Ranking Christopher Nolan’s 10 Films As Director

As part of the Christopher Nolan Directors’ Week, which starts on Saturday 27th January 2018, we’re running a standard ranking poll. You select your own ranking of the directors feature films, from best to worst (drag and drop on desktop; 1, best, through 10, worst, on mobile). If you haven’t seen all 10 just rank […]

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25 Years Of DGA And This Year’s Oscar Race

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Since 1993, do you know off the top of your head which director has been nominated with the Directors Guild of America the most times? That’s right, Martin Scorsese with 6. Then it is 5 for Steven Spielberg. And 4 each for Ang Lee and Christopher Nolan. As a side-note, those four filmmakers have had a very […]

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Four Awards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Lady Bird, del Toro Also Win At 75th Golden Globes Awards

Just when we perhaps thought that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slipping down the ranks somewhat in the awards race, the film goes and picks up 4 Golden Globe awards. Martin McDonagh won the Screenplay prize, and the film then finished the night on a greater high by winning Motion Pictue Drama. Meanwhile, Frances McDormand and […]

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James Ivory – A Filmmaker with an Unobstructed View

James Ivory’s career-long intellectual freedom, precise observation of human interaction and fiercely independent spirit was instrumental in elevating film to the level where a book like Call Me by Your Name could be translated to cinema.

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For Your Consideration: Christopher Nolan, Best Original Screenplay, Dunkirk

With the weight of Dunkirk‘s award season run seemingly on the shoulders of Christopher Nolan as Best Director, I wanted to bring his chances for a Best Original Screenplay nomination to the table. Too many dismiss the writing because of the scale and style of the picture, that it will harm Dunkirk‘s chances for Best […]

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Steven Spielberg Films Ranked: 15-11

Once upon a time, in the condition that Warner Bros. utilize a cast primarily from the UK and Ireland, J. K. Rowling agreed to sell the movie film rights for the first four of her Harry Potter books. Steven Spielberg was one name thrown into the magical ring to potentially direct the first film, but anticipating […]

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Fight or Flight? The Tale Of Two Lovers In Spielberg’s The Terminal

I don’t do romantic comedies, I find them predictable and cliched. But I do like Tom Hanks, because well he’s Tom Hanks. And, I adore Steven Spielberg because well he’s Steven Spielberg. So in theory I should enjoy The Terminal (2004). My boyfriend recommended it, saying “It’s really good.” but he has terrible taste in […]

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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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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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Golden Globes Nominations Have Us Scratching Our Heads

This year’s nominations for the always unpredictable Golden Globes have been released and I must say, it is the snubs that are more noticeable than the films and performances that actually got nominated. For starters, Get Out managed to get nominated for Best Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, but nothing […]

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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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