Interstellar (2014)

Directed By – Christopher Nolan

Screenplay By – Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan

Cinematography By – Hoyte Van Hoytema

Starring Matthew McConaughey & Anne Hathaway

169 min.

I saw this movie in IMAX and holy fuck was it a full body experience. Interstellar isn’t perfect, it has some dialogue issues and a moment where Anne Hathaway’s character goes on a weird tangent about the power of love, but there’s no denying that Interstellar is a space epic. I think it is right up there with Kubrick’s 2001 and Tarkovsky’s Solaris. It might not be as good as those two movies but in terms of space epics, I don’t see how Interstellar doesn’t take the third spot on the list.

Interstellar is an experience that deserves to be seen on a big screen in theaters and…MATT FUCKING DAMON! Damon deserves an oscar for his performance, for without it this movie losses a lot of it’s epic-ness and a lot of the excitement that you feel when you leave the theater. Damon takes this movie to the level it needed to be at.

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Inception (2010)

Directed By – Christopher Nolan

Screenplay By – Christopher Nolan

Cinematography By – Wally Pfister

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Co.

148 min.

Inception was Nolan’s most ambitious project at the time (now surpassed by Interstellar) and visually it’s beautiful. The more I watch this movie though, the more I realize that the story isn’t as “epic” as I had once thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good movie, but as some movies get better with each viewing I think Inception has a peak viewing at about four times. After the fourth it doesn’t necessarily get worse, but it at least plateaus.

As far as Nolan as a filmmaker, his movies are on par each and every time, I just don’t think Inception resinates with me as much as his other movies. I also think that the heart of this movie is so overshadowed and misleading that it becomes not an interesting way of weaving humanity into this film, but is so obscured by everything else that’s going on that it gets lost in translation. Essentially this movie is about Cobb (DiCaprio’s character) accepting his world as reality, whether or not it is a dreamworld, and just accepting it. But at the same time Cobb is going through the guilt and grief at which he feels about Mal’s, Cobb’s dead wife’s, suicide. And this is all going on during a third-level dreaming reverse-heist plot? Ocean’s 11 is heartfelt yet simple, Inception might be trying to do just a little too much.

I think this film is at it’s best with all of the side character and the actors that play them. While it is Cobb’s story lead by DiCaprio, it is a team heist movie as well and for me the team is more interesting than Cobb is. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Tom Hardy to Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy, all of those guys are so entertaining in this movie, even Tom Bringer shows up and nails his part. To me everything that they do is more interesting than Cobb’s dead wife situation.

Again, Inception is a good movie, it just isn’t my favorite Nolan film by any means.

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The Dark Knight (2008)

Directed By – Christopher Nolan

Screenplay By – Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan

Cinematography By – Wally Pfister

Starring HEATH LEDGER

152 min.

Welcome to a TheDenHouse special edition: The Heath Ledger Show!

Heath Ledger gives arguably the single greatest villain performance of all time with his Joker in The Dark Knight. Does the fact that this was his last complete performance make his performance all the more impactful? You bet your sweet ass it does! Every time you watch this movie the question arises of “What could have been?” Would Ledger have been the greatest actor of his generation? Gone on to give us a new style of acting? Could Ledger have become more iconic than Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson’s baby that was raised by Meryl Streep? We will never know, but boy do I wonder.

I have seen this movie more times then I can count. I know every nuance, every forthcoming moment and yet Ledger still blows me away. He has my complete and undivided attention for every single frame he’s on screen. Is this Nolan’s best movie? Maybe not technically, or story-wise, or whatever else you haters want to complain about, but by golly he sure as hell has captured something that will go down in film history: HEATH LEDGER.

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Following (1998)

Directed By – Christopher Nolan

Screenplay By – Christopher Nolan

Cinematography By – Christopher Nolan

Starring Jeremy Theobald

69 min.

Following is a exceptional feature debut. It’s a quick interesting original work self financed by Christopher Nolan and reveals several of the future stud director’s technical pursuits. I consider Following a workshop for Memento, as Following is playing around with story structure in terms of its time and space relationship. The stories aren’t similar but it is how Nolan executes them that the connection is made. Nolan’s time fascination will continue with basically all of his features.

Anyone who enjoys Nolan’s films should check out his first feature as it is both enlightening to see where the director started much of his themes and it is also a good movie with an intriguing story that will have you hooked through its entirety.

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