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Review: Dunkirk

British war cinema is preoccupied it seems with defeat – the stumbling block of the Arnhem campaign in A Bridge Too Far, the sinking of Noel Coward’s destroyer from In Which We Serve, and innumerable plucky POW features, not to  mention the late critic Barry Norman’s father Leslie Norman’s take on the daddy of them all, […]

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Christopher Nolan Explains The Structure And Story Of Memento

This piece contains spoilers Christopher Nolan has said himself that the simplest explanation of Memento for audiences is that it is a noire-esque tale, told by its protagonist in reverse. Although he prefers a different structural concept. “If you draw out the time-line, it is indeed a hairpin. If you order the material chronologically, the […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Dark Knight

Crazy clown time- The Dark Knight’s Joker interrogation   For this month’s Scene is Believing, I thought it would be apt to (a) look back at the previous chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s unintended Batman trilogy, and (b) take a look at his favourite scene from that film, which underscores even further the influence of […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Dark Knight Rises

  The IMAX prologue: Bane takes the plane Early positive reviews for Sam Mendes’ Skyfall are hailing it as James Bond’s renaissance, Nolan-esque in terms of scale and depth. Mendes himself has acknowledged The Dark Knight in particular as a big influence – “What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that […]

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Scene Is Believing: Interstellar

“Time and tide wait for no man” – Chaucer The water planet Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is full of spectacular images and locations, both space and planet bound. One of the most deadly is the watery world perched perilously on the limits of an orbit around a black hole, labelled Gargantua by the crew of the […]

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Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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Dunkirk Trailer Breakdown

Christoper Nolan’s epic Dunkirk has just dropped its first trailer after that ticking clock teaser. We’ve got it for you below, along with a twitter thread breakdown by @stylemovienews , an account dedicated to the film’s young star, former One Direction member Harry Styles. Don’t let that put you off, though – this guy is methodical […]

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Following: Christopher Nolan Breaks Down his Debut Film Process

Here is a treat for Christopher Nolan fans – a 26 minute interview with Vice for The Criterion Collection, where Nolan discusses how he made his 16mm debut Following, in his spare time, over the course of a year. Bear in mind Nolan never went to film school, instead absorbing everything he knew from the […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Right Stuff

“The Right Stuff is an almost perfectly made film.” – Christopher Nolan. There are several inspirations for the director’s latest epic, Interstellar, including Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film. Based on Tom Wolfe’s book, it reflects the early days of the space-race, and the pilots of America’s Mercury space program, candidates the Yanks hoped would embody the elusive […]

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Christopher Nolan: Modern Master

  “In Nolan we trust” – those four small words carry such weight of expectation. With The Dark Knight Rises, can modern auteur Christopher Nolan deliver a fitting end to what many are claiming is the definitive on screen treatment of the Batman legend? The evidence is already there that Nolan has never failed to […]

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