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'Dunkirk' Might Just Be The Best WWII Movie Since 'Saving Private Ryan'
We already knew that Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” was going to be one hell of a movie. The 2016 trailer for the upcoming war drama, which stars Tom Hardy and follows three soldiers through one week surrounding the titular Battle of Dunkirk in 1940, showed all the signs of the gritty action that made past Nolan projects like The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception such epic cinematic experiences. Now, we have proof that ‘Dunkirk’ may just be one of the finest World War II movies since “Saving Private Ryan.”
Speaking Wednesday at the annual CinemaCon convention for theater owners in Las Vegas, a fiery Nolan unveiled footage for a “stunned” audience, and reports indicate that the screening was met “with the event's biggest standing ovation yet” — which is saying something, given the role of the festival in influencing which Hollywood blockbusters actually dominate the silver screen upon release.
“As the lights came up, the theater owners gave one of the loudest ovations heard during the four-day festival,” USA Today reports.
Here’s what audience-goers saw, per the Hollywood Reporter:
The footage shown focuses on multiple characters in the same moment in time. There are two young soldiers attempting to get an injured soldier across a bridge crowded with soldiers while, in the sky, Hardy’s character, a fighter pilot, is in battle. [Mark] Rylance’s character is taking out a boat to the sea below, where a battleship packed with soldiers floats. Over it all is an intense ticking sound, creating tension that promises to lead to an explosive moment.
“I wanted to tell the story in the most visceral way possible,” Nolan said. “I wanted to take that audience and put them on the beach.”
Nolan wasn’t just motivated by his artistic instincts to create a great piece of cinema, but by the story of the Battle of Dunkirk itself — in which British, Belgian, French and Canadian troops, surrounded and outnumbered by German forces, held their ground long enough allow more than 300,000 soldiers to evacuate Dunkirk Harbor, France, and head to safety across the English Channel.
“At its heart, it’s a survival story,” Nolan said. “The enemy is closing in on the British on this beach with no escape. I wanted to put the audience in the story.”
Based on the reactions to his footage, it sounds like he succeeded.
‘Dunkirk’ stars Tom Hardy (!), Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles (?) and hits theaters July 21st.
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.