Directors Talk: Steven Spielberg

Welcome back to “Directors Talk”! The roundtable discussion series I participate in with PG Cooper of PG Cooper’s Movie Reviews and Ian the Cool of Ian’s Lists, Bits and Reels

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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!

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The Top Ten Ridley Scott Films.

In all honesty, I never wanted to do “Top Ten” lists here.

I’ve never read one that didn’t piss me off somehow, and frankly, who am I to authoritatively rank anything? AFI, I am not.

But I have to acknowledge that they’re an extremely popular post format, and going through them can actually be an interesting exercise. For example, as familiar as I am with Sir Ridley’s filmography, I found myself rewatching 3 different films in order to compile this list.

So here we go, our first top ten list here. The top ten films of Sir Ridley Scott.

I’m well on the record here as being a big fan of the man, he’s a great director with a handful of true classics under his belt and a filmography full of solid movies. You can always count on his movies to be visually appealing, and more often than not they’re lavish productions that can transport the viewer to a different place, or time, or even world.

That’s what the magic of movies is all about.

Click through to check out what I feel are his ten best!

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Guest Blogger!: Le0pard13!

Hey everyone! Another great guest post for you!

This time up, it’s Le0pard13 of “It Rains… You Get Wet”!

Le0pard runs a great series over at his blog where he recalls the first time he saw famous films, including what theatre he went to, and his initial impressions of the movie. I found these posts to be a fascinating read, and asked if he would mind sharing them here…

Lets take a look at a couple of my favorite flicks, as Le0pard takes us back to their theatrical runs!

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LAMBCAST!!

First off, I’d like to thank everyone here who supported me in last month’s Movie of the Month Champions contest over at the Large Association of Movie Blogs (The Lamb). With your votes, not only was “Blade Runner” victorious, but the poll recorded more votes than it ever had previously. We set the new record… I believe that just shy of 200 people wound up voting. I’m really really grateful that so many of you went out of your way to help me out by voting, and I needed to lead this post with a huge THANK YOU.

To the victor go the spoils! And in this case, that means a full podcast on one of my favorite movies of all time, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”. Lambcast host Dylan Fields of Man I Love Films,  Steve Honeywell of 1001Plus, Max Covill of Impassioned Cinema, and I break down the movie – what makes it great, what place it holds in cinema, what our favorite parts and characters are, what we think of the numerous different versions, a breakdown of the themes, etc. It’s a very thorough discussion, covering one of the greatest films of all time. I think it came out really well.

If you’d like to listen to this episode, you can stream it and/or download it directly to your computer here, on the Lamb’s podomatic page. You can also search for it on iTunes under the Lambcast. I hope you listen, and hope you enjoy. I know that I had a great time recording it, and look forward to being able to do more Lambcasts in the future with my fellow Lamb members!

The LAMB’s Movie of the Month

Hey everyone, how’s it going?

First of all, I’d like to take a quick moment to thank everyone for your support last time in helping me get “The Shining” elected as the LAMB’s Movie of the Month. 16 different movie bloggers wrote and/or published “Shining” related articles, including myself. You can see them all, here.

As you all know, I also had the honor of appearing on the LAMBcast again to discuss the movie. Well, originally, it was a bit of a disheartening experience for me. Skype issues made the recording session brutal to work through, and we had a very difficult go of it. In the end, we cut the discussion short. I was more than a little bummed.

But then, when I heard that the LAMB also went over their bandwidth limit on their podcast host, and couldn’t get the podcast posted? I suddenly became PSYCHED. I realized…

“The Shining” podcast was CURSED

Yeah… JINXED, BABY! WOO!! LOL.

Jinxed or no, it came out really well. Thanks to Dylan Fields of Man I Love Films, LAMBcast host and producer… he smoothed out the recording issues, put together a very listenable product, and worked around the hosting issue in order to get the podcast up. You can download it from the LAMBcast archives here. If anyone wants to listen but can’t, just get in touch with me and I’ll see if I can help.

But the LAMBcast is ongoing, and this is the first month that they’re instituting the new “FMR Champions Rule”. Now how it works is that bloggers nominate movies to be included in the poll, and if they can muster enough votes for their cause, the movie they “Champion” will be the next movie of the month. The winning movie’s “Champion” will also be given a spot on that month’s Lambcast.

The movie I selected for this inaugural “MOTM Champions” contest is Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”. It’s one of my favorite films of all time… It’s an incredible blend of Science Fiction and Film Noir. A futuristic detective story where the “Dame” is a robot, and the villain comes with an expiration date. I’ve already done a MTESS on it, but I’m sure if it wins I’ll find the motivation to expand on it, or create something new…

Of course, in order for that to happen, it needs to win the poll first! Voting is open through Saturday night, and we’re off to a strong start thanks to a push from my friends on Facebook, and the fact that “Blade Runner” kicks ass.

I still need your help to ensure we win the day though, so if you have a moment, and if Blade Runner is a movie you enjoy – OR if you just want to support the FMR cause, please click here to vote “Blade Runner” for the next Movie of the Month! 

Movies That Everyone Should See: “Blade Runner”

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Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution into the NEXUS phase – a being virtually identical to a human – known as a Replicant.

The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them.

Replicants were used Off-world as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets.

After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6 combat team in an Off-world colony, Replicants were declared illegal on earth – under penalty of death.

Special police squads – BLADE RUNNER UNITS – had orders to shoot to kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicant.

This was not called execution.

It was called retirement.

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News Worth Sharing/Random Rants: Ridley Scott is Going Back to “Blade Runner”

I’m sad, too, Sean. I’m sad too.

Why? Just. Seriously. Why?

Did Robin Hood suck so bad that Ridley Scott lost all faith in trying new things? First, he “revisits” Alien… although, thankfully that movie was spared a direct sequel/prequel/pukequel and wound up becoming the upcoming “Prometheus” instead.

Now, as the good folks at Anomalous Materials point out, Deadline is reporting that Ridley Scott has signed a deal with a company that purchased the movie rights, and is now going to “revisit” Blade Runner.

I believe the comment I left on the “A.M.” thread sums up my feelings.

“I want to puke.

But I can’t stop crying”.

WHAT THE %$@&??!!!

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