Me and My Nine Iron

July 12, 2010

Inception hype – it’s for real


Four days.

Four days away from arguably the most anticipated movie of the year. Why that is is because of a certain name attached to the film. No, not Leonardo DiCaprio, who is one of my top five favorite actors and in every right, commands his own audience. This film, and every film for the rest of his career, will belong to a 39-year-old man named Christopher Nolan.

A man who has earned every single step in his filmmaking career to become one of the most marketable names in Hollywood right now. Not a household name until The Dark Knight, I pulled up his resume to find my mouth agape at this guy’s success rate. I don’t even care about box office success, which you all know how well The Dark Knight did; I’m talking critical success. The hardest success to obtain. It’s really only due justice that I list every single movie he’s directed so I will.

Doodlebug (1997) – 6.9
Following (1998) – 7.6
Memento (2000) – 8.6 (T-25)
Insomnia (2002) – 7.2
Batman Begins (2005) – 8.3 (T-71)
The Prestige (2006) – 8.3 (T-71)
The Dark Knight (2008) – 8.8 (T-8)
Inception (2010)
Untitled Batman Project (2012)

*IMDb ratings and all-time movie rankings.

It’s almost unfathomable for someone to have four of his first seven films in the top 100, including his last three. If he stopped today, I would be hard-pressed to find why he doesn’t deserve both the Academy Honorary Award and every other Lifetime Achievement Award available. James Cameron has a way of getting people into the theaters, but Nolan is on another level from even Cameron, critically. That’s saying something. His achievement goes beyond directing, as he’s written every one of his movies except for Insomnia (and produced most), so you can throw out the reasoning that he only selected excellent screenplays.

Inception already holds an IMDb rating of 9.6, which easily makes it the greatest movie of all-time. When it opens this weekend, that’ll surely change, but it looks like it’ll meet all of the high expectations and add to Nolan’s flawless resume. Looking forward to the $200 million budget, two and a half hour movie.

In other news, Paranormal Activity 2, which is due out Oct. 22, released its official trailer a few weeks ago, with Katie and Micah set to return. The trailer, which was being shown with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was pulled from Twilight showings after its fans found it too scary. Watch it here.

BJ

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4 Comments »

  1. […] post). No, Inception was never a sleeper. It had success written on it from the moment the first trailer released. […]

    Pingback by Inception review « Me and My Nine Iron — July 18, 2010 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  2. Haha, an Ellen Page fan like Ja-Hon. I think I just became a JGL fan.

    Comment by BJ — July 18, 2010 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t even know what it’s about, but it has JGL and EP in it, so I’m stoked.

    Comment by James — July 15, 2010 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  4. It just went from six to midnight.

    Comment by Chris Le — July 13, 2010 @ 9:15 pm | Reply


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