The Best of Christopher Nolan

“Hollywood deserves a better class of director… and I am going to give it to them” – Christopher Nolan. Ok so he didn’t actually say that, but you got to admit that it would be pretty great if he said that at an interview and very true quite frankly.

Ok so I am doing this piece because of the release of the Dark Knight Rises today and my review will be out on Monday. Who’s going to see it? That’s right you all are and lets have a look back at some of Christopher Nolan’s best work, to be fair he has never made a bad film which is impressive to say the least. Seriously check out rotten tomatoes all his films above 75%.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Well look who it is, Christopher Nolan back on one of my lists he’s just that good at making film greatness. Christopher Nolan steps back into the director’s chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis — the dreaded Joker. This movie brings to bear what I call a perfect movie and by that I mean it has everything and does everything brilliantly.


Heath Ledger’s joker is a brilliant interpretation of the dark comedic villain and deserved the Oscar he was awarded but couldn’t receive (RIP, Heath Ledger). I knew this film was going to be great right from the first scene with the bank robbery; it was so smart and cruel you couldn’t help but want more and you get it in heaps with this film. My favourite scene was when the joker tricked batman into saving Harvey Dent rather than his love Rachel Dawes who ultimately was killed in an explosion as the joker escapes.


Inception (2010)

Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) has done it again with this fantastically confusing masterpiece. Directs and writes this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others using some tech and I have no complaints as this was both visually masterful and mind-altering complex thriller. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


Nolan clearly has great fun with the action scenes and so did everyone who watched it, zero gravity fights in a hotel corridor, an assault on an arctic fortress and a car chase through a dreamed city are all fantastic action sequences and it all looks as spectacular as you’d hope. This film has squinty eyes Leonardo DiCaprio at his best and is supported by a very talented cast with unique and believable characters.


Batman Begins (2005)

Christopher Nolan doing the best thing for comic book movies anyone has ever done. The film reboots the Batman film series, telling the origin story of the character and begins with Bruce Wayne’s initial fear of bats, the death of his parents, and his journey to becoming Batman. It begins! And today it will end, ‘tear runs down my face’ at least it will go out with a bang. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


Begins was an impressive cinematic renaissance for DC Comics ‘Batman’, and a blockbuster with more intelligence than most. Nolan brought together a brilliant cast from ‘Bale’ to ‘Oldman’ to create Gotham as a real world city in need of a hero. Let’s face it batman begins was the best batman film ever made until The Dark Knight and after today probably The Dark Knight Rises.


The Prestige (2006)

The Prestige is one of Nolan’s more mind bending and creepy works, but as always can bring you back to think it could be real. It’s Odd but brilliant. It’s a small film that feels big, a period drama that looks modern, defying comparison to anything but Nolan himself. I mean who else would make a high class film about competing magicians which are super creepy to boot. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


You wouldn’t have guessed it from The Prestige’s marketing, but this movie about rival Victorian magicians is actually a science fiction film. James O’Ehley. When I read this I must admit I remember thinking this was going to be completely different then it was when I watched it on DVD, as tricky as a great magician should be and just as smart.

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13 responses to “The Best of Christopher Nolan”

  1. alleyandthemovies says :

    I agree with your choices here. Honestly, Memento left me feeling cold. But maybe I have to rewatch it again? 🙂


  2. Ben says :

    It’s a testiment to Nolan that two amazing films like Memento and Insomnia didn’t even make this list. I don’t think he’s made a bad film yet (I haven’t seen the Following?)


  3. Ripley Connor says :

    You MUST see Memento! I think it’s his best!


  4. Akshay Pattabi says :

    Great list. Would have liked to see Memento and Insomnia, though.
    “the joker tricked batman into saving Lt. James Gordon rather than his love Rachel Dawes”. Mate, there’s been a mistake. It’s Harvey Dent he’s tricked into saving.

    But a good read, nonetheless. Keep ’em coming. Can you give me a Moonrise Kingdom review? It hasn’t released in India yet and it’s pissing off for a huge Wes Anderson fan like me.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I still need to watch memento and insomnia I hear they are very good so they are on my to watch list 🙂

      Oh yeah that is wrong, I will fix that soon as possible, thanks for mentioning it 😀

      I saw that film recently and the review will be coming out this week just for you haha, after the dark knight rises review comes out on Monday 😀


  5. Shrey Khetarpal says :

    Nice post 🙂


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