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Happy Monday!

The expression goes “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Keeping that in mind, does that mean there can be some brief, necessary levity to be discovered deep within or around the most unlikely and darkest hours? According to Winston Churchill/Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour, perhaps.

Life, in its many situations, isn’t always as it appears.

Two fingers thumbs up.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week (with a good laugh). 


Dunkirk’s Darkest Hour

Have two highly-acclaimed films ever been so perfectly matched as accompanying entities?

This year, Christopher Nolan’s gritty on-the-beach dramatization of the historically necessary evacuation of hundreds of thousands of British soldiers in Dunkirk was hailed as an incredible war movie unlike any other. You were on the beach, you were in the air and you felt the literal and metaphorical claustrophobia of what seemed like inevitable demise closing in. It was a matter-of-fact story that took audiences into the living hell of British and French soldiers under deadly German air attacks.

Also this year, just weeks ago, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour was hailed as an engaging peek into the life of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Faced with the end of the British armed forces, Western civilization, and the world in domino fashion by Germany in World War II,  Mr. Oldman’s metamorphosis into Mr. Churchill was a masterclass in acting brilliance. To put it briefly, Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour was an ordinary man who, through cigars, booze, unlikely confidants, ingenuity, courage and his wife, was able to lead the rescue of soldiers struggling for their lives on the beaches of Dunkirk in a matter-of-fact manner on the silver screen.

Movie fans should see both films, both for historic and cinematic purposes. But what if you could see them interwoven together in an epic trailer?

While Gary Oldman has all but sealed up a forthcoming season of Best Actor awards for his performance as Winston Churchill, there’s an argument for cinematic history to be made with regards to the Best Picture of 2017:

Dunkirk + Darkest Hour.

The Academy will likely not comply. Regardless, history is eternally thankful for the ordinary heroes showcased in both films.

Happy Monday

Modern foreign policy, spanning several American presidents and allied world leaders, has been a frustrating headache with no transcendent solutions. The problems are momentous, urgent and seemingly never-ending and amorphous. People continue to wait for a great leader to take charge with a master chess champion-level brilliance who also possesses an oratorical prowess for the ages.

It may be time to stop looking to the future and instead look into the smoky rearview mirror of history…

Darkest Hour arrives in theaters in January of 2018. And after its recent premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter gave a glowing review.

“A crowd-pleasing account of Churchill’s rising to the occasion.”
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

“…rising to the occasion.” A phrase, and wish, that people all around the world are demanding from their leaders.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.