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READY PLAYER ONE: a skeptic’s approach

Deconstructing the myth
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Such is Spielberg’s draw that even film lovers with little interest in dystopia or sci-fi hesitate only a couple of days before dutifully making their way to the nearest movie theater. So, does it deserve the praise? Not really. Special CGI-enhanced effects, spectacular as they are, pall after a while and become repetitive although to the end there are lovely surprising images such as the disco ... more >

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BRIDGE OF SPIES

A Cold War spook scenario revisited
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan
Directed by Steven Spielberg

The Cold War, which provides the historical context for Steven Spielberg's new film BRIDGE OF SPIES, is one of modern history's more stupid phases (BRIDGE OF SPIES is based on real historical events), a Thanksgiving Day parade of hypocrites high on reefer-madness paranoia about the other guy. That era gave us doctrines, an arms race, the constant threat of mutually-assured destruction and a movie ... more >

Time-tested franchises are making a comeback

The seventies, eighties and nineties are back

The eighties, what an awesome decade. M.J. was the king of pop, "Egyptian lover" was rocking the airwaves and Bill Cosby was everyone’s favorite grand-daddy. What a difference thirty years makes. A wave of something is sweeping through the film industry and a glut of sequels inspired by the seventies’, eighties’ and nineties’ most famous franchises is looming large. Is it nostalgia or a lack ... more >

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On anniversary “AUSCHWITZ,” produced by Steven Spielberg, strikes a mournful chord

Over a week ago the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops was marked. Auschwitz is an emblem, a name that's burned in humanity's collective soul and one that behooves us to pay attention, to understand, and to never forget. In another seventy years, there won't be any survivors left but this anniversary will be observed again, presumably, and every seventy years ... more >

Spielberg named president

Calendars, in sync

It's hard not to feel trepidations once our most successful film auteur has become designated to head the world's most beloved film festival. In a rare convergence of schedules (this open invitation has been outstanding for some years), Steven Spielberg has been nominated to preside over the 66th Cannes Festival. “My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the ... more >

Lincoln

A must-see movie
Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Last night I felt as if our sixteenth president leapt across the screen and landed at my feet. [During the film's production, the part of Abraham Lincoln was listed on the call sheet as being played by Abraham Lincoln, not Daniel Day-Lewis; source: IMDB]. What a tour de force. Spielberg has changed trajectory after an underwhelming turn recently and directed a marvelous picture, with a ... more >

THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY – E.T. world-premiered at the Cannes Festival

And film merchandising would never be the same again

Thirty years ago today at the Cannes Festival the closing film got a ten-minute standing ovation, its director later commenting that “this was the best welcome I’ve ever gotten in my life.” The film was E.T. and the words were by Steven Spielberg. E.T. was a personal film, Elliot’s room is based on Spielberg’s own room growing up and the character of E.T. is a sort of fully-realized version ... more >