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Every Christopher Nolan Movie Ever

There are certain actors and directors who do something so original, so stunning that they and their collaborators earn one of my personal Get Out of Jail Free cards. Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and everyone else associated with Breaking Bad have cards. So does everyone who worked on Buffy or Utopia or Let the Right One In. This year, I added The Good Place and Killing Eve to my list. The card indicates that I trust the creators to continue to amaze me, and if they make a slip or two, it’s no biggie.

Ever since I was awed by Memento in 2000, Christopher Nolan has been one of my favourite directors. That film was so mind-blowingly good that he gets a lifetime pass.

Back in March, I posted a Screen Junkies video of “Every Wes Anderson Movie”, which took a humourous look at the oeuvre of a director of whom I am not fond. To balance things, here’s their examination of the works an insanely talented director:


Here’s the trailer for Memento. Still gives me shivers.

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50 Years Later, There’s a New Print of 2001: A Space Odyssey. And It’s Drop-Dead Gorgeous.

This MUST be watched in full screen!


Thanks to Christopher Nolan, there’s a new 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nolan saw the film as a child in London, and, like many people, never got over the experience. in a good way.

After the success of Dunkirk last year, he spent months overseeing the project to create the new print. He emphasizes that it’s not a restoration:

“For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. This is the unrestored film – that recreates the cinematic event that audiences experienced fifty years ago.”

2001: A Space Odyssey opens on 18 May 2018, for limited runs in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, with more cities to follow. You can find ticket and engagement information at the 2001: A Space Odyssey website.

(Speaking of engagements, there’s no word yet on whether the 18 May release date will lead to a postponement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which is scheduled for the next day in Windsor. What a dilemma for those poor guests!)

The recreated edition will be released on DVD and Blu-ray this fall, but you really want to see this on a big screen with big sound.


Here’s the original trailer for the 1968 release of 2001: A Space Odyssey:

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”

Memento Remake — I’m Going to Try to Forget I Ever Heard about This

The Original Memento Trailer

A Luxembourg-based company called AMBI Pictures has acquired the remake rights scores of fairly recent movies, including Donnie Darko, Sliding Doors, The Singing Detective, and The Passion of the Christ.  They’ve announced that they plan to remake what’s probably the greatest film in the package:    Christopher Nolan’s Memento.

Why?

Memento, high on my list of favourite films, is as close to perfect as a movie can get.  In each of the 20+ times I’ve watched this dazzling masterpiece, I’ve found something new.

In the last few years, a couple of my other favourites have been remade.  In 2004, Jonathan Demme re-imagined The Manchurian Candidate.  I wish he’d given it another title—It was a good suspense movie, but it wasn’t The Manchurian Candidate.  Then in 2010, Matt Reeves remade the devastating Let the Right One In as Let Me In, another fine film that suffers in comparison to its inspiration.

Maybe AMBI Pictures can do something new and different with Memento, but the odds are against it.   Usually—but not always—the remake, no matter how good, is overshadowed by the original.

The one great exception I can think of was another movie from the top of my list:  The Maltese Falcon that we know and love was the third filmed version of Dashiell Hammett’s novel.


Oh, wait.  The AMBI Group has another project in the works.  They’re going to tackle Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita .   They’re calling it an “homage”.

This won’t end well.

Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain, from La Dolce Vita