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Steven Spielberg

Postby Schabow » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:54 am

How do you all feel about Steven Spielberg? Past, Present, Future. I just watched a documentary about him on TV Links and I kinda think the guy kicked ass and is still kicking ass. Maybe some of his movies can get a bit mushy, but fuck it, so can I. He's one of the few mainstream directors I still like.
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Postby O.J. » Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:00 pm

Nowhere near as kick-ass as his non-union Mexican equivalent, Senor Spielbergo.
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Postby meowzamusic » Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:20 pm

Yes I think Spielberg could easily kick Schabow's ass.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:08 pm

The last 30 minutes of A.I. were perhaps the saddest in the history of American cinema.
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Postby christopher_robin » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:27 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:The last 30 minutes of A.I. were perhaps the saddest in the history of American cinema.


Because they were entirely superfluous?

That movie had, like, four endings.

Helpful hint to understanding Spielberg: dude has serious abandonment issues.
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Re: Steven Spielberg

Postby mrak » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:29 pm

Schabow wrote:Maybe some of his movies can get a bit mushy, but fuck it, so can I.

That's the major rap against him, and while I agree that he can (and does) engage in some cheap emotional manipulation, I also think he's an extraordinarily gifted visual storyteller.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:38 pm

christopher_robin wrote:
TheBookPolice wrote:The last 30 minutes of A.I. were perhaps the saddest in the history of American cinema.


Because they were entirely superfluous?

That movie had, like, four endings.

Helpful hint to understanding Spielberg: dude has serious abandonment issues.


Yeah, I mean sad as in "I am sad for American cinema for having to endure these 30 minutes of 'and then the aliens landed...' bullshit."
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Postby christopher_robin » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:43 pm

Word
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Postby fisticuffs » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:53 pm

The whole long pointless ending in AI was Speilburg trying to conjure Kubrick who originally started that movie before he died. think end of 2001 although not nearly as effective.
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Postby uwstudent » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:01 pm

Spielberg has been hit or miss for the last 15-20 years.But even his worst films are better than the best from mediocre directors ( I'm looking at you Rob Reiner).
Minority Report - ok
AI - sort of ok
Munich - great
Jurassic Park - good popcorn flick
The Lost world - ehhhh...
Shindlers List - masterpiece
Private Ryan - masterpiece
Amistad - above average
Catch me if you can - above average, too long though
War of the worlds- mildly entertaining
Terminal - terminally boring

Still, he'll be remembered with the greats, John Ford, Bergman (RIP), Hitchcock, Hawks, etc.
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Postby white_rabbit » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:02 pm

uwstudent wrote:
Still, he'll be remembered with the greats, John Ford, Bergman (RIP), Hitchcock, Hawks, etc.


All of them are dead. Why is it that you only wish Bergman rest in peace?
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Postby buckyor » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:33 pm

uwstudent wrote:Still, he'll be remembered with the greats, John Ford, Bergman (RIP), Hitchcock, Hawks, etc.


But, apparently, still not quite on the level of Stanley Kubrick, whom you do not mention. I think that's fair.
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Postby Schabow » Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:07 am

Just for the record, the whole 30 minute ending that
everyone hated was Kubrik's idea not Spielberg.

But here are some Spielberg movies I like and/or love:

Jaws (perfect)

Minority Report (loved it...a great sci fi movie)

Munich (his most recent masterpiece)

Raiders (my favorite spielberg movie)

Close Encounters (Dreyfuss going awesomely insane)

ET (perfect kids movie)

Jurassic Park (decent popcorn flick as stated earlier)

Shindlers List (masterpiece, but I could only watch it once)

Private Ryan (good war movie...could have been a bit
better. Goldberg's death scene...wow, that's a rough scene to watch)

1941 (yes, I love that movie...screw you)

Catch Me If You Can (Spielberg's attempt to try and make a Coen brothers movie, and he does a decent job with it)

The Terminal (Yeah, that's right, I even kind of liked this)

War of the World (could have been a bit better, but still another ok sci-fi flick)
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Postby rrnate » Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:11 am

Schabow wrote:Just for the record, the whole 30 minute ending that
everyone hated was Kubrik's idea not Spielberg.



However, the failure may have been more in the execution than the idear.
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Postby Schabow » Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:14 am

Oh yeah, probably. Not saying Spielberg doesn't have his flaws. If you have ever seen "Hook", you know what I mean.
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