Summary of “Christopher Nolan Talks Making ‘Dunkirk’ Movie, ‘Inception’ and Plot Twists”

You do very easily get lost in your own ideas, or your own enthusiasm.
Dunkirk is a new step for you-a film based on a true story.
Dunkirk is a story that British people were raised on-it’s in our bones.
It’s a little surprising that no one has told the story in modern cinema.
What I learned very early on, and I’m very grateful for the lesson, is that I could only be making films for the sake of making films.
To only engage in telling a story for the process of telling the story, not for the gold star at the end.
The truth is you have to hang on to your own belief.
At the end of the day, all you really have is your own belief, your own passion.

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Summary of “Christopher Nolan’s Wartime Epic”

Dunkirk is stitched into the British mythology of the Second World War and, even now, occasional mention is made of “The Dunkirk spirit,” yet the legend has never travelled far, and for obvious reasons.
Something about Dunkirk appeals to the peculiar British love of the gallantly narrow squeak, and, in the deployment of the Little Ships, to an abiding fondness for the doughty and the makeshift.
You can understand Nolan’s interest; born in London, in 1970, he belongs to what is probably the last generation to have been reared on the rousing fable of Dunkirk.
The Mole refers to a concrete jetty jutting into Dunkirk Harbor, whereas the air is the domain of a Spitfire pilot.
Out in the English Channel, and heading to Dunkirk, is the Moonstone, skippered by Dawson, her owner.
How to account for the impact that is made by “Dunkirk”? After all, there are so many ways in which the film falls short, and so many directions in which Nolan decides not to tack.
Nolan has described “Dunkirk” as less a war film than a survival film, but it’s even more basic than that, in the way it lures us in and keeps us hooked.
Although “Dunkirk” is not as labyrinthine as Nolan’s “Memento” or “Inception”, its strike rate upon our senses is rarely in doubt, and there is a beautiful justice in watching it end, as it has to, in flames.

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Summary of “Magic Can Be Normal”

The production, directed by Desdemona Chiang, was described as The Winter’s Tale “From an Asian and Asian American perspective,” and the cast featured Asian American artists in a majority of the lead roles.
At first blush, bringing an eight-year-old to one of William Shakespeare’s quirkier plays in an effort to help her see herself, an Asian American girl, in popular culture did seem a rather odd decision.
For all my effort, it still comes to probably less than one percent of what my kids read. Perhaps it’s not so surprising that when I had the chance to take my daughter to see a company teeming with Asian American Shakespeareans, I grabbed it-even if it was “Too weird” and “Too old” for her; even if the original source material wasn’t written with her in mind at all.
As we watched actors of three different generations portray mother, father, daughter, and little son, I tried to remember the last time I saw so many Asian American women in a single work.
In the production, Bohemia is a multicultural New World immigrant utopia, and Sicilia is “a kind of Asian Pangaea” represented by a diverse group of Asian American artists.
“With race-conscious casting, like we had, we’re not ignoring race. We had all these different aspects of Asianness in the company: a Korean Hermione, Korean and Filipino lords, a South Asian Paulina. So Asian American identity, the nuances of diaspora and migration-all of these topics were part of the conversation with the company from the beginning.”
As Pisasale points out, presenting an iconic work of Shakespeare’s from an Asian and Asian American perspective can help poke holes in the very idea of “The Western canon” and what it means-and such interrogation is a good, even necessary thing.
I’m still glad that, from now on, when my daughter thinks of Shakespeare, she’ll be able to imagine Asian American players.

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Summary of “Meet Michael Green, Writer on 4 Major 2017 Movies”

When Michael Green first started out as a screenwriter, he read every script he could get his hands on.
Unlike such showboaters as Joe Eszterhas and Shane Black, Green has managed to churn out all these pages while keeping a remarkably low profile.
There is virtually no chance any of the customers in this West Village cafe on a rainy July morning, even if they’ve seen his movies, know Green’s name.
Green Lantern marked another important change in Green’s life.
“I started working on that with Greg and Marc, I had a girlfriend and a dog,” he says with a laugh, “And when it came out I had a wife, two kids and a dog.” But collaborators who know him best think marriage made Green a better writer.
Steve Asbell, the executive vp for production, connected him to James Mangold, who sought out Green to write Logan, Hugh Jackman’s farewell to the X-Men series.
Green said yes to them all – he even took a temp gig writing patter for the 2015 Oscars – juggling jobs like bowling pins.
Of all the movies he has coming out this year, Green has the most personally riding on Murder on the Orient Express.

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Summary of “The 1-Hour Weekend Activity That Will Totally Change Your Week”

The weekends are also the time that high achievers and peak performers use to ensure growth and expansion in all facets of their lives for the upcoming week.
Instead, they’re setting aside one hour during the weekend to map out the upcoming week.
Here’s the four-step approach to planning your upcoming week.
When you understand the root causes and triggers to your shortcomings, you can develop and equip yourself to be prepared for that in the upcoming week.
Start off by placing your time blocks for work, since that’s constant and will take up a big portion of the week.
It’s great to have big and ambitious goals for the week, but how will you accomplish them? The last step consists of identifying and committing to the actions that lead to your desired results.
If you want to strength-train four times this week, what actions do you personally need to commit to?
Your weekly schedule is completely customizable; it’s more important to set aside that one hour on Sunday evenings to focus and set yourself up for success in the upcoming week.

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Summary of “How to Have the Best Day of Your Life”

“Today is going to be the best day ever!”.
Nine short and simple words, but they profoundly change how I approach each day, helping recalibrate my mindset throughout the day.
Turning them from a promise to myself into reality every day, no matter what life throws at me, takes a system.
I look back at my life thus far and realize the best days of my life weren’t necessarily the days something great or exciting happened – such as business or financial success.
That’s how I’d have the best day of my life every day.
MY DAILY ROUTINE. Want to have the best day of your life every day, no matter what? Here’s a general overview of what I do each day to keep myself at my peak, so I truly enjoy each day, even when the s&*t hits the proverbial fan, and trust me, it has on many days.
If you know you’ll owe yourself an answer to that question at the end of the day, don’t you think that will help you make better choices during the day?
Are you ready to take on the challenge, and assert for yourself each day that “Today will be the best day ever!”? If you are, you’ll need to set up your own support structure, to keep that all-important promise to yourself.

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Summary of “25 Habits of Successful and Extremely Happy People”

We do know that happy people have different habits and think differently than those who are miserable.
The good news is, if you’re trying to be one of those happy people, recognize that that desired emotion comes from within and that you have the power to literally turn that frown upside down by mastering some simple habits.
“We’ve shown in our research that giving money to others actually does make people happier,” said Michael Norton, an associate professor of marketing at Harvard Business School and author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending.
“One of the reasons is that it creates social connections. If you have a nice car and a big house on an island by yourself, you’re not going to be happy, because we need people to be happy. But by giving to another person, you’re … creating a connection and a conversation with that person, and those things are really good for happiness.”
At the same time, people struggle with finding that happy medium of being just busy enough.
People who are happy focus their energy and efforts only on things that are truly important and within their control.
Happy people nurture and improve their relationships through “Active and constructive” responding, which includes celebrating the success of those around them.
Happy people actually work on maintaining these relationships by checking in on loved ones, being active and constructive listeners and not being conversational narcissists.

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Summary of “44 Favorite Books of High Achievers”

The people who accomplish the most in life are serious about self-improvement, which often comes in the form of a good book.
“Edgar Schein is one of the seminal researchers and authors of organizational culture. In his final series of books as an elder he shows how our leadership mindset needs to change from doing and telling to more of a humble mindset of listening, asking questions, and creating environments that are adaptive and collaborative. This is the first of three books along the humble inquiry theme, in addition to Humble Consulting and his future book Humble Leadership.”
“Empowering and reinforcing perspectives for modern times. The former provides an encouraging account of people who take control of their lives and empower themselves in the face of challenging health issues. The second looks at the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Both are useful for choice and perspective with illness, relationships, deaths of loved ones, and work-life balance stress. These books provide a chance to recalibrate, rethink, and reassess our interpretation of degree of happiness and stress in our lives-and may leave us feeling more connected in the process.”
“This book has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. The notion of taking charge of your own destiny and not being stuck or complacent has resonated throughout my career in the hospitality industry. To be successful in any endeavor, you can’t be afraid to go places and take risks, and I think the essence of this book can be applied to many goals in business.”
I come from a lineage of physicians and so I had to rely on books such as Rich Dad Poor Dad to teach me the value and strategy of growing my business and maintaining successful cash flow and having positive debt.
“While running a business you’re bound to run into obstacles and frustrations that can become quite exhausting. This book helped me define necessary goals within the business and accomplish them through simple yet powerful techniques that transpired into a stronger team, exponential growth, and a more enjoyable working environment. This book is perfect for any entrepreneur who’s looking to make positive changes within their business and accomplish goals in a more efficient manner.”
“The Art of Thinking Clearly helped me improve my decision-making abilities, recognize possible mistakes preemptively, and provided me with the skills to avoid them. The book is all about slowing down and avoiding rushed decisions while applying rational thinking to every choice-from major business decisions to interactions with individuals that trigger emotional responses. The Art of Thinking Clearly provides a realistic, logical, and pragmatic approach to strategic thinking for life.”
“Ben Horowitz is one of the most prolific Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and one of the most successful VCs in the past decade. His book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, provides uniquely applied advice and perspective on the realities of building a high-growth startup. I found it to be a must read for me and my team-as we meet the same challenges that Ben successfully navigated again and again.”

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Summary of “Zach Lowe on Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers and potential trades”

The Cavaliers are projecting confidence they can snare a king’s ransom for Kyrie Irving, and more than that, they are acting – for now – as if a trade is almost inevitable, and that there is little chance of salvaging their relationship with him, according to several sources familiar with the situation.
This is the latest version of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George telling their teams, “I will not come back,” only Irving is doing it early enough – with two guaranteed years left on his deal – for Cleveland to demand a haul.
Kyrie Irving expressed a willingness to return to the NBA Finals with LeBron James just two months ago.
Now, Irving’s trade demand has thrown Cleveland for yet another loop this offseason.
What will the Cavs do now after Kyrie Irving’s shocking trade request? Kevin Pelton breaks down Cleveland’s four options going forward.
Lots of folks have suggested three-team deals in which the Cavaliers end up with both Bledsoe and Official Team Banana Boat Photographer Carmelo Anthony, with Irving going to New York, and Shumpert and Channing Frye flying around to various non-Cleveland participants.
Miami could save Cleveland money by offering Dragic, Wayne Ellington, and Justise Winslow for Shumpert and Irving, but Cleveland would likely turn up its nose unless the market proves cool.
The Cavaliers have never really had one, beyond asking James and Irving to do transcendent things.

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Summary of “MMQB: NFL training camps begin, Power Rankings”

As I fill in for my boss Peter King, who is squeezing in one more week of vacation before returning next Monday, here’s what’s ahead: More on the Cardinals and what I think is the hardest non-quarterback job in the NFL, and the two men fighting tooth and nail for it; I take a shot at a pre-training camp Fine 15 complete with the No. 1 priority for all 32 teams over the next month; we’ll also take stock of the stunning hypocrisy of a former superstar quarterback and run down my favorite reads of the NFL offseason.
A check-in with the two teams whose success or failure will dictate the ambitions of the NFL for years to come.
THE MMQB’S ALL-TIME DRAFT: How would you go about building an NFL team if you could draw from a pool of every player in football history? Our 12-man panel of personnel experts gave it a shot.
During OTAs this year, the former NFL running back turned Rex Ryan protégé turned first-time head coach told his team explicitly that no one was to hit the ground during team drills.
Take the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL and put it in the hands of the man who helped Kirk Cousins grow into one of the most prolific and accurate quarterbacks in the NFL. The bigger unknown when it came to McVay’s hiring was how his age would translate into ability to lead and manage a football team of 53 egos and personalities on a middling franchise one year into relocating to the second-most populous city in the United States.
Now the job goes to either Brandon Williams, last year’s third-round pick and a former college running back who moved to corner as a senior, or Justin Bethel, a three-time special teams Pro Bowler and the first draft pick ever produced by Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. The competition is such that both Williams and Bethel stayed in Arizona and worked on conditioning and technique with the trainer who works with Peterson, former NFL defensive back Rod Hood.
FALCONS: Go back 10 years in NFL history and you will not find one instance of a Super Bowl team replacing a coordinator the following year with someone new to the organization.
a. Here’s Jags defensive lineman Malik Jackson, with the quintessential July quote that let’s you know training camp is around the corner: “I’m very confident. It truly feels different … I think it’s a lot of guys coming in here and coming to Jacksonville saying, ‘I’m gonna change this. I’m gonna do this. I’m gonna do that. We have leaders. We have a lot of great players. We just need to be consistent, and that’s on all three sides of the ball: offense, defense and special teams I think having that and being who we all are, it should be a great year. After the Super Bowl, we’re going 16-0, we’re going all the way.”

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