Top 5 Movies that Christopher Nolan Definitely (Didn’t) Direct

With the hype of the release of Dunkirk, a lot of blogs seem to be riding the trend of ranking Christopher Nolan’s top 5 movies. So, we’ve assembled a list of incredible movies that Nolan definitely, definitely directed and people just DON’T KNOW about. We’re all about servicing you, the people in uncovering the secret Nolan movies that the rest of the blogs neglect to tell you about. If you still can’t tell, this list is a complete fabrication, and if you actually want to know about Christopher Nolan’s best movies, you should probably just watch Memento and The Prestige and be done with it. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 movies that Christopher Nolan definitely (didn’t) direct.

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

Utilising his intense emotional repertoire, Nolan went on one of the most intense cinematic odysseys of his lifetime- presenting onscreen the lives of two animal, locked in a battle against corporate interests and fighting for environmentalism and the deforestation of their homes. Nolan perfectly captures the animal struggle in this heated drama featuring incredible performances from an all-star cast (De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman & More) – If you’re looking for a movie that Christopher Nolan definitely did totally direct and we’re definitely not making this up, then look no further.

Man of Steel

The Man of Steel is all about the origins of the Ubermench, as described by Neitzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The tale of the overman encountering a godless world, returning and becoming a deity-like figure. Also punching and spandex? Apparently, it’s based on a comic book, but those are for nerds. The Man of Steel also had a Japanese adaptation in known as Tetsuo the Iron Man, which is a little bit different to Man of Steel, because, you know, Steel and Iron are two different metals, they’re both pretty similar though. Nolan wrote Man of Steel, and kicked off the DC Cinematic Universe with it. His real identity, is actually Azrael, again apparently a comic book character that only nerds know about.

Dante’s Peak

Starring Pierce Brosnan at the ‘peak’ of his career, Dante’s Peak is all about a Volcano that gets mad that everyone keeps messing around with it. Pierce Brosnan is your typical middle aged geologist-cum-hero everyman that winds up protecting some kids in the wake of a Pompeii-esque disaster. The real emotional core of the film is the once scene where a Grandma decides to walk into a pool of acid… which is all kinds of messed up. This visceral scene made for one of the most shocking moments in cinematic history- and a generation of bored kids in Geography class were changed forever.

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

Frankie Muniz’ twilight years came in his mid-teens, where he moved off from the iconic Malcom in the Middle and decided to become a secret agent. Cody Banks was never a normal kid, but Nolan’s direction and understanding of the city of London came of no use, as the film kept on jumping around the city- not factoring in the insane travel times that are usually associated with taking the tube in Rush Hour. Look, all I’m saying is that if you want to get to Green Park fron Canary Wharf- it’s going to take a while, Cody Banks. Secret Agent or not.

Bangkok Dangerous

Nicolas Cage in his greatest performance, well, ever. Bangkok Dangerous is about a dangerous Bangkok, where Nic Cage is the only man who could possibly make it slightly less dangerous. The contract killer gets ready to take down Bangkok’s Underworld. Nolan definitely had a hand in the creation of this hot box office hit. Nicolas Cage is one of the greatest living actors in the planet, and Nolan’s direction is the thing that takes this movie from good, to great.

If you have not realised already, Christopher Nolan didn’t direct any of these movies.

Here’s our real top 5:
1. Memento
2. The Prestige
3. Interstellar
4. The Dark Knight
5. Batman Begins

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