Tag Archives: Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk: Surviving the Beach

AT THE POINT OF CRISIS, AT THE POINT OF ANNIHILATION, SURVIVAL IS VICTORY.  About 25 years ago, Christopher Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas were crossing the English Channel together with a friend. They were in a small sailing yacht headed for the northeastern French town of Dunkirk, but what initially looked like a pleasant … Continue reading Dunkirk: Surviving the Beach

A Glorious Evening with Hans Zimmer

I’m back from watching the legendary, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer in concert tonight in Stockholm and my head is full of the themes from movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight and Inception. And the sight of long-time Zimmer collaborator Nick Glennie-Smith dancing around to the theme of Pirates of the Caribbean with a fake parrot attached … Continue reading A Glorious Evening with Hans Zimmer

Interstellar: Escape From Earth

MANKIND WAS BORN ON EARTH. IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO DIE HERE.  The day I saw this movie, I woke up feeling sad over what is a very common dream for me. It had taken me back to my teenage years, or childhood (time is not all that important in these dreams) and I was … Continue reading Interstellar: Escape From Earth

Chicago in the Movies

I was recently in Chicago for the first time and fell in love with the city. The beaches along Lake Michigan, the architecture and the restaurants had a part in that, obviously, but as a movie buff I kept looking for a few other things as well. I did find the Buckingham Fountain that is … Continue reading Chicago in the Movies

Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

A FIRE WILL RISE. On the night of this film’s intensely anticipated premiere, a 24-year-old man attacked a midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado and murdered 12 people. The horrendous act caused the studio to remove ads for the The Dark Knight Rises and director Christopher Nolan released a statement where he called the movie theater … Continue reading Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

Inception: Dream Warriors

YOUR MIND IS THE SCENE OF THE CRIME. One of the most exciting things we can experience in our lives takes place when we sleep. Scenarios play out in our dreams that are genuinely unpredictable and emotional. Regardless of whether they happen in a large-scale setting or in more intimate situations, dreams remind us of … Continue reading Inception: Dream Warriors

The Dark Knight: Say It With a Smile

WELCOME TO A WORLD WITHOUT RULES.   “Why so serioussss?”, hisses the Joker as he flashes his retarded grin. This is after committing several murders, throwing Gotham City into disarray and before trying to force two boatloads of people to choose which one of the groups should perish first. It’s easy to see why people … Continue reading The Dark Knight: Say It With a Smile

The Prestige

A FRIENDSHIP THAT BECAME A RIVALRY. A RIVALRY THAT TURNED DEADLY. In turn-of-the-century London, an accidental death turns two magicians (Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman) into enemies; their rivalry becomes bitter and dangerous. Director Christopher Nolan took time off together with Bale and Michael Caine between their Batman movies to make this dark adaptation of the … Continue reading The Prestige

Batman Begins: A Very Dark Knight

  As it turned out, the definitive adaptation of “Batman” was not made in 1989. The Tim Burton movie showed a Caped Crusader quite different from the original Bob Kane creation, and light years from the campy 1960s TV series. But one of the darkest, most depressing comic book superheroes ever fashioned deserved a movie … Continue reading Batman Begins: A Very Dark Knight

Memento: Getting It Backwards

SOME MEMORIES ARE BEST FORGOTTEN. The film kept building over several months. It opened at the Venice Film Festival in September 2000 and then continued playing the festival circuit. Its American premiere was in January 2001 at the Sundance Film Festival. Critics debated the film’s merits, audiences admired the way the filmmakers played with time. … Continue reading Memento: Getting It Backwards