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Christopher Nolan’s Following Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

First films are often a filmmaker’s worst movie, as they seem to be learning their craft as the film goes on. That said, they can also be instructive once they have a body of work, as you can often see the seeds of their future work embedded within. And though Christopher Nolan’s Following is one of his weakest efforts, all things considered, it’s still indicative of a talent that would emerge. Where in 1998 Nolan’s film may have come across as a clever but small riff on Pulp Fiction and the genre of crime films Tarantino helped launch, now you can see that Nolan was pretty on top of his game from the get go, even if his first film is a minor work. Our review of the The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray of Following follows after the jump. Jeremy Theobald stars as an unnamed writer who
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Following Blu Ray Review

Following Directed by: Christopher Nolan Written by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell Christopher Nolan's brand of high brow blockbuster filmmaking has certainly shaped the landscape of quality populist cinema. He single handedly revived the Batman franchise and in the process, formed a style guide which is regularly referenced by his peers in an attempt to emulate his successful recipe. Years before the Bwwwoooommmmm Inception sound rewrote modern day marketing, Nolan wrote and directed 'Following', filmed in black and white and shot on weekends with his film school friends. It's an impressive first feature that isn't without its problems. The film stars Jeremy Theobald as an unemployed, unnamed writer who follows strangers in hopes to find inspiration for his first novel. One of his targets, a young man in a dark suit, calls him out on his unusual brand of research and a strange relationship is formed.
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Criterion Collection: Following | DVD Review

Over the last decade, Christopher Nolan has established himself as one of the most noteworthy mainstream directors working in the industry, mostly due to the unprecedented cultural impact of his three entries in the Batman series (but not to mention high functioning works of originality at the multiplex, such as 2010’s Inception). His penchant for labyrinthine narrative structure and chronological confusion date back to his delightfully well made feature debut, Following, winning the top prize at the 1999 Rotterdam Film Festival, exploring themes and motifs he would closely mirror in his significantly successful follow-up, Memento. A no budget neo-noir, Criterion restores Nolan’s debut from a new digital transfer, making this edition the definitive way to experience an exciting beginning to a fascinating talent.

We meet a young man (Jeremy Theobald), narrating a story to a stranger that quickly seems to take on ominous dimensions. An aspiring writer, it turns out
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Following

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 11 , 2012

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Jeremy Theobald gets in too deep in Following.

Before he became a sensation with the twisty 2000 revenge story Memento, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) directed his first feature film, 1999’s Following, a low-budget, black-and-white, 16 mm neo-film noir mystery with comparable precision and cunning.

Following is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer (Jeremy Theobald) who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for with one of his unwitting subjects (Alex Haw), who leads him down a dark, criminal path.

With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), Following is a mind-bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

The DVD and Blu-ray editons of Following contain the following features:

· New,
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Christopher Nolan Season: 'Following'

★★☆☆☆ With the much-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises (2012) released in UK cinemas this Friday (20 July), the BFI are running a Christopher Nolan season that includes his directorial debut Following (1998). This little-known 16mm first feature tells the story of a nameless young writer (Jeremy Theobald) with an odd habit of following people around London, collecting material for his book. His harmless pursuits eventually get him into trouble when he meets Cobb (Alex Haw), a debonair burglar who teaches him the tricks of the trade.

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Christopher Nolan season for BFI Southbank in July

Christopher Nolan season for BFI Southbank in July
BFI Southbank has announced a Christopher Nolan season for this July. All of the Inception director's films will be screened throughout the month at the riverside venue, leading up to the release of The Dark Knight Rises at BFI IMAX and nationwide on July 20. "Nolan has created a new type of Hollywood 'mainstream'," the BFI said, "films notable not only for their considerable technical skill but also for their brilliant, complex and playful narrative ingenuity." The full Christopher Nolan programme is as follows: Following (UK 1998. With Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan. 70min. 15)

Plus Doodlebug (UK 1997. With Jeremy Theobald. 3min):

Sunday, 1 July 16:00 NFT2 / Wednesday, July 4, 20:40 NFT2 Memento (USA 2000. With Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Jr. 113min. (more)
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Streaming for Your Pleasure: Movies to See Before the Summer

Article by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt

We are about to embark on what will hopefully be a rather fun summer of movies. With that in mind I focused the second installment of Streaming for Pleasure on some films you should see before this summer hits. Having a familiarity with an actor or director’s career can often shine some light on what their future projects may have in store. Also it can help garner more motivation to see a film you would have otherwise avoided. Curious what the Avengers might be like? What Tom Hardy has in store for the character of Bain? Well check out some of these films and they just might answer some of your questions.

Following

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Written By: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, and Lucy Russell

Synopsis: Christopher Nolan writes and directs this odd, claustrophobic neo-noir film about a
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Looking back at Christopher Nolan’s Following

A year in the making, young director Nolan shot his debut feature, Following, on a shoestring budget over the space of a year. So, how does it stand up twelve years on...?

Ambitious, darkly comic, but clumsy and cold, Christopher Nolan's (Inception, The Dark Knight) first feature, Following, showcases a talented writer/director's Herculean effort to show the world his neat bag of tricks.

Made for almost nothing, over a year of weekends (in between his job filming and recording sound on company training videos), and influenced by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi) and Kevin Smith (Clerks), Nolan envisaged a film that explored his favourite aspect of film noir: men who were defined by their often brutal actions.

The idea was a bold one: to shoot no more than two usable takes per set-up, to shoot only with natural light, in cheap, available locations and to work around the respective
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Following Review | Welcome to a World Without Rules

First off, to those of you expecting a review of Chinatown (1974) as promised in the hint that was contained in the Blue Velvet (1986) piece, I apologize. Chinatown will be the next film covered in the retrospective. I simply got sidetracked in the wake of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) by the auteur completest in me, demanding that I actually sit down and watch Following (1998). While it didn't reach the heights of Memento (2000) or Insomnia (2002), the latter of which is perhaps Nolan's most overlooked and underestimated film due to its remake status, I very much enjoyed his rough and ragged debut (which is allegedly up for both the Criterion treatment and a theatrical re-release thanks to his most recent success---in the meantime you can catch it on Netflix Watch Instantly).

The film is bare, cut and dry almost to the point of The Limey (1999), beginning with a young struggling writer (Jeremy Theobald
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IFC to Re-release Christopher Nolan's Following on Demand

IFC has made the trailer for the re-rerelease of Following, Christopher Nolan's debut film. As the hype around Inception comes to a peak, IFC Films is proud to present Christopher Nolan's debut feature film, Following, available nationwide on demand via IFC In Theaters. Check out the trailer below.

Following Trailer

A fascinating introduction to the talent and vision of a filmmaker who is fast becoming one of the major American directors of our time, Following originally debuted in 1998, and enjoyed a quick succession of Festival prizes and wild critical acclaim. The film is a sly neo-noir thriller which follows a writer who picks out strangers at random from the crowded streets of London shadows them see where they go, how they spend their days. Following features the innovative blend of high-minded style and genre elements that Nolan has now made his trademark.

The film will enjoy a three
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