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The Z To A Of Christopher Nolan
Your guide to the Dark Knight Rises director's career so far...

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The Z To A Of Christopher Nolan | Kubrick
The Z To A Of Christopher Nolan | Kubrick


Hugely cineliterate, Nolan's movie touchstones are legion, with Ridley Scott and Nicolas Roeg self-professed influences. Comparisons with Stanley Kubrick are also particularly hard to avoid. The two make meticulous, cerebral movies and, much less fairly, both share a reputation for films with emotional cores that exist under layers of permafrost - if they exist at all. The zero-gravity flair of Inception has roots in 2001: A Space Odyssey and the cool-headed crime of The Killing parlays into Nolan's neo-noir Memento, but while we're sure Nolan would take "the new Kubrick" over, say, "the new Uwe Boll", it's an invidious parallel for a man who's always striven to do create new. Still, it would be nice to see Nolan growing an enormously bushy beard one day.

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