Listmania – Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is one of my all-time favorite film directors, and he’s had a major impact on me as a lover of cinema. He’s made so many different genres and narratives, yet none of them ever feel stale or wrote. He’s the kind of director that shows his feelings through his filmmaking and you get […]

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Private’ Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan has been a game-changer since the day it came out. It changed the way battles were filmed; the D-Day sequence was studied and emulated by filmmakers from Ridley Scott to Peter Jackson to Quentin Tarantino. It changed our concept of war realism, maybe all realism. It changed our reverence for World War […]

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No Gold For Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple

At the very beginning of 1985’s The Color Purple, there is an affecting scene where a woman gives birth. While shooting that very scene (the film had the clandestine title Moonsong during production), a certain actress, Amy Irving, was about to go into labor herself – incidentally this would be Max, the first child of […]

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Indiana Jones and His Greatest Hits

I came across the exploits of Indiana Jones in 2008 in the form of the fourth installment of the series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I was 18 at the time, and decided that I could pay $7.50 for a movie ticket, another 15 dollars on a medium-size popcorn and soda cup, […]

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Indiana Jones and the Return to Form

I’ll be honest: after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I was wary about watching the third outing, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I wasn’t sure how this seemly final chapter of the legend of Dr. Jones would end, nor did I think I would care. Imagine my surprise to learn that the third outing […]

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Indiana Jones and the Nasty, Mean-Spirited Sequel

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I really did not enjoy sitting through Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why the big follow-up to Raiders of the Lost Ark has its share of defenders, but cry in outrage how 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the […]

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: Spielberg’s Fury Road

By the time I was born in 1990, Steven Spielberg, through triumphs like Jaws, Close Encounters, and E.T., had already cemented himself as one of Hollywood’s most beloved filmmakers; in addition, with smaller, off the beaten path projects like The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun, he was also announcing to the world that he could […]

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Spielberg’s Ark: The Masterful Schindler’s List

In Language and Silence (1967), Cambridge University’s George Steiner famously suggested that, because the Holocaust “lies outside speech as it lies outside reason,” the proper response to it is silence. Far more than the unimpeachable Shoah (1985), Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List stands as both confirmation and refutation of Steiner’s dictum. Janusz Kaminski’s crisp cinematography makes […]

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Let’s Talk About Catch Me If You Can

Whenever people talk about the historical prestige films that Steven Spielberg has made over the years, they talk about films like Schindler’s List, The Color Purple, and Lincoln. But sadly, it seems that nobody really talks about Catch Me If You Can. Even though it was nominated for two Oscars, Supporting Actor for Christopher Walken and Original Score for John Williams, and […]

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Empire Of The Sun: Goodbye To Childhood

Empire of the Sun marks Spielberg’s departure from the theme of childhood and innocence and is his first step into more adult territory with films such as Schindler’s List, Amistad and Saving Private Ryan. It’s a film which shows just how well Spielberg can handle the theme of war and loss, something which he tried […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounter’ With Greatness

Da. Da. Da. Da. Daaa. Those five notes are perhaps some of the most iconic in cinematic history. After all of the human drama and stunning visuals leave you of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the brain hangs onto the most simple aspect of the film. And that’s completely by […]

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A.I. – Spielberg’s Greatest Fairytale

It has taken over a decade for critics to finally realise just how great A.I. Artificial Intelligence actually is. A.I. was Stanley Kubrick’s pet project, until he passed away and Steven Spielberg took over. Upon its initial release, many critics and audience members didn’t quite know how to respond it, with some critics dismissing it […]

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The Four Corners of Spielberg

In one corner we have Amistad, Bridge of Spies, and Munich; in the opposing corner, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, War of the Worlds, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Kitty-corner there’s Catch Me if You Can, Sugarland Express, and The Terminal facing-off against Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and Jaws – and their […]

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Steven Spielberg Week: How To Watch His Movies – 2010s

The most recent batch of Spielberg films (not including the newly released The Post) deliver heavy, but audience-friendly political journeys (including The Post), a film with heavy sentiment, as well as two visits into animated, including a collaboration with Peter Jackson. It’s incredible to see how far this filmmaker has come, five decades of a […]

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Steven Spielberg Week: How To Watch His Movies – 2000s

A huge return to an unforgettable adventure franchise, a sci-fi drama once meant for a certain Stanley Kubrick, a Tom Cruise double bill, a Tom Hank double bill, a powerful true story from the 1970s, and a gripping remake of a terror classic. There are some doubters, and of course some disappointments here, but not a […]

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Steven Spielberg Week: How To Watch His Movies – 1990s

In the 1990s Spielberg would conquer both box office and Academy Awards in the very same year. All his films from then decade are easily available to stream online, and links to multiple platforms are all below. As you may know, some of these come highly recommended for the kids, some not so much. I’ll […]

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Steven Spielberg Week: How To Watch His Movies – 1980s

Many of us have a nostalgic fondness of the 80s, grew up with Spielberg’s legacy as he showed us true cinematic adventure and young emotional resonance. The next batch of the filmmakers movies are all from this decade. And each one is out there for you to watch. So don’t waste any more time, get […]

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Steven Spielberg Week: How To Watch His Movies – 1970s

So here we are arriving at Steven Spielberg Week. I know you’ve been looking forward to this. But wait, you haven’t seen Schindler’s List? You want to cry your eyes out to E.T. again? Can’t remember Matt Damon being in Saving Private Ryan? We got you covered. All of Spielberg’s feature films are available to […]

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Vote: Ranking The Films Of Steven Spielberg

For those that don’t know yet, 11 – 17 December is Steven Spielberg Week at Filmotomy. I’m not one for ranking movies generally, it’s a tough task at the best of times, especially with a film-maker who has such an abundance of excellent work under his belt. So, another mass vote is in order to […]

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Guess Who’s Having a Birthday Today

Birthday greetings and eternal gratitude to Jean-Luc Godard, film critic, director, actor, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, producer…and outspoken citizen of the world.

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