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Ethan Hawke's Blaze (2018)


Inception (2010) - Nolan's best is a grand piece of action sci-fi, perfectly awesome nonsense

3 Film Excess wins:

Best Screenplay: Christopher Nolan 
Best Cinematography: Wally Phister 
Best Practical Effects  

9 Film Excess nominations:

Best Film (lost to The King's Speech)

Best Screenplay: Christopher Nolan (won)

Best Director: Christopher Nolan (lost to Sofia Coppola for Somewhere)
Best Cinematography: Wally Phister (won)
Best Sound (lost to Insidious) 
Best Practical Effects (won) 
Best Digital Effects (lost to Alice in Wonderland
Best Makeup and Hair (lost to The Wolfman) 
Best Music: Hans Zimmer (lost to Treme S1)
+ Best Science Fiction Movie of the Year

The folding effect is showcased on this poster for Christopher Nolan's Inception

Cobb is a hunted man. Hunted from his country where the authorities believe he killed his wife. And by his employers, because he has failed. But most of all he is a man haunted by his own dreams ...

The plot of Inception, by Oscar-nominated British master writer-director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight (2008)), is very hard if not impossible to recount. It is a sci-fi masterpiece, a visually sumptuous film whose like we haven't seen since The Matrix (1999). Several sequences in the film are dumbfounding to the eyes, meanwhile the intellectual capacities are racing away to keep up with the film.
Leonard DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street (2016)) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose (2007)) are delightful, and Hans Zimmer's (Freeheld (2015)) Oscar-nominated score is inciting and fateful. Inception is visually, effect-wise and conceptually formidable, with remarkable cinematography by Oscar-winning Wally Phister (Insomnia (2002)). The plot is inventive, captivating and perfectly balances understandable elements with nonsense. The strong, sexy ensemble cast also all sustain incredibly nice hair throughout the trials. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's (The Dark Knight Rises (2012)) zero gravity-scenes are historically great. Inception is a unique and dizzying experience that keeps spinning us round and round.

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Christopher Nolan: Interstellar (2014) - Nolan heads to space in opulent, exciting epic
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012) or, Batman and the Storm, Darkness, Anarchy, Evil, Depression

2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess
The Dark Knight (2008) - Nolan's best Batman  
Batman Begins (2005) or, Modern, Dark, Smooth Batman

Watch an IMAX-pushing trailer for the film here

Cost: 160 mil. $
Box office: 825.5 mil. $
= Big hit
[Inception premiered July 8 (London's Odeon Leicester Square) and runs 148 minutes. Nolan had been developing the ideas in the film since before 2002, when he handed in an 80-page treatment to Warner Bros. for a dream-centered horror. After gaining experience with huge films (the two first in his Batman trilogy and The Prestige), Nolan sold his spec script to Warner in 2009 with production beginning a few months later. Filming lasted June - November 2009 in Japan, England, France, Morocco, LA and Canada. Inception was released normally and in the IMAX format, although it was not shot with IMAX cameras. An additional 100 mil. $ was reportedly used on marketing the film, which, with DVD/Blu-ray sales also accounted for, leaves the film merely a box office success. It opened #1 to a 62.7 mil. $ first weekend in North America, where it stayed atop for two more weeks before getting booted down by The Other Guys and grossed 292.5 mil. $ (35.4 % of the total gross). The 2nd and 3rd biggest markets were China with 68.4 mil. $ (8.3 %) and the UK with 56.6 mil. $ (6.9 %). It was the 6th highest-grossing film of the year in North America and the 4th internationally. It made many critics' top 10 lists of the year and was given a 4/4 star rating by Roger Ebert. Inception was nominated for 8 Oscars: It won for its visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing and cinematography. It lost score to The Social Network, art direction to Alice in Wonderland and original screenplay and picture to The King's Speech. It has made in excess of 68 mil. $ on DVD/Blu-ray sales. Inception is certified fresh at 86 with an 8.1 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes and is currently #14 on IMDb's user-generated Top 250.]

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