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    Never really been that fussed about the Batman films. Point in fact that I've seen The Dark Knight about 3 times, just due to chance really, and I can barely remember anything that happened in it now. Don't get the hype at all.
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    Yeah, same. Can definitely understand when people say they find Nolan's films a bit cold. Have seen most of his films, lack soul in my view. Masterful in other ways, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Yeah, same. Can definitely understand when people say they find Nolan's films a bit cold. Have seen most of his films, lack soul in my view. Masterful in other ways, though.
    I definitely felt that with Inception. Maybe people's prior attachment to a superhero means that the ties and emotional investment don't need to be developed in the Batman movies, they are already present.

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    Found out some days ago that Quentin Tarantino film is coming out in December: "Django Unchained"; quite excited for this one


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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Yeah, same. Can definitely understand when people say they find Nolan's films a bit cold. Have seen most of his films, lack soul in my view. Masterful in other ways, though.
    I think it's a reason why he shouldn't be placed in the very top tier of film directors. He is a master at creating complex plots that resolve in surprising and clever ways, but I find almost all his films, as you said, lack soul. I think the problem is he places too much time and emphasis on making the plot elements work together, but it leaves him with little room to properly develop characters (e.g. Memento). And, imo, the very best films, almost exclusively, are the ones which are heavily character orientated.

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    I definitely felt that with Inception. Maybe people's prior attachment to a superhero means that the ties and emotional investment don't need to be developed in the Batman movies, they are already present.
    Well I guess you could argue that more for the TDK...because the back story was already developed in BB, so you really probably don't need as much time for that kind of development. But, personally, I think any really good film needs that side to it.

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    Nolan's only 40 isn't he? Plenty of time to do great things. Let's face it, he's had a decent start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Nolan's only 40 isn't he? Plenty of time to do great things. Let's face it, he's had a decent start.
    Not so sure, Directors more or less have a decided pattern by the time they hit their 40s, unless its Kubrick. Nolan is brilliant in plot construction, but as far as directing and overall package goes, I would still put him a rung below some one like Darren Aronofsky or Paul Thomas Anderson in this generation.

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    Ha ha, he turns 42 next week and has already knocked out the Batman trilogy, Inception, The Presitige and Memento, and you lot are saying that it's ok because he's still got time on his side to do something really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    Ha ha, he turns 42 next week and has already knocked out the Batman trilogy, Inception, The Presitige and Memento, and you lot are saying that it's ok because he's still got time on his side to do something really good.

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    Lookit, it's just one ****'s opinion and I'm certainly not going to claim to be a film genius but I will say that I'm a film re-watcher for the most part but I look at Nolan like a magician who builds the audience toward an amazing and spectacular reveal but behind the magnificently redendered curtain isn't that much and, once you've seen it, you've seen it. Put another way, I've got no desire to see Memento, The Prestige or Inception again and I enjoyed them. People bang on about the complexity of the films but, well, they really weren't. They were elaborate, yes, but complex, no way.

    Neat ideas but the real compexity in film, for me, comes from the people and emotions in them and Nolan's characters are generally pretty simplistic and the films are far too self-serious to be good popcorn action films. All in all, I get the feeling the best thing for Nolan before he starts his next project is to find someone to give him a decent blowjob. Needless to say, I'm sure he's taking notes from atop his giant pile of money, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    Ha ha, he turns 42 next week and has already knocked out the Batman trilogy, Inception, The Presitige and Memento, and you lot are saying that it's ok because he's still got time on his side to do something really good.

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    No one is saying he is not great, but his films don't make me feel emotionally drained. May be for you it is not the case as I am speaking from my perspective only. But majority of the critical opinion is similar to what top_cat posted.

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    Yeah agree with what TC said, although, I think the Batman series and Inception etc. are actually very good popcorn films - the entertainment value isn't really what's in question for me.

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    I think the point stands at least to a certain extent with Inception but think Bantman has heart, Alfred being such an important character in this regard.

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    Watched The Rum Diary. Very good actually, not quite what I was expecting.



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