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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I'd be interested in Nolan's take on a contemporary nuclear war movie, whether limited or all-out, grim though that would be. But I'll watch whatever he makes next. From my pov Oppenheimer is one of his best movies so far.
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    https://variety.com/2023/film/features/christopher-nolan-oppenheimer-warner-bros-feud-next-project-1235782516/ “There’s a pretty simple argument mathematically for saying the world will end in nuclear Armageddon simply because that’s a possibility,” he’s calmly explaining. “Over an infinite...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Many big Hollywood movies take 3-4 months for principal photography, but Nolan cut that down to 2 for Oppenheimer. https://variety.com/2023/film/news/christopher-nolan-cut-oppenheimer-filming-days-save-budget-1235706328/ "Cillian Murphy revealed in July that Christopher Nolan shot...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

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    Oppenheimer (2023)

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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I appreciate how in this movie Cillian Murphy, the make-up artists, and Nolan portray Oppenheimer well from about age 25 to the age of 60. This seems to me like an art that Hollywood used to be good at but sometimes today has let slip. For instance, in the so-so comedy Joy Ride from this year...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Watched Oppenheimer for the second time in digital imax, and I liked it even better. I think it's a great biography of a complex and obviously important person. It's my favorite of all of Nolan's films, because his impressive talents for creating a powerful audio-visual experience is connected...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    From listening to my current audiobook, 140 Days to Hiroshima by David Barrett, the actions and contemplated actions on both sides were and are appalling. Secretary of War Stimson and General Marshall thought there was a chance that the atomic bombs wouldn't get the Japanese leadership to...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    As we known, many innocent civilians died because of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As disruptive propaganda, and also to try to assuage some of their guilt, General Curtis LeMay ordered millions of leaflets dropped on Japanese cities before they were bombed. Some did...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Having read or listened to a few books on the topic, one issue is how the powerful military leadership in Japan refused to admit defeat, even after such things as the firebombing of Tokyo, until finally Emperor Hirohito forced them to accept it after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are detailed...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Perhaps all of you are already familiar with this crime drama that also stars Oppenheimer's title role star, Cillian Murphy. But just in case, here's an image for the Netflix show Peaky Blinders. Imho the series is well made and has lots of strong performances, but parts of it are tough to take...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    This was not the story this movie was telling, but this is an interesting perspective. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2023-08-04/oppenheimer-movie-christopher-nolan-atomic-bomb-hiroshima-nagasaki-critics Some of the larger context is given in the HBO series The...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I'm currently listening to this book on this very grim topic. "Publisher's summary: On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki comes this account of the war-room drama inside the cabinets of the United States and Japan that led to Armageddon on August 6, 1945. Here...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/07/19/christopher-nolan-oppenheimer-race/ "....They had just three months to get ready for a film that would shoot in just 57 days and run three hours, Nolan’s longest yet. “We’re not like other big films that prep for months and months and months,”...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    This is an interesting interview with one of the authors of the book on which the movie is based. It has spoilers.
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    When watching the trailer for this movie, I was anticipating a certain part of it, thinking it would have a heavy meaning. For me it did—and beyond expectations. The part I'm talking about is...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    The screening at my digital imax was quite good. The sound design—effectively communicated by the powerful speakers turned to just the right volume—was enveloping throughout. The movie has a fluid mixture of music, sounds real and imagined, and dialogue. As with some other Nolan films time is...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    A long and very serious movie, and one with a very important point to make. For me it lived up to expectations, but I feel like some people probably weren't expecting such a somber film.
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Yes, I have—back when it came out in '89, and at least one other time since then on home video. I thought it was good, although I'm confident this new movie will be at another level cinematically and dramatically.
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    https://variety.com/2023/film/news/cillian-murphy-skipped-oppenheimer-cast-dinners-pressure-1235664089/
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    The fact that one of the people who wrote an in-depth and acclaimed bio of Oppenheimer endorses this movie in such a way has me excited to watch it. I'm now beginning to think this might be one of my favorites of 2023. I'm also wondering if Oscars might be possible in a few different categories.
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    https://variety.com/2023/film/news/oppenheimer-biographer-reacts-christopher-nolan-film-1235648113/
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    My guess is that you're more than halfway right about the box office prospects for Oppenheimer. But the Nolan name and style will bring in a lot of people who otherwise wouldn't see an epic based on history like this. Dunkirk had much more action than this movie seems likely to have, but it...
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    No. Nolan just said they used conventional explosives to create most of the effect he wanted, rather than CGI. https://variety.com/2022/film/news/christopher-nolan-oppenheimer-atomic-bomb-explosion-no-vfx-1235457979/
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Saw the very brief teaser trailer for Oppenheimer today before seeing Nope. The teaser was so brief there's really not much to it—I mean if you've seen the poster above you've almost seen the trailer. But I am looking forward to the film.
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    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Looking forward to this new movie. I do think this 1989 movie on this topic is good and worth watching, but it apparently hasn't been released to blu-ray.
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