Watch: Fan-Made Classic B&W Silent Film Version of Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

Nolan's Dunkirk Silent

"Spitfires George, greatest plane ever built." Christopher Nolan’s intense war thriller about the miraculous Dunkirk evacuation at the beginning of WWII has been earning accolades and recognition on many Top 10 lists as the year comes to an end. Dunkirk really is an outstanding movie, that is so exceptional thanks to Nolan’s expertise in crafting impeccable visuals to help viewers feel fully immersed in the story. YouTube channel "Like Stories of Old" has created a new version of Dunkirk that plays as an 8-minute black & white silent film. It’s actually kind of perfect, they get everything right, even the music and the dialogue cards. Aside from being a cool experiment in editing, it shows just how impressive Dunkirk is as visual storytelling.

Here’s the B&W silent film version of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, from YouTube (found via SlashFilm):

You can still watch the first teaser trailer for Nolan’s Dunkirk here, or the second trailer or third trailer here.

Dunkirk tells the story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 27th and June 4th, 1940, during Battle of France in Word War II. Dunkirk is both written and directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the movies Following, Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy and Interstellar previously. It was filmed on location on the actual beaches where the evacuation took place in Dunkirk, France. Warner Bros originally released Dunkirk in theaters on July 21st this summer. It’s now available in 4K from iTunes or on Blu-ray.

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Watch: Fan-Made Classic B&W Silent Film Version of Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

Nolan's Dunkirk Silent

"Spitfires George, greatest plane ever built." Christopher Nolan’s intense war thriller about the miraculous Dunkirk evacuation at the beginning of WWII has been earning accolades and recognition on many Top 10 lists as the year comes to an end. Dunkirk really is an outstanding movie, that is so exceptional thanks to Nolan’s expertise in crafting impeccable visuals to help viewers feel fully immersed in the story. YouTube channel "Like Stories of Old" has created a new version of Dunkirk that plays as an 8-minute black & white silent film. It’s actually kind of perfect, they get everything right, even the music and the dialogue cards. Aside from being a cool experiment in editing, it shows just how impressive Dunkirk is as visual storytelling.

Here’s the B&W silent film version of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, from YouTube (found via SlashFilm):

You can still watch the first teaser trailer for Nolan’s Dunkirk here, or the second trailer or third trailer here.

Dunkirk tells the story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 27th and June 4th, 1940, during Battle of France in Word War II. Dunkirk is both written and directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the movies Following, Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy and Interstellar previously. It was filmed on location on the actual beaches where the evacuation took place in Dunkirk, France. Warner Bros originally released Dunkirk in theaters on July 21st this summer. It’s now available in 4K from iTunes or on Blu-ray.

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The Best & Worst of 2017

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The other day I heard someone say “2017 was the best worst year of my life”, and I couldn’t help but completely relate. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been extremely blessed this year, but I’ve also dealt with some pretty tough things. Today I wanted to share some of my best moments and hardest struggles of 2017.

I want to start with the good, cause I think it’s important to try and focus on the positive, even when times are hard. In July, one of my biggest dreams came true and I was able to make my blog my full time job. When starting this journey two years ago, I had no idea where it would take me. I had goals, but I never knew how much support I would receive, and I can’t thank y’all enough for that. This year I was able to travel the world with my best friend, be pushed WAY outside my comfort zone, and learn more about myself than I ever knew. This blog has opened so many doors for me, and I don’t think anyone will ever understand how grateful I am for that. So from the bottom of my heart, I want to say THANK YOU for following along and supporting my dreams.

While there are so many things I have to be thankful for, I also experienced some of the some of the hardest times of my life. In July, my mom got surgery to remove excess skin on her  legs (due to significant weight loss), and while we still don’t know exactly what happened, something went wrong. A nerve was damaged and my mom lost all feeling and motor in her left foot, causing her to lose her ability to walk. For the first couple months after surgery, she used a walker to get around. She now has a custom brace that gives the ability to walk without a walker or cane, but it is still isn’t easy. Having to witness the person you love more than anything in the world struggle, and not being able to do anything about it has one of the hardest things I’ve gone through. Before surgery, my mom was a labor & delivery nurse, but since nurses have to be on their feet 12 hours a day, she is no longer able to work and do what she loves. With that being said, because of y’all’s amazing support this year, I am now able to hire my mom to work for Champagne & Chanel. My mom has always given me the world, so now being able to help her out just a little means so much to me, and I have all of you to thank for that.

In 2017, I also went through two breakups. In the beginning of the year, I ended a three and a half year relationship with the man I thought I was going to marry. I don’t want to go into any details, out of respect for him, but I just knew it wasn’t God’s timing for us to be together. It was an extremely hard time for me because not only did I have to say goodbye to him, but also the dog we shared together. Later in the year, I entered another relationship way too fast, and ended up getting my heart broken. I’m now entering the new year as a single woman, and even though it’s been lonely during the holidays, I’m looking forward to working on myself and building my relationship with Christ. For the first time in my life, I’m living by myself, working for myself, and am single. I know that God is going to use this time to help me grow and teach me to lean on him before anything else. “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5”

 

Okay, I know that was a MUCH longer post than normal, but I just wanted to let y’all in on what has taken place in my life this past year. Again, I am so grateful for each and every one of you following along with me. I wish everyone a blessed and safe 2018!!

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Favourite Albums of 2017 – A Summary List

We’ve nearly reached the end of 2017.

And I’ve finished with a series of posts highlighting some of my favourite albums of the past year. There’s been 15 of them uploaded on to the blog today. You can read them all by clicking here.

But for those of you who would prefer just a simple list with no explanations, let me oblige.

Breaking More Waves Favourite Albums of 2017

1. Lorde – Melodrama
2. Hannah Peel – Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia
3. Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness
4. Tom Adams – Silence
5. Lucy Rose – Something’s Changing
6. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
7. The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension
8. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
9. Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
10. Alt-J – Relaxer
11. Brian Eno – Reflection
12. Alice jemima – Alice Jemima
13. AK/DK – Patterns / Harmonics
14. Ibeyi – Ash
15. Curxes – Gilded Cage

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Nothing says Happy New Years Eve like a ridiculous picture of oneself frolicking in the snow wearing Christmas jammies that have been on for a week straight😬 The first pic is the original and the second is after I had some fun with my #enlightapp Which one do you guys prefer? https://t.co/icBzagCUZM

One New Year’s Resolution a Couple Can Make Together

Maybe you’ve already made a resolution or two for the New Year. Have you and your partner ever made one together? Choosing one that you’re both likely to keep can do wonders for your relationship. One is the key word, because keeping it simple makes it more likely that you’ll both follow through.

Any relationship, no matter how great it already is, has room to grow. So instead of thinking, “Were fine,” think “The sky’s the limit!”

Tips for Making a Resolution Together

Whether you make a resolution together or independently, make it as specific as possible, by stating the resolution in a way that includes:

  • when you will start keeping the resolution;
  • for how long you intend to carry it out;
  • how often you will do it.

For example, rather than simply resolving to be nicer to each other, a couple might commit to giving each other at least one compliment every day for the next three weeks, starting today.

It takes 21 days to change a habit, or to establish a new one, so if you want the daily compliments or some other new behavior to become a lasting lifestyle, you might decide to commit to do it every day, starting now, and for at least three weeks.

You might like the idea explained below (Resolution #2) about giving each other at least one compliment a day. This might be your joint resolution, or it can be your own personal resolution if your spouse isn’t on board now for it. Even if you start out as the only one giving compliments daily, your relationship will probably get better. Your spouse will appreciate your sincere compliments, and you’ll find yourself noticing your partner’s virtues, so you’ll feel warmer toward him (or her) more often.

Maybe you both already excel at compliments. What would be a better resolution for the two of you to consider making together? You may have one in mind or you might want to select one of the other two ideas listed here:

Resolution 1: When we disagree, we will take turns listening to each other kindly and respectfully. When one of us states our viewpoint, the other will say what he or she heard, then asks if they got it right. Once the first speaker says yes, the other gets to state their own position and get listened to. It can be tempting to compose our rebuttal instead of totally listening. Listening doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing. The active listening technique is so worthwhile because it fosters emotional intimacy. When most spouses really want is not to win an argument, but to feel understood.

Resolution 2: We’ll tell each other daily what we appreciate about each other. This is a worthwhile resolution because busy spouses often forget to notice each other’s positive traits and actions. Sometimes their communication gets loaded with complaints or demands. Strive to implement Dr. John Gottman’s researched based advice to make at least five positive comments for each negative one.

Resolution 3: We’ll hold a weekly marriage meeting. This is a worthwhile resolution because couples who do this effectively, as explained in my book, Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted, gain intimacy, romance, teamwork, and smoother resolution of issues.

CHOOSE JUST ONE

In case you’re feeling tempted to make more than one resolutions, remind yourself to choose just one. Changing just one long-established way of behaving is challenging enough, so keep it simple. You can always add a new resolution once you’ve firmly put your first one into practice.

Happy New Year!

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Favourite Albums of 2017 #1 Lorde – Melodrama

And so there you have it. Lorde’s Melodrama is (by the thinnest of whiskers) my favourite album of the year.

Why? For one really simple reason. When I look back across 2017 it’s the record that has glued itself to me the most. It was undoubtedly the soundtrack to my summer, but in the cold of winter it’s still there. 

Melodrama is a pop record. There’s a school of thought, particularly amongst certain rock fans that all pop music is transient and disposable. But to adopt that view is blinkered; great pop can carry as much emotional and intellectual resonance as any record from so called ‘serious’ genres. And Melodrama carries its weight very well.

For anyone who has been living under a rock in 2017 Melodrama is Lorde’s second album, the follow up to her 2013 debut Pure Heroine, which was ninth on my end of year list.  It’s core themes are the highs and lows of relationships and using hedonism to block out the break-up lows. If that all sounds a bit ‘we kissed then split and I got drunk in da club’ boring then let’s remember that we’re talking about Lorde here and one of the things that makes her so special is her clear strength of character, intelligence and ability to pen fascinating turns of phrase. “Blow all my friendships to sit in hell with you, but we’re the greatest, they’ll hang us in the Louvre, down the back, but who cares, still the Louvre,” she sings in a line that is brilliantly reckless, self-aware and oddly positive on one of my favourite songs The Louvre. Oh, and from the some song: "I over think your punctuation use." I don’t even know why I love this line so much, but maybe it’s because my own punctuation is pretty appalling at times so what does that say about me?

As a listener and a fan, it’s inevitable that sometimes we have certain expectations of an artist. For example, if you’re a fan of The National you probably wouldn’t expect them to team up with Calvin Harris to produce an album of happy ravey house bangers ready for Ibiza and may well be disappointed if they did. My concern with Lorde after Pure Heroine was that essentially Pure Heroine had just 1 musical idea – a very strong idea – but only one. It was an album painted in the black and white of minimalist electronic pop. If she repeated that idea on album 2 the idea would soon get cold and as a listener I’d be putting on my coat and trudging off home. Melodrama needed more than just 1 USP for me and by gosh, it delivered on those expectations. It nearly went rainbow technicolour.  It had proper all out pop dance bangers like Green Light and Supercut, heartbreaking ballads like Liability: “They say you’re a little too much for me, you’re a liability….so they pull back, make other plans, I understand” but still carried the essence of the debut album on songs like Homemade Dynamite. Melodrama cast Lorde’s net wider and now gives her platform to go in many directions for album three. Even though this is an exceptional pop record it gives you the impression that there could be even better still to come.

Ultimately what has made Lorde’s Melodrama my album of the year is the same thing that has defined past favourites; great songs. Pure and simple. It hooked me in on first listen and hasn’t let go since. 

Lorde – Green Light

Lorde – Perfect Places (Video)

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Favourite Albums of 2017 #2 Hannah Peel – Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia

In 2017 there was no other record quite like Hannah Peel’s Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia.

Whilst it’s listed as my 2nd favourite record of 2017, ask me on any alternate day and depending on my mood, thoughts and where I am it could quite easily be number 1.

This is an instrumental seven-movement piece composed for analogue synthesizers and a full traditional 29-piece colliery brass band, the brass being recorded live at The Barnsley Civic Theatre with Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio team. It is quite simply a breathtaking record. I know that word is over used in music writing, but in this case, believe me it’s true.

The album soundtracks the tale of an unknown, elderly, pioneering, electronic musical stargazer and her lifelong dream to leave her terraced home in the mining town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, to see Cassiopeia for herself. On her journey she witnesses the sunrise through the dusty nebula, a deep space cluster and many more sights and sounds before eventually arriving at the planet of passed souls.

The juxtaposition of Hannah’s keyboards and the brass orchestra works perfectly together creating a hugely cinematic spectrum of music that has some gentle synergies with Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30:Prelude by Richard Strauss.

Having seen Hannah talk about this album at her shows it seems that the concept behind it is linked to Hannah’s previous record Awake But Always Dreaming which was inspired by her grandmother’s dementia. When Hannah visited an Alzheimer’s Research Centre she saw that brain neurons observed through a microscope looked just like stars in space. So, this journey isn’t perhaps really an external one at all but an exploration taking place in the mind. If it is it certainly ends with the most exultant piece of music as life passes away to the planet of passed souls.

As I wrote in my previous post, there are two records this year that have made me shed a tear. This is the second one. Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia is an evocative and epic melancholy musical journey, one which I have travelled with many times this year. It’s an album that really needs to be absorbed in one sitting via headphones with no interruptions and no pauses, ideally whilst gazing up at the stars. Absolute perfection.

Hannah Peel – Sunrise Through The Dusty Nebula


Hannah Peel – Archid Orange Dwarf 

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