The Workshop #44 – Bloviating into the void

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Dunkirk review

Dunkirk is a $150 million experimental film in the guise of a blockbuster.

Dunkirk features horrifying events stunningly photographed and set to a concussive soundtrack

Writer/director Christopher Nolan has made a career out of crafting smarter-than-average crowd-pleasing movies that function as puzzles as well as dramatic stories.

But Dunkirk is something different when it comes to subject matter. It’s not a sci-fi, mind-bending adventure like Interstellar or Inception. It’s not a grounded take on a superhero like his Batman films. It’s not a non-linear character-driven drama like Memento or The Prestige (my personal favorite).

Nolan has historically locked down his film sets tight in an effort to prevent spoilers from leaking out. But with Dunkirk, a film based on the evacuation of nearly 400,000 British soldiers from France at the beginning of World War II, the story is already known – at least by the history books. It’s a story engrained in the British psyche.

Had the evacuation at Dunkirk failed, World War II would have gone very differently. Nolan’s film only gives hints of that greater context. It’s not much of a history lesson. You won’t learn a lot about what actually happened not because the movie is inaccurate, but because it’s focused on the psychological experience.

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The Workshop #16 – Turn off this podcast and go outside!

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It’s exciting times on The Workshop podcast as we dig into our first listener feedback (well, besides the Matt Takes Twitter account, really). You should definitely join the conversation by leaving us an iTunes review, a comment on the blog, Facebook group, or send up a smoke signal.

We also talk about why we don’t really talk about video games, and discuss the merits and challenges of regulating “screen time” in today’s world. Speaking of that, you should stop staring at this screen and just listen to our wonderful voices perhaps while enjoying nature or smashing a printer.

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Favorite Music of 2013

A new year is upon us and that means it’s time to hand out meaningless accolades to various media properties because making lists is fun! I am quite intentionally calling these “favorite” lists rather than “best of” lists because there’s a lot of games, movies, and music I didn’t experience in 2013 which no doubt deserve attention and praise, but I can’t consume everything in a year.


Can I make a confession? I’m terrible at writing about music. I lack the vocabulary, I guess. It seems to me that music is the most subjective of all the popular media and therefore is the most difficult to analyze, critique, and discuss meaningfully with others. Music reviews are a strange thing to me for that reason. All it boils down to is “I like this” or “I don’t like this” without a lot of concrete or consistent reasoning about why that is. But I’m probably wrong about that. As I said, I lack the vocabulary.

Nevertheless, here’s some music I liked. Maybe you’ll like some of it too.

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