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Christopher Nolan Verenigd Koninkrijk, 1998

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Following

Even as he got launched to IMDb idolatry, Nolan has always been best as a sleight-of-hand artist. The philosophy of his films is either simple or muddled, but ask him to play with structure or aesthetics—and think only just hard enough—and he can hit close to home. This truly inspired $5,000 debut is still emblematic of his skills, a rewiring of classic noir to that late-90s trend where reality itself was in doubt.