dunkirk trailer

In a summer filled with superheroes, director Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk looks to be offering a more dramatic, sobering respite fro the tights and capes. Of course, this is a dramatic, sobering respite that is also massive in scope, a war movie that looks as practical and down-to-earth as the kinds of epics Hollywood used to release decades ago. It may lack the flash of its summer movie brethren, but Dunkirk is rightfully being positioned as a major event.

The new trailer has arrived, offering another look at this harrowing real life story, which depicts one of the most important engagements in the early years of World War II.

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dunkirk NBA tv spot

Movie marketing is a tricky thing, especially in an age where movie trailers themselves are dissected like mini-films on their own. There’s a genuine art to selling a film, to crafting a campaign that appeals to people from all backgrounds. But it’s all a balancing act – it’s easy to misrepresent a movie in the name of getting more butts in the seats and it’s easy to do something totally insane and crass in in an attempt to sell a movie to an audience that doesn’t closely follow movie news.

And that brings us to this Dunkirk NBA TV spot, which is as hilariously tone deaf as any piece of movie marketing in recent memory. You just know that director Christopher Nolan hates it.

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Dunkirk Prologue Playing with Kong Skull Island

Well, I feel a little foolish. Ever since Inception director Christopher Nolan announced, he’d be making a film called Dunkirk that centers on one of the turning points in World War II, I assumed he’d be making a traditional war movie. But in a new interview, Nolan defends the film’s PG-13 rating and specifically says that despite its setting, Dunkirk “is not a war film.” I guess that’s what I get for assuming things.

If it’s not a war film, then what is it? Find out after the jump.
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dunkirk in imax

Christopher Nolan has had a long-standing love affair with IMAX, using the grandiose cinematic format in many of his films — but he promises that Dunkirk will push the boundaries of the technology beyond anything you’ve ever seen.

It’s going to “give the audience the most visceral experiential two hours that they can hope for,” Nolan said of his World War II epic, which is based on the true story of the thousands of Allied soldiers who were trapped and surrounded by the German army on the beach of Dunkirk.

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Hans Zimmer interview

If you want to learn about composing movie music, why not go to one of the masters? The opportunity to take a class from Hans Zimmer is now only a few clicks away. The man behind the scores for The Thin Red LineInceptionThelma & Louse, and other favorites is now available to teach movie fans a thing or two about his job, as he’s now another one of MasterClass’ great teachers.

Zimmer, whose work has excited and moved us throughout his varied career, is often seen in his workspace in the MasterClass, explaining the nuts and bolts of the process, sometimes showing us what isn’t always easy to communicate in words. We recently spoke with the composer about having to explain instinct, taking a closer look at his work, and memories of working with Terrence Malick, Christopher Nolan, and Ridley Scott.

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Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL

After Hans Zimmer completed his work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he shared the news that he was no longer scoring comic book movies. “[Batman v Superman] was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language,” he told BBC Hardtalk. “I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you; to me, it was 11 years of my life.” A part of the reason why he might’ve struggled to find a new language is because, during those 11 years, he was inspired by what Christian Bale brought to Batman.

Below, learn more about why we won’t have the pleasure of experiencing more Hans Zimmer Batman scores.

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Dunkirk Prologue Playing Before Kong Skull Island

Last night brought the sneak preview screenings of Kong: Skull Island at many theaters across the country, and even though I had already seen the gnarly monster movie (and enjoyed it quite a bit), I wanted to see it again with friends. In addition to being treated to a second round of Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ spectacular monster action on an IMAX screen, there was a little surprise preceding the movie.

As the lights came down and the trailers began, the first preview out of the gate was Dunkirk. However, I was taken aback, because this wasn’t the trailer that has been playing in theaters since late last year. Instead, this was the 5-minute prologue that exclusively played before certain IMAX showings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The good news is that this wasn’t just a fluke and you can easily see the Dunkirk prologue with IMAX screenings of Kong if you weren’t able to catch it already.
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Batman Begins Honest Trailer

With The LEGO Batman Movie topping the box office this past weekend, and Ben Affleck leaving The Batman as director (and possibly as the star according to a new rumor), there has been plenty of discussion about The Dark Knight lately. Therefore, it’s the perfect time for Honest Trailers to look back at a time when Batman became the hero we needed all over again.

Christopher Nolan gave us a near-perfect reboot of the Caped Crusader after Joel Schumacher took the superhero into goofball territory. Batman Begins is as grounded as superhero movies get, and it set up what most regard as one of the best comic book franchises ever made. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some jokes to be had at the movie’s expense, especially when it comes to how outlandish the third act really is.

Watch the Batman Begins Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

the dark knight michael mann influences

If you ask me, Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is a masterwork, not just as a superhero movie but as a film. But like most great filmmakers, Nolan wears his film influences on his sleeves, and it’s very evident in his work. We’ve talked previously about how Nolan’s love for the James Bond franchise has shown up in his films from time to time (For instance, The Dark Knight Rises opening sequence was clearly inspired by 1989’s Licence to Kill). A new video essay presents scenes from director Michael Mann‘s films side by side with sequences from Nolan’s work on The Dark Knight.

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Christopher Nolan Directing James Bond

Last fall, there was a lot of buzz regarding whether or not Daniel Craig would eventually return to the role of James Bond. The actor was rather vocal about how exhausting the work on Spectre was, going so far as to say that he’d rather slash his wrists than do another James Bond movie at that time. Since then, he’s equated his answer to being the same he would give if someone asked him to run a marathon after just finishing another marathon, reiterating that he loves playing James Bond.

As of last year, Daniel Craig was still the first choice to play James Bond, according to the franchise executive producer, but that didn’t stop rumors from swirling about a possible replacement. One of those names was Tom Hardy, and in a recent interview he was hesitant to address any truth to those rumors simply because of his own personal philosophy. However, he had no problem putting forth his choice to direct a James Bond film: Christopher Nolan.

Find out what Tom Hardy had to say about Christopher Nolan directing James Bond after the jump. Read More »