Criterion Year Week 52: Following

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...


Spine Number: 638

Director: Christopher Nolan

Genre: Drama

We have never hid our love of Christopher Nolan on this show. Ever since he hit the scene with "Memento," he has stood out as one of the most distinctive and unique filmmakers in the industry. He holds the unique distinction of never having directed a bad movie. Everything he's done might not be perfect or great, but he has yet to make a movie that is bad or boring.

Before he played with the idea of liner narration, before he completely changed everyones idea of a "comic book movie," and before he said, "A dream heist movie? Why not?" he made "Following."

This is one of those rare first films that really shows you who the filmmaker is. Everything that defines Nolan as a filmmaker is here. The blind spots, the non-linear story flashes, the twist that wasn't really a twist, all of it is here. Nolan has refined who he is as a filmmaker, but he sprung pretty much fully formed with this thing.

If you haven't seen it, check it out. It's only 70 minutes long and well worth your time. 


Next week,  

 Spine number 647: On The Waterfront

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Looks like Summer Movie League has officially become Fantasy Movie League.

It looks quite fun. Here's how it works.

You have an 8 screen theater.

Every week you pick movies and have a budget/salary cap you have to stay under.

Then you compete against other theaters in your league.

It's fantasy football for movie people.

Our league is Film Thugs 2015 and the password is Porterhouse.

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