Tag: Christopher Nolan

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Middlebrow #9: Justice League

 

My friend Pete Spiliakos and I bring you a discussion of one of the few truly interesting recent cinematic events, Justice League. This was an example of the conflict between artists and businessmen. Zack Snyder, one of the lonely few examplars of first-rate Hollywood talent, had his work destroyed by a studio Warner Bros / DC hellbent on suicide. Warner had the greatest team in Hollywood working on their superhero movies–Christopher Nolan (as writer and director, also with his brother Jonathan in the writing role) and Zack Snyder. The only men who have any grasp on the epic and the tragic as genres and insights. They also made billions of dollars for the studio. So naturally, the studio destroyed their work. Listen and marvel with us at the good, the bad, and the very bad, and the worse.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Problems with Film Criticism

 

Hello, folks. I’m inaugurating a series on what’s wrong with movie criticism. We all the know the answer in advance: The problem is, movie criticism exists but doesn’t serve any purpose. Americans want to know whether they’ll like a movie or not but they will never trust critics on this. It’s can be solved by technology; we’d all rather have Cinemascore or even Rotten Tomatoes instead. Fair enough. Them’s the breaks…

But the other purpose of criticism is to have all our feelings expressed in a pithy or sentimental way, depending on our attitude to a movie. “There, that guy gets it, and now I can share his thoughts with other people, or quote him!” Again, fair enough, we all want clever speakers on our side.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #13 Political Conflict in Marvel and DC

 

I’m back with the second part of my long conversation with my friend Pete Spiliakos. We talked about girls becoming women in despite of society in ’80s movies last time. In the most surprising way, Pete picked horror movies to show social and psychological realism. Well, he hit it out of the park there, but then our conversation veered to the aesthetic, dramatic art and the political implications of the new business model of sequels and franchises. Like it or not, in an age of sequels and franchises, it’s no longer feasible to ignore the problem of sucky sequels.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #10 The Nolan Brothers

 

Hello, everyone! I am joined on the American Cinema Foundation podcast by Jason Eberl and George Dunn, editors of the book The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan. They are professors of philosophy with an interest in pop culture, and editors of many books on America’s favorite shows and movies over the last 50 years. Our wide-ranging discussion of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s movies goes through Memento (2000), The Dark Knight (2008), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #9: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman

 

Hello, folks, this week’s podcast completes last week’s discussion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a discussion of the DC superhero movies. My friend and PoMoCon coconspirator Pete Spiliakos joins me–he is a columnist at First Things and writes for NRO, too. You can take my word for it, he’s the kind of conservative we need to hear more of!

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #7 Dunkirk

 

Here’s the first in a series of podcasts on the movies of Christopher Nolan, starting with his newest, Dunkirk. Today, I am joined by my friend Eric and we’re talking about everything from Winston Churchill and Christopher Nolan to Edward Elgar and Charles Lightoller (yes, the second officer on the Titanic!). The crisis of confidence of the West is part of the discussion, too, as are America’s teenagers. And all that in about half an hour. Listen to our podcast — you’ll get details about the movie mentioned almost nowhere else, and assembled in a novel way. Pain and patriotism rate a mention, too!

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Dunkirk

 

I just returned from watching Dunkirk with my eldest. I refrained from reading any reviews of it in advance, just so I could form my own opinion. Spoilers ahead, so be warned.

Actual photo of the beach at Dunkirk

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Just returned from watching Nolan’s Dunkirk and read the three comment threads (review by @brianwatt, discussions started by @tomco9 and @mackinder) which I had deferred until viewing the film. I have a fairly different take on the movie than most of what I have read thus far. One of the criticisms noted is Nolan’s choice to abstract […]

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Yes, there are spoilers herein. If you are planning to see Dunkirk at a theater near you and don’t want to read about how the new Christopher Nolan film treats this historical event then you may be excused. Here’s a trailer of the film below that should serve as a visual break in this Ricochet […]

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I saw Dunkirk yesterday and found myself slightly underwhelmed. The people I was with thought it was great but to me there seemed to be no emotional core. I also found Nolan’s chronological playfulness somewhat confusing and/or unnecessary. Is it a problem that the “experience” of Dunkirk alone wasn’t enough to compel me? More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Teaser: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

 

Now we’re talking. For his next movie, Christopher Nolan turns his attention to the evacuation of Allied forces from France in 1940. Don’t tell anyone, but I think Nolan is a closet conservative: It’s just an opinion, of course, but there are telling moments in many of his films and in particular The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar.

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I will admit right up front that I’m a film buff, a movie snob and cinema snoot. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional hyperspace-zooming starfighter craft thing blasting away at some mean-looking, insect-shaped alien space ship; or even the never-in-a-million-years-would-you-ever-see car chases where every pursuing cop car ends up flipped, t-boned, crunched, munched […]

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