Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Movies You Aught to See: Memento

Regardless of whether the decade ended already ended in 2009 or will end at the close of the current year, the 2000s were a wonderful period of cinema with many treasures that deserve to be remembered. Check in at Movies with Abe on Mondays for Movies You Aught to See, a look back at memorable movies from the aughts. They are posted in no particular order, and if you have a great film from the 2000s that you think merits consideration, leave a note in the comments!

Memento
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Released March 16, 2001



Before he gained international fame with the 2008 blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” Chistopher Nolan adapted his brother’s screenplay and directed this excellent thriller about a man who has lost the ability to make new memories and relies on pictures and tattoos to aid him in his never-ending search for the man who killed his wife and caused his injury. This marvelously complex and extraordinarily well-edited film is presented out of order with black-and-white and color segments to splinter Leonard’s memory and allow the viewer to piece together the story. Guy Pearce turns in an exceptional performance as the eccentric Leonard, spouting the catchphrase “now, where was I?” perfectly. The whopper of an ending will leave you thinking about this moving for a long time. Watch the trailer above for a glimpse at how incredible this film is if you haven’t yet seen it.

3 comments:

G1000 said...

I love this movie, although the ending was a tad confusing (which I realize is the point).

If you like this one so much, be sure to check out David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive". It's a similar kind of surreal mind-bender, and I think it's actually better than "Memento" (though both are great films).

G1000 said...

I don't know what happened here. My comment accidentally posted three times (twice with a different name). Weird. Feel free to delete the first two.

Bizarre.

Abe Fried-Tanzer said...

So I didn't actually love "Mulholland Drive." If you're saying that the end of "Memento" left you confused (I think I can explain it if you want me to), then David Lynch's mind-bender certainly left me absolutely flabbergasted. It was possibly the most intriguing film I've ever seen, but it didn't deliver in the same way that the "Twin Peaks" first episode (which I accidentally watched before I saw the pilot) did. I really must re-watch "Mulholland Drive," but I lent my copy to someone a few years ago and I don't think she ever gave it back.