A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a Spielberg film which is Kubrickian in origin, marks its 20th anniversary since its theatrical release in 2001. David (Haley Joel Osment) is a prototype child robot or a Mecha, if you will. He’s been programmed to love unconditionally–this includes Monica (Frances O’Connor). There are all sorts of Mechas and they’re jobs are to make human lives easier. Unfortunately, this also means humans are out of a job. When David’s family comes…"A.I. Artificial Intelligence Marks 20th Anniversary"
The Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection arrives in 4K Ultra HD just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark. On June 12, 1981, movie goers were introduced to a new hero of the screen when Harrison Ford donned the fedora and whip. It’s funny though. The character only came about because Steven Spielberg wanted to direct a James Bond film. Alas, James Bond would not be in the cards for…"Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection Arrives on 4K UHD"
Super 8, a visual spectacle from both J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, belongs in the same category as Spielberg’s sci-fi classics. Now on 4K Ultra HD for the tenth anniversary, the film has never looked better. I still remember the first time that I saw the film on the big screen in 2011. Lo and behold, ten years later, it is just as thrilling. There are certainly a few things here and there that didn’t…"Super 8 Gets 4K UHD for 10th Anniversary"
Timothée Chalamet was recently announced to star in a Willy Wonka origin story based on works from the antisemitic Roald Dahl. Is this film really necessary? I’ll dive into my thoughts of the film, starring Timothée Chalamet, shortly. But before I do, let me talk about some of the other recent projects originating from Roald Dahl works. When I first watched Steven Spielberg’s The BFG in 2016, many of us were just learning about Dahl’s antisemitic…"Timothée Chalamet, Willy Wonka, and Roald Dahl"
The third season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous may be the most intense season as we worry about the fate of the campers. In a perfect world, we’d be getting Jurassic World: Dominion this summer. This might not happening but we can still return to Isla Nublar this week. I always have a fun time going back to the island. Strangely, I keep turning to these films and series for comfort viewing during the pandemic.…"Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous – Season 3"
The second season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous provides for thrilling and pure escapist entertainment as we return to Isla Nublar. I’m going to be honest here. Because of everything going on, I needed to step away from the news two weeks ago on a Thursday evening. There is no better way–at least for me during the pandemic–to have escapism than return to Isla Nublar. It took almost three decades to get an animated Jurassic…"Camp Cretaceous: Season 2 Is Thrilling Escapism"
The Terminal may not be the top of the line for filmmaker Steven Spielberg but the film still makes for compelling material when viewing. It’s fascinating to watch The Terminal in 2020, over fifteen years following its theatrical release. So much has and hasn’t changed when it comes to immigration. Because Krakozhia breaks out into civil war during his flight, the United States no longer recognizes the country. Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) basically becomes a…"The Terminal: Spielberg Goes Back To Comedy"
There’s something about the need to repeatedly return to Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and and the chaos of Isla Nublar during the pandemic. I don’t know what it is about the films and the animated series that keeps drawing me back this year. Maybe it’s my love of dinosaurs? Or maybe it’s the fact that I’m so desperate for a vacation. Outside of the shlep to Evanston for kosher food, I only go a quarter…"Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and The Chaos"
Minority Report might take place some fifty years after the film was shot but the film’s themes are still relevant almost twenty years later. This film marks the first collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise. The film has audiences asking some important questions. What if we knew what was going to happen in the future? After you ask yourself the question, what if the person knowing this found out he was going to kill someone? …"Minority Report: Spielberg Tackles the Future"
Always departs from the rest of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s filmography in that the film goes for sentimentality more than anything else. It’s not uncommon for Spielberg to release multiple films in the same year. The summer saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While there is some nice action in the aerial scenes in Always, the two films couldn’t be further apart. Maybe this is why it has taken me until now to watch Always. …"Always: My Least Favorite Steven Spielberg Film"