The TG and I saw "DUNKIRK" over the weekend. She liked it a lot more than I did. I thought it was just OK: under-dramatized and de-personalized. Part of the problem was that Christopher Nolan wrote his own screenplay, which was insubstantial and unreal. I guess he felt that his pictures could carry the drama, but I felt very little connection with any of the characters, even though they were in universal, life-threatening situations. Only the great Mark Rylance generated any feeling in me. I especially disliked Hans Zimmer's music. Ian McEwan's treatment of the Dunkirk evacuation in his masterpiece ATONEMENT makes this movie look like a video game.

Of course, I'm in the minority on this one. The Rotten Tomatoes are 92% Fresh. But I saw what I saw.

Still, it was nice to go to the movies. We reserved good seats on Fandango. I love big leather loungers that recline. We could have even had a meal and some booze. I settled for popcorn.

But I'm an Anglophile. I admit it. Just a year ago, the TG and I were preparing for our epic three-week trip to the UK.

So here are some Brit links, despite – or because of -- what I thought of DUNKIRK:

ATONEMENT'S five-minute tracking shot of Dunkirk – directed by Joe Wright

Winston Churchill – "We shall fight on the beaches" speech – he is clearly drunk. Winnie started with the whiskey and sodas at 10:30 in the morning. Just reporting, not judging.

The National Gallery's website

The National Trust's website

The Tate Museum's website

Sir John Soane's Museum – London's best-kept secret

Vera Lynn – "The White Cliffs of Dover"

The Beatles – 1963 BBC TV concert – nine ecstatic minutes

The Beatles – 1963 – from The Morecambe Show – eleven superb minutes

The Beatles – 1965 – from Blackpool – seventeen spectacular minutes

The Beatles – 1963 concert from Swedish TV

The Beatles – "Don't Let Me Down" from the Rooftop Concert – a late masterpiece

The Kinks – "Waterloo Sunset" – British rock's National Anthem

The Kinks – "Waterloo Sunset" – a nice live version from 1973

Ray Davies – "Waterloo Sunset" at Glastonbury with full chorus -- 2010

Ray Davies – "Waterloo Sunset" at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics – (Not seen on US TV. NBC had to cut to commercials.)

The Rolling Stones – "Tumbling Dice" – live in Montreux from 1972

The Rolling Stones – "Tumbling Dice" – from Wembley, 1990

The Faces – "(I Know) I'm Losing You" – live at the BBC, 1971

Rod Stewart – "Handbags and Gladrags" -- from MTV Unplugged

Traffic – "Walking In the Wind" – live 1974, from the Rainbow Theatre, London

The Who – "My Wife" – live from Kilburn, 1977 – with Moon

The Who – "Won't Get Fooled Again" – live from Kilburn, 1977 – with Moon



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Christian Correa