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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).
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has done very well at the box office and has rightly garnered praise and admiration. The fact that the movie is based on a historical event necessitates questions about the historical accuracy of the film. Andrew Roberts, at Commentary, enjoyed the movie, but he wanted to set the record straight about what […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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? Preview Open
My paternal grandfather served in WWII. He regaled my father with stories of working in the RAOC (Royal Army Ordnance Corps) and later in REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). He was a Motor Vehicle Fitter at various locations in England and later a REME instructor. My grandfather met my grandmother when she, as a member of the ATS (Auxilliary Territorial Service), was his supervisor in a motor vehicle workshop. They married in 1946, both in their demob suits.
My grandfather died in 1974, before my parents were married. My grandmother died in 1987 when I was young. Recently my father applied for his parents military service records. They revealed some interesting information.
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the “tough guy” stance that President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis are taking in deterring further chemical attacks in Syria. They dive into the complications surrounding the healthcare debate, as Mitch McConnell scraps the vote on the most recent GOP bill and many of the Republicans opposed believe the government should be doing more. Finally, they discuss the PC complaints that the new Dunkirk film — a historical World War II drama — is “too white,” even though the vast majority of soldiers involved were white.
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.