'Dunkirk' Deserves To Win Best Picture At The Oscars

'Dunkirk' Deserves To Win Best Picture At The Oscars

A raw and moving depiction of war.

Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" was nominated for quite a few awards at this year's Oscars. Not least of which, the holy grail of film recognition, Best Picture. That's a lot of praise for a movie in which I couldn't remember any of the character's names.

But don't mistake that for disapproval. I loved "Dunkirk." If the Oscars were opened up to the masses, I'd happily cast it as my vote for Best Picture. Not just because I was impressed by all the big explosions, but because I genuinely felt that this was a groundbreaking and experimental war movie.

"Dunkirk" deviates from a tradition of character-focused war movies. For example, "Saving Private Ryan" and "Full Metal Jacket" each center around particular characters who mature throughout their experience with war. Through this maturation, these films explore themes of brotherhood and heroism underneath extraordinary circumstances. It's a model that many war movies follow, and it has been proven time and time again.

"Dunkirk" chooses to do things differently. Instead, it seeks to make a war film devoid of character development. Ordinarily, this would be a recipe for a disaster, but as a war movie, it works surprisingly well.

By stripping away character and dialogue, we're given a movie that is distinctly dehumanized. The soldiers are nameless, faceless. No one here is special. Instead of characterization, we're left with mechanization: bombs erupt, gunfire exchanges relentlessly, dive bombers scream overhead -- all from an unseen enemy. And even when it all stops, the resulting silence isn't peaceful, it's an unsettling and deathly silence. The world of "Dunkirk" is one that is nihilistic, bleak, and profoundly anti-war.

All of this is pulled together by the terrifyingly gorgeous sound design and effects. The bombers, the explosions, the music... it's all overwhelmingly intense. I couldn't help but tear up from the sensory overload.

"Dunkirk" succeeds as an anti-war movie, not because it contains a direct anti-war message. Nolan doesn't hold our hand and tell us "war is hell." He instead shows us hell and lets us make that connection for ourselves.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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