Tag Archives: Steven Spielberg

Amistad

FREEDOM IS NOT GIVEN. IT IS OUR RIGHT AT BIRTH. BUT THERE ARE SOME MOMENTS WHEN IT MUST BE TAKEN.  In 1839, enslaved Africans take over La Amistad, a Spanish ship heading into American waters, and kill some of the crew; after being caught by the Navy, the Africans end up in court. After making … Continue reading Amistad

Twilight Zone – The Movie

ON JUNE 24TH, FOUR ACCLAIMED DIRECTORS, GEORGE MILLER, JOHN LANDIS, JOE DANTE AND STEVEN SPIELBERG, TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER DIMENSION.  The classic TV series that ran from 1959-1964 gets a big-screen adaptation where four episodes are reinterpreted by an excellent bunch of filmmakers; there’s also a very amusing prologue featuring Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks. … Continue reading Twilight Zone – The Movie

There Will Be a Reagan Movie… But Not With Ferrell

So, we didn’t get to see a Ronald Reagan movie starring Will Ferrell. But was that really ever in the cards? The clip above is a Funny or Die skit starring Ferrell as President George W. Bush, a role he’s played many times, even on stage. The clip is a funny parody of Obama’s announcement that Osama … Continue reading There Will Be a Reagan Movie… But Not With Ferrell

Why Snyder’s DC Comics Films Fail, and Nolan’s Don’t

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first of this year’s big, cinematic superhero clashes (Captain America: Civil War will follow), is finally in theaters and the verdict is in. The majority of critics are giving it a thumbs-down, while the majority of fanboys are eating it up – and angrily attacking critics for not … Continue reading Why Snyder’s DC Comics Films Fail, and Nolan’s Don’t

Bridge of Spies

IN THE SHADOW OF WAR, ONE MAN SHOWED THE WORLD WHAT WE STAND FOR. After defending a Soviet spy (Mark Rylance), resulting in a guilty verdict, attorney James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is contacted by the USSR in the form of a backchannel message, indicating that they might be interested in a prisoner exchange… Set … Continue reading Bridge of Spies

The Shot That Gave Vilmos Zsigmond an Oscar

A week ago, we lost Haskell Wexler. On January 1, Vilmos Zsigmond died at the age of 85. In a very short time, Hollywood has lost two of its most influential cinematographers. In the clip above, Zsigmond visits the Toronto film festival back in 2014 to talk about his career. Born in Hungary, Zsigmond became a … Continue reading The Shot That Gave Vilmos Zsigmond an Oscar

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

THE MISSION IS A MAN. Steven Spielberg has directed several masterpieces over the years, but this one is the most controversial. The general sentiment expressed by snobs is that the first 20 minutes, depicting the invasion of Normandy, are outstanding, but the rest is typical Spielberg mush. It’s as if the fact that those 20 … Continue reading Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s Hymn to the Fallen

Mike Nichols: A True Champ

In the world of sports, they often talk about athletes in terms of what kind of medals and contests they’ve won. Mike Nichols has been described as one of few people in Hollywood to win an Oscar (for The Graduate (1967)), a Grammy (for a comedy album), a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Tony and an Emmy. … Continue reading Mike Nichols: A True Champ

Not a Dame, But Still Great

This may all seem terribly irrelevant and silly. But yesterday’s round of Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours had Daniel Day-Lewis turned into a knight and author Hilary Mantel a dame. Obviously, it doesn’t really mean anything. Both of them were stars in their own right, due to hard work, before being recognized by the Queen. But … Continue reading Not a Dame, But Still Great

Beyond the Cannes Bubble

This year’s Cannes Film Festival is over and it was certainly a star-studded, glamorous and adventurous event. And it was rainy. But who cared as news stories kept popping up about jewelry thefts that sounded like something straight out of Ocean’s Eleven (1960), commotion that resembled gunfire and had jury member Christoph Waltz whisked away by security … Continue reading Beyond the Cannes Bubble

The Skeletons of My Youth

I haven’t seen Jason and the Argonauts (1963) since I was a kid, but there’s one scene from it that made an indelible impact. It’s the one seen above, where skeletal warriors rise from their graves and attack our heroes. It’s groundbreaking, and the man who’s responsible for it is Ray Harryhausen. He passed away this … Continue reading The Skeletons of My Youth