Directors Who Dominate: Christopher Nolan

Nigel Druitt

An avid Flickcharter since 2009, Nigel is a self-described fanboy whose Top 20 is dominated by the likes of Indiana Jones, Frodo Baggins and Marty McFly. Nigel is the Canadian arm of the Flickchart Blog, but try not to hold that against him. You can find him on Flickchart as johnmason.

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2 Responses

  1. Travis McClain says:

    To date, I’ve only seen the two Batman films and “The Prestige.” I meant to make my way out to see “Inception” but this summer was crazy for us. Those three films, though, give me a strong sense that this is a guy who isn’t tied to pre-established conventions or rules about storytelling.

    He dusted off the Batman franchise at a time when nearly every other blockbuster relied on CGI and hyper-realistic stunts and effects, and he grounded that world in our own instead. You walk out of those two films feeling like if there was a Batman, this is how he would exist in real life. And oh, by the way, the films touch on some interesting psychological and social topics along the way.

    With “The Prestige,” Nolan took a very clever idea and skillfully manipulated us through the medium of film. Certain shots lingered just enough to get us distracted; other cuts happened quickly enough to keep us from noticing things. Editing and cinematography could have killed that film, and it’s a testament to Nolan and his team that the film doesn’t tip its hand until the final act. We see only and exactly what he wants us to see at any given point.

    This guy knows what he’s doing, and it’s a shame more film-makers lack either the confidence or the support to do what he’s doing. While so many of his contemporaries are trying to follow formulas for giving audiences what they supposedly want, he’s crafting intelligent stories and is building a very credible body of work as an actual artist. I’m definitely looking forward to exploring his filmography further.

    Now, if someone could just get the guy to record a commentary track for his DVD/Blu-ray releases…!

  2. johnmason says:

    You’ve got a way with words, Travis, I’ll give you that. :)
    And I definitely agree with you, whole-heartedly…particularly that last comment!

    Oh…and see Inception. Some people have accused it, I think, of being a little too cold and calculated…but man, I loved it.