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Is Christopher Nolan one of the greatest directors of all time?
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    The2ndAvenger
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    Somehow this is a controversial topic. So I made a poll. Now go vote yes.

    "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument." - William Gibbs McAdoo

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    He’s one of my favorites so I’d say yes.

    Also, as I said on the previous thread concerning this, if you look up “greatest director of all time”, he’s one of the first names to pop up. So regardless of you personal feelings, he’s definitely popular enough to be considered a member of that group.

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    He has great ideas and execution but his films end up being conventional. Kind of like James Cameron though their films have different tone

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    He is a very talented director, no question. Saying he is one of the greatest of all time IMO is a bit much. What’s the limit on how many can get that title? A hundred or less? He might have to wait a bit & add more to his resume for me to say he is one of the greatest of all time.

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    Time will tell.

    NOT YET.

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    Yes. People are saying no because he isn’t 100 years old. Even with Nolan’s filmography, Spielberg would still be considered one of the all time greats because they’ve been watching his works for a very long time. People confuse longevity with quality when it comes to art

    FYC:

    Chromatica: Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album.

    Rain On Me: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Music Video.

    Alice: Best Pop Solo Performance

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    Absolutely fucking not.

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    I consider him such for his achievement with Dunkirk alone

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    I consider him such for his achievement with Dunkirk alone

    I will never ever get the insane adoration Dunkirk is receiving on film forums for some weird reason.

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    No. He has impeccable visual flair but a glaring flaw in the quality of his work is that Nolan does not know how to create fleshed out characters that are interesting. He relies on either source material or star power to carry these, at best, two-dimensional characters and ultimately the storyline. He’s not a one trick pony cause Inception, The Dark Knight, and Memento all range from good to great but he is the epitome of “style over substance”

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    Yes. Don’t ask me, ask his fellow directors:

    Rupert Wyatt has called him “a trailblazer” and “to be hugely admired as a master filmmaker.” Kenneth Branagh calls him “a heroic figure to both the audience and the people working behind the camera.” Steven Spielberg calls Memento and Inception “masterworks.” Denis Villeneuve says he is “a very impressive filmmaker […] Every movie he comes out with, I have more admiration for his work.” Francis Ford Coppola described him as “dazzling in the things he is willing to do.” Ben Affleck says he’s “brilliant.” Rian Johnson calls him “one of my favorite filmmakers working right now.” Nicolas Roeg says “his films have a magic to them.” I suppose Todd Phillips sums it up when he says: “I watched Chris Nolan’s movies and those are up there with the fucking ‘Godfather’ trilogy. For me, he’s the greatest filmmaker and it’s just mind-blowing what he does.”

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    Yes. Let’s be real, it’s controversial to GD because he doesn’t make lead female chars movies so his films are never in the conversation in the best actress threads and they tend to not care for other films not in there besides trashing them, not Nolan exclusively, for getting showered with nominations over their crying woman movie in the other categories.

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    Not yet. He’s going to have to make more films that fit that mould before he’s going to be known as one of the all-time greats. He’s certainly a good director, though.

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    Yes. Let’s be real, it’s controversial to GD because he doesn’t make lead female chars movies so his films are never in the conversation in the best actress threads and they tend to not care for other films not in there besides trashing them, not Nolan exclusively, for getting showered with nominations over their crying woman movie in the other categories.

    Yeah, I gotta agree with this. Gold Derby has always been much more interested in actresses than actors. It became an undeniable fact when the lead actress forum had way more activity than the lead actor forum last year, even though everyone was in agreement over the former being one of the one of the decade’s weakest acting lineups while the latter was seen as one of the strongest.

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    No. He has impeccable visual flair but a glaring flaw in the quality of his work is that Nolan does not know how to create fleshed out characters that are interesting. He relies on either source material or star power to carry these, at best, two-dimensional characters and ultimately the storyline. He’s not a one trick pony cause Inception, The Dark Knight, and Memento all range from good to great but he is the epitome of “style over substance”

    I can’t put in words about how much I agree with some of the points you made in this post.
    Brilliant.

    Though I myself consider himself to be one of the greatest filmmakers ever for what he has done in the last 20 years alone, I mean what he has done for good and mature commercial Cinema and the way he edits his films.

    But I have to agree that Nolan needs to mature his way of writing his characters and should write stronger characters with the passage of time which I think he will.
    He should focus more on substance too sometimes, he did it in Prestige and Memento and it was brilliant.

    Nolan is biggest filmmaker alive for sure and has been since 2008 and that’s a huge achievement in itself.
    He’ll improve with the passage of time and only climb up the ladder of al time greats but as you mentioned some of his flaws marvellously, he should look into them.

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