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Nolanverse: 10 Ways to Spot You’re Watching a Christopher Nolan Film

Dunkirk marks Christopher Nolan’s 10th theatrical outing since debuting 19 years ago with the impressive low-budget thriller Following.

Across an extraordinary filmography, Nolan has gone into deep space, deep inside the mind, redefined the superhero movie and may have just done the same for the war film.

His film’s tackle different genres, but crossovers remain in the Nolanverse. Fittingly for the 10-film director, here are 10 ways to spot you’re watching a Christopher Nolan Film… (warning: contains multiple spoilers)


  1. Time Goes Screwy

Christopher Nolan is the only blockbuster filmmaker with a touch of the theoretical physicist about him. Notably, an elastic approach to time, which rarely runs linear in his movies.

The director set out his stall with Following and its old-schoo...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts

Writer: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers (screenplay), Stan Lee, Steve Ditko (comic book)

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Jon Favreau

Cert: 12

Running time: 133mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Holland) is frustrated to be stuck back in Queens. But, adventure and danger crash into his life when Adrian Toomes aka Vulture (Keaton) brings destruction to New York City.

What’s the verdict: Despite the titles of his 2012 and 2014 outings, Spider-Man hasn’t been amazing for some time. 2004 in fact...

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writer: Allan Heinberg (screenplay), Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs (story)

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, David Thewlis, Lucy Davis

Cert: 12

Running time: 141 mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: After the peace of the Amazon island paradise of Themyscira is shattered by the arrival of World War I, princess Diana (Gadot) leaves to bring an end to conflict. Joining her is American spy Steve Trevor (Pine), who has information about a terrible new weapon that will test Diana’s heroism and optimism.

What’s the verdict: The first cinematic outing for comic’s longest running female character is also the first superhero movie to be directed by a woman...

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Doctor Strange

doctor-strange-posterDirector: Scott Derrickson

Writer: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong

Cert: 12A

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: After a serious accident, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange embarks upon a quest to heal his shattered body. But, he discovers the universe has many more exciting and dangerous things to offer.

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What’s the verdict: Watching Doctor Strange is similar to observing Alan Partridge ordering a cinema ticket over the phone.

“Inception. IN-ception. IN-SEP-SHUN. Inception…?”

Or is it Matrix, Matrix, Matrix? Or Batman Begins, Batman Begins, Batman Begins? Or Avatar: The Last – oh God no, not that one.

What Doctor Strange definitely i...

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman-V-Superman-posterDirector: Zack Snyder

Writer: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Diane Lane

Cert: 12

Running time: 150mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Two years after the events of Man of Steel, Bruce Wayne has declared war on Superman. After deaths in a rescue mission in Africa are blamed on him, the rest of the world is also split between seeing Superman as a saviour or threat. Elsewhere Lex Luthor has gained access to General Zod’s spaceship and his body. For what reasons? And who is that mysterious woman hampering Bruce’s investigation into Luthor?

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What’s the verdict: We now live in a world where Batman & Robin is the second worst Batman film...

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Deadpool and Other 2016 Superheroes – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 2 of the Electric Shadows Podcast targets Deadpool and looks forward to the now annual superhero summer jamboree.

In our own inimitable fashion, m’learned colleague Rob Wallis and myself don figurative capes and survey the current landscape of comic book heroes on the big and small screen. In an epic discussion, our journey through all things superheroic takes in R ratings, social realist movies of the 1960s, David Niven and Mary Poppins.  I also get the name of The Dark Knight Returns sequel wrong, (it’s Strikes Again, not Strikes Back), plus there is a brief segue into discussing the bizarre phenomenon that is Jai Courtney.

It makes a kind of sense.

So, hang up your cape (or put it on if that’s what makes you comfortable) and hear what we have to say.

More of Rob Walli...

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Ant-Man

Ant-Man---posterDirector: Peyton Reed

Writer: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish, Paul Rudd & Adam McKay

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña

Cert: 12A

Running time: 117mins

Year: 2015

The lowdown: The Marvel juggernaut follows its most epic movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, with its smallest. The single character movie formula is now set in stone and rigidly adhered to: origins backstory, quirky cast including a Hollywood heavyweight, breezy humour, easy-on-the-eye action, cameo’ing Avenger, set up for a bigger movie, post-credit tease for what’s coming next. All pleasant enough and Paul Rudd brings his affable charm to a potentially career transforming role, but this really could have done with the stuff original director Edgar Wright would have brought to the table...

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Big Hero 6

Big-Hero-6---posterDirector: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writer: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Jordan Roberts

Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Genesis Rodriguez

Cert: PG

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: A superhero movie based on a Marvel comic book almost as obscure to filmgoers as Guardians of the Galaxy works a second time around in this sci-fi family adventure. When tragedy strikes teenager Hiro, his big brother’s robotic “health care companion” Baymax is there to help him pick up the pieces. But, a mysterious masked man begins terrorising the city San Fransokyo, meaning Hiro, Baymax and their goofy robotic engineering pals must suit up to protect the city...

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men - Days of Future Past, posterDirector: Bryan Singer

Writer: Simon Kinberg

Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry

Cert: 12

Running time: 131mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Following the first class First Class and the wild The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past confirms the franchise has rediscovered its X-factor. A time travel save-the-world plot unites the original series with the First Class reboot, delivering a blockbuster to sink your claws, mind and mutant streak into. A high-wattage cast and Bryan Singer’s dynamic direction ensure that in a world of Avengers, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Batman, Superman, etc, etc, X still marks the spot where it all began.

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The full verdict: This mutant gene ...

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Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 - quad poster, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jim Carrey, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse Director: Jeff Wadlow

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo

Cert: 15

Running time: 103mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Back in 2010 Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass hit cinemas and hit them hard.  Dazzling, daring and gloriously irresponsible, it revelled in and spun superhero conventions, adding a shotgun blast of smarts and more than a little heart.  This energetic sequel recaptures the energetic brio of its five-star predecessor, but wayward plotting, character flip-flopping and budget restrictions bring it down a couple of notches.  Yet, in a year when superheroes grew more brooding than ever, it’s good to have a multi-coloured splash of FU hurled at the silver screen.

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The full verdict: If a Kick-Ass film...

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