Ha! After successfully avoiding spoilers for 8 years, I finally saw this last night. All I have to add is:
I thought it was Sammy Jankis? Jenkins would have been cool though.
I am gonna have to watch it again, for 13th time.Yeah, "remember Sammy Jankis."
I love that movie, one of the best of recent years... I don't like Nolan's Batman stuff... it's okay, but if you know Memento and Prestige and Insomnia....
I listened to the commentary a few weeks ago, and Nolan hints that Leonard writes down Teddy's license plate because Teddy has pushed him too far this time. He doesn't want Teddy manipulating his long-term memory, because that's his most valuable possession. Nolan even comments that the audience is expected to wonder whether the Polaroid of Leonard at the supposed killing of a prior John G was faked.
A few years ago when I first watched this, I thought Teddy's speech at the end was supposed to be true, but I'm no longer convinced. I still think it's clear that Teddy is not the 'real' John G, if such a person exists, but I'm willing to put a little more stock in Leonard's long-term memory. If he's revolting against the lies Teddy feeds him, which are designed to change his memory & guilt him into Teddy's wishes, then I'm not sure that I can pick out any one past as objective truth.
not only that but the license plate changes!
IMO, one of the smartest movies I've seen. One thing I particularly appreciate is that the premise seems like a one-shot affair; I doubt I would be impressed if another movie tried to do the same thing now.
It is probably my favourite movie ever made. It has just such a strong atmosphere that even if some ultimate truth could be figured out, that atmosphere would still make it entertaining.
I haven't seen this one in a while. I really should watch it again.
My sister borrowed my DVD a while back, to watch with her boyfriend, and they reportedly couldn't make it past 10 or 15 minutes before getting bored and giving up. I am so disappointed.
Also, fuck you, Mike Nelson, and your banner ad at the top of this page. This is yet another film (see also Jaws) that does not need the full Rifftrax treatment.
That Kevin Perry comment is pretty damned insightful.
This is my favourite movie of last 12 years. I think I am going to rewatch it myself.
Damn, now I need to rewatch it too - been a while so I think I've forgotten the ending (beginning?).
Rereading this thread again, the most shocking thing I've discovered about Memento is that Tom didn't think Wet Hot American Summer was funny.
if someone looked into christopher's nolan mind, how long would it be before they threw up from motion sickness?
I now know a John G. He buys me drinks when we sing karaoke, which causes my short-term memory to lapse.
But I'm pretty sure he didn't murder my wife.
Ha ha, I rented this movie in iTunes when it was featured as Movie of the Week two weeks ago and boy, how did I miss this movie 10 years ago?
Great stuff. My love for Nolan is rekindled!
What was Natalie's motivation to off Teddy?
Been a while since I saw it, but I don't think she had a motivation to off Teddy. Guy Pearce decides to kill Teddy when he writes down the license plate number, and then he choose to forget about it. Natalie just runs the plates. But, I could definitely be wrong about that, it's probably been over a year since I saw it last.
She knows she could manipulate him to do nasty things to people, that's what she made him do to Dodd. So, the only reason she were so 'helpful' to provide him with Teddy driving license is knowing he will kill him. But why? Because Teddy set Lenny up to kill Natalie's boy friend, the drug dealer Jimmy (shown at the end of the show)?
While Lenny was the one who actually killed Jimmy, Natalie knows that the reason Lenny did it was that Teddy had set the situation up and manipulated Lenny into it.
By running the plates, she'll be helping kill the man who she believes was ultimately responsible for the death of her boyfriend.
Of course, Lenny had originally written down Teddy's license plate number knowing that eventually he'd follow through the clues, see that Teddy's real name is a "John G", and kill him. She was really only helping move along what Lenny had set in motion.
I have a feeling that Natalie has her own motivations. I doubt it was just revenge for Jimmy. There was a scene where she kept all the pens and openly insulted Lenny. She was showing us (audience) that she could manipulate Lenny too. But what is her motivation? Who gains from Teddy's death?
I need to track down a chronological re-mix to help make this thing make sense.
the dvd had a code you could put in to play it normal order