All we’ve seen of Christopher Nolan‘s new World War II epic, Dunkirk, are a few quick glances of water and beach in a truly great teaser released a few months ago.
But now we have an equally impressive full trailer.
The film, I think it is safe to assume, will tell the story of the Battle of Dunkirk. In one of the lowest moments for the Allied forces, the Nazis pushed the mostly British troops back to the beaches of Dunkirk, France. During a three day halt by the Nazi troops, Britain mustered military and civilian ships to evacuate nearly 30,000 troops across the English Channel.
It is an amazing story, and one rarely told outside of Britain.
The cast looks fantastic, with Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh playing major roles in the trailer, and my boy Tom Hardy making an appearance from the cockpit of a fighter.
In which we “celebrate” ten years of Transformers and IMAX. : (
Look, IMAX is an amazing format. The sound and the picture can encompass you in ways that a lot of us have forgotten exist for cinematic experiences. It’s one of the main reasons to go to the movies these days. I’ll never forget the opening of The Dark Knight in IMAX. The film opens with you immediately in mid air with the surrounding cityscape of Gotham (Chicago) filling up every corner of your view. We push in on a window and it bursts. The rest is history, but that prologue ends with Heath Ledger’s Joker saying face to face with you, “Whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you strangerrrr.” It was one of my favorite movie going experiences.
And when you combine the large format of IMAX with 3D? Well, that sounds awesome!
But not everything is The Dark Knight, Gravity, or Doctor Strange. No, some things are Transformers.
I know these movies, all four or five or however many of them exist now make a billion dollars a piece. But does anyone really like them? And if you do, are you older than 7? And if you are older than 7, can you explain to me just what the fuck happens in any of them after the first one? Please?
These movies are some of the most technically impressive features we have, but the craft of all of the stunt work, record breaking explosions, and special effects work done by ILM are lost. Lost in the millions of CG mechanical pieces that all look the same in the midst of three cuts per second action that involves explosions and characters who I couldn’t name if my life depended on it. So as impressive as the technology is, and as good of a technical filmmaker Michael Bay is, let me know when Dunkirk is out.
The first two episodes of the series will have a limited run in IMAX theaters.
Marvel had The Inhumans slated for a 2017 or 2018 release as part of their cinematic universe, but things have changed. The ABC show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced The Inhumans in their second season. Mostly acting as a placeholder for “mutants” as Fox still has the distribution rights for those Marvel characters. The story behind the scenes is that Marvel wanted to keep The Inhumans property grounded so to speak in their television landscape. This is despite both cinematic and television worlds being a part of the same shared universe.
Under the agreement, a version of the first two episodes of Marvel Television’s new series Marvel’s The Inhumans–produced in conjunction with ABC Studios and filmed entirely with IMAX digital cameras–will run worldwide exclusively in IMAX for two weeks at the beginning of September 2017. ABC plans to then premiere the weekly series in fall, with additional exclusive content that can only be seen on the network.
ABC, IMAX and Marvel Television also intend to work together to create a joint marketing and promotion plan for the series across their proprietary media platforms–which would be the first such cross-platform marketing launch of a television series. Today’s agreement also marks IMAX’s first time as a financing participant in a TV pilot and series.
First introduced in Marvel Comics in 1965 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, The Inhumans are a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers. Marvel’s The Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
Black Bolt is one of my favorite characters with a kick ass power. His voice is capable of mass destruction when he speaks and therefore he remains silent for the most part. This “quasi-sonic” scream is powered by electron energy that he draws in from the environment. At maximum the force is equal to that caused by the detonation of a nuclear weapon. One of my favorite moments in comics is from the limited series Son of M where Black Bolt whispers one word in reply to a question.
The aftermath truly showed the scale of how powerful he is. While I doubt the tv series will be able to live up to that level of scale, anything is possible. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is, well, terrible. I keep trying to stick with it so I can at least report on it, but it’s a chore to watch. They’ve taken one of the best characters, Phil Coulson, and made him an unlikable bore. But there’s a Ghost Rider in it now!
Inhumans will have to be bigger and more epic in scale considering the royal family lives on the moon and has a giant teleporting bulldog named Lockjaw. There’s no point in doing this show unless they do it right. Given that they’re going to show the first two episodes in IMAX would make you think that they have some plans for something special. I’m hoping for the best.