In this episode, we’ll be taking a look at the very first film from director Christopher Nolan, Following – a black and white thriller that set the stage for his later hit films including Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception. And if this episode seems a little bizarre, don’t adjust your monitors – I’ve just barrowed some of Nolan’s signature time manipulation tricks to help tell his story.
It’s episode 10 of The DVD Shelf Movie Reviews! Back in the very first episode, we took a look at the 2008 blockbuster, The Dark Knight, so in commemoration, we’re going to dip back into the Batman discs with this classic cinematic spin-off of Batman: The Animated Series. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm weaves an action-packed mystery story around Batman, Joker, and a ghostly crime boss killer running amok in Gotham City. We’ll look at the film plus get a little inside info on Batman: The Animated Series, the beloved cartoon show that inspired this film.
Welcome to The DVD Shelf Movie Reviews – an ongoing web series where movies are celebrated, not incinerated! After the endless hate and mockery towards movies that circulates on the Internet nowadays, why not dedicate a show to a love of cinema? Weird, huh?
In each episode, I grab a movie off my own DVD shelf, discuss the film’s background, highlight its DVD/Blu-ray special features and end on why I recommend it. So, I figured the first episode should feature a movie that isn’t hard to like—the 2008 summer blockbuster The Dark Knight.