the scene that sailed a thousand ships

I SAW A MOVIE: “Dunkirk”

I’ve always been a fan of Christopher Nolan movies. The stories are pretty solid and they are consistently gorgeous. With his new film Dunkirk, Nolan is perhaps stepping into his most uncharted territory yet, for it is both a historical drama as well as an experimental film.

Dunkirk captures the chaos of the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II, when thousands of British soldiers were stranded on the French coast with only the English Channel to separate them between home and death. With a cast made up of both young, unknown actors and award-winning thespians, Nolan shoots the action in three locations: the shore, the sea, and the sky.

The scenes on the shore follow Tommy, a young British soldier trying to get home. Teaming up with soldiers Gibson and Alex, they try to work their way onto multiple ships sailing back towards England, only to have each one sunk by the Germans. Out at sea, local man Dawson takes his boat out to help with the evacuation, taking along his son Peter and Peter’s friend George. Picking up a shell-shocked soldier and a downed pilot, the small crew discovers that war is not always fought on land. In the air, Farrier must shoot down enemy planes, protecting his fellow soldiers while they evacuate, while also dealing with his broken guage, which is unable to inform him of his fuel supply.

Realizing that each element would take a different amount of time to occur, Nolan shoots all three chapters in different timelines: the shore scenes take place within a week, the sea within a day, and the air in one hour. This makes sense, because it wouldn’t feel right for a lengthy, multiple-day battle on land to take the same amount of time as one flight across the Channel. Nolan breaks up the scenes, meaning that the audience has to remind themselves where they are in the timeline and where the characters fit in with each other. 

The acting in Dunkirk is splendid, with only unknown actor Fionn Whitehead, as Tommy, being the film’s true lead. Kenneth Branagh appears as Commander Bolton, the watchful pier-master during the evacuation, while Mark Rylance plays the concerned yet patriotic Dawson, a man willing to risk everything for his country. Cillian Murphy does a great job playing the unnamed Shivering Soldier, the shell-shocked man pulled from the water, and Tom Hardy leads his scenes as pilot Farrier, able to pull off some intense aerial battle scenes with very little dialogue.

Those who are fans of Nolan’s more flashier blockbusters may find Dunkirk to be a little tedious at times. It is certainly Nolan’s most atmospheric movie, relying very little on dialogue and more on tension and mood. With the overlapping timelines, is also his most experimental film since Memento. However, Dunkirk is a fine achievement in filmmaking, sure to go down as one of the better made war epics in recent years.

alycadebnam  asked:

Thank you for staying Supercat.

No, thank YOU for staying Supercat.

There’s no reason not to stay Supercat.

Supercat is my OTP. That doesn’t change because one of the actresses needs to care for her family or the character has been written off (temporarily)

Now, I can side-ship and multi-ship with the best of them. Anyone who follows me know I built a tag for it (#just ship everybody with everybody else) but none of them will ever be Supercat.

Yes, Calista has decided to protect her work-life balance. That is her decision, and I respect it with every cell that makes up me. I miss her. I will pine for her. I will long for her right alongside Kara every second she is away.

But look… just look at the gifts she left us in her wake.

A glorious, long, desperate, satisfying hug. The hug felt round the fandom. The relief on her face, the squeeze at the end, the touching, the hesitation, the tears in their eyes. Kara’s heartache. I will never be over it.

Two goodbyes. Two. One for Kara (see above) One for Supergirl, so full of happiness, flirtation, comfort, history, love, lust. Assign whatever emotions you want to that balcony scene but it was everything I never thought I’d get in a non-cannon femslash pairing. The way Cat couldn’t get close enough. The way Kara looked for all the world like she might close that distance. You all saw that look. You know what I mean. The scene that launched a thousand fics. Even if you don’t ship Supercat, the evidence that these two woman care for each other is everywhere.

The TOUCHING. Miles of touching, eons of touching, multi-verses of touching.

The final gift given to us at Cat’s departure? We have absolutely no idea where she’s going. “Bridge, that’s silly, why is that a gift?” Because. BECAUSE. We can take Cat anywhere we want. Maybe she’s digging water wells in Cambodia. Maybe she’s hanging with the Dalai Lama. Maybe she’s buying a bakery in Provence or a vineyard in Tuscany or she’s sailing around the world and writing a book about it. Maybe she’ll run for office or teach classes at Metropolis U or become the White House Press Secretary. Maybe she’ll turn up at Kara’s door in the pouring rain and declare her love because she’s no longer her boss and she needs to know if there really is something there. We can do anything. And all of it will be right and good and Supercat. Pining communiques from across the world, surprise meet-ups in tiny towns, breathless exclamations of the other’s name when they turn up at the same event together after having been apart for days or weeks or months or years.

If there is one thing in this fandom I have unshakeable faith in, it is the talent of our creators. Creators who will take these gifts and line them up on their art supply shelf and mold them into fics or manips or gifs. Into digital paintings or headcanons or transcripts of their phone calls, into letters or text convos or beautiful AU worlds in just about every color you can imagine.

So, don’t think of Cat as being gone for good. She’ll be back. Think of her as blowing us a kiss goodbye and we’re her trail of breadcrumbs to lead her back into Kara’s arms.