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There was a fantastic theory a few years back that Christopher Nolan was filming two simultaneous trilogies, based on the three step magic trick established in The Prestige. The first trilogy was the Dark Knight series, and the second was the films he made in between those, connected by themes of what is real, and what makes a person who they are (akin to Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto series).

The three steps, if you remember, were The Pledge, The Turn, and The Prestige. The Pledge, or the setup, explains things to the audience. This was Batman Begins and The Prestige. The Turn is when something unexpected happens, or when the audience is meant to ask"how did they do that?" This was Dark Knight and Inception. The Prestige is meant to be the reveal, when the real magic happens. It's the payoff, and it was meant to be the Dark Knight Rises, except that was a mess of a film that should have been a big blinking warning light about what was to come with Man of Steel.

Nolan has a chance to redeem himself, and follow through with what would be the final part of the looser, idea driven trilogy, with Interstellar. The movie has a strong cast (including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine), involves space travel, and the wormholes (there was a time when I devoured the works of Kip Thorne), so there is promise there.

But none of that distracts from the fact that this first teaser for the film, out next November, rather than feeling inspirational, plays like a Manulife ad.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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