Leonard Shelby


MEMENTO (2000)

DIR: Christopher Nolan

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this one, but I think it’s a worthwhile noir to talk about. Christopher Nolan has consistently made great films that twist perceptions and fuck with the mind, and this film is no exception. I find this to be an underrated film of his, yet one that is far superior to the commercial Batman series, for example.

This is a twisting, turning, self-reflexive film that follows a character tracing the steps of a murder, with little to go on except his body tattoos and brief flashes of memories when it does not fail him. The viewer, in turn, is led through these twists, bouts of confusion, and flashbacks in memory to discover the answer, too. We discover along with Guy Pearce’s character, and what we discover is emotional and violent.

This film is a confusing mystery on par with Inception as the story weaves through lapses in memory and times both past and future. There is much to figure out and piece together, and many layers of reality to sift through. Nolan truly did it again with another mysterious, complex thriller with a masterful narrative that leaves you working to solve the puzzles while on the edge of your seat. 

What is this film a Memento of, for me? It was actually the first movie I watched, ever, with a very special person. I will cherish it always ♥ (From A to E…)


 "I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there?… Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different. "

-Leonard Shelby