Christopher Nolan has directed ten films starting with 1998’s The Following and his first major film, 2000’s Memento. We consider his work up to the present through Insomnia (the only one of these he didn’t write), The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar, Tenet, and Dunkirk (and yes, the Batman films, but we’ve already talked about Batman).
We talk about his typical heroes, his apparent love of noir, and his attempts at philosophy. Does he have a “woman problem”? Do his sci-fi plots actually make sense? Do they bear repeated viewings, or are they too dependent on some kind of plot twist gimmick? Oppenheimer may finally have overcome many of the issues we have with his previous work.
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A few articles we used to prepare include:
- “All 12 Christopher Nolan Movies, Ranked” by Bilge Ebiri
- “The Exacting, Expansive Mind of Christopher Nolan” by Gideon Lewis-Kraus
- “The Excellence of Christopher Nolan: The Cinematic Master of Attention to Detail” by Leah Donato
- “Christopher Nolan and the Contradictions of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Dennis Overbye
- “‘Oppenheimer’ Is Ultimately a History Channel Movie with Fancy Editing” by Richard Brody
- “Hear Me Out: Christopher Nolan is a bizarrely overrated filmmaker” by Calum Russell
- “Why Christopher Nolan Is One of the Best Working Directors Today” by John Odette
We’re recording video for these now:
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