Superman in Justice League

Justice League, the latest adventure in the muddled DC Extended Universe, has problems. But, surprisingly enough, Superman isn’t one of them. After two movies that misunderstood what makes the Man of Steel tick, Justice League finds fun new ways to let Superman be Superman again. All it took was a brutal death and a sudden resurrection.

Spoilers for Justice League follow.

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Dunkirk rerelease

It’s an odd year for award season contenders, and Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk is going to take advantage of that. Nolan’s intense war epic is returning to theaters to launch its award season run this December in 34 domestic markets on both 70MM and IMAX screens. The Dunkirk re-release could certainly improve the film’s award season chances. Could this be Nolan’s year to take home Oscar gold?

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Steven Spielberg Advice

Christopher Nolan‘s recent Dunkirk is not your typical war epic. It’s not so much obsessed with focusing on battles as it is avoiding them. Yet Nolan wasn’t above looking to past war films for inspiration, particularly one of the most famous war films ever made: Steven Spielberg‘s Saving Private Ryan. In a new interview, it’s revealed that Steven Spielberg gave advice to Christopher Nolan during the making of Dunkirk.

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Christopher Nolan netflix

Ever the urbane chap, filmmaker Christopher Nolan buttoned up one his waistcoats, took a sip of tea, and proceeded to walk-back his anti-Netflix comments. The Dunkirk director had previously had harsh words towards the streaming giant but after a nice strong cup of PG Tips, the acclaimed director settled down a bit and sent Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos an apology. What a guy! Find out more about the Christopher Nolan Netflix apology below.

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The Empire Strikes Back - Darth Vader - The Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, see a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back cut in the style of the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Plus, watch a video essay diving into The Prestige and the magic of movies, and see how a Geostorm prank is played on some unsuspecting taxi cab passengers. Read More »

Baby Driver Opening Chase - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, one awesome video maps out the real geography of the opening chase sequence from Baby Driver. Plus, Batman: The Animated Series voice actor Kevin Conroy reads the closing monologue from The Dark Knight, and a video essay takes a closer look at the use of a certain auditory illusion that adds to the suspense and tension in Dunkirk. Read More »

Dunkirk Script

Christopher Nolan is no stranger to dialogue-heavy movies, mostly because his films like Inception and Interstellar require plenty of exposition in order for the audience to fully understand the complex sci-fi concepts at work. But when it comes to his World War II drama Dunkirk, the filmmaker relied on significantly less dialogue, instead letting tension and suspense fill the screen as the action sequences unfolded. In fact, Nolan once considered shooting the movie without a script at all. Read More »

Christopher Nolan Netflix

If you held an elimination tournament to determine the movie director who was best representative of the 2000s, there are many names that might make it into the final round. Taste is subjective, of course, but by now there is enough distance between us and the decade that we should be able to look back on it with a degree of clarity.

Going by the criteria of the National Film Registry — whereby motion pictures are evaluated as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” — there is one director whose total output in the 2000s (including teaser trailers for 2010 films) arguably had the most pervasive influence. You would not have to be a “Nolanite” to make a strong case for Christopher Nolan being that director.

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Michael Caine Dunkirk

Ever since he played Bruce Wayne’s wry butler Alfred Pennyworth in 2005’s Batman Begins, Michael Caine has been a good luck charm for director Christopher Nolan. The Oscar-winning actor has appeared in every feature Nolan has directed in the past decade, including Dunkirk, the filmmaker’s World War II film that’s currently in theaters. Find out about the Michael Caine Dunkirk cameo below.
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Dunkirk Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.)

In Christopher Nolan movies, the clock is always ticking.

Time is a precious commodity, and it’s also a luxury that the characters who inhabit Nolan films do not have. With his tenth film, Dunkirk, Nolan applies his favored ticking clock narrative to its fullest, crafting arguably his best film, or at least the film that most exemplifies his considerable talents. It’s also in a way a rebuff of the criticisms that have dogged many of his films up until this point – if you thought some of Nolan’s films before Dunkirk were too exposition-heavy, here is a film with almost no exposition to speak of. If you believed his previous movies lacked emotion or feeling, witness this: a film that is relentlessly tense and harrowing, concluding with a moment of perfectly rendered emotional triumph. It seems hyperbolic to throw the “masterpiece” designation around so soon after a film is released, but if Nolan’s Dunkirk isn’t officially a masterpiece yet, time may eventually fully reward it that distinction. The clock is ticking.

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