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#1 jakeem

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Posted Today, 12:36 PM

No. 1 #Dunkirk declares victory at the weekend box office with $50.5M debut. http://usat.ly/2tBHFAV 

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Posted Today, 06:06 AM

Wonder Woman will return for another solo adventure. The first film had the biggest opening for a female director. http://cnn.it/2uTHyAX 

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Posted Yesterday, 05:37 PM

Ben Affleck denies he's exiting as #Batman http://thr.cm/P8hGTX 

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Posted Yesterday, 04:38 PM

Dunkirk wasn't bad (say, 6.5/10), though I wouldn't want to see it again. My spouse was eager to see it, and we chose a theater that showed it in 70mm, a format which worked well for the film.

 

As you may know by now, the film is not a straightforward narrative. To a genius auteur of today, a clearly structured film with three-dimensional characters would be the height of vulgarity. Christopher Nolan, who (under)wrote and (over)directed the film, interweaves three separate stories and time schemes: 1) the Mole (the breakwater in Dunkirk harbor), where events take place over a week; 2) the Sea, which is supposed to take place in one day; and 3) the Air, which is supposed to take place in one hour.

 

Although the action is somewhat confusing at times, there's no sense of the incidents on the beach taking place over a week, so that the events feel like they are taking place simultaneously. Much of your response to Dunkirk may depend on how much you like the aerial scenes. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, though he was rather cool about the film overall, thought this was the best part of the film; my attention drifted during most of these scenes, which are heavily influenced by similar scenes in Star Wars.

 

I felt very little emotional connection to the film except, and this was a major exception, when Mark Rylance was on screen. Rylance represents all those who sailed to Dunkirk in their own small boats to rescue the British army. Simple, decent, and knowledgeable, this man lets us understand how the amazing rescue at Dunkirk was accomplished. Every moment Rylance was on screen was believable, and his interactions with the young men (boys, really) on the boat always rang true. Although I have some reservations about this storyline (see below), this was by far the best part of the film.

 

Except visually, that is, for there were some remarkably lovely shots in the beach storyline. Oddly enough, most of them are shots of an empty beach. Except for the very beginning of the Mole story, Nolan never shows us a crowded beach, and this movie really could have used the "cast of thousands" that an older epic like Spartacus had available. Of course, there is plenty of blue-tone cinematography, something which will date the film rather quickly.

 

Bad marks to the casting department for casting so many dark-haired actors of similar height and facial structure in the beach story. If you recognize the actors, this might not be a problem, but I didn't, and I had difficulty sorting out which actor in the current scene had done what in a previous scene. Nolan's lack of interest in creating characters compounds the problem, to be sure.

 

Because the story of the Dunkirk rescue is so much a tribute to the British, it may not play well with some anti-British leftists, and Nolan seems to throw a sop to them by showing most of the British except for our heroes as xenophobic to the point of violence. It's also important to note that one innocent character is killed by an Englishman, not by a German.

 

Michael Phillips took particular exception to the score by Hans Zimmer, who telegraphs every punch musically. The score also uses a "Variation 15" by Benjamin Wallfisch based on Elgar's Enigma Variations. Unfortunately, the new variation is so close to the great Nimrod variation that it can't stand on its own; simply using Elgar's music would have been a better choice.

 

I should add that this film is not recommended to anyone with a fear of drowning. There are many, many scenes of people drowning. You might think that this was another Titanic rather than the story of a rescue. The credits mention several of the "little boats" which were re-created for the film, but these boats appear in only one brief scene. There's nothing to compare with the scene in Mrs. Miniver when all the small boats join together for the trip across the Channel.


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Posted Yesterday, 12:59 AM

Dunkirk is playing in six different formats. Here's how to decide which to see it in: http://slate.me/2uRWb7Y 

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 11:46 PM

#Dunkirk opens to $5.5 million in Thursday night preview screenings in North America http://bit.ly/2uHQjNx 

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 11:30 PM

It's playing at my favorite cinema in London -- the Curzon Chelsea -- so I may go and see it.

 

https://www.curzonci...om/chelsea/info

 

 

1st of all to JAKEEM, once again your ahead of the pack!

 

Ironically I came over to tcm.com to post a couple questions-(to anybody that has  the answers) & you bit me to the punch on that too.

 

Anyone know exact release date for  "THE BEGUILED"-(I know it's already playing, but need any info on it's wide release, please?)

 

Manson/Tate

 

*The Woodman's nxt-(officially it will mark his 47th as director td)

 

&    ?????

 

(P.S.  Geez, you can just imagine how gory it will be, matter of fact Sharon Tate's sister has already been interviewed on tv shows & insists she won't see this at any rate.  Especially it's 2nd 1/2)



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 11:25 PM

 

The three California men who stopped a French train attack will star in Clint Eastwood's film about them http://lat.ms/2tI78Hq 

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Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino prepping new movie tackling Manson murders http://thr.cm/WQONmb 

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About the *Clint project,  does it have a running title & does it have a wide release date?   & interested on your view & others on which bio of "CHURCHILL" movies?-(no matter though, these epics are not $B.O.$  types)_

 

& who thinks, though incredibally early, do you see Disney's marvelous "BEAUTY & THE BEAST" as a big 2017 contender? 

 

As you=(Jakeem)  know it's the top release to soar well over $500 million in ticket sales!



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 11:03 PM

TO JAKEEM, have you personally gotten a chance to go & see it?  & please pop a review,etc   To me-(have been a *Oscar oddsmaker going on 36yrs)  

 "DUNKIRK" "THE BEGUILED"  "MURDER ON ORIENT EXPRESS"   & WHICH BIO OF WINSTON CHURCHILL  (Brian Cox' or Gary 0ldman's?)

 

Is Tinsel-Town/Hollywoodland, gonna' finally award ANDY SERKIS with his own "GOLDEN STATUETTE?"-(HONORARY)



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:57 PM

 

Ben Affleck's Batman future in doubt as Warner Bros. plots franchise http://thr.cm/kZwSJy 

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*Oscar winner *Ben Affleck in my book though is dull & wildly overrated?   *Casey being the far more interesting performer.

 Acting is not *Ben's strong suit. (NOTE: "Hollywoodland" ($18m.) (***1/2-out of 4)

is by far his finest & only time for him so-far,  as/is a terrific motion picture.

 

THANX


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:53 PM

 

Back in the summer of 1982-(& a great cinematic year)   although I was only age 17, I just knew that "Blade Runner": ($33m,.) was something special.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:49 PM

 

TO JAKEEM, have you personally gotten a chance to go & see it?  & please pop a review,etc   To me-(have been a *Oscar oddsmaker going on 36yrs)  

 "DUNKIRK" "THE BEGUILED"  "MURDER ON ORIENT EXPRESS"   & WHICH BIO OF WINSTON CHURCHILL  (Brian Cox' or Gary 0ldman's?)



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:45 PM

 

Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino prepping new movie tackling Manson murders http://thr.cm/WQONmb 

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1st of all to JAKEEM, once again your ahead of the pack!

 

Ironically I came over to tcm.com to post a couple questions-(to anybody that has  the answers) & you bit me to the punch on that too.

 

Anyone know exact release date for  "THE BEGUILED"-(I know it's already playing, but need any info on it's wide release, please?)

 

Manson/Tate

 

*The Woodman's nxt-(officially it will mark his 47th as director td)

 

&    ?????

 

(P.S.  Geez, you can just imagine how gory it will be, matter of fact Sharon Tate's sister has already been interviewed on tv shows & insists she won't see this at any rate.  Especially it's 2nd 1/2 finale)



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:25 PM

Ben Affleck's Batman future in doubt as Warner Bros. plots franchise http://thr.cm/kZwSJy 

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:49 AM

Um, has anyone a personal comment of any 2017 films they've actually seen?

 

Or is this just a thread of publicists' links?



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 09:21 AM

"These are the movies and TV shows we want to see at Comic-Con"

http://time.com/4853...ialflow_twitter

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 06:52 AM

Scoop: Redford and Woodward are planning a Watergate-themed movie

https://www.axios.co...ampaign=organic

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:55 PM

opens 7-28..........

 


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:47 PM

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DUNKIRK is Christopher Nolan’s best movie, a bloodless but *incredibly* harrowing existential war epic. my review: https://www.indiewire.com/2017/07/dunkirk-review-christopher-nolan-harry-styles-tom-hardy-imax-70mm-1201855825/ 

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"A small elephant is not a rabbit."


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:50 AM

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