A countdown to the top 10 movie scene’s in Nolan’s filmography.
About a month ago I posed a question: why isn’t anyone excited about Interstellar? Excitement has picked up from most Nolan fan boys (me included) but there is still a collective ho-hum from casual moviegoers. Like Nolan himself, the marketing has been refined and subtle, not pressing or desperate in seeking approval from the people say like Abrams, and the new Star Wars. For the promotion Nolan has given interviews, held Q & A panels, and even stopped by the air and space museum here in my home city, Washington D.C., demonstrating a certain self satisfaction of his film that is coupled with his reassurance that he can do, ultimately whatever he wants to. The whole handling of the movie from a marketing standpoint has been done sublimely, in which adds to the movie’s overall mystery, while distancing itself (possibly harming itself) with a lack of mainstream accessibility. The beauty about watching Nolan’s career unfold right now in the moment is that I have seen a masterful, artisan, budding landmark auteur of the highest cerebral levels grow from one movie to the next. We are at the ground zero of greatness. We were told of Bergman, Kurosawa, Allen, Ford, Demille etc., we were preordained with their greatness already gifted to us like an inheritance, taking away the very immediacy of the moment in time of how they were viewed in their heyday as they too were discovering themselves. Rarely, do we see greatness in present time. But we are seeing it with Nolan, and we should be grateful that we get to see his mastery as a first hand experience that we will be telling the next generation of movie fans as they discover their Nolan like we did with ours.
Regardless, if Interstellar misses the mark on its quest of self-imposed directional pantheon of The Dark Knight, Inception or Memento, it will undoubtedly be a fitting piece in his overall filmography (I have not seen the movie at the time of this article) – so I’m not worried one bit. Having said that, during the trailers, news and alleged Marvel “real movies don’t do that” pimp smack, nothing has gripped me about this movie except that there is a movie to begin with. Inception was a visual masterpiece that played on your mind's comprehension of what it was witnessing. The Dark Knight was everywhere, fronted by Heath Ledger’s promise of an outstanding rendition of Joker, to even where The Dark Knight Rises, had the opening 15 minutes with Bane hijacking a plane. Keep it real – you didn’t see go to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol just for Paula Patton alone, right?! I thought so – the bigger Nolan’s movies became, the louder the bellowing sound of the anticipatory music boom box would drop its heavyweight IMAX beats, but not so this time with rustic leading man, Rust Cohle, and the little Twilight glitter baby in Interstellar (from what I hear she is a little gem in this ). So to pump you up, if you need that sort of thing, I will go over the TOP 10 Movie Moments thus far in Christopher Nolan’s career that span from his very first movie (Following) to his most recent one (The Dark Knight Rises). Hopefully after I see Interstellar I can add another remarkable scene to the catalog of the preexisting visionary movies from the ambitious man himself. Like the maxim that holds all truths to be self evident: In Nolan we trust, and with that trust comes an uncanny ability to hold our collective imaginations while delivering them with expected confidence.
Onto the countdown you have been waiting to see, and I have been waiting to show. As the Joker would say: “And here, we, go.”
10. The chase scene in Insomnia
9. The narrative explanation/montage scene in Following.
8. Inception – Mal in the hotel scene.
7. The Dark Knight – Joker hanging upside down scene.
6. Memento – Where he punches Natalie, but then knows he will forget.
5. The Dark Knight Rises opening heist scene on the airplane.
4. Prestige ending
3. Batman Begins – bats in the cave.
2. The Dark Knight – truck flip/bike scene.
1. The hallway fight/van chase sequence in Inception.