Directors Talk: Steven Spielberg

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SpielbergIn this series, we trade thoughts about the biggest directors working today. This time up we happen to have one of the greatest directors of all time, Steven Spielberg!

Spielberg has an arsenal of classics to choose from. His filmography is brimming with the most popular films of all time. He’s a two-time Oscar winner with numerous nominations, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Click through to see what we had to say!


IanIan: Welcome back ,faithful readers, to another segment of Director Talk with Ian, Fogs and Cooper. Its been a while, but it will be worth it. This time we are centering our discussion around the most well-known and infamous director of all time. That’s right, none other than Mr. Steven Spielberg! I have a feeling that Spielberg’s films were crucial to all three of our childhoods, so that’s where we’re going to start. What was your very first memory of watching a Spielberg film?

NigelFogs: I watched Jaws when it first came on TV. It was probably still in the 70s, and I may have been still a bit too young to be watching it, but you know, my Dad was cool, so…
 
Anyways, I can still recall being scared out of my mind when Ben Gardner’s head rolled out of the hole in the boat. :D
 
PG CooperCooper: For me, it all started with the Indiana Jones movies. I watched those a lot as a kid, especially since my Dad loved them too so we could share those films. For years, those were the only Spielberg films I had seen. I didn’t see Jurassic Park until I was about ten or eleven, and I didn’t see Jaws until I was a teenager.
 

IanIan: I think my earliest memories of a Spielberg film is E.T. I remember that my mom took me to the theater for that one, and I cried a lot. It must have been some rerelease in the late 80s, I’m not sure. It wasn’t the first movie in the theaters I saw, but certainly one of the first. And I have loved the movie ever since.

I think its interesting that all three of us chose different movies. I suppose that shows just how much he has permeated pop culture. I have said in my intro that he is probably the most famous director ever. What do you two think of that assessment?

 
PG CooperCooper: He probably is. He’s one of the few directors everybody knows and almost everyone likes. I think everyone loves at least one Spielberg film. So yeah, he probably is the most famous. There are a few directors I’d rank over him mind you, but he still deserves the title for the most part.
 

NigelFogs:  Most famous now, I would think. Film was so different back in Hitchcock’s heyday that I wonder how the two would have compared in terms of cultural impact during the height of their powers…

But definitely, at this point in time, Spielberg is king, he’s definitely the world’s most widely known and beloved. And he’s right back in the thick of things with Lincoln, this year.
 
IanIan: Since you mention Lincoln, I wanted to ask how you two feel about his later directing career. Clearly he has had an impact on our early movie histories, but how do you think he has held up over the last decade or so?
 
NigelFogs: Well… it’s been touch and go over the last decade, let’s all be honest. I hated War Horse, I really almost had a violent counter reaction to all the Schmaltz… and of course, Indy IV was horrifying, even Spielberg has tried to distance himself. But I did rewatch “Tintin” recently, and I have to raise my initial assessment of it – it’s really pretty good, and “Munich” was in this last decade, and I think that that’s a criminally underrated film because its incongruous to what people expect from him. No one expects a bad ass movie from Steven Spielberg, they want feel good/family adventure. But “Munich” is some ice cold, bad ass stuff. Great flick.
 
PG CooperCooper: In the last decade, he’s given audiences two of his best films with Minority Report and Munich. I also really enjoyed Catch Me If You Can, Lincoln, and War of the Worlds. Granted, I also made two bland films (Tintin and War Horse) and one horrible one (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) but I find the good stuff he’s made in that time to be worth it.
 
NigelFogs: Ohhh. Well, if our decade goes ELEVEN years, than yeah, I agree with Dan. LOL ;)
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PG CooperCooper: I decided just to include all of the 2000s, mostly to leave in Minority Report. :P
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IanIan: Well, looking back on his filmography, Spielberg’s career has always been dotted with spots of mediocrity. i.e. Hook, Always, Amistad. The high points may not be a great as they were, but he still knows how to make a damn good movie. Lincoln this year was proof of that.

Perhaps its just that over such a long career with so many movies, not all of them can be great?

PG CooperCooper: Exactly. Given the sheer amount of films the dude has made, some lesser films are expected. Besides,the great Spielberg films are worth it.
 
NigelFogs: Spielberg’s legendary films far outweigh his lesser work. Plus, his ratio of incredible films to ordinary films is something most directors can only dream of.
 
IanIan: What if 1941 actually killed his career? How different would the movies be?
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NigelFogs: Pretty damn different, actually. Especially the 80s. Obviously his movies would be gone, but we also wouldn’t have all the movies he produced, and people often forget he produced a lot of the great movies of the 80s too. The Goonies, Poltergeist, Gremlins, Back to the Future… he had a lot of good ones.
 
PG CooperCooper: Not to mention other films he’d go on to produce like True Grit (2010) and Letters From Iwo Jima. Not that he played a huge creative role, but he helped get those films made all the same. I’m curious what would have happened to Harrison Ford’s career. Would it have fallen the same way Mark Hamill’s and Carrie Fisher’s did? He’d likely still have been in Blade Runner, but given that film’s underwhelming box-office, it’s possible Ford would have disappeared after Return of the Jedi were it not for Spielberg.
 
IanIan: Yeah, he has been a pretty big force. And I would argue that two of his films are some of the most influential in film history: Jaws for defining the blockbuster summer movie, and Jurassic Park for showing that pretty much anything is possible to show on film now.
 
NigelFogs: Not bad. Definitely two elements of his influence. I might even add a third… with Raiders of the Lost Ark, he established the modern action film. Keep in mind, we were just coming out of the 70s, and films were NOT paced like that. I know it was based off of the feel of the 50s serials, but the theatres at that point in time were devoid of that sort of action based excitement.
 

IanIan: Yeah, that’s a good point. Raiders certainly did influence the pacing of action films.

So what do you think are Spielberg’s greatest strengths as a filmmaker? And on the flip side of that, what are his greatest weaknesses?

NigelFogs: Spielberg is strong on a number of levels, obviously. His action scenes are great, he’s not the showiest director ever, but he gets his share of great shots, and he’s gotten a number of great performances over the years, so he’s good with actors and actresses. I’d say his weakness though is an easy one. He’s always tried to give the audience an emotional experience, but there are times when he can be heavy-handed about it, and things become maudlin.
 
PG CooperCooper: I’m with Fogs on all points. Also, while Spielberg may not be the most stylish of filmmakers, he’s one of the best storytellers in the business.
 
IanIan: You know, lately you hear a lot about Spielberg’s over-sentimentality, especially with War Horse last year and Lincoln this year. But I’m not sure that he’s as bad of an offender of this as its now become trendy to call him out for. Fogs you mention how he tries to hard for that emotional impact. Mind giving some examples? 
 

NigelFogs: Well, War Horse was like getting hit over the head with a sledgehammer. Whenever he wanted you to feel sad, there would be a huge orchestral swell, and someone teary eyed on screen, and a photoshopped orange sunset, and a flock of geese overhead… you get the idea.

He dialed it back for Lincoln, but you could still spot it here and there…

 
PG CooperCooper: This isn’t really sentimentality, but it’s interesting to note how much safer he’s got in recent years. For example, the violence in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull feels like something from a Saturday morning cartoon and does not come close to the gritty action in the original trilogy. Not that Indiana Jones was ever Paul Verhoven, but they were certainly more edgy than Kingdom. There’s also the notorious walkie talkies in E.T.There are exceptions of course. Munich is one of his darkest and most challenging films and that was relatively recent.
 

IanIan: Well, War Horse was one movie. I’m not sure as though sentimentality is really that big of a trend throughout his films. Or is it and I’m just blinded to it because he’s my favourite director?

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’s cartoony nature may also come partially from Lucas’ overview. And Spielberg detracted the walkie-talkies. And that idea also came from Lucas. Hmm….

 
NigelFogs: Yeah, Lucas is a moron. We should do a director’s talk about him, my answers would all be %#$&@ and @%##$^#$ LOL
 
PG CooperCooper: Were the walkie talkies Lucas’ ideas? I didn’t know that. Doesn’t surprise me though, George Lucas went crazy a long time ago.
 

IanIan: Well, the idea of changing your movie after the fact was his.

Anyways, my point is that critics have complaining about Spielberg’s sentimentality and sensationalism a lot lately. And I suppose his manipulation of the audience can be obvious, but in his case is that really such a bad thing? All directors manipulate the audience at some level, and in his case he usually knows just how to do it.

Think of some of the “sensationalized” shots and images he’s created. The bike flying past the moon. The glass of water vibrating. The underwater view of the swimming girl’s legs. Those are now some of the most iconic images in movie history, etched into the memory of anyone who has seen them. I think that’s worth some self-aware directing style.

PG CooperCooper: For the most part, Spielberg’s sentimentality doesn’t bother me because I found myself caught up in the emotions of the film. Is E.T. extremely sentimental and clearly pulling at the heart strings? Yes. Do I cry myself silly every time? Yes. It’s hard to really mock the guy when he’s so successful.

War Horse is the main exception, but I feel like that was just an excuse for Spielberg to squeeze out any sentimental urges so he’d be safe for Lincoln.
 
IanIan: Alright, so we’ll get to our favourite Spielberg films in a moment, but right now I’m going to though out this question: What are your favourite Spielberg scenes/moments?
 

PG CooperCooper: So many choices. The ending to E.T. comes to mind, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”, the opening and ending to Munich, tripod attack in War of the Worlds, the bathtub scene in Minority Report, and a slew of scene from the Indiana Jones trilogy (emphasis on trilogy).

Honestly though, even though it’s very simple, I love watching Indy reach for the Grail in Last Crusade.

“Indiana…let it go.”

 
NigelFogs: Wow, there are a lot of great moments from his films. I love when they start to play the tones during the finale of Close Encounters. When the cup of water starts shaking in Jurassic Park. When Indy shoots the swordsman, or outruns the boulder, or when he catches the caravan on horseback. Basically every scene from Jaws… Yeah, there’s a ton of them.
 
IanIan: Wow, thanks for leaving some choices for me. PG, which tripod attack are you thinking of? I love the attack on the ferry. Very haunting stuff there. I also liked that you mentioned the tub scene in Minority Report as well (a vastly underrated movie).
 
And Fogs, that water glass scene.. great stuff. I love Spielberg’s little ideas like that, They seem like such small things, but are so effective, like when E.T. throws the ball back from the shed, or that scene in Close Encounters when Richard Dreyfus waves the headlights behind him past, but instead they go up.
 
PG CooperCooper: I was referring to the first Tripod attack. I haven’t seen War of the Worlds since 2005, but that scene has still stuck with me.
 
IanIan; Yeah, I used to like War of the Worlds a lot, but it has certainly lost a step over the years. And thinking of that movie brings up another point. What do you two think about Spielberg’s ability to construct a good ending? It seems like he is often criticized for his endings.
 
NigelFogs: I dunno, I think he’s had some great endings. Smile you son of a bitch! and the faces melting in Raiders. The goodbye moment in ET, and the UFOs in Close Encounters. Hell, even Jurassic Park with the roaring dinosaurs… I think he’s had some really good endings.
 
War of the Worlds ending sucked cause that’s how War of the Worlds ends. LOL
 
PG CooperCooper: Fogs rhymed off some good ones. I’d also add Last Crusade and Munich to the list. I know a lot of people take issue with the end of Minority Report because they think it’s too happy. I personally don’t feel that way and I don’t really get why others do.
 

IanIan: I think with War of the Worlds, the real piss off with the ending is that the son ends up surviving. People have also been known to criticize the ending to A.I. a lot, and I also found the ending to Lincoln to be much weaker than the rest of the film. But you guys have provided enough examples to convince me otherwise. E.T. has one of the most heartfelt endings of all time, and the ending to Raiders with the ark being put in that warehouse is just awesome.Alright Fogs and Coop, time to list off your favourite Spielberg flicks. I think because he is such a huge director with such a large filmography, we should expand this from our usual top 3 to a top 5 list.

 
NigelFogs: Sounds good.
 
1) Jaws
2) Raiders
3) ET
4) Close Encounters
5) Jurassic Park
 

PG CooperCooper: 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

2. Minority Report
3. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
4. E.T.
5. Munich
 
IanIan: Interesting to see a couple more recent movies in there Coop.For me, I’m going with:
1. Jurassic Park
2. E.T.
3. Jaws

4. Raiders of the Lost Ark

5. Saving Private Ryan

It’s also worth noting that the top 3 would all also be in my top ten movies of all-time list. So that says something.

 
NigelFogs: Yeah, the top two of mine are in my top ten, too.
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PG CooperCooper: None of my Spielberg films would make my top ten or my top twenty for that matter. A few would probably make my top fifty though.
 

IanIan: Really? none in top twenty? That’s surprising.Now its time for us to choose Spielberg’s signature film; the film which encapsulates his career and which he is most widely recognized for. I know which one I am choosing but I want to know what you two think first.

 
NigelFogs: Gotta be E.T., right?
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IanIan: Yeah. It’s gotta be.
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PG CooperCooper: This is actually really tough. E.T. might be the film he’s most known for, but I think Raiders is like a kaleidoscopic of everything Spielberg. Tough call, but I lean slightly towards Raiders.
 

IanIan: Cooper’s always gotta be different…

Alright, time to wrap this up. Lets use this wrap up to make one final statement about Spielberg, his career and how its affect us as moviegoers. For myself, I have to say that he has been the most prominent director of my movie enthusiast career. He was the first director I learned about, and through him I learned what a director actually was and what they did. Many of his movies are some of my all time favourites. He has such an enthusiasm about storytelling that I find infectious.

Being stuck here in Saskatchewan, I don’t have many celebrity encounters, nor do I care to honestly. But I will say that if I had to choose one celebrity figure to have dinner and a conversation with, it would be Spielberg, hands down. I’ve always admired his work, and probably always will.

NigelFogs: That’s a good point, Ian. Actually, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were the two directors I learned of first. I’m not sure which one beat which one to actually be first, but those two guys were the two whose names I learned first, and caused me to realize what directing was. Nice point man.
 
I think he’s obviously going to be remembered as one of the most popular directors of all time, with so many of the best films in movie history to his credit. He’ll be remembered as one of the greatest populists ever, without a doubt.
 
PG CooperCooper: He’s also one of the first directors I started noticing. Like Fogs said, Spielberg will go down as one of the most popular filmmakers ever. Rightfully so too. The man is extraordinarily talented and the amount of great films he has under his belt are staggering. He might also be one of my top five directors.
 
IanIan: And there we have it. I hope everyone enjoyed our Spielberg discussion. This has got to be the lengthiest Director’s Talk we’ve ever had, but I think it’s warranted in this case. Please leave your comments with your own thoughts on what you’ve read here today. For all of us here at Director’s Talk, thanks for stopping by!

Daniel Fogarty

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53 thoughts on “Directors Talk: Steven Spielberg

  1. Spielberg was such a hollywood Icon that his impact outside of his own projects in the filmmaking world at large is almost unfathomable and what in the end I believe is his true legacy.

    I agree with so much here though I may be one of only about 6 BIG fans of AI. for me it was epic because he thought like a scfi author at the end of that one and the freewheeling speculation of the loss of our species makes the film for me.

    Spielberg is firmly planted in my top 5 all time Directors/Filmmakers. Great post Fogs!

  2. nice discussion, Spielberg has certainly made some amazing movies. Jaws is one of my all time best. As a kid it scared me witless and I was always mesmerised by Close Encounters, It felt soooo, well…Alien to me, and had a real mysterious atmosphere. Good choices all round, but probably agree with you most Fogs given Close encounters was only in your list of five. Munich is a good choice by Cooper too, a very underrated film in my view.

    • Close Encounters is such a great film. As we get further and further away from it, I think its becoming underrated. It doesnt get talked up enough nowadays. It completely holds up, and until the day we actually MAKE contact, it will still be topical. Great great flick.

    • My issue with “Ryan” is that, yes, that’s a great great scene.

      But then my recollection is that the movie falls off. I’ve promised people a rewatch, and I will. I plan on doing it around memorial day for MTESS consideration.

      So I may yet change my tune, Corey ;)

  3. Nice conversation. I think he is a superb director despite some missteps (I also found War Horse overly sentimental). My favorites are Jaws, E. T., Raiders, and A. I. (which is also his most underrated).

    • Yeah, AI definitely IS underrated, there’s no doubt. I’m a big fan of that one myself.

      He’s had some missteps, yeah, but he’s also pretty prolific, so that’s going to happen. It’s not like he’s Kubrick, only doing one film every five years or so. LOL

  4. Speaking of War Horse if Spielberg was a horse he would have been put out to pasture by now.
    His great work not withstanding and he has had some great ones, which cause the bar to be set pretty high. However, lets face it his last great film was Saving Private Ryan and that came out in 1998. He has lost whatever once made him great. Maybe he’s surrounded himself with sycophants or just gotten old and lost his mojo. He stopped taking chances a long time ago and now just settles for mediocrity.

    • Mmmmm…. I think I’d argue that.

      Obviously, just this last week one of his movies was up for like ten Academy Awards. Thats pretty good, man. And post Ryan he’s had Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report,and Munich. I think all of those are great movies. I like each of them very much. Even Tintin was pretty good.

      That’s not to say this last decade or so hasnt seen his biggest flops, it has. But I think he’s still got a lot left in the tank!

    • Wow, harsh SCJedi. Absolutely no love for Lincoln? I didn’t see much in the way of mediocrity there. Really, I dont know that I would apply that word to any of Mr. Spielberg’s works, even the ones I didn’t care for. Even Warhorse displayed a level of craftsmanship which few other Directors could even hope for, even if the movie was utter dreck, (and not, btw, his worst film, IMO. That would probably be Hook, which came out in ’91… way before Ryan, so… I’m not sure what that means.)

      Anyway, Mediocrity is not a word I would associate with Steven Spielberg.

      • Gelfman, honestly if I was to create a list of the the top twenty directors of the last ten years I don’t think he would make the cut. Lincoln was ok but I think that was more due to DDL’s performance than Spielberg’s sappy opening and revisionist history throughout. However, if you want to write up a pro-Spielberg guest article I would be happy to post it. :-)

        Spielberg has done great things but not for at least 105 dog years ;-)

      • I might agree about that top twenty of the past ten. I dont know. 20 is a lot. He’s absolutely not in the top ten though, thats for sure.

        Doesnt mean he’s not capable of pitching a shut out any time he takes the mound though.

    • Yeah, I have to disagree as well. I think Minority Report DOES stand up as a great film. Many people make the same claim for Munich as well, and Lincoln really took me by surprise by just how entertaining and powerful it was.

  5. Wow, you know what? This just made me realize how many of Spielberg’s iconic films I have not seen! I mean I knew I hadn’t seen them before reading this, but this just hit me with all of them at once. I just counted up though and I’ve seen nine of his films. That’s without even getting a lot of the big ones! He’s made so many, he is a lot like Hitchcock in that respect. Just off of the top of my head, before I started blogging and actually making a point to see movies based on director, I probably had seen more Spielberg films than any other single director. Very very popular guy.
    I think he’s far from done, too. I don’t think Lincoln deserved to win this year, but I do its nomination was well deserved. It’s a really good film. It balances humor with heavy political stuff really well. I agree that the ending wasn’t so great, but I didn’t kill the movie or anything. He’s still got it.

    • I dont know if Lincoln deserved to win… but it was a worthy contender. If it HAD won, I wouldnt have howled and complained, you know?

      You’ve got to get on it then Melissa! If you’ve seen so many Hitchcock films, now its time to come back to the present (and more recent history) and solidify your Spielberg expertise!

  6. Nice discussion. Also, good call Fogs for pointing out Spielberg’s work as producer. His mentoring likely also gave us Robert Zemeckis, Chris Columbus, and indirectly Peter Jackson.

    Favs:
    1. Raiders
    2. Jaws
    3. Close Encounters
    4. E.T.
    5. Minority Report

    One thing about his contribution to pacing in an action movie… I think Spielberg owes a lot on this to Lucas’s Star Wars. For all of the crap Lucas gets (some deserved), Lucas did push the level of the amount of *stuff* that can be thrown in a movie, famously telling his actors, f/x guys, and editors “faster, faster”. To his credit, Spielberg jumped on that, and I don’t think there’s a better paced action movie in the world than Raiders.

    • Almost the same as mine, just a little shuffle to the order there.

      I have to do a top ten Spielberg films. That would be a wicked challenge. ;)

      Meanwhile though, seeing as Lucas was a co-creator on Star Wars, I dont know how much credit for Raiders is due to Star Wars as opposed to just being due to Lucas himself. I DO recall that that movie just seemed like the most can’t miss thing even… those two heavyweights? At that point in time? Joining forces? Forget about it….

      And it didnt miss. Obviously. LOL

  7. It is interesting to listen to the perspectives coming into contact with each other and then shimming off on a tangent or qualifying an opinion based on one of the other persons comments. The counterpoint to this is when an interesting point is brought up and then sloughed off and a new subject is pursued. I thought your point about the invention of the modern action sequence would stir a discussion of how films built suspense before being replaced by action. Spielberg mixes the two well and everyone simple apes the action bits without being able to sustain the suspense. The trailer/RV sequence in “The Lost World” is a perfect example. The action is furious but it is tempered by a slowly developing window crack and and the repeated slow build on the rescue. Everyone else seems to think action, action, action is the way to go. You raised this point in the discussion but then the conversation went in another direction (as conversation does).
    I guess I like the sentimentality because that is an emotion I don’t get enough of and Spielberg is so good with it. I did not think War Horse was as burdened by it as you did, but the story is about the love of a boy/man for his horse. On the other hand, I loathed Munich because it felt like it had a point of view that was so cynical, I could not relate to it. The clash between the cold cynicism of Kubrick and the warm sentimentality of Spielberg was the thing that made A.I fascinating, if not always successful. Glad you guys do this and share it this way. I don’t think I need to say what my favorite Spielberg film is.

  8. You guys hit the nail on the head about a lot of the reasons that have made Spielberg a household name. I know this discussion was about him as a director but you guys also touched on his influence/impact on all the movies he has produced especially in the 80s. But I am a little surprised no one mentioned Schindler’s List. By no means is it my favorite of his but that was an impressive movie that took a lot of Oscars. My top five would be (1) Jaws (2) Jurassic Park (3) Raiders (4) Saving Private Ryan (5) Hook (go ahead and judge me on this one but I loved the imagination of it).

    Something else worth mentioning is that a majority of the his most known movies have a distinct musical score that go hand in hand with those scenes. You have the Jaws theme, Indiana Jones theme, Jurrassic Park theme, the Third Encounters jingle, and so many more. I know he did not write the music but as I read those titles in the discussion, their music instantly popped in my head along with the most memorable scenes.

    Awesome post, a lot of fun to read.

    • Thanks!!

      Yeah, that’s true. We probably should have circled around to Schindler’s List at some point. You know what’s funny is that I think that that’s symptomatic of that film… its SO serious and a very tough subject… most of Spielberg’s movies arent like that. So perhaps, even though its one of his best, its not a film that immediately comes to most people’s minds.

      I’ll give you the fact that you’re not alone on Hook. How’s that? I know T from The Focused Filmographer is a big fan of that one too. LOL

      And in closing – in other words, he works with John Williams a lot. LOL :D

    • To be honest, I think we felt like we were already going overlong with this one. He just has so many movies to talk about, we let Schindler slip under the radar.

      I will say that I am very excited about its Bluray release next week.

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  11. Great discussion guys. Really great. Spielberg and Lucas were my first “aware of the director” directors as well. Lucas first, then Spielberg. I don’t know if I could say who the third would have been.

    My top 5, at least at the moment (and bearing in mind I haven’t seen Schindler’s List or Jaws, and this is a favorites list not “best”):

    1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    2. Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
    3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    4. E.T.
    5. Jurassic Park

    I enjoyed Minority Report quite a bit. I think 1941 is underrated, but I understand why it wasn’t well-received at the time.

    A.I. is a film severely harmed by its ending. With the ending it received, it’s about a 2-star movie for me. It’s just way too cloying and cutesy at the end. It should have ended with him staring at the Blue Fairy wishing repeatedly for it to make him a real boy. That’s a 5-star movie. The ending makes that big a difference in this instance.

    • We’ve gone round and round on 1941 before. Dude. That movie is AWFUL. LOL. It deserved to flop, and it deserves its bad rap :o LOL

      I agree that that perpetual wishing would have been a better, albeit darker ending. But I like the one they have. I enjoy where they went with it. Its happy… but not really.

      Dude. You havent seen JAWS? Seriously… CO. Buddy. Make that the next movie you see. I… that’s a hole in your filmography that needs immediate repair. Thats a big one. :D

      • I wouldn’t say 1941 is great or anything, but awful? Nah. It’s a funny film.

        As for Jaws, you know the drill: it’s on the list. But while I don’t know when exactly I’ll get to Jaws, you should be happy to know that next week’s reviews will include a different film from your MTESS series.

      • It ain’t for lack of looking, I’ll tell you that. I never see it turn up at a pawn shop or even in the “cheap bin” at Walmart. I see Jaws 3 and 4 show up on TV all the time, but never the original. Irritating. I suppose I could always rent it off Amazon, but I so seldom think to do that…

  12. Excellent discussion guys. It’s far too hard to pick a Spielberg favourite but Indy: Last Crusade is the one I have fondest memories of. Saving Private Ryan had a big impact on me as well.

  13. Superb stuff, good work guys! I can’t remember my earliest Spielberg memory, it was either ET or one of the Indy films but he definitely played a huge part in my film watching as a child. He’ll go down as one of the greats, definitely.

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