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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BAFTA Announce Their Film Nominations

The British Film Academy (BAFTA) announced their nominations in film for 2017 early this morning. Denis Villeneuve’s Director nod for Blade Runner 2049 was an epic surprise for fans of the sci-fi reboot. But traditionally, BAFTA likes to sway towards British talent, and coincidentally many of the big-hitters this awards season are dominant here. Guillermo […]

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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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Steven Spielberg Films Ranked: 29-16

Okay, your votes are in and counted. Thank you all for participating. I know picking your favorite Steven Spielberg movies is extremely tricky. As is starting the ranking with the films finishing on the fewest votes, for to use the word ‘worst’ would do the filmmaker with the extraordinarily successful career a disservice. We’re going […]

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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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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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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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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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Mike Nichols, I Admired You Before I Even Knew You

About three years ago I wanted to write about the various, lasting directorial débuts in movie history, not just in my lifetime, but before I was even born. And what impact those first films had, how it shaped their careers, what it told us about the director, and where they may be going. Unlike many bloggers or movie critics […]

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Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Run Heats Up With The Post Trailer

The trailer for The Post directed by Steven Spielberg was released on Wednesday. The film is based on the true story of the battle between journalists and the government and the publishing of the Pentagon Papers. The first scene in the trailer sets us up for some high drama. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks certainly […]

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Writer-Director Dan Jenski Talks About His First Feature Film ADDicted

It occurred to me while watching ADDIcted, written and directed by Dan Jenski, that there are not many films these days that deal with the kind of prescribed drug dependency that hovers in and out of young lives, potentially ruining their futures. ADDicted, the clever title indicates the Adderall drug, centers on college students are […]

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