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Christopher Nolan

Director Christopher Nolan has become one of the Big names in Hollywood. After his success with the Batman trilogy, his movies is a wish-to-be-in for every aspiring and A-list actor. But how did the British-American director get so successful? This is a tribute to Christopher Nolan, and to some of the best movies we’ve ever seen!

He has only 8 movies behind his name, but boy are they big ones, and do they sport high-class actors. Apart from being known for The Batman movies (Batman Begins in 2005, The Dark Knight in 2008 and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012) he also directed/produced/written the 2000 cult classic Memento. Memento is one of my personal favourite movies, if you have not seen this movie then prepare to get your mind blown (Like any Nolan film).  He also managed to release the incredible science fiction thriller Inception in 2010. Here is a list of his filmography, as you go through them, be sure to notice the A-list actors he managed to sign-up:

 

Following (1998)

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Following is a 1998 British neo-noir film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It tells the story of a young man who follows strangers around the streets of London and is drawn into a criminal underworld when he fails to keep his distance.

As Christopher Nolan’s début feature, it was designed to be as inexpensive as possible to make: scenes were heavily rehearsed so that just one or two takes were needed, thus economising on 16 mm film stock, the production’s greatest expense, and for which Nolan was paying from his salary. Without expensive professional lighting equipment, Nolan mostly used available light. Apart from providing the script and direction, Nolan also did the photography, editing and production himself.

 

 

Memento (2000)

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Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his younger brother Jonathan’s short story “Memento Mori”.

Memento is presented as two different sequences of scenes: a series in black-and-white that are shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order. The two sequences “meet” at the end of the film, producing one common story. It stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a man with anterograde amnesia, which impairs his ability to store new explicit memories, who has developed a system for recollection using hand-written notes, tattoos, and Polaroid photos. During the opening credits, which portray the end of the story, it is shown that Leonard kills Teddy (Joe Pantoliano). The film suggests that this killing is vengeance for the rape and murder of his wife (Jorja Fox) based on information provided by Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss).

 

Insomnia (2002)

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Insomnia is an American psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank. The film, released on May 24, 2002, is a remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name.

In the small fishing town of Nightmute, Alaska, 17-year-old Kay Connell (Crystal Lowe) is found murdered. LAPD detectives Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) are sent to assist the local police with their investigation.

 

 

Batman Begins (2005)

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The movie that started it all. What bigger franchise is there than Batman apart from another Superhero movie?

 

The Prestige (2006)

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The Prestige is a 2006 British-American mystery thriller film written, directed and co-produced by Christopher Nolan, with a screenplay adapted from Christopher Priest’s 1995 novel of the same name. The story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results.

The film features Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. It also stars Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, and Andy Serkis.

 

The Prestige obtained Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction

 

The Dark Knight (2008)

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‘Nuff Said. But did you know it was nominated for a total of eight Oscars, and won two, the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing, and a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger

 

Inception (2010)

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Inception is a 2010 English-language science-fiction thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.

DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. He is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: “inception”, the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious.

Inception was nominated for eight Oscars, and won four awards; Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects

 

Dark Knight Rises (2012)

‘Nuff Said. The Blockbuster of 2012!

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This is why we absolutely love Christopher Nolan, he is a genius Director that manages to release the one kick-ass movie after the other. The best is yet to come…  His Man of Steel (Superman) is due to be released June 14th this year!

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