Dunkirk (2017)

In May 1940, between 300,000 and 400,000 British troops were trapped between German forces and the ocean.  As they attempted to evacuate the beaches of Dunkirk they fell victim to German Luftwaffe, the German equivalent of the American Air Force.  German planes focused on bombing the evacuating ships and gunning down men on the beach.  British battlecruisers were nearby the beach, however, they were unable to land on the  shallow beach to carry the men to safety.  The smaller ships used to shuttle men back and forth between the beach and the battlecruisers were dwindling and this led to the deployment of civilian vessels from England.  This historic endeavor was codenamed Operation Dynamo.

Christopher Nolan’s new film, Dunkirk, follows the struggle of a few groups of men.  The primary group is comprised of a band of men trying to get off the beach by any means necessary, portrayed by Fionn Whitehad, Aneurin Barnard, and Harry Styles.  The second group is a civilian boat on the way to Dunkirk to rescue troops.  The boat’s crew is made up of Mr. Dawson, played by Mark Rylance, his son, Tom Glynn-Carney and his son’s friend, Barry Keoghan.  The third group we follow is a pair of spitfire pilots, Collins, played by Jack Lowden, and Farrier, played by Tom Hardy.  The intertwined storylines conceived by Nolan provides an intense and immersive look at the historic evacuation of Dunkirk that was a pivotal moment of World War II.

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Why do we do this?
Well you got to do something.  Now don’t ya?

 

I was interested to see what the hype was all about when it comes to Rebel Without a Cause.  It is a movie that never fails to make it on a list of influential or greatest movies of all time lists.  With that said, I tried to go into this movie with as little expectations as I could.

Rebel Without a Cause follows the plight of a group of high school kids as they try to make sense of the world around them.  Trying to find your identity can be tough, but when you are constantly moving from town to town it can be even harder.  Jim Stark, played by James Dean, is forced to start fresh in a new town and the first 24 hours are not a roller coaster, they are a rocket ship.

Get Out (2017)

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is a psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes and unsure of where the characters stand the whole way through.  The story follows Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, and his girlfriend Rose, played by Allison Williams, as they visit her family in upstate New York.  No more information is needed.  Peele succeeds in taking the viewer on a comedic, thrilling, and satisfying ride.

Toni Erdmann (2016)

Toni Erdmann is triumphant in its use of socially uncomfortable situations to pursue a relaxed and less serious take on life.  The film follows uptight and determined business woman, Ines Conradi, played by Sandra Hüller, and her jester father, Winifred, a.k.a Toni Erdmann, played by Peter Simonischek.  Their characters could not be more polar when it comes to self-confidence in terms of social acceptance. In other words, he doesn’t care what people think about him and she is obsessed with self-image and self-preservation. Ines is making a name for herself as a consultant in the oil industry in Bucharest, Romania.  Winifred is a teacher in Germany who spontaneously decides to visit his daughter after the death of his dog.  Her somber and humorless demeanor mixed with her fierce determination to move up in her company puts her in a highly stressful state throughout the movie.  This, coupled with her father’s outrageous and eccentric persona that is embellished by his live-in-the-moment attitude and absence of shame, makes him push his daughter to her limits.

I ♡ Huckabees (2004)

I   Huckabees is a philosophical comedy that follows Albert Markovski, played by Schwartzman, as he is investigated by existential detectives, Hoffman and Tomlin.  His desire to find meaning in specific coincidences in his life inspires him to learn more about the meaning of life.  The story encompasses opposing and differing ideologies surrounding self-image and status,  the human impact on the world, and the interconnected relation-ship between everything within the universe.  The film also features a comedic performance from Wahlberg as well as Jonah Hill’s debut in the acting world.