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Make Movies Great Again Episode 36 for October 25, 2017.

On today’s show we’ve got three new movie trailers, including Daniel Day Lewis’ last movie, Phantom Thread, Tom Hardy is going full MO CAP for Venom and James Gunn shoots off his 50 favorite horror movies. You can chat with us on Twitter @MakeMovieGreat, toss us a like on Facebook @MakeMoviesGreat and like all our pictures on instagram, @MakeMoviesgreat. Don’t forget, this podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and YouTube.

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Movie Thoughts – Dunkirk

When The Sopranos premiered in 1999, I was 11 years old. It wasn't the most ideal subject matter for an 11 year old, but as the years went by it became impossible to not check this show out. Like most people, I was drawn to Tony Soprano, a character brought to life by the late James Gandolfini. Gandolfini did a lot of things really well, but one of the things I remember about that character is the way he used facial expressions to convey key emotions. You could tell exactly how Tony was feeling based on his eyes alone. He conveyed fury, angst and despair all with a single glance.

Not many actors can do that, but Tom Hardy is certainly one of them. For the second time in a Christopher Nolan movie Hardy's face is almost fully concealed, but he's so great at using his eyes to convey emotion that it doesn't matter. You don't go into a movie expecting to have such an intimate relationship with an actor's eyes throughout a two hour movie, but it's impossible to look anywhere else on screen when Hardy's character shows up. It's an extremely restrictive role (he's in a fighter plane cockpit for every scene but one) with minimal dialogue, but Hardy nails it. He's only 1/3 of the plot in Nolan's Dunkirk, but his fighter pilot character is intertwined with the other two perspectives perfectly. There's a lot more to love in Dunkirk, but Hardy was my favorite part. The movie was a perfect mix of Nolan's storytelling style and a war movie. If you're a fan of either (or both) you should check it out, preferably in Imax.

-Ryan

Complex stories in film are my jam. In fact, one my favorite parts of seeing a film is piecing the story together. I can remember seeing Nolan's 2000 masterpiece, 'Memento', and loving how I had to actively bring the story together as I watched. It's almost a sport. Numbers flying around in my head like Alan playing blackjack in 'The Hangover.' Providing the audience with a complex story is a tell-tale sign of someone who has mastered the craft of filmmaking, which Nolan continues to prove in 'Dunkirk.'

The story is split into three aspects: Air, Sea and The Mole. Each aspect of this film is introduced with a title card with a time frame directly below it. All three have different timeframes which are meant to overlap with each other. Somehow, Nolan not only uses individual scenes to build tension, but he uses the introduction of plot points within the three aspects to build tension for the others. It's something I wish I could better describe in words, but if you saw the film you'll get it.

Bravo, Christopher Nolan.
 
-Matt

Trailer Alert – Final ‘Dunkirk’ Trailer

After almost a full year of trailers and teasers, this film needs no introduction. Christopher Nolan looks to have another hit on his hands. His next movie should be a biopic on King Midas, starring himself as King Midas. It’s just him walking around touching stuff… This is just the early stages of the idea, give me a break.

While I can’t tell you anything that Tom Hardy in a WWII fighter plane can’t, I will share this nice tie bit regarding Dunkirk: It’s being shown on select screens (Thanks Indiewire) in glorious 70mm. If you remember, back in 2015 Quentin Tarantino did the same thing with The Hateful Eight. To some degree, IMAX and 3D showings are just gimmicks, but 70mm screenings are the TRUTH. If it’s playing near you in 70mm, go see it in 70mm.

-Matt

Ep 15 – The Covenant has Landed

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Trailer Alert: The Revenant

The director and cinematographer from Birdman. Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio running through the woods murdering people and then each other?

money animated GIF

– Ryan

 

Trailer Alert – Legend

What’s better than Tom Hardy starring in a movie about London gangsters who ruled the city in the 1950s and 1960s? Tom Hardy playing BOTH identical twin gangsters who ruled London in the 1950s and 60s. Whoever cast this movie must have Freddy Krueger’d me and somehow watched all my dreams, because a double dose of Tom Hardy is like one of my dreams come to life. Hardy plays both Ronald and Reginald Kray who were the premier gangster/mobsters in London during the 50s and 60s, dabbling in arson, armed robberies and even murder. My favorite Hardy roles are when he’s had to be a physical actor (Bronson, Warrior, Dark Knight Rises) and judging from the action in this trailer, he’ll be in plenty of fisticuffs throughout the film. At this time it’s not scheduled to be released in the US (it comes out in the UK in September) and if that doesn’t change I’m going to be sad for the rest of the my life.

– Ryan

Trailer Alert: Hold Onto Your Dicks, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Has A New Official Trailer

OMG OWL!

Hoolllyy shit. I knew this movie was going to be awesome after the first teaser trailer, but you never know just how good something turns out to be until the main trailer comes out. Well the main trailer came out, and good lord does this look amazing. I have no idea what’s going on and I’m 99% sure the movie doesn’t have any scripted dialogue but I could not be more on board. Tom Hardy kicking ass in a regular world is good enough for me. Tom Hard kicking ass in a post apocalyptic universe with guitar flamethrowers and sand monsters? I can’t even think of a word for how IN I am for this movie. The best part? It’s only 7 weeks away. There’s a solid chance I don’t watch anything but this trailer and that owl reaction GIF until the movie comes out.

– Ryan

Hold On To Your Biscuits – Mad Max: Fury Road Has A New Trailer

In July, George Miller released the first trailer for the new Mad Max movie, and it blew me away. I’m a Tom Hardy homer, but being a fan of Tom Hardy had nothing to do with how awesome this movie looked. My initial love of the movie is now confirmed with this new action packed trailer. If you can find a flaw in this trailer then you’re a piece of shit and I hate you. Also, if you need anything more than “Tom Hardy takes over for Mel Gibson and saves the world while seeking revenge on scumbags” to see a movie then you’re trying too hard. This movie will be awesome. And I will see it. End scene.

– Ryan

 

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