Monday, November 22, 2021

2K Replay: MEMENTO

 by Adam Riske

Nominated for Favorite Movie Poster of the Year at the Golden Schmoes Awards.

• Best Scene/Moment: The scene where Carrie-Anne Moss does a full heel turn.

• Best Song: There aren’t too many songs in Memento, so I’ll go with the David Bowie track that plays over the end credits called “Something in the Air.” I don’t think it fits the movie very well, but the song isn’t bad.
• Best Merch: A DVD of the film signed by Carrie-Anne Moss for $27.67. But why did this person have her sign the actual disc and not the DVD’s slipcover?

• Director Check: Memento was the breakthrough hit (both critically and financially) that accelerated the career of writer-director Christopher Nolan, who previously made 1998’s Following and a few short films. Nolan continued in the crime thriller realm with his follow-up, 2002’s Insomnia before finding a lane primarily as a filmmaker of auteur-driven blockbusters beginning with 2005’s Batman Begins and 2006’s The Prestige. I’m hit or miss on Nolan, but I think that might be more of a statement on everything that comes with Nolan (some of his more adamant fans, over-the-top fawning of theatrical exhibition/70mm/IMAX especially during a pandemic, etc.) than the actual films themselves. I haven’t seen Following but I’m a fan of most of his work up through 2010’s Inception. He started to lose me a little after that with The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and Tenet, all of which I’m either not a fan of or mixed on. I wish he would make a few more mid-budgeted crime movies. He’s good at them.

• Double It with This 2001 Movie: Mulholland Drive

• Year 2001 Movies to Trailer Before It: Don’t Say a Word, Novocaine, The Tailor of Panama

Draft Day or Memento? Draft Day
• Mall Movie? I’m going to say yes because it’s a hip indie more than a prestige indie. The cinephile kids would’ve been talking about this one at Sbarro.

• Only in 2001: Distributed by Newmarket Films. They were around for a while after 2001 but something about Newmarket Films screams 2001 to me.

• Scene Stealer: Mark Boone Junior. I love that guy. He’s like edgy Dan Fogler.

• I Miss (tie): I miss when Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano were each in about 3 movies a year from 2000 to 2006 following their Matrix bump.

• I Don’t Miss: Nonlinear narratives. I think it works in Memento, but it feels like there was a time when every other movie used one even when they didn’t need to. I especially hate when a movie is like “Stop. Let’s go back…” How about no?

• 2001 Crush: Carrie-Anne Moss.

• 2021 Crush: Carrie-Anne Moss.
• What I Thought in 2001: I was pretty blown away by Memento when I saw it in theaters back in 2001. I was very into independent cinema at the time and more than ready to dig into a trippy film like Memento. I remember trying to watch the movie in linear order once (all the black & white sequences in order followed by the color sequences in reverse) and thinking it exposed how brilliant the editing and writing of the film was in its release form and how much less impactful the story was when it was told straightforward.

• What I Think in 2021: I wasn’t expecting Memento to hold up as well as it did in 2021. I found it to be really entertaining and still ingeniously put together. I have a bit of a Guy Pearce allergy (the way he says “Sammy Jankis” gives me the hives) but everything/everyone else around him I like which helps. I miss early career Christopher Nolan. He should make more R-rated movies.


  1. I used to say this was my favorite Nolan movie. I'm not sure that's still true, but I do love it an awful lot. I'd love to see him go back to these relatively smaller scale types of movies, because he does it well.

    And I totally agree on your "I Miss" section! At least Joey Pants popped up in the latest Bad Boys movie, but that's like 2 years ago at this point.

    1. i saw Joey Pants in an Hallmark movie a couple of weeks ago i think. that as weird seeing him being a good guy who loves christmas

    2. The Santa Stakeout. it's not too bad for a Hallmark Movie.

      there's also a new one from last week, with Bruce Campbell, where he shows a more dramatic range than most of his crappy b-movies. also not bad for a Hallmark Movie

    3. the one with Bruce is One December Night