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
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
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