19/30 directors ⇢ Christopher Nolan
“Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.”
Happy 43th birthay Christopher Johnathan James Nolan:
July 30st 1970 - July 30st 2013
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“I think I’m not so much a fan of science fiction as I am a fan of cinema that creates worlds, that creates an entire alternate universe that you could escape into for a couple of hours.”
Films are subjective, what you like, what you don’t like. But the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up on-screen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think it’s the best movie in the world, that they poured everything into it and they really love it. Whether or not I agree with what they’ve done I want that effort there, I want that sincerity. And when you don’t feel it, that’s the only time I feel like I’m wasting my time at the movies ─ Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan on the ending of Inception: “The important thing is that Cobb’s not looking at the top. He doesn’t care.”
1. The Hit
- That Criterion has released this little-known Stephen Frears gem is a testament to the thoroughness of their search for obscure masterworks. Few films have gambled as much on a simple portrayal of the dynamics between desperate men
2. 12 Angry Men
- … except perhaps this Sidney Lumet classic.
3. The Thin Red Line
- What better than Malick’s extraordinary vision of war to demonstrate the technical potential of a carefully mastered Blu-ray? Projecting this disc comes close to the original print quality, and it’s hard to imagine a superior consumer format coming along anytime soon.
4. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
- Lang at his most wicked and entertaining. Essential research for anyone attempting to write a supervillain.
5. Bad Timing
- Nic Roeg’s films are known for their structural innovation, but it’s great to be able to see them in a form that also shows off their photographic excellence.
6. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
- Few films have been able to capture David Bowie’s charisma, but Oshima’s wartime drama seems tailor-made for his talents. Tom Conti has rarely been such a sympathetic guide for the audience’s emotions.
7. For All Mankind
- An incredible document of man’s greatest endeavor.
- An incredible document of how man’s greatest endeavors have unsettling consequences. Art, not propaganda, emotional, not didactic; it doesn’t tell you what to think—it tells you what to think about.
9. The Complete Mr. Arkadin
- No one could make much of a case for Welles’ abortive movie overall, but the heartbreaking glimpses of the great man’s genius preserved here are the most compelling argument for the value of Criterion’s dedication to cinema.
- von Stroheim’s lost work of absolute genius. Which is not available on Criterion. Yet. Here’s hoping.