What Interstellar Is Really About

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It’s been another jam-packed year for movies, but there was only one film I was looking forward to the most – Interstellar. Call me a Nolanite if you will, but my obsession with the film had nothing to do with my personal admiration for director Christopher Nolan or his pristine filmography. It was simply because Interstellar promised a heartfelt story, that of a father and a daughter. That was it. The film could’ve been about anything else surrounding that emotional core and I still would’ve seen it. Luckily, Nolan found a way to ground his science fiction epic by getting audiences to care about Cooper and his family first and foremost, which is why I find it extremely frustrating that certain reviews for the film are fixating on anything but this crucial element. Continue reading

Interstellar

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“Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Dylan Thomas’ poem still retains all of its literary power. But in the context of a film that dares to venture beyond our worlds and deep into our souls, it has never been more cinematically relevant. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a bold and beautiful film that captures the grandiosity of space, yet touches on something profoundly personal: the relationship between a father and a daughter. The result is a rare movie-going experience that dazzles the senses and enriches our hearts.  Continue reading

The Lost Art of Secrecy

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When was the last time you walked into a movie theater completely unaware of the film you were about to see? For me, it was the summer of 2010. The movie: Inception. The earliest trailers for the film displayed a number of staggering visuals. A rotating hallway, a city folding on itself, and a train charging through the rain. This merely whet the appetites of countless filmgoers like myself. Soon, we were standing in line for the film’s release, not knowing a single detail of the plot. Even on the day of, all we had to go on were the film’s cryptic tagline (“Your mind is the scene of the crime”) and a tiny bit of description from director Christopher Nolan himself (“a heist movie set within the architecture of the mind”). Some could argue we already had more than enough to go on. But compared to today’s films, where entire movies are given away in a two-minute trailer, Nolan’s film barely left a trail of breadcrumbs. It was a refreshing change of pace that allowed audiences to experience the film in its rightful place – the movie theater, of course.  Continue reading