December 2010 10:00 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

There are few filmmakers who have the ability—and fewer still with the freedom—to fuse challenging, thematically ambitious concepts with the grand-scale spectacle that puts asses in seats during the summer. Cashing his chips on his Batman revival, director Christopher Nolan made Inception (Warner Bros.) into a puzzle picture every bit as dense and complicated in its meditation on dreams and loss as earlier films like Memento and The Prestige, all while wowing audiences with mind-blowing dreamscapes…  The profound laziness of Shrek Forever After (Paramount) extends to pretty much every aspect of the production. Its plot rehashes It's »

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Blu-ray Recommendation: ‘Inception’

5 December 2010 9:28 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »



Directed by Christopher Nolan

Written by Christopher Nolan

2010, USA

For a filmmaker often accused of possessing a cold, clinical, fussy approach, Christopher Nolan seems to produce an awful lot of movies propelled by obsession. His 2000 breakthrough, Memento, used its backwards structure to underline the jumbled frustration of its protagonist – in the same way, Nolan has consistently employed unorthodox delivery methods for his particular brand of pathos. For all of the critical hemming and hawing over whether or not Nolan is a genius or a fraud, there rests one simple fact: his movies either work on an emotional level for the viewer, or they don’t. If they fail to connect, Nolan’s ever-more elaborate schemes feel cheap and even exploitative. If he succeeds, however, the combined effect of viewer involvement and Nolan’s narrative and visual trickery can be an incredibly potent experience. Inception ranks as Nolan’s greatest gambit yet, »

- Simon Howell

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

4 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Inception; The Twilight Saga: Eclipse; Shrek Forever After; White Material; Erasing David

Is Christopher Nolan the saviour of spectacularly intelligent cinema? On the evidence of his most recent work, the answer is an unequivocal "yes". Having used a bestselling comic-book franchise to create a pair of movies (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) that are perhaps best described as art-house flicks posing as blockbuster fare, Nolan cashed in his hard-earned artistic and financial freedom with Inception (2010, Warner, 12), the $160m auteur vehicle that proves really expensive movies don't have to be stupid to be successful.

Playing with riffs previously explored in such diverse (and, to some eyes, downmarket) screen thrillers as Total Recall, Dreamscape and Nightmare on Elm Street sequel Dream Warriors, Inception casts its characters' psyches as the scene of the crime, setting a team of industrial espionage agents loose within the subconscious of their unknowing sting. Leonardo DiCaprio is »

- Mark Kermode

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Salman's sharp jabs at Sanjay Leela Bhansali

1 December 2010 1:01 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Some time back, when they were on good terms, Salman Khan gifted Sanjay Leela Bhansali a DVD of Christopher Nolan.s The Prestige, which allegedly became the starting point for Guzaarish.Which is why when the director decided to make the film with Hrithik Roshan, Sallu was gravely upset.He let this be known in loud and clear terms during a television awards ceremony on Monday evening. Sallu, who was there to felicitate physically handicapped achievers, was in a candid and rather unforgiving mood.While communicating with a hearing-impaired girl he referred to Black and asked the girl whether she had ever met Sanjay Bhansali.But even as the girl, who could not comprehend what the star was saying, stared at him Salman launched into a monologue about how she should go and meet the director, reveals an eye witness..Jaake usko milo. Voh tumhare pe picture bana dega, khud khoob kamayega, »

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Christopher Nolan Says Stop Trying To Figure Out The Purposely Ambiguous Ending Of 'Inception'

30 November 2010 4:17 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director Also Confirms--For The Ninth Frickin' Time--That 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is His Last 'Batman' Film Vindication at last! Or at least, sorta. Anyone who's followed our site closely this year (including its old iteration) knows we've maintained since day one that the controversial, much-discussed and picked-over/picked apart ending of Christopher Nolan's "Inception" was meant to be open-ended and ambiguous (though ok, truthfully, some of us have insisted it ended as a tragedy like all his previous noir-ish films, see the ending of "The Prestige," "Insomnia" and "Memento") . In the tradition of the great Stanley Kubrick--which the film seemed… »

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How to Make a Christopher Nolan Movie

29 November 2010 6:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

If Christopher Nolan’s status as a top Hollywood director needed verification, the release of his dream heist thriller Inception muffled all objections. This brilliant brain-twister stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a man whose job is to invade and alter dreams.

Although Nolan has only directed seven movies, they are easily identifiable; he has an unrivaled trademark style. To celebrate the release of Inception on 6 December, we’re giving you the opportunity to become a blockbuster director. Even if you’ve never been to film school, just follow these 5 easy tips when making your next independent film, and you’ll start raking in the millions.

#1: Follow the Chris Nolan formula for protagonists

All of Nolan’s protagonists have similar problems and afflictions. When writing your script, make sure to include these guidelines:

-the protagonist must be male

-the protagonist must lose a loved one (either before or during »

- Paul Heath

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Christian Bale Hands Back the Keys to the Batmobile after The Dark Knight Rises

25 November 2010 3:00 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Yes, I know, the Batmobile was wrecked in Tdk, but they’ll probably build him a new one for the latest film. Anyway, I suppose this doesn’t qualify as a huge shock, given that Christopher Nolan seems to have always had no more than a three film arc in mind when he first breathed new (and desperately needed) life into the Batman saga. Bale has confirmed that:-

“unless Chris (Nolan) says different, this will be the last time I’m playing Batman. Until Chris tells me, I don’t believe it. It’s gotta be from his mouth, or else I don’t really know.” While promoting The Fighter Bale also told MTV that he knew very little about the plot for The Dark Knight Rises, which makes sense given that none of the cast will apparently see the script until the new year:-

‘Chris will let me know »

- Dave Roper

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The Contender

24 November 2010 6:04 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

If Christian Bale wins an Academy Award next year—and his odds are good—the first person he should thank is his daughter. It was at an event for her school that Bale ran into Mark Wahlberg, whose daughter is a fellow student. Wahlberg had spent years developing a movie called "The Fighter," which tells the true story of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his offbeat, often overbearing family. Wahlberg knew he needed the perfect actor to portray Ward's half-brother and trainer, Dickie Eklund, a once-great pugilist who had lost his career to a crippling addiction to crack. "The first time I saw Christian," Wahlberg recalls of their chance encounter, "I was like, 'Holy fuck. I've figured it out.' " Before long, Wahlberg and Bale were spending time in the town of Lowell, Mass., where Ward and Eklund still live, learning about the brothers' lives and getting to know the family. »

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Christian Bale Talks 'Dark Knight Rises': 'We've Got To Up It'

22 November 2010 2:14 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Actor tells MTV News he's 'very excited, because if ['Batman' series director Christopher Nolan] maintains, this will be the last one.'

By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Christian Bale

Photo: MTV News

News about the third installment of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's "Batman" series has been slowly dripping out over the past few months. Nolan officially committed to direct in September, "Inception" actor Tom Hardy joined the cast in October, and a few weeks later, the title, "The Dark Knight Rises," was announced.

So, yes, we've been learning snippets of info here and there. All along the way, though, Bale himself hasn't learned much more than us. "Chris will let me know what I need to know when I need to know it," Bale told MTV News while promoting "The Fighter." "It's our fourth movie together. I probably know a little bit more than some other people out there, but »

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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Production To Begin in May 2011

19 November 2010 6:53 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Christopher and Jonathan Nolan are currently plugging away at the screenplay for The Dark Knight Rises, with the intention of delivering a solid draft by January of next year. Both fellows are known for their secretive ways, though that hasn’t prevented rumors about Tom Hardy’s possible role or a Batman TV show spinoff from spreading around the Web.

Franchise stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman are essentially set to return for The Dark Knight Rises, as will Michael Caine, making the threequel his fifth collaboration with Chris Nolan after the first two Batman films, The Prestige, and this summer’s existential heist flick, Inception.

Caine spoke to Empire about the planned production schedule for The Dark Knight Rises and revealed that Chris Nolan now expects to complete shooting over the course…

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Your Daily Fix Of Oscar: 11/18/10

18 November 2010 2:02 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Deadline Hollywood: Pete Hammond speaks with Rich Ross, the chairman of Disney, who conveys to him just how serious his studio is about its “Toy Story 3” Oscar campaign: “We’re going for the best picture win. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all?” Only two animated films have ever been nominated for the best picture Oscar — “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) and “Up” (2009) — and neither won.

Thompson on Hollywood: Sophia Savage reports that the Visual Effects Society will honor “Inception” director Christopher Nolan with its inaugural Visionary Award for his ability to utilize “the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” Nolan — who has »

- Mary Skawinski

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Christopher Nolan to Receive Visionary Award from Visual Effects Society

17 November 2010 10:26 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Christopher Nolan is to receive the Visual Effects Society's inaugural Visionary Award at their Awards night on January 28, 2011, in recognition of his unique and consistent use of "the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work," according to the Ves. Nolan's films, from Memento and The Prestige to The Dark Knight and Inception, have helped to "tell complex and astonishing stories that change the way we think about the world around us," says Ves Awards Committee chair Jeffrey A. Okun. "His body of work inspires and he continues to push the envelope both technically and in storytelling. Given the amazing work he’s already created in such a short span of time, he is absolutely the best person to receive our inaugural Visionary Award." »

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Is Darren Aronofsky’s RoboCop still alive?

9 November 2010 11:28 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It had long been consigned to development hell. But could Darren Aronofsky yet be tempted to reboot the RoboCop franchise? It looks a mighty long shot to us…

There's been a mixed response to the news that Darren Aronofsky is signing up to direct Wolverine 2 now that his potential awards-magnet Black Swan is slowly beginning its roll-out. The bone of contention seems to be thus: that Aronofsky is easily one of the most interesting directors working in American cinema right now, and it seems a shame that we'll lose him for a couple of years to what will effectively be X-Men 6.

However, that does overlook the fact that the director has come close to helming a blockbuster movie before. He developed Batman: Year One for some time, before Warner Bros opted to reboot the Dark Knight's big screen adventures with Christopher Nolan on-board instead. And he was also attached, to some degree at least, »

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