Known for his densely plotted features — from his break-out film Memento through his Dark Knight trilogy and even his sci-fi spectacles — perhaps Christopher Nolan is paring things down a bit on the page for World War II drama Dunkirk, which is currently in production. In a new interview from star Mark Rylance, he discusses the film’s “simple” and “pure” approach, as well as teasing the opening.
“Chris is the most serious and interesting filmmaker. Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. But Chris’ script-writing is so brilliant that I think he has the potential to make a very, very powerful and simple, pure war film about a miraculous loss. I think it has the potential to be just a marvelous film,” Rylance tells Empire. “With some of those old war films you used to get a lot of build-up, you play the guessing game: who’s »
- Jordan Raup
Fan favourite filmmaker Christopher Nolan is currently hard at work on production of Dunkirk, a World War II epic which chronicles Operation Dynamo – the 1940 evacuation of 330,000 Allied soldiers surrounded by advancing German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk.
During an appearance on the Empire Podcast (via Collider), Oscar-winning Mark Rylance has offered some praise for his director on the film, stating that be believes Nolan is crafting something very special.
“Chris is the most serious and interesting filmmaker. Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. But Chris’ script-writing is so brilliant that I think he has the potential to make a very, very powerful and simple, pure war film about a miraculous loss. I think it has the potential to be just a marvelous film. With some of those old war films you used to get a lot of build-up, you play the guessing game: who’s »
- Gary Collinson
It's fun to see a Christopher Nolan project take shape, no matter what genre Nolan tackles or which cast he assembles, the degree of interest from just about every one of us is almost always very high. Nolan's latest, Dunkirk, tells the story of Operation Dynamo, in which Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk after being cut off and surrounded by the... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
While next summer will be filled with the usual tentpoles made up of franchises and sequels, one of the biggest original works will be the latest effort from 'Dark Knight' trilogy director Christopher Nolan with the WW2 film "Dunkirk".
"Chris is the most serious and interesting filmmaker. Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. But Chris' script-writing is so brilliant that I think he has the potential to make a very, very powerful and simple, pure war film about a miraculous loss. I think it has the potential to be just a marvelous film.
With some of those old war films you used to get a lot of build-up, you play »
- Garth Franklin
Next summer, like this summer, is mostly going to be a stew of remakes, sequels, and whatever other IP Hollywood is trying to ride to blockbuster, four-quadrant glory. Thankfully, however, somewhere in the middle of all that will be Christopher Nolan, serving up his WWII movie “Dunkirk.” Granted, it has its own little quirks (still not […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Be it the pulse-pounding action of The Dark Knight trilogy or the mystical realism found in The Prestige, few would argue that Christopher Nolan’s movies hold the innate ability to visually enthral an audience, regardless of whether you’re a fan of the narrative content at the heart of the story.
Come 2017, that’s a trend that the filmmaker will look to uphold with Dunkirk, his WWII epic that chronicles the death-defying tale known as Operation Dynamo.
Currently lensing across northern France and parts of England, Dunkirk has piqued our curiosity for its awe-inspiring set photos, showcasing a huge infantry peppered across a ruined, war-torn beach – not to mention those reports suggesting Nolan and his team could be staging an action sequence that could well involve crashing a $5 million vintage WWII plane all in the name of pure, immersive cinema.
Unsurprisingly, Nolan’s latest will include a handful of IMAX sequences, »
- Michael Briers
An intense WWII thriller torn from the frontlines, “Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich” takes place in the midst of war as dissension amongst Nazi forces was on the rise. As Operation Valkyrie prepares to assassinate Adolf Hitler, an Allied special ops team gets ready to extract the man destined to lead the Fourth Reich. But after Valkyrie fails, everything changes. Now, the same special ops team must work together with a host of unlikely allies to free a resistance fighter from behind enemy lines. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
The film was directed by Claudio Fäh, who has previously “Northmen – A Viking Saga,” “Sniper: Reloaded,” and 16 episodes of “Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side,” the online companion series to CBS’ “Ghost Whisperer.” It’s written by Robert Henny and Don Michael Paul. »
- Vikram Murthi
The Witch, 2015.
Written and Directed by Robert Eggers.
A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.
Much to the chagrin of its fans, the horror genre is often incorrectly dismissed by the wider critical market as little more than ‘trashy movies low on substance’. However there is usually one or two movies per year that penetrate the crusty exterior of those who write for Variety and Roger Ebert, and gain praise from snooty film snobs. In 2014 it was Jennifer Kent’s fabulous The Babadook, in 2015 it was the equally tremendous It Follows, and this year it has been Robert Egger’s debut The Witch, a 1600s period drama about a New England family torn apart by evil forces. Perhaps it’s the setting that swayed »
- Luke Owen
Nearly a decade before he was making movies about bats, Christopher Nolan was turning his attention to bugs. The filmmaker made a debut of sorts with 1997’s “Doodlebug,” a three-minute short filmed on 16mm and produced by his future wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, who’s worked with Nolan on each of his subsequent films.
“Doodlebug” is marked by a grainy, black-and-white aesthetic that’s of a piece with the spar narrative about a man (Jeremy Theobald) trying to squash an insect in his dingy apartment. It eventually gets recursive, with the bug in question being revealed as a miniature version of the man himself; in the end, they’re both of them dwarfed by an even larger version who appears behind them.
- Michael Nordine
The main man of the Jason Bourne movies would make a very strange Robin, but there are plenty of other superpowered stars in the DC Comics firmament
Matt Damon once said the only superhero he would ever consider playing was Marvel’s Daredevil, and only if Christopher Nolan agreed to direct. But that was before best pal Ben Affleck was handed the keys to the Batmobile.
Speaking at the UK premiere of Jason Bourne, Damon revealed he would consider pulling on the spandex provided Affleck made the offer, and didn’t go snagging the best role for himself. Which got us thinking about how the 45-year-old Oscar-winner would fit into the all-new DC expanded universe if his friend ever makes the call. Here are five colourful comic book titans that might just suit Damon down to the ground.
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- Ben Child
Sure, it’s not Ghostbusters or Star Wars or a superhero, but the release of a new film directed by Warren Beatty seems like reason to celebrate. I’m fascinated by dream pictures, movies that directors try to get made for years or even decades, projects that they push slowly and surely up a hill like a cinematic Sisyphus. Sometimes they turn out beautifully, and sometimes they are overcooked train crashes. You can get Apocalypse Now or you can get Battlefield Earth. When Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, he pulled off something a number of other filmmakers had tried and failed. As white whales go, Howard Hughes seems to pose a particularly tempting challenge, and guys like Christopher Nolan and Michael Mann have walked away frustrated after trying to figure it out. Whatever I expected from this one, “screwball comedy” wasn’t on the list. That doesn’t mean it »
- Drew McWeeny
“Evil see. Evil do.” We have a trailer and an official poster to share with our readers today for IFC Midnight’s Let’s Be Evil, which is set to be released in select theaters and on VOD and various digital platforms on August 5th.
Press Release: “In Let’S Be Evil, three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control.
Let’S Be Evil was written by Martin Owen with the story by Elizabeth Morris and Owen, based on an original idea by Jonathan Willis. The film stars Elizabeth Morris (L.A. Slasher), Elliot James Langridge, Kara Tointon (Mr. Selfridge) and Isabelle Allen (Les Miserables) and was produced by Jonathan Willis. The film made its world premiere at January’s Slamdance Film Festival, with »
- Tamika Jones
The Dunkirk film continues to shoot in northern France.
Of course, this news shouldn’t surprise you as Nolan hasn’t really used that much CGI in most of his big Hollywood movies that kicked off with Batman Begins all of the way back in 2006.
French nautical magazine Presse Océan, is reporting that Nolan is planning to use the French T-47 Class Destroyer, Maillé-Brézé for his WWII Dunkirk film, which will be towed to Saint-Nazaire in »
- Paul Heath
During the premiere of his new film Jason Bourne, Matt Damon was asked – for about the 100th time – if he has any interest in portraying a superhero on the big screen.
Previously Damon had suggested that he’d like to take on the role of Daredevil if Christopher Nolan was directing, and now he’s revealed that he’d jump at the chance of playing a superhero… if his good buddy Ben Affleck was behind the camera.
““I’d consider anything with the right director, but I can’t imagine there are any superheroes left, I think they’re all taken at this moment,” Damon told Irish Examiner. “If [Ben] was directing me, I’d jump on it in a New York minute. I’d love to work with Ben.”
Well, as it happens, Ben Affleck does have a superhero project on his upcoming slate, as he’s set to direct »
- Gary Collinson
Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.
We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.
It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Joker and Harley Quinn have one of the most interesting and unhealthy dynamics of any fictional couple. It's something of a complex power play between the two, with the Joker generally coming out on top more often than not, and Harley Quinn always coming back to him like a victim of domestic abuse (a phrase I don't say lightly). So how much of this dynamic will we be seeing on the big screen? Were this film to focus solely on those two, I'd assume we'd see most of it, but as this is an ensemble flick, one has to wonder just how much they could squeeze into the film's runtime.
"Yeah, that’s the thing. It’s definitely, the Joker’s sort of the third rail of the DC Comics world, »
- Joseph Medina
One big question remains for summer movie season 2016.
“This movie is probably going to be bad.”
“Nah, I think it looks fun.”
These are the deep philosophical discussions that occur here at Reject HQ between myself and Theo Broxson after we’ve seen the same Suicide Squad TV spot for the 11th time during Sunday Night Baseball on Espn. I’m not a big baseball person, but he certainly is. Which means that while he’s tracking Madison Bumgarner’s curveball, I’m tracking commercials and observing the marketing strategies of Hollywood’s summer offerings. All of this because there was no Game of Thrones last night.
Back to the philosophical question at hand: Is Suicide Squad going to be a fun, exciting film to close out a rather dismal summer movie season? Or will my good friend Theo’s skepticism — likely a product of the disappointment of Batman v Superman — be confirmed? With »
- Neil Miller
Samuel Brace on the rise of VOD…
Sometimes you have to go off the beaten path to find quality films these days. Gone is the time where you could solidly rely on what was top billed at your local cinema to be the cream of the crop. Those days are well and truly over. If you are only looking at what’s in front of you, you will more often than not end up disappointed. This isn’t just a choice of the type of films big studios make, it also results from the power critics have over audiences. Some of the worst reviewed films turn out to be the best ones. Films that don’t rely on prestige, or important subject matter, or the right release date, are often smacked with a 50 metacritic rating and left to die. Well these are the films you should be seeking out, and »
- Samuel Brace
1553 Lady Jane Grey takes the throne in England. Her reign is just nine days long and Helena Bonham Carter plays her in her feature film debut (filmed just before A Room With a View though it was released second)
1856 Nikola Tesla, famed inventor and futurist is born in the Austrian empire. He's later played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) but isn't it strange that he has never received his own major biopic given his fame and eccentricity and pop culture relevances (bands named after him, characters based on him, etcetera)?
1871 Marcel Proust, French novelist is born.
1925 The "Monkey Trial" in which a man is accused of teaching evolution in science class, begins in Tennessee. It's later adapted into a famous play and the Stanley Kramer film »
- NATHANIEL R
It feels wrong to say that the man responsible for something as achingly tender as the high-concept romantic masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is only getting personal with his work now. And yet, French director Michel Gondry's new comic adventure Microbe and Gasoline may just might be the wizard of whimsy's most intimate picture to date. Drawing on his own experiences as a Gallic grade-school hooligan tinkering with homemade contraptions, he's filtered his memories of childhood into a buddy comedy that bridges the gap between how it happened, »
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