So much for the rumors that he might direct the 24th James Bond movie.
Christopher Nolan, the hit-making director behind Memento, Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy (all the top-ranked films of their respective years on Flickchart), has set his sights on his next project. Nolan is in talks to direct a sci-fi project entitled Interstellar, from a script written by his brother and past collaborator, Jonathan Nolan. The project is currently set up at Paramount Pictures, but will be a co-production between Paramount and Warner Bros., where Nolan’s production company, Syncopy, is based.
The script for Interstellar is based on theories by Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist at Caltech. The story apparently involves parallel dimensions, time travel and characters traveling through a wormhole; in other words, it sounds like a complex, multi-layered tale that might be just right up Nolan’s alley.
Steven Spielberg was originally attached to direct Interstellar, but set about creating a different sci-fi project, Robopocalypse, instead. However, Robopocalypse has recently been indefinitely delayed, so it is unclear whether Spielberg might remain involved with Interstellar.
“What’s left to say?”
This simple question looms over every conversation we ever have. We fret over making sure our audience has all the necessary information and context(s) from which to reach the conclusions we’re hoping they find. As listener or reader, we search for the cues that tell us that it’s okay to begin processing and reacting. At some point, on either side of the discourse, we wonder whether it’s run its course and we’re now free to move on to other things. Read the rest of this entry »
You will be unprepared.
That’s a tagline full of promise, all right. Though I have to say, I never felt “unprepared”. There was very little in Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch that I didn’t expect in the wake of the trailers promoting this movie. It takes big event movies across multiple genres – a pinch of The Matrix, a heaping helping of Kill Bill, a splash of Terminator, a dose of Rambo, a dash of The Lord of the Rings, a dollop of Fight Club, a touch of Inception – and tosses them in a blender. The result is a movie that certainly looks cool, but with a narrative that may seem as cobbled-together as the visuals if you start to think about it too hard.
Since last fall’s revamping of Flickchart‘s global ranking system (see the official announcement about that here), many films have found themselves moved around on the global charts. But one thing remains consistent: the Directors Who Dominate continue to do so. Previously covered in this series, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino remain at the top of the charts (with their highest-ranked films at #1 and #4, respectively.) But the biggest change is that their newest efforts (Inception and Inglourious Basterds) have a much stronger presence on the chart, where they now appear at #2 and #13. And this brings us to another director who continually dominates, the man who is widely regarded (for good or ill) as the father of the modern blockbuster: Steven Spielberg.