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precarious since 1997 | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What filmmaker has never made a bad movie?

I’m starting to wonder if all the handwringing over Inceptionis it the greatest movie ever? is it a con? what does it all mean? — is actually a reaction to the idea that it looks like, maybe, Christopher Nolan has never made a bad movie. He’s had a string of films now — Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and now Inception — that, the general consensus seems to be, range from pretty darn good to pretty darn great, with just a few doubters. I’m not among those doubters: I don’t think Nolan has made a bad film. (I have not seen his 1998 film Following, which was made for $6,000 and got a two-screen U.S. release in 1999, but I hope to remedy that very soon.) But of course he hasn’t made very many yet.

Nolan or others: What filmmaker has never made a bad movie?

And could the notion that a filmmaker always gives us really good movies cause us to see all his/her films through rose-colored glasses? In other words, does it get harder to see a film as less than great the more really good films an artist gives us?

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