PODCAST: Dunkirk, Valerian, WftPotA, & Baby Driver [Electric Shadows]

In Episode 27 of the Electric Shadows Podcast, myself & Rob Daniel take a deep dive into Christopher Nolan’s latest, the extraordinary Dunkirk – what makes it the best film of the year (for at least one of the Robs), why the different timelines work so well, why R&R both wholeheartedly recommend seeing it in IMAX, and a whole lot more.…

REVIEW: Dunkirk; or my thoughts on time & tide in Nolan’s masterpiece of immediacy and magnitude

5 Stars (5 / 5)
Christopher Nolan is arguably the foremost British director of his generation, certainly when it comes to visionary blockbusters.

As such, it seems strange that he should follow the – literal – universality of 2014’s Interstellar with a film that seems, on the face of it, so self-contained; parochial even.…

RETROSPECTIVE: The Battle of Algiers, or The Revolution Will Not Be Simplified (Christopher Nolan Presents @ BFI)

The Battle of Algiers is perhaps the timeliest film about terrorism ever produced – from half a century ago.

When it was first released back in 1966, Gillo Pontecorvo’s depiction of the eponymous conflict was both praised and condemned for its scrupulously balanced presentation of terrorist and government atrocities during the French occupation of Algiers.…

Is this the (Brothers) Quay to Nolan’s whole oeuvre?

4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

As arguably the foremost director of high-brow cinematic entertainment on the planet, it seems reasonable that Christopher Nolan might want to take a breather between blockbusters.

After the $165 million universe-spanning epic that was Interstellar you can’t get much more palette cleanser-y than an eight-minute behind-the-scenes of the magical junk shop-workshop of a pair of stop-motion animators.…

Though it flirts with darkness, Man of Steel walks in the sun

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 

It’s safe to say we live in a Golden Age of superhero films, and, as with all renaissances, there comes with this a certain pressure, a certain set of standards.

Nowadays a superhero film has to be about more than simply believing a man can fly: we need to believe in them as human beings.…