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Tidbit on that whole Spielberg/Minority Report/A.I. thing

Last week a rumor hit the net that Spielberg wasn't really making MINORITY REPORT and that it was just a cover for the long rumored A.I. project that Kubrick was allegedly working (with Spielberg) on. Well, I got curious about that because... Quite frankly it interested me. So I wrote Hejira a letter to get the lowdown on what's a happening with all this nonsense and here's what I heard.

Hey there my man, Hejira here. Right now my eyes on Spielberg tell me he's getting set to leave the continental country with George this weekend, but recently he's been chilling out up in the Hamptons. Word from the Guild is that he's been taking it easy, hanging with the kids and Kate.

But as my gaze turns to the far closer Scott Frank, I can tell you this. That boy is most definately working on a draft of MINORITY REPORT. Taint no A.I. Course my man Steven ain't seen the final draft, on account that it isn't done yet, but the Art Department is chugging away, as is ILM and Steven's other playmates. As I glance here at my calendar, I see that the old Jack O'Lantern month is the start date for filming and everything that I can see points to that going ahead smoothly.

I hope that clears things up a bit for ya. Steven is making MINORITY REPORT, you can count on it my friend.

Hejira

Harry here... Hope that clears things up a bit for you folks... BTW... this is confirmed.

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  • May 26, 1999, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Hey did you know E.T. was in Phantom Menace?

    by Judius

    Yesterday, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD reported that Steven Spielberg's E.T. was in the Phantom Menace. Actually 3 of them, they were part of the big Senate scene with Queen Amilada, Amigala, Natalie Portman dammit!

  • May 26, 1999, 6:10 a.m. CST

    hello?

    by darth-sillious

    has anyone got anything to say on this matter? i maybe stupid but what is the minority report? is AI going to be developed by anyone?

  • May 26, 1999, 6:38 a.m. CST

    HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

    by letseatcheese

    No Phantom Menace talk unless it's in the designated areas OKAY!!! Some of us haven't seen the damn thing yet, and won't until July 16th, SO SHUT IT!!!(or else I'll rub cheese all over your body and spank you like a bad little boy!)

  • May 26, 1999, 6:47 a.m. CST

    This story is bullshit.

    by Jimmer72

    Anyone looking to link MINORITY REPORT with A.I. is seriously deluding themselves. I find it extremely hard to believe that Kubrick would have collaborated with ANY director on a project that he himself, Kubrick, would not be directing. Kubrick was a DIRECTOR, NOT a producer (well, yeah, he produced his own movies, but you know what I mean). Besides, Kubrick doesn't need anyone to make A.I. for him--he's doing it himself. He faked his own death. And no, I'm not joking.

  • May 26, 1999, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Another 'Would-be' Classic

    by Mike D

    It is truly unfortunate that Stanley Kubrick won't be around to make A.I. As everyone knows, 2001 was definitely his masterpiece, a film more ahead of its time than any other picture ever made. I've heard a lot of great things about A.I.'s story and I don't know if any other director can pull it off. Maybe they could, who knows? I would've just loved to have seen another Kubrick science fiction film.

  • May 26, 1999, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Super Toys Last All Summer Long

    by C23

    This was the short story that Kubrick was following for A.I. It can be read on: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/5.01/ffsupertoys_pr.html I don't know how to make this a link for all of you- Sorry.

  • May 26, 1999, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Thank the gods...

    by Peregrin

    That was close...the thought of Spielberg directing a film that Kubrick wanted to make was almost enough to make me cry. If it was up to me, I'd buy the rights to the story, and let them it sit forever, I'm not sure anyone has the right to direct that film now. NOBODY would have made it better than Kubrick...

  • May 26, 1999, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Spielberg & Kubrick

    by Day4Night

    For all you naysayers that can't fathom Kubrick producing a film, you obviously didn't pay attention to Mr. Spielberg's remarks at the DGA's memorial to Kubrick a couple Sundays ago. Da Man himself said he and Kubrick has been working together for three years on a project Kubrick would produce and Spielberg would direct. Now that Kubrick is with us no longer (except in spirit, of course), Spielberg has stated that he will no longer pursue the project, because his intention was to work with the Master. What a combo, eh? THAT would've been cinema magic in the making...

  • May 26, 1999, 9:32 a.m. CST

    For the Love of God!

    by Rolande

    What is A.I.?!?!?!?!?!!?!?

  • May 26, 1999, 10:36 a.m. CST

    A.I story tidbit, casting, fx tests.

    by Herman Snerd

    A few years ago I read an article in a science fiction magazine, I can't recall which one , that mentioned that Kubrick was already filming a few scences for A.I. The article mentiond that the film would take place in the future and deal with a boy who upon birth is implanted with a device that gives him Artificial Intelligence and the results that this has on him and others as he growns into manhood. The article went on to mention that Kubrick had already cast a young boy of about 6 or 7 and was filming his scences in spurts of 1 or 2 years so that by the end of the film the same actor we see as a young boy would be the same as the actor we see as an adolesent and subsequently as an adult. Also, ILM was rumored to have done FX test for A.I which Kurick personaly had asked Dennis Muren to supervise. He was displeased with the results but asked that Muren and ILM continue with the R&D as the film was several years away from being completed. So far as I know the FX test consisted of a POV shot flying through the upper most part of the atmosphere and flying down over various landscpaes and terrain then out over an ocean were the POV shot would head down towards the water, through the water and continue underwater until it reached an underwater city. If anyone else has heard anything similar to this or if this information is incorrect please post.

  • May 26, 1999, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Kubrick

    by stryker

    I too remember readin or hearing about the Kubrick project. I clearly remember that Kubrick was filming the same kid for a chronological film. Lets hope that the scenes are still around and Spielberg has the fucking balls to go through with it...... but he won't.

  • May 26, 1999, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Leave it alone.

    by McDanz

    I've heard a lot of these rumours. Some say Scorcese, Spielberg and De Palma all have an interest in Kubrick's A.I. and Napolean. NO WAY should any of these projects go through. Can you really see Spielberg doing a Kubrick film?? If he directs Napolean I'll go frickin' mental.

  • May 26, 1999, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I remember...

    by Kmdr. Coenig

    ...the same article (or articles). Also, the boy who'd supposedly been selected was Joseph Mazzello. I'm pretty sure this predated Jurassic Park. After a while, all the stories had died down, except when it was reported that Kubrick was planning to scrap all previous visual effects footage for a complete CGI approach.

  • May 26, 1999, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Kubrick's "death" and the ramifications thereof

    by psiKick

    I have a tendency to agree with Jimmer above. Kubrick has faked his death to give him the breathing room he needs to complete AI in peace. He can use Spielberg as cover while the project continues because Steven has a previous relationship with Joseph Mazzello and can claim they are working on some Jurassic Park 3 folderol. Come on, really. Did any of you see Kubrick's body? And his "funeral" was pretty closely guarded. The man is creating his grand finale and wants to be able to do it in peace. BTW, has anybody noticed how Tom Cruise has "stepped in to protect Kubrick's vision" for Eyes Wide Shut? Another front. Kubrick needs someone to publicly go to bat for maintaining his cut of the film, because he can't. Fascinating, huh?

  • May 26, 1999, 12:25 p.m. CST

    John and Jimmer

    by quiscustodiet

    You guys are killing me here! My stomach hurts, I'm laughing so hard!

  • May 26, 1999, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Kubrick faked his death...

    by Judius

    Kubrick faked his own death inorder to do this film and is now in negotiations with Tupac for the lead role.

  • May 26, 1999, 2:19 p.m. CST

    No Way!

    by Appleman

  • May 26, 1999, 2:27 p.m. CST

    No Way!

    by Appleman

    Speilberg directing a piece that Kubrick produced? Why would Kubrick do that? Spielberg ain't half the director Kubrick is and with the exception of Schindler's List, probably hasn't made much that Kubrick respected. Stevie boy may be a master at staging, but he is an intellectual lightweight! Kate Moss could give him a run for his money, even before detox! By the way, have you heard the story about Vivian Kubrick calling the SPCA on Spielberg during the filming of "Raiders"? She felt the snakes were being maltreated, the set was raided and shut down and Kubrick himself showed up, watched the festivities and laughed his ass off. It's very nice that he and Kubrick got to be friends but I think half of it's bullshit. It's signifigant to me that this joint production was never mentioned until after his death. Stevie has a huge sense of entitlement (thank you very much, Mr. and Mrs. Spielberg!), witness his pouting when he didn't get Best Picture this year. I think he made the story up to get some dignity back after he lost the award.

  • May 26, 1999, 3:11 p.m. CST

    All Spielberg cares about is money and awards, if he can't get o

    by paragonian

    Spielberg's still a great filmmaker but he's already lost his soul and there's no way he can get it back, no matter how many Schindlers List's he makes. Instead of saying Directed by Steven Spielberg at the end it should say Directed by The Audience or The Oscars cause it was never directed by him. I hate to see all these moron Hollywood fucks sitting around dropping Kubrick's name, they don't even deserve to say "the name". Kubrick was everything that they'll never be.

  • May 26, 1999, 3:32 p.m. CST

    He cares about Art & Entertainment

    by RedRightHand

    He doesn

  • May 26, 1999, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Kubrick fans

    by quiscustodiet

    Y'know what kills me, Kubrick hated all these pretentious elitist film fans, he liked people who liked his movies because they were touched at a human level. In one interview he was asked about the conceptualizing of his films and the road his films have travelled since he started, his response was simply "That's the thing I hate the most...The truth is that I've always felt trapped and pinned down and harried by those questions." Later in the same interview he goes on to praise the work of beer commercials, particularly the Michelob ones from around a decade ago "...the editing, the photography, was some of the most brilliant work I've ever seen. Forget what they are doing-selling beer-and it's visual poetry." Just a heads up to the Kubrick die-hard out there, don't think you know the man cuz you know his movies!

  • May 26, 1999, 3:54 p.m. CST

    AI, Kubrick & Ian Watson

    by Epsilon3

    "Super Toys Last All Summer Long" is the Brian Aldiss short story on which AI was to be based. It's interesting, because WIRED reprinted it w/ an article about the film, and (I believe it was the same issue) an article about HAL's birthday. In the NEW YORKER, Ian Watson wrote about the time he spent w/ Kubrick expanding Aldiss' story (as it stands, it would make a great short, but isn't enough for a movie, IMHO). So my question is...does anyone know if the expanded story Kubrick and Watson wrote exists anywhere where public persons such as myself can get our grubby little fingers on it? Also, I heard a rumour that the only reason Kubrick agreed to do EYES WIDE SHUT was in order for WB to agree to fund AI. Does anyone know if this is true or not? If it is, then WB could have funded AI first, which really pisses me off, 'cause Kubrick's best work is in the SF arena (2001, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, etc. (again, IMHO)). Oh well.

  • May 26, 1999, 6:56 p.m. CST

    You all have no idea whatsoever about the truth!

    by alucard

    Spielberg is a LIAR!!! If any of you knew a thing about Stanley Kubrick you would know that he has said, yes he said this, that "Steve is a jerk". He did not like the man and the last time he said this was right before he went into doing Eyes Wdie Shut. That wanna-be Spielberg comes out of nowhere, and let's see if any of you can prove otherwise, all of a sudden claiming to be Stanley's chum. Hmm, I wonder why he would wait until the man was dead to start using Kubrick's name to promote his own stuff. Also, when Kubrick got fed up with trying to put together his own production of Schindlers List Spielberg snatched the film right up as soon as possible, that freakin' wanna-be. And that movie, as important as it may have been for people, was Hollywood trash. People did not have make-up on the trains to Auschwitz. The movie was an insult to my grandparents who survived the Holocaust and saw the film. My grandparents long time friend, who was in Time magazine, was saved by Schindler and knew the man. He wasn't this loving, caring, fake hollywood hero like the movie made him out to be. He was a business man there for the profit. If Spielberg hadn't donated the profit to the Holocaust museums I'd protest that film. Now back to the Kubrick statements. If you're reading this Harry, grow up from you fanboy illusions and actually read about Kubrick and his dealings with Spielberg. They never liked each other and Spielberg is just using the sudden publicity for his own image. I almost threw up when I heard that freak went to Stanley's funeral. If any of you doubt my words then look at Spielbergs filmmaking as of late, rip-offs of other people's work like Amistad & Lost World. All these films were other people's published material which he stole (Amistad) or tried to claim as his own (Lost World). He's a hack, he might have had talent once, but now he's just a hack still picking up what crumbs Kubrick leaves on the floor (Schindler's List and A.I.). Read Stanley's biographies and wake up people, you're being had.

  • May 26, 1999, 7:36 p.m. CST

    To redrighthand, d. vader from paragonian.

    by paragonian

    First off, to redrighthand. It is one thing to want your films to be appreciated by audiences and critics and quiet another to tailor your films specifically to winning awards (The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Amistad) and audiences (Hook, ET, The Lost World) which I believe Spielberg is doing. He is his best when not tailoring his films for anyone (Jaws, Close Encounters, Saving Private Ryan). Schindlers list was somewhat tailored and fictional but still a great film, I think Schindler is just as bad as Hitler and shouldn't have been made into a hero which he definitley never was. Now to d. vader. I'm not a film snob, I can love any type of film because a great film no matter how big or where it's from contains the same basic ingredients and I do not worship anybody (I don't even believe in God) especially not an entertainer. Although Kubricks films were far more than entertainment and he's in my opinion the greatest filmmaker so far. I have done a lot of research into both Kubricks and Spielbergs careers so I know a lot more than you probably think I do. I also don't mean for my "the name" statements to be taken seriously so don't think you're gonna have a heart attack if you say Kubricks name.

  • May 26, 1999, 7:39 p.m. CST

    idiots

    by prbis

    I am so fucking tired of seeing you guys bashing Speilberg every chance you get.Isnt the fact that his films have done as well as they have enough reason to get it into your thick fucking heads that the man is good? Did he pay all the people who have seen his films to go see them? What you guys should be feeling bad about is the fact that because of your dislike of the black race Speilberg was denied an Oscar for The Colour Purple and the respect that he has earned as a humanitarian for his work with Jews.You should also be ashamed that you didnt make you voices heard when he was obviously snubbed at the Oscars this year with Private Ryan.I know what your problem is though; you see the fact the man is a successful director/producer, has a family and is able to make a contribution to society makes you jealous..leave him alone!

  • May 26, 1999, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Leave Spielberg alone?

    by alucard

    Why, the guy is using a dead legend's name to promote lies! If that isn't criminal I don't know what is. The media should expose him for the lying attention-grabber he is.

  • May 26, 1999, 8:02 p.m. CST

    You guys are missing my point

    by paragonian

    I'm not biased against or for anybody, Spielberg HAS made films which SEEM tailored to critics or audiences while Kubrick has NEVER made a film which SEEMS tailored to critics or audiences. That's why Kubricks better, because he makes great films which were HIS films. Not all of Spielbergs films were tailored, but some are and some are bad and some are great. Kubrick however has been consistently brillant in his films and this moron that says that Spielberg was denied an Oscar for The Color Purple because of racism is just dumb. I suggest you guys go out and read and watch Spielbergs and Kubricks films and make your own more informed opinions which I have already done. I think that Spielberg is a good person and filmmaker with a great life but I also think there's more to him than what his publicity people and himself put out there, try digging deeper. I would also like to know more about these allegations of Spielberg using Kubricks death for his own gain cause those two don't seem like they'd be best buddies.

  • May 26, 1999, 8:15 p.m. CST

    They weren't even friends.

    by alucard

    Kubrick publicly stated that he did not like Spielberg. Read the book Stanley Kubrick by John Baxter. Spielberg is a clever con-artist trying to make what money he can from Stanley's death. Not one person has seen or heard the two of them being friends since Raiders. I can see it now, "Spielberg's latest epic, A.I. The last film of Stanley Kubrick.". Don't you people see what he's doing, can't you see that he knows people will flock to something like that. I'm not attcking A.I., I'm attacking Spielberg for making up the friendship thing to use Kubrick's name. Didn't any of you see how happy he was to speak about Kubrick's death to the press or at the oscars? That's what they call free press, and that's what his goal is. Don't let him fool you.

  • May 26, 1999, 8:40 p.m. CST

    re:the truth

    by eltopo10

    the truth about this kubrick/speilberg fiasco is that speilberg is(i know this will come as a blow to you speilberg fans)that speilberg is your typical hollywood jerk,he makes hollywood movies,and knows it,so he is in turn envous of the godlike kubrick. kubrick to my knowledge,according to the biographies ive read does not like to collaborate he belives in the director having complete control over every aspect.furher more him and speilberg couldn't be more different. kubrick knows art. speilberg knows money.

  • May 26, 1999, 8:49 p.m. CST

    re:freinds!

    by eltopo10

    you can say as much as you want about speilberg and kubricks freindship but the fact remains kubrick was known not to like speilberg style or his infleunces. ie:popculture/television so how those two could everwork on the same movie is impossible. and what about that comment kubrick made "steves a jerk" are we going to dismiss that. in the end we know speilberg could care less about kubrick and more about his own well being.

  • May 26, 1999, 8:59 p.m. CST

    To MadHatter

    by alucard

    Madhatter, you may be correct. I will not say that I have proof beyond a doubt otherwise. I asked for some proof and you have provided some. I still think (it's just my opinion) that some of what Spielberg is saying is bullshit, considering where Kubrick has been all this time in London, and that all of Spielberg's movies since Jurassic Park have been hack jobs (except for maybe Saving Private Ryan which I have not seen yet, though I hear it's also very Hollywood). It's time people realize that Spielberg, regardless how this whole Kubrick thing turns out is a liar and a thief. Amistad was stolen from someone, The Lost World (the worst movie I have ever seen) is a rip-off of Sir Conan Arthur Doyle's The Lost World, and Schindler's list is a lie. C'mon, if Spielberg is Stanley's friend why is he using all this press for himself before the dust on Kubrick's coffin even settles instead of respecting the man and keeping quiet. He IS using the man's name to further himself right after he DIED!!! Geez. And if he isn't a liar how come he opens a movie the day Star Wars opens even though he said he would wait at least a month before or after. Let's see if he can keep his promise about making his movies less violent after the shootings in Colorado. The Lost World was incredibly violent, you, I and everyone else knows that he won't keep that promise. It was just another ploy to get press coverage after somebody has died. He's like a buzzard going after dead meat. Somebody dies and he's like flies on shit for publicity. He's a lying jerk, nothing less.

  • May 27, 1999, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Sad

    by quiscustodiet

    It's sad that Kubrick fanboys must destroy another filmmaker to justify there enjoyment of Kubrick's films. They had respect for each other regardless of what you think of Spielbergs work. Don't go creating controversy where none exists. You guys are worse that Oliver Stone (talk about untalented hacks and thieves)

  • May 27, 1999, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Kubrick is good but he ain't no Spielberg.

    by samscars

    Kubrick is a great director, but the truth is that besides 2001, he has not made a movie that is nearly half as entertaining as Spielberg's greats. 2001 is the only one that really can compare. Now this is of course my own opinion, and I am sure that some of you disagree. The fact is I am more entertained by Spielberg films than Kubrick films, and I believe the vast majority of film viewers agree with me. Just look at their respective box office earnings. Sorry Kubrick fans, but I would much rather watch Raiders of the Lost Ark any day before I watch A clockwork orange, or Full metal jacket. I am not saying that these are bad films. I am just saying that I do not enjoy them as much as watching films like Jaws, Close Encounters of the third kind, any Indiana Jones flick, E.T., Jurassic Park, The color purple, Schindler's list, Saving Private Ryan, etc, etc. I will admit though that Spielberg also has made some sleepers such as... as... as... oh wait a minute, no he hasn't.

  • May 27, 1999, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Sad Indeed

    by wombat

    I agree, it is tryuly sad and disgusting to read most of the above. These guys were filmmakers, yet so many of you sound like political pundits, spinning hearsay and quotes to fit your own agendas and try to sound like you're some kind of expert. Are any of you out there that are taking shots at Spielberg actual filmmakers? (no, REAL filmmakers, where you actually have to deal with issues of paying people, political and financial pressures, unions, etc. Shooting an independent on video with your friends in the garage doesn't cut it) Both Kubrick and Spielberg have made good films and not so good films. Stop living in a world of absolutes: one is Good, the other is Evil, it's just not reality. Planet Earth is a place with shades of grey, not pure blacks and whites. Please, get a life, get a clue, and get over yourselves. If Spielberg were truly lying and cashing in on Kubrick post-mortem, don't you think Kubrick's family or Tom Cruise or SOMEBODY would say something? Kubrick never asked to be put on a pedestal, aren't you doing him more disrespect than anything you accuse Spielberg of by trying to do so?

  • May 27, 1999, 12:35 p.m. CST

    You idiots should stop knockin Speilberg

    by nate

    You guys talk like Spielberg is the worst thing to come out Hollywood, but all of you have stood in line to his his movies. Speilberg using Kubricks death to promote himself is the biggest load of of shit I've ever heard. The guy who brought that up up needs to apply for a job at a tabloid newspaper. The bottom line is that Speilberg is and will always be the greatest director. He's a cinematic genius.

  • May 27, 1999, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Grammatical error

    by quiscustodiet

    I meant their not there!

  • I'll try to make this as brief as possible (and no, I don't believe this 100%, but I can't shake this feeling)... Okay. FULL METAL JACKET comes out in '87 and is only a modest success. Kubrick, who has a huge ego, by the way, feels stung that his return after 7 years comes and goes. Flash to early '90s: A.I. is now in development, but he's having trouble with computer concepts and funding. Figuring he'll wait for technology to "catch up" a'la Lucas, Kubrick decides to go along with EYES WIDE SHUT. He really wants Nicole Kidman (can you think of a better actress for an SK film?) and figures he can get Cruise, too, thereby making it an almost guaranteed hit, which would allow Warner Bros. to lend him the proper funding for A.I. Filming commences, but due to delays, it won't be out until summer of '99, competing with EPISODE I. To boost the hype and interest, he conveniently "dies" just before the ShoWest clip is shown, but after

  • May 27, 1999, 4:17 p.m. CST

    To samscars

    by MZ

    I like some of Spielberg's films too, and I respect your opinion, but I must take issue with some of what you said. First, you can't judge how good a film is just by how popular it is. I mean, if that worked, Star Wars and Titanic must be higher quality films than Citizen Kane, Casablanca, etc etc. (And would you say the Spice Girls and N'Sync make great music just because their albums have done so well?) As for Spielberg not having a bad film... have you seen The Lost World?!? The book by Crichton was already a load of crap, and the movie was even worse. Hook wasn't exactly a masterpiece either.

  • May 27, 1999, 4:22 p.m. CST

    TO PARAGONIAN (and all you Spielberg-haters)

    by RedRightHand

    The reason Spielberg wanted an Oscar was because everybody thought that he was to immature (Raiders

  • My family lived through the Holocaust you fucks. Some of them dealt with Schindler personally. If you're calling their version of things mistaken in comparison to a Hollywood movie adapted from a novel (which no matter what has to have to fictional parts to fill it completely) you are the most unbelievably gullible fucking assholes I have ever heard from. You people make me sick, you see a movie and think yourselves experts on something you have no real idea about. Go to hell!

  • May 28, 1999, 5:36 a.m. CST

    HEY scamsars...

    by Dreckhead7

    must you always be entertained? can you never watch a film to be to be intellectually stimulated? Personally, my biggest beef w/ speilberg is that he always seems to assume that the audience is retarded (ie that old man "tell me im a good person" KRAPP -er whatever he said- in SavingPvtRyan)--Yes there are some speilfilms that i have enjoyed(jaws,indiana jones movies & i thought schindlers list was a good movie- alucard's statements still being acknowledged)- but on a separate note (many will disagree) jurassic park was one of the worst fucking movies ive ever seen, i HATED that movie...(neat effects though)--& as far as entertainment goes, (which i dont think that important because good art always has a greater effect on me)i thought the lost world was way better than jurassic park(maybe ive destroyed any credibility i had/who cares). id go as far as saying that i liked the lost world. i wipe my ass w/ jurassic park though. most Kubrick films i prefer over most Speil.i consider Kubrick the more genius of the 2 & more the visual commentator (leaving more to the imagination & more to think about). from what ive heard kubrick first got into filmmaking because he figured he could make better than what he was seeing.(i just wanted to say that...i forgot what relevance it had to this argument...sorry). & as far as kubrick never making movies about ordinary people -well you could say LOLITA is about an ordinary guy w/ ordinary human instincts that has trouble dealing w/ ---still on this ordinary bit... i recall reading somewhere about Kubrick seeing Albert Brooks' MODERN ROMANCE & contacting him & telling him how he had been wanting or trying to make a movie like that for years & asking "how did he do it?" uhhh. yeah.. just something about what scamscars said really bothered me, i just had to blow off steam er something..& call him a name or something...but i cant think of any good ones. yeah. kubrick better than speilberg--in many aspects. thats all for now.

  • June 4, 1999, 4:08 a.m. CST

    TO ALUCARD

    by noahsark

    FYI, I am the granddaughter of one of Schindler's Jews & grew up with my "papa's" stories of the Holocaust. He personally knew both Schindler & Goethe & had vivid memories of encounters with both. He was interviewed by phone by the author of the book. After reading it, he bought copies for the whole family & asked us all to read it & remember. He was very satisfied with the accuracy of the tale, even though a few of the characters were compilations of several people. He was also invited to a special screening for Schindler Jews by Spielberg. They were unanimous in their admiration of the film. It's true there are a few of Schindler's employees who chose to concentrate on the negative aspects of his initial capitalism & exploitation of them. But most, especially those who knew him closely, are unwavering in their gratitude to the man who gave up his fortune & risked his own life - & that IS what he did in the end - to save theirs. That is why to the end of his life, Schindler was constantly supported emotionally & financially by "his people." My grandfather went to his grave singing the praises of not only Schindler, but Thomas Kennealy (the author) & Spielberg for so brilliantly bringing to light not only the horror, but the true human beauty of the story. Personally myself, I don't think I ever will have again the raw, visceral reaction of mind, body & soul to either a book or a film that I did with both versions of SCHINDLER'S LIST. Nothing can please everyone, but the only opinion that counted to me was my papa's, who lived it, & I will carry his torch to sing praises to the man & artists who most profoundly affected his life. Being a film buff, I've seen all the movies of Kubrick, liked many, hated one (THE SHINING), & can honestly say there is not a single film in his resume that moved me as deeply as SCHINDLER, RYAN & to a lesser extent, some of Speilberg's more commercial films. Kubrick was an artist, for sure, but Spielberg is a humanist as well & God knows we certainly need more like him on this ever-darkening Earth! People have an honest, personal attachment to Spielberg's work; he is like the favorite uncle who comes to the funeral & cheers everyone up with entertaining stories of the deceased, & then goes on to give a serious, moving eulogy, peppered with a few funny anecdotes to keep us from wallowing in our grief. To those of you who can't get past your pretensions to see that, I feel sorry for you. From what I've read of Kubrick, he certainly could.

  • Sept. 25, 1999, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Lost World Influence...

    by thedarkling

    Just to clear things up - the movie "Lost World" was not a ripoff of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel. If you have ever happened to read a book (not sure, most of you seem to be illiterate based on your grammar and spelling) - you will note that the book "Jurassic Park" was written by Michael Crichton (The Great Train Robbery, Andromeda Strain, Airframe, Eaters of the Dead/The 13th Warrior), and the script was also written by Crichton. Now, after the literary and movie success of "Jurassic Park", Crichton wrote a sequel. Titled "The Lost World", the book was incredible. Almost as good as the original JP - and as in the first one, Crichton also wrote the script for this one. However, the movie was nowhere near it. In fact, neither of the JP movies can compare to the novels. That's just a little note - you seem to not know what you're talking about when you mention "The Lost World."

  • July 27, 2006, 7 p.m. CST

    Bu the network kept DROPPING HIS CALLS.

    by Wolfpack