Interstellar (2014) Review
Christopher Nolan’s science fiction epic falters at a few moments particularly in the latter part of its second act, but nevertheless manages to be an ambitious and powerfully told tale of a bleak future that’s soaked in a foreboding sense of realism.
Inception (2010) Review
Conceptually, I can’t think of a film that has sparked my imagination in such a specific way as Nolan’s Inception. There’s much to be said of a filmmaker that’s given the leniency to go off and make an original film immediately after his enormous success with The Dark Knight. And Inception is a story Nolan sat on for the better part of a decade before finally putting it together.
The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012) Review
Christopher Nolan was an independent filmmaker with one semi-budget studio film to his name when he made his pitch to take on the Batman reboot at Warner Bros. He’d made his previous film, Insomnia, for the studio, and won the job on Batman Begins in fifteen minutes.
The Prestige (2006) Review
There’s an argument to be made that The Prestige is Christopher Nolan’s finest film so far. A Victorian-era tale of revenge and rivalry between two magicians, Nolan's adaptation of Christopher Priest’s novel stars Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine.
Insomnia (2002) Review
The film that helped land Christopher Nolan the keys to the Batcave, and the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with Warner Bros., Insomnia is an oft overlooked part of the acclaimed filmmaker’s library. That’s a surprising fact, considering the talent on the screen, and considering that this is an entertaining film wearing the aesthetic of a director yet to receive a limitless budget.
Memento (2000) Review
Christopher Nolan’s Memento is a loose adaptation of the short story Memento Mori, written by his brother Jonathan Nolan and based on a concept he pitched to Chris during a road trip the two took in the late 90s. Since its critically acclaimed release, it has become a film many cite as one of the best of its decade.
Mad Men Season One (2007) Review
Who is Donald Draper? That question is at the very heart of Sopranos scribe Matthew Weiner’s now iconic period drama series. The first season of Mad Men, ten years old now, is a near perfect debut that’s full of moments of subtlety, others without it, and scripted with skill and utter ingenuity. There will be some spoilers here as I delve back into one of my favourite shows of all time.
Baby Driver (2017) Review
Baby Driver is perhaps the most energetic and adrenaline-fuelled cinematic experience I’ve ever had. Note that I'm not of course claiming it to be the best experience (that's a dangerous claim to make these days), but I don’t think it’s hyperbole to suggest that Edgar Wright’s new film deserves all the praise and more that’s travelling its way.
Alien: Covenant (2017) Review
In Prometheus, a team of scientists who don’t act the part land on a planet in the hopes of discovering our maker. Rather predictably, things fall apart quickly and we're left with a plethora of unanswered questions. Warning. Mild spoilers follow.
20 Years On - Faith and Science in 1997's 'Contact'
Warning. Spoilers for Contact and some minor spoilers for 2016's Arrival. — Science-fiction is arguably the most enduring genre of them all. More-so than any other, it grows and evolves with the world and explores new mysteries, themes, and miseries reflecting society at any given time. Great science-fiction, though, is timeless. Twenty years on, the Robert Zemeckis-directed, Jodie Foster-starring Contact is as strong as ever. It is an ambitious, at times optimistic, and perhaps occasionally too-familiar tale about discovery and how the world might react to a dramatic event.