Nolan’s Batman trilogy as a single poster

Posted by · 10:35 pm · July 17th, 2011

Just had to pass this along. Kind of dig it. Courtesy David Chen:

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SANTA BARBARA: Nolan crowned as Modern Master

Posted by · 12:41 am · January 31st, 2011

“He no longer challenges our ideas about film,” actor Leonardo DiCaprio said of Christopher Nolan tonight, before presenting him with the Modern Master Award.  “He has helped define them.” It was a great bow on a fine evening meant to celebrate the director’s work over the last decade.  The Modern Master designation is Santa Barbara’s […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 performances in Christopher Nolan films

Posted by · 10:25 am · July 13th, 2010

The word of the day Friday will most certainly be “Inception,” as casually interested movie-goers and anxious fanboys alike line up to take in Christopher Nolan’s latest effort. Now, I have suggested in this space that the film’s ensemble is an organic one, alive and driven.  And that the performances are separately less than their […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘X’ marks the spot

Posted by · 2:53 pm · May 3rd, 2009

After all the hype, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” opened with a solid $87.0 million at the box office this weekend.  Both “X2” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” started with over $100 million* but “Wolverine” does better the $72.6 million of Bryan Singer’s original from 2000. When a film is received as poorly as Brett Ratner’s third […]

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What will be the Bat’s final haul?

Posted by · 10:08 am · July 13th, 2008

I’m frankly surprised so many people seem to expect a $100-115 million opening weekend for “The Dark Knight.”  That is, admittedly, where I placed my vote, but I didn’t expect so much company. I’ll probably put an actual number to my guess in that light some time this week (all these stories about blasting away […]

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Nolan for Best Director?

Posted by · 4:53 pm · July 7th, 2008

Always willing to be a bit brazen with his predictions (I like that), Nathaniel Rogers is busy updating his picks over at The Film Experience.  My favorite left-field notion is his choice of Christopher Nolan in the lone director slot for “The Dark Knight,” naturally. I had the same idea in mind three years ago, […]

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How much will ‘The Dark Knight’ make on opening weekend?

Posted by · 7:27 am · July 6th, 2008

In 2005, “Batman Begins” opened to just shy of $49 million. It’s fair to consider that a low number, because it came in behind the openings of such films as “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “8 Mile” of all things, even failing to best the $52 million mark of “Batman Forever” ten years prior. However, the […]

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Batman vs. Batman vs. Batman vs. Batman

Posted by · 7:58 am · June 28th, 2008

A…W…E…S…O…M…E:

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Rachel Dawes believes in Harvey Dent

Posted by · 6:37 am · June 12th, 2008

You’ll have to forgive me, folks.  I’m on one of those obssessive “Dark Knight” kicks today.  Back to normal soon, I assure you. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D15iHxCvjBs By the way, this site has an exhaustive analysis of the news bits, viral marketing and studio promotion of the film that reads like a full blown discourse revealing major secrets […]

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Zimmer taking the Joker ‘punk?’

Posted by · 12:59 pm · June 4th, 2008

Todd Martens, who always does a fine job of rounding up news and talking points regarding the year’s film music compositions (especially around the Oscar season), sat down recently with Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. The composing duo of “Batman Begins” and the upcoming “The Dark Knight” are enjoying a nice publicity push, including […]

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Could two potentially great film scores get the AMPAS shaft this year?

Posted by · 1:34 pm · May 26th, 2008

It’s a debate that never gets old regarding the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. When is it going to clean house regarding shady rules that seem to fly in the face of what the organization sets out to do each and every year: honor the best in cinematic achievement? […]

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A 3-hour ‘Dark Knight’

Posted by · 2:59 pm · April 22nd, 2008

I, like virtually everyone else in the world, can’t wait to see Chris Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” this summer. In addition to being the following up to “Batman Begins,” everything about it so far looks riveting, Nolan has continued to prove himself and I fully expect Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger to hit their roles […]

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Best in show 2005: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 12:00 am · December 23rd, 2005

It’s time to really round out the year and offer up my picks for awards in 2005. In addition to the typical categories – which finally see their winners announced today – you’ll find some other fun arenas for awards citation. Call it a mish-mash of MTV-Awards-type kudos and other frequently heralded categories we find […]

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If I had a ballot

Posted by · 12:00 am · December 21st, 2005

Customarily, here in the midst of our year in review, it is time for me to fill out my ballot. I do this every year, pretending, for one brief moment, to be one of the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and fulfilling my own fantasies about who does and […]

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