memento/insomnia, other profound movies anyone here fans of jonathan nolan? amazing, i tell you. memento is the number one existentialist movie, in my opinion. its a twisted version of existentialism, but its the only tenable one, as existentialism (when we loook at it logically) would justify self-manipulation as long as you find that "right lifestyle." dyall like nolan's new film: insomnia? i didnt like it as much. but i think its definitely more attuned to the true nature of the human condition. i loved the fact that you saw corruption slowly seeping into pacino's soul, slowly eating at him from the inside out, like a quicksand trap from which you cant escape. the more pacino fought it, the more it took him in. the kicker between the two films? i think memento is ultimately a downer, while insomnia's an upper (sorry to use drug reference). think about it: with leonard you feel so sorry for him throughout the entire movie, because the ground constantly shifts from under his feet, and hes so naked to the brutal exploitation of the corrupt. yet in the end you relaize nelson does it to himself. he manipulates his memory to give his life meaning. insomnia tells us we can break that cycle. pacino confesses to his crimes and tells hilary swank not to make the same mistake he did. dumer (pacino) beats his fate while leonard (pearce) succumbs to it. pacino enslaves his past to his will, leonard BECOMES enslaved to it. god, nolan, i love you. anyone know what im talking about? feel free to talk about other gifted directors :darron aronofsky/coen brothers/david lynch/steven soderbergh.