‘Dunkirk’ PG-13 Rating is Nolan’s Boldest Move Yet

Christopher Nolan has never shied away from bold decisions, creating unique cinematic effects like Inception‘s mind-bending hallway scene, casting oddball actors like Heath Ledger as The Joker, and telling stories in mostly non-linear and splintered fashions. In the past, his creative instincts have led him to great success both critically and financially. Now, he’s making another bold move, and no it’s not casting One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles (though, that is head scratching), it’s creating a PG-13 war movie.[Continue Reading]

Erosion of Courage (Reflections on ‘The Interview’ Cancellation)

Staying Behind the Legal Picture Line at the DMZ

A view from behind the yellow line (for photography) in South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone across to North Korea

As I looked across the Demilitarized Zone (a layered valley of autumn-tinged fields and soldiered fences) my heart sank with a heavy realization: Korea had more than governments, economics, armies, allies and living conditions dividing it; the landscape glowered at me as the greatest separation. North Korea was (and is) treeless.

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Movie Review — ‘Big Hero 6’ — Maximum Heroics

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The first Disney animated film to be based on a Marvel Comics’ property, Big Hero 6 proves that you don’t need a well-known superhero to produce a well-done superhero movie.

From the opening scene, sweeping across the grand fictional amalgam of a city, San Fransokyo, to the final fight, Big Hero 6 is a fun ride.

Movie Review — ‘Transcendence’ Has Intrigue, But Too Many Flaws

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I am fully aware that I am in the minority opinion on this film as well (I went against the grain on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Raid 2). I don’t get how so many could hate this film so much, but it was absolutely panned by critics. I actually was mildly impressed with Wally Pfister’s directorial debut — he is the long-time, constantly award nominated Director of Photography for Christopher Nolan — Inception, The Dark Knight, etc. are amongst his works. Pfister transitioned to the director’s chair for the first time in his storied career with Transcendence — it was an interesting ride, but not without its faults.

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