Back from @idontkare15's bachelorette weekend and missing the gang of new & old friends already. When Karrie and I first met in the lobby of a Texas hotel four years ago, brought together by my TARDIS leggings, I never could have guessed how important she would become to me. I feel so lucky to have been part of this special weekend.
#Dunkirk was a.visual and visceral tour de force. One of the best traditional war films I've ever seen. The way Christopher Nolan uses time (both within the world of the film and in its pacing/editing) is fascinating, bolstered by a phenomenal score from Hans Zimmer. I love that the German soldiers are never seen and that the opening act of this film includes so little dialogue. I love that Tom Hardy seems to choose roles based on what percentage of his face will be covered. Harry Styles was great, as was the rest of this cast. That being said, why are we still making the same war movies? This may have been one of the most beautiful and anxiety-inducing war films I've ever seen, but it is cut from the same cloth as a million other war films. Stop telling the same story. This movie only included like three ladies and none of them were actual characters. It was one of the more nationalistic films I've seen this summer. Very British in a nostalgic way, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but also isn't very thematically complex or challenging. It feels like a movie made at a time when Britain is struggling with it's national identity and looking back to a past, real and imagined. American film does this, too, though I would say that, if you are looking for a war films that doesn't fall into that trap, see War For the Planet of the Apes. It's a more interesting movie, and just as well made. (Which is to say extraordinarily well made.)