Originally Posted by BatLobsterRises
I think that's Nolan's M.O. in a nutshell actually. He has such a great knowledge of cinema, and beyond that places such a trust in the audience's intelligence and familiarity with film tropes that he's really able to lean on that as a means to do all sorts of unconventional things.
Yeah, that is where artists need to get to, in order to have that firm base to anchor them as they experiment, so it's not just a random mess of ideas with no foundation of reality. It's the only way to keep yourself interested and your work from getting stale.