Tag Archives: Steven Spielberg

The Greatest Hits of 2018

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2018 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * Insidious: The Last Key – The fourth movie in this franchise once again stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson. Low expectations though; the third chapter was a disappointment. * The … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2018

My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

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

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

The Best and Worst Best Picture Winners

The very first Academy Awards were held on May 16th, 1929, was hosted by Douglas Fairbanks and cost five dollars to attend. The clip above is footage from the 1938 Oscars, showing Louis B. Mayer, Luise Rainer, Mack Sennett, Leo McCarey, W.C. Fields, Jack Warner and Cecil B. DeMille, among others. A lot has changed … Continue reading The Best and Worst Best Picture Winners

Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

  On a visit to Washington D.C. last October, I made the obligatory visit to the Lincoln Memorial and found the experience of first taking in the huge marble statue of the 16th President and then reading the words from his second Inaugural Address and the Gettysburg Address that are engraved onto the walls of … Continue reading Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

Lincoln in Movies: Serene, Forgiving and Freaky

The death of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 was naturally a great shock to a nation that had just survived a war that tore it apart. That, as well as a 19th century kind of sentimentality, is probably what inspired some artist in 1865 to produce the image above where George Washington greets Lincoln in … Continue reading Lincoln in Movies: Serene, Forgiving and Freaky

War Horse

SEPARATED BY WAR. TESTED BY BATTLE. BOUND BY FRIENDSHIP. Shortly before World War I, English teenager Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) teaches a young horse, Joey, to plough his father’s fields, but circumstances constantly find new challenges – and companions – for the Thoroughbred. Only a filmmaker like Steven Spielberg could get away with this kind … Continue reading War Horse

Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Unicorn

THIS YEAR, DISCOVER HOW FAR ADVENTURE WILL TAKE YOU.   When Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson hooked up to make the first truly ambitious screen adaptation of Hergé‘s classic comic-book hero, it was easy to expect the most humorless of fanboys to react negatively. One of the first people to comment on this movie was … Continue reading Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Unicorn

Close Encounters: E.T.’s First Visit

WE ARE NOT ALONE. In 1964, the 16-year-old Steven Spielberg directed a science fiction film called Firelight. Clocking in at an impressive 135 minutes, the movie was made for $500 and premiered at a local theater in Arizona. Spielberg charged one dollar per visitor and the movie made a profit of one dollar (there were 500 … Continue reading Close Encounters: E.T.’s First Visit