One of the most respected directors, screenwriters, and producers of his generation is celebrating today his 42nd birthday, and I think that a lot of you will agree with me that Christopher Nolan is in his way to become one of Hollywood’s greatest icons.
With a modest « The following » or one of Hollywood’s most important budgets ever « The dark knight rises », he can create a masterpiece, It’s all about passion and fate.
Son of a British advertising copywriter and an American flight attendant, Nolan shows his interest in cinema, his talent and creativity at the age of 7 when he begin making short movies with his father’s super 8mm camera and an assortment of male-action figures. Few years after, he studied English Literature at University College London while starting to make 16mm films at the college film society…
…And we know the rest of the story.
The following – 1998
« Low-budget debut from Memento’s director subtly transposes you to a sinful urban nightmare. »
Memento – 2000
« Memento is one of those jigsaw puzzles whose pieces snap together more tightly with each viewing. Fueling it all is a performance by Guy Pearce that’s as indelible as the tattoo ink covering his body »
Insomnia – 2002
« This director has an unerring knack for arresting imagery and disorienting narrative »
Batman Begins – 2005
« A moody and visually stimulating superhero film, Batman Begins sees the Dark Knight finally giving the treatment and respect he deserves, in what can only be described as one of the greatest re-vamps given to an enduring character »
The Prestige – 2006
« Show me a director better suited for a movie about magic than Christopher Nolan and I’ll show you… a magician? »
The Dark knight – 2008
« The film is so relentlessly bleak that, paradoxically, its blackness is not given its full due. But this comic-book movie is more disturbing, and has more freakish power, than anything else I’ve seen all year. »
Inception – 2010
« It’s intentionally, thrillingly, disorienting. »
The Dark knight rises – 2012
« The biggest surprise may just be how satisfying Nolan has made his farewell to a Dark Knight trilogy that many fans will wish he’d extend to a 10-part series, at least. »