Timeless Heroes: Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford is a brilliant new documentary about the cinematic icon and iconic actor. “It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.” – Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) If there’s something I’ve learned from watching the many Laurent Bouzereau documentaries through the years, it’s to never be disappointed. Sure enough, the filmmaker comes through yet again with a very informative documentary about not only Indiana Jones the character but Harrison Ford…"Timeless Heroes: Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford"
Albert Brooks: Defending My Life is the newest documentary from Rob Reiner and it is the Jewish content we so badly need right now. There is a universe where this documentary is called Albert Einstein: Defending My Life. Albert’s family used his birth to name him Albert. He might not be a great scientist like Einstein but he’s certainly a brilliant comedian. I mean, if you can make Carl Reiner laugh, you’ve got to be…"Albert Brooks: Defending My Life Is The Jewish Content We Need"
The Fabelmans is the most personal Steven Spielberg masterpiece in years and audiences can bring it home on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD. It was previously released on Digital. To say that this is my favorite film of 2022 is not an understatement. Attending the world premiere in Toronto is one of the professional highlights of my career. If you have yet to watch the film, please rent it at your soonest convenience. Contrary to…"The Fabelmans Arrives On 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD"
Based on the true events about Spanish slave ship La Amistad, Amistad marks the 25th anniversary of its theatrical release in 1997. For the second time in a few years, Steven Spielberg followed a summer blockbuster with a serious period picture. Funny enough, both action films were installments of the Jurassic Park franchise. Two stars from The Lost World: Jurassic Park would make their way into this film: Pete Postlethwaite and Arliss Howard as William…"Amistad Marks 25th Anniversary"
Empire of the Sun, an underappreciated Oscar-nominated classic, marks the 35th anniversary of its theatrical release in 1987. In another universe, Steven Spielberg would be producing a David Lean epic set during WWII. With Lean busy at the time, Spielberg ended up directing the film. The end result is one of his most serious films of the 1980s. The film marked the first time that the city of Shanghai opened its doors for a major…"Empire of the Sun Marks 35th Anniversary"
While Duel later got edited for a theatrical release, The Sugarland Express marked the first theatrical film for Steven Spielberg. In celebration of The Fabelmans entering wide release, I did a rewatch of the earliest Steven Spielberg films. One thing to note about this film in particular is that it marks the beginning of Spielberg’s relationship with John Williams. Williams composes such a memorable theme for the film that recurs throughout its almost two-hour runtime.…"The Sugarland Express: Steven Spielberg’s First Theatrical Film"
Duel is the made-for-TV Hitchcock-esque thriller on the road that started it all for Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg. I meant to watch the film ahead of The Fabelmans premiering in Toronto. Instead, my rewatch comes just before the film expands into a wide release. It’s funny to think that we owe a Playboy magazine for his first foray as a feature filmmaker. And yet, it is a Richard Matheson short story that would lead to…"Duel: The First Steven Spielberg Feature Film"
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 40th Anniversary is now available for audiences to bring home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital. Retailers should have non-limited editions available but the following are strictly limited editions of the new 40th anniversary edition in 4K UHD. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERESTRIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET (4K UHD + Blu-ray™ + Digital): Includes movie, collectible tin tote, thermos, booklet and certificate of authenticity (Amazon Exclusive) E.T. THE EXTRA-TERESTRIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED…"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 40th Anniversary Edition"
In bringing The Fabelmans to Toronto, Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg unveiled yet another masterpiece in cinema. Steven Spielberg has always had a way with the camera but what this film does is show audiences just how this love of filmmaking came to be. If you’ve watched Spielberg on HBO or read Joseph McBride’s book, you’re already at an advantage. It’s why none of the film came to me as a surprise because I was already…"The Fabelmans – Toronto 2022"
With the launch of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, awards season is officially upon us in the newest Oscars Watch column. I’m not attending Venice or Telluride but I will be on the ground during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Judging by their pedigrees, a number of films have an opportunity to break out as a Best Picture contender. Nobody wants to enter the fest season with a highly anticipated film and end up turning…"Oscars Watch: Awards Season Is Upon Us"