Film: Following

The cast/crew bit: written & directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Jeremy Theobauld and Alex Haw

The ten-word synopsis: Writer who follows people for material gets involved in dodginess.

In 1996, a young man called Christopher Nolan, who made a living by producing corporate training videos, set out with the aim of making a feature film. Having written a script inspired by a robbery that happened to him not too long beforehand, he roped in a friend, with whom he had previous made a short film, and his girlfriend, and a couple of others he knew, to help. 15 years later, this man is one of the most successful movie directors on the planet, both critically and commercially. Continue reading

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Film: The Dark Knight

The cast/crew bit: written & directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman & Heath Ledger

The ten-word synopsis: A reinvigorated Joker plots and schemes against Batman. Fun ensures.

Confession time: I never really ‘got’ the Joker. To me, he was never a villain worthy of the hype. He was just some bloke with in make up. No powers, just a cackling laugh. Slightly mad, which is always good, but just lacked oompth. You may have noticed that the last paragraph was written in the past tense, because the moment I saw The Dark Knight, something clicked. Continue reading

Film: Batman Begins

The cast & crew bit: written & directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy

The ten-word synopsis: Batman as put through the mind of genius director Christopher Nolan.

I’m going to start by saying it: The bit where he summons all the bats as ‘back-up’ is naff. Naffer, in fact, than the word ‘naff’, which is a word I thankfully haven’t used in a very long time. It’s a cringe-worthy moment, especially as it comes at a point in which the mask and voice still look a bit daft to the audience. Whilst the bat-face undoubtedly fades into commonplace after a scene or two, the voice is, annoyingly, going to force me to use that word again. It’s naff. Continue reading