A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Some memories are best forgotten.
Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.
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Part Six of Preparing (As Much As Humanly Possible) For Interstellar
Memento is one of Nolan's most gripping works, a puzzle-box neo-noir of intimate and tragic beauty, all tied in with a narrative that is told uniquely and effectively. Completely dropping any sign of a linear story or framework, the film goes off the rails in the finest way possible, culminating in a film that is funny, powerful, saddening, and wonderfully cinematic.
Guy Pierce is at his finest here, playing the protagonist of Leonard with an oblivious and shocking timidity. It works for the role, which happens to be one of the finest characters in any of Nolan's films. Similarly great are Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, both adding to…
An unforgettable journey into the mind of a man with no memory, Memento is one of the most original, fun, inventive, intriguing & puzzling brain-teasers of all time that will have its viewers guessing from the very beginning to the very end & even afterwards. Having gained a significant cult following over the years, Christopher Nolan's breakthrough feature beautifully exhibits his incredible talent as a storyteller & remains one of the finest features of his illustrious film career.
Divided into 2 adjacent timelines which periodically alternate throughout its runtime, Memento tells the story of Leonard Shelby; an ex-insurance detective who is suffering from short-term memory loss which leaves him incapable of building new memories and has to rely on notes & tattoos as reminders.…
Seventeenth watch of Noir-Vember. I disliked the ‘twist’ in this year’s Interstellar, but boy oh boy does Memento prove that Christopher Nolan is the contemporary sovereign with regards to twist-endings in movie screenplays. Un-be-fucking-lievable. Waited three years to revisit this in order to wipe the ending (or should I say beginning) from my memory as much as possible just so that I could relish in its awesomeness yet again. Memento, Nolan’s first real feature length film, is an unchronological - starting at the close and closing at the start - murder mystery detective story with an insurance investigator, named Leonard who’s played by a stellar Guy Pearce, in its leading role. Leonard, however, is suffering from the repercussions of a…
Nothing is consistent or reliable, everything is a misrepresentation of the truth, a picture hides a bigger picture, still, sometimes even photographs fade away like memories. Mementos always end up getting burned.. must remember to forget.
Jumping back and forth in a timeline accompanied by a reversed narration, where the beginning is the end and vice versa, Nolan makes a fascinatingly bold move in filmmaking by turning his film into a convoluted puzzle and an unfair game of who's the killer, he puts us into Leonard's shoes and injects us with his perpetual state of disarray. There's a twist every five minutes, each discovery, however tiny, marks a shocking turn of events.
Memento may be a huge gimmick, but it's one gimmick that I adore. Must see, top-tier, cult film monument.
"Memento" is a 2000 American neo-noir mystery-psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story "Memento Mori". The film Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss. and Joe Pantoliano. The story is about a man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.
The main feature of this movie is that it goes backwards. Which means that the scene that follows is actually the incident which happens prior to the current situation. This is quite demanding for the viewer, and a result, requires repeat viewings. Though I can can see how this put some viewers off, I find "Memento" to be one of…
I've been putting off re-watching this one for years for fear that I would find it a "One-Trick Pony."
I was wrong; it's a brilliantly-complex, twisty thrill ride built on a single premise. But it's got a tremendous amount to offer the re-viewer. At least a re-viewer who's gone long enough to forget the details of the story (if not the overall arc).
It's particularly fascinating when compared/contrasted with Inception, because Nolan is so clearly interested in the role memory playing in our humanity. Here, he argues (through Leonard's final monologue) that there is an *actual* world and our actions have consequences whether or not we remember/see those consequences. "My wife deserves vengeance," says Leonard. "Doesn't make a difference whether…
Perfect film from the masterpiece Christopher Nolan.
I 'fuckin' speechless. I can't say anything word for this 'fuckin' film.
Fuck YOU Nolan!!
Please! Give us like this again. I am addicted now.
It's incredible that Nolan was able to pull off a project like Memento. The reverse storytelling; each scene drenched in mystery. I was most curious to see how it began and anticipated each scene like a piece of the puzzle. Guy Pearce was incredible -- an all time performance from him. His vulnerability and determination was very admirable. The film isn't just some murder-mystery (as we were initially led to believe). It's a pretty effective look at this mental condition and how people are exploited.
16 years on, MEMENTO has lost none of its power. I had worried it might have aged in that particularly early 2000s type way a lot of films of the era have, but this is as sharp and savage now as it was then. Christopher Nolan had already shown skill with strong debut FOLLOWING, but with MEMENTO he took a quantum leap and set the stage to become one of the biggest directors on the planet.
Much of the acclaim for MEMENTO centres around its unconventional structure. And it is a masterfully-constructed film. Unable to form new memories after a head injury in a brutal home invasion that led to his wife's death, Leonard hunts for his wife's killer, relying…
nolan best one.
One of Nolan's finest films, Memento defines nonlinear storytelling, with a heartbreaking ending.
Memento is the moment when Christopher Nolan became Christopher Nolan. Following has hints of it, but Memento is where the high-concept, or gimmicky depending on how you fall on it, nature of his films really began to reveal itself. For someone of my generation, a Nolan apologist, this is fantastic. The shifting nature of who we can trust in the narrative as we start at the end and slowly work our way back to the beginning is excellently pulled off, so much so that I don't think I'd want to watch the film in 'proper order.' Far from the gimmick being the only thing the movie has going for it though, solid performances from Joe Pantoliano and Carrie-Ann Moss anchor…
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