Christopher Nolan’s 15 Favorite Films.

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Christopher Nolan’s 15 Favorite Films.

Christopher Nolan is now one of the best directors working today. With his critical acclaimed film released this year: Dunkirk, and also The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Memento, The Prestige, Interstellar, Christopher Nolan surely made for him a place among the best directors. In this article we share with you Christopher Nolan’s 15 favorite movies.

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Here are Christopher Nolan’s favorites films:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Director: Stanley Kubrick.

Synopsis: Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

“My dad took my brother and me to Leicester Square, which is where you’d find the biggest theaters in London. I remember very clearly just the experience of being transported to another world. I was a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan at the time. But this was a completely different way of experiencing science fiction. I was seven years old, so I couldn’t claim to have understood the film. I still can’t claim that. But as a seven year old, I didn’t care about understanding the film. I just felt this extraordinary experience of being taken to another world. You didn’t doubt this world for an instant. It had a larger than life quality.

“When I tell people this story, they often find it unusual that a child of that age would want to see ‘2001.’ But the truth is all of my friends went to see ‘2001’ in the year after ‘Star Wars.’ We would all sit and talk about what it meant. It was ‘pure cinema.’ The fact that it’s challenging cinema in an intellectual sense doesn’t bother you when you’re a kid. You just appreciate the feeling of the movie.”

Alien (1979)

Director: Ridley Scott.

Synopsis: After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

“I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner’ just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive.”

Blade Runner (1982)

Director: Ridley Scott.

Synopsis: A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

“I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner’ just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive.”

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Director: Lewis Gilbert.

Synopsis: James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.

“One of the first films I remember seeing was ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and at a certain point the Bond films fixed in my head as a great example of scope and scale in large scale images. That idea of getting you to other places, of getting you along for a ride if you can believe in it — in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me,’ the Lotus Esprit turns into a submarine and its totally convincing, and it works and you go ‘Wow, that’s incredible.’”

Superman (1978)

Director: Richard Donner.

Synopsis: An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero.

“One of the great films that I am very influenced by that we haven’t talked about was Dick Donner’s ‘Superman.’ It made a huge impression on me.”

The Hit (1984)

Director: Stephen Frears.

Synopsis: Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.

“That Criterion has released this little-known Stephen Frears gem is a testament to the thoroughness of their search for obscure masterworks. Few films have gambled as much on a simple portrayal of the dynamics between desperate men…”

12 Angry Men (1957)

Director: Sidney Lumet.

Synopsis: A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

“Few films have gambled as much on a simple portrayal of the dynamics between desperate men except perhaps this Sidney Lumet classic.”

The Thin Red Line (1988)

Director: Terrence Malick.

Synopsis: Adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the Second World War.

“What better than Malick’s extraordinary vision of war to demonstrate the technical potential of a carefully mastered Blu-ray? Projecting this disc comes close to the original print quality, and it’s hard to imagine a superior consumer format coming along anytime soon.”

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Director: Fritz Lang.

Synopsis: A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

“Lang at his most wicked and entertaining. Essential research for anyone attempting to write a supervillain.”

Bad Timing (1980)

Director: Nicolas Roeg.

Synopsis: A psychiatrist living in Vienna enters a torrid relationship with a married woman. When she ends up in the hospital from an overdose, an inspector becomes set on discovering the demise of their affair.

“Nic Roeg’s films are known for their structural innovation, but it’s great to be able to see them in a form that also shows off their photographic excellence.”

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Director: Nagisa Ôshima.

Synopsis: During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

“Few films have been able to capture David Bowie’s charisma, but Oshima’s wartime drama seems tailor-made for his talents. Tom Conti has rarely been such a sympathetic guide for the audience’s emotions.”

For All Mankind (1989)

Director: Al Reinert.

Synopsis: This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours. Al Reinert watched all the footage shot during the missions–over 6,000,000 feet of it, and picked out the best. Instead of being a newsy, fact-filled documentary, Reinart focuses on the human aspects of the space flights. The only voices heard in the film are the voices of the astronauts and mission control. Reinart uses the astronaunts’ own words from interviews and mission footage. The score by Brian Eno underscores the strangeness, wonder, and beauty of the astronauts’ experiences which they were privileged to have for a first time “for all mankind.”

“An incredible document of man’s greatest endeavor.”

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Director: Godfrey Reggio.

Synopsis: A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

“An incredible document of how man’s greatest endeavors have unsettling consequences. Art, not propaganda, emotional, not didactic; it doesn’t tell you what to think — it tells you what to think about.”

Mr. Arkadin (1955)

Director: Orson Welles.

Synopsis: An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin…placing himself in grave danger.

“No one could make much of a case for Welles’ abortive movie overall, but the heartbreaking glimpses of the great man’s genius preserved here are the most compelling argument for the value of Criterion’s dedication to cinema.”

Greed (1924)

Director: Erich von Stroheim.

Synopsis: The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.

“Which brings me to ‘Greed,’ von Stroheim’s lost work of absolute genius. Which is not available on Criterion. Yet. Here’s hoping.”


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