Five WWII Movies To Watch Before Seeing ‘Dunkirk’

With Christopher Nolan’s Second World War epic Dunkirk right around the corner, there’s no better time to brush up on your war-movie history. Wars have always been popular for moviemaking, but World War II holds top place as the most cinematically-depicted event ever. Over the past 70 years, movies have been made covering almost every possible aspect of the conflict in both the European and Pacific theatres.
Here are five WWII movies covering a range of perspectives and themes that you should see before heading to the cinema for Dunkirk:

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Why So Many Modern Movie Fight Scenes Suck

Action movies can be a lot of fun. There generally isn’t a whole lot of thinking required from the audience and it’s easy to just sit back and be entertained for a few hours. If you’re like me, though, you’ve probably noticed a lot of fight scenes in movies these days really suck. This isn’t just happening in bad movies either– there are a lot of big-budget Hollywood blockbusters being released with really underwhelming fight scenes. They’re hard to follow, choppy, and it’s generally difficult to understand what’s even happening. So what’s going on here?

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’: Aspect Ratio as a Narrative Tool

The more I think about it, the more I realize that The Grand Budapest Hotel just might be one of my favourite movies of all time. Director Wes Anderson’s attention to detail and the incredible amount of thought and care he put into every frame of this movie creates an experience you just don’t see with many movies anymore. This post will discuss just one method (of many) that Anderson uses to enhance his story: aspect ratio.

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The Greatest Strength of the ‘Alien’ Prequels

The Alien franchise has had its fair share of ups and downs since the first film in the series was released in 1979. Both new prequel films, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, have been extremely polarizing among fans and critics alike. There’s one thing, though, that I think everyone would agree on: both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant are prime examples of Ridley Scott’s excellent visual world-building.
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‘The True Cost’ of Modern Fashion

The True Cost, a 2015 documentary about the negative environmental and human effects of the global garment industry, is a lesser-known film in the Netflix catalogue that attempts to tackle an issue that perhaps not many people are aware of.

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“American Gods” First Impressions: A Whole Lot of Strange

As a massive fan of Bryan Fuller’s NBC show Hannibal, I was eagerly awaiting the release of his new Starz project American Gods. With the recently aired first episode, audiences were treated to beautiful visuals, plenty of blood, and a whole lot of strange.

*Spoilers for the first episode of American Gods in this article.*

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A Different Take on “13 Reasons Why”

The Netflix original 13 Reasons Why has created quite a buzz in the weeks since its release. Many have praised the show for the awareness it’s generated on the effects of bullying and its central theme of never really knowing what’s going on in another’s life. Recently, however, many organizations and school boards across North America are now criticizing the show for its gratuitous depiction of suicide and the suggestion that Hannah’s choice to kill herself was the logical outcome of the treatment she received.

*Spoilers ahead.*

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