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Ranks: Christopher Nolan

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7. Following (1998)

Following “follows” a man who does just that, follows complete strangers around town. This was Nolan’s first feature length film, and to me was just shaky enough to land last on the list. The first hour or so is completely forgetable, but don’t glaze over it. The last 20 minutes makes the whole boring parts of the movie (AKA the entire beginning) worth it. It is a whirlwind of “WHAT!?!?” plot twists are revealings that will make you want to rewatch. A crazy directorial debut.

6. Insomnia (2002)

Robin Williams as a bad guy? Um, okay? Al Pacino as a sleep deprived cop? Yeah, that sounds better. Nolan’s films often go into the brain’s of his characters. What are they thinking? What are their motivations? And here we have “am I going crazy?”. You’ll find yourself questioning what you saw and who’s who in this one. Very unknown film, but shouldn’t be.

5. The Prestige (2006)

Nolan once again, doesn’t show what happens 1,2,3, but more like 3, 1 1/2, 2, 3. Christian Bale and Michael Caine return from Batman and join forces with Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johannson to give us the most interesting and intense movies about magicians ever. It’s tagline could be applied to any one of these Nolan films: “Are you watching closely?”

4. Batman Begins (2005)

To be completely honest, I almost put this one at number 2. It’s true, that this is my personal favorite superhero/comic book movie ever. When it was first released, no one had ever done it quite like Nolan. It does a excellent job at showing the back story behind Bruce Wayne, along with setting up for future features. Not to mention Cillian Murphy makes an excellent, if not underrated villain.

3. Memento (2000)

This is the one that put Christopher Nolan on the map. The plot is original, to say the least. A man who suffers from short term memory loss trying to find the murderer of his wife. He doesn’t know who to trust, only that his body, covered with tattoos holds the clues to finding the killer. The reversed timeline may take some getting used to, but you won’t regret it.

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

Audiences worldwide probably were only able to utter one word after seeing the second Batman film from Nolan: Wow. Can you blame them? Not only was it as good as Batman Begins, but the incredible performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker made it, in most peoples minds, ten times better. Makes you wonder if Dark Knight Rises will be able to top it.

1. Inception (2010)

What can I say? I came out of the theater, my mind basically swimming in the complexity of Inception. I’ve never had this experience before, and the next few days it continued popping into my head.  That is why Inception, in my head, is Christopher Nolan’s best work. Inception grabs onto you and never lets you go. The entire cast is gold, including DiCaprio, Page, and Hardy. Inception made my next movie feel like a huge letdown, which asks the question, can Nolan do it again?

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