Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Interstellar (USA/UK/Canada/Ireland: Christopher Nolan, 2014)

Interstellar (USA/UK/Canada/Ireland: Christopher Nolan, 2014: 169 mins)

Dalton, Stephen. "Critic's Notebook: The Case Against Interstellar." The Hollywood Reporter (November 8, 2014)

Goh, Robbie B.H. Christopher Nolan: Filmmaker and Philosopher. Bloomsbury Academic, 2021. ["Christopher Nolan is the writer and director of Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and also of arthouse films like Memento and Inception. Underlying his staggering commercial success however, is a darker sensibility that questions the veracity of human knowledge, the allure of appearance over reality and the latent disorder in contemporary society. This appreciation of the sinister owes a huge debt to philosophy and especially modern thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud and Jacques Derrida. Taking a thematic approach to Nolan's oeuvre, Robbie Goh examines how the director's postmodern inclinations manifest themselves in non-linearity, causal agnosticism, the threat of social anarchy and the frequent use of the mise en abyme, while running counter to these are narratives of heroism, moral responsibility and the dignity of human choice. For Goh, Nolan is a 'reluctant postmodernist'. His films reflect the cynicism of the modern world, but with their representation of heroic moral triumphs, they also resist it."]

Hayes, James. "How Does Christopher Nolan Tell a Story?" (Posted on Youtube: July 19, 2016)

Interstellar Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

"Interstellar." Literary Analysis (November 6, 2014)

Lang, Nico. "The 7 Biggest Problems with Interstellar." Salon (November 11, 2014)

Like Stories of Old. "The Problem of Other Minds – How Cinema Explores Consciousness." (Posted on Youtube: May 31, 2018) ["How have films engaged the problem of other minds? In this video essay, I discuss cinematic explorations into consciousness in the context of the cognitive revolution that has challenged many of the basic assumptions about what was for a long time believed to be a uniquely human trait." Uses Frans de Waal's book Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?: "Hailed as a classic, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognition--in crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees, and bonobos--to reveal how smart animals really are, and how we've underestimated their abilities for too long. Did you know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, that elephants classify humans by gender and language, and that there is a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame? Fascinating, entertaining, and deeply informed, de Waal's landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal--and human--intelligence."]

McGowan, Todd. "Anti-gravity: Interstellar and the fictional betrayal of place." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)

Plait, Phil. "Follow Up: Interstellar Mea Culpa." Slate (November 9, 2014)

---. "Interstellar Science." Slate (November 6, 2014)

Puschak, Evan. "Interstellar: When Spectacle Eclipses Story." Nerdwriter (Posted on Youtube: October 21, 2015)

Ruiz, Jorge Luengo. "2001: An Interstellar Odyssey." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)

Stewart-Ahn, Aaron."On Interstellar, Love, Time and the Limitless Prison of Our Cosmos." Medium (November 17, 2014)

Thompson, J.D. "Christopher Nolan: Creativity in Mystery." (Posted on Youtube: May 29, 2016)

Voegtle, Grant and Sole Porpoise. "OTH: Detailed Analysis of Interstellar." (Posted on Youtube: June 1, 2015)

Wardlow, Ciara. "Time/Conflict: Interstellar." (Posted on Youtube: December 23, 2015)

The Directors Series - Christopher Nolan [5.4] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

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