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Steven Spielberg explains himself wondrously...

Hey folks, Harry here...   I love this video of Steven Spielberg, where he recalls the exact moments that created him.  That made him who he is.   This is absolutely riveting and fantastic storytelling, big shock, and I just had to share.    So here we go, Uncle Steven has a tale....





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  • April 16, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Lovely.

    by Dirkblack

  • April 16, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST

    I meant lovely obviously, oh and FIRST:)

    by Dirkblack

  • April 16, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Cool.

    by KilliK

  • April 16, 2012, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Wow, I have never been more inclined to say this...

    by Gus Van Rant

    WHAT A HACK! Laser Cats 7? Fuck you!

  • April 16, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    I was gonna watch War Horse the other day...

    by Ditko

    ...and I just thought, awwww, fuck it, who cares. Why can´t Kubrick be alive instead?

  • April 16, 2012, 5:17 a.m. CST

    OK, why can´t Kubrick be alive TOO?

    by Ditko

    That´s more PC.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    With all that reverence he has for childhood toys...

    by photoboy

    ... it's surprising he was willing to let Bay rape the Transformers into the ground.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST

    3 posts in a row Harry? Who do you think you are..

    by paul burnett

    ..the infamous billy the prick?

  • April 16, 2012, 5:50 a.m. CST

    I've sat in this man's screening room at Amblin...

    by Richard

    I wasn't even able to get up and grab a bag of popcorn from the concession stand next to the screen. Reverence? Respect? My wife says stupidity. But, sir. Just know that (and this includes all you haters out there) you are and continue to be... THE BEARD Thanks, Harry!

  • April 16, 2012, 5:53 a.m. CST

    First movie I ever saw in a cinema...

    by BookhouseBoy

    Ghostbusters!!!

  • April 16, 2012, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Get a divorce

    by Righteous Brother

    some people.....just....don't.....get....IT.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Ugh...

    by Ryan

    The more I see of Spielberg the less I like him. Such an ego-maniac. http://batstud.blogspot.com/

  • April 16, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Lovely man

    by Hipshot

    Met Spielberg at Twentieth Century Fox studios when I was there pitching a movie at Fox Searchlight with my wife. He was having lunch with the president of 20th, and I was introduced to him, and we spoke for maybe five minutes. This was just before REVENGE OF THE SITH came out, and he talked about how he'd "ghost-directed" I think three sequences for "George" (apparently designing the animatics) and he was just so tickled. One of the best days of my career.

  • ...they never followed their dreams. They never listened for that itty, Bitty little voice in their soul. The only thing I can think of is all those idiots that leave X Factor auditions crying, "But it was MY DREAM!!!" Speilberg really is the PT Barnum of our day. Not a cuss, just the truth.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    I can't believe some of those comments.

    by TheManBehindTheMask

    I mean, wow. Spielberg telling a nice little story about his younger self (that I already knew, but so what) and people are bitching about it? Damn some of you need to sit back and relax a bit. Being cynical is so boring and dated.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST

    What the fuck happened to him?

    by SpaghettiWall

    After Jurassic Park made him a shitload of money, and his dream project of the holocaust was finished, did he REALLY have the passion still? Lost World was going to happen no matter what, but it lacked the adventure of the first. You didn't feel like you were in the park. You felt like you you had just reunited with a good friend five years out of High School. He was funny and cool. Then you see each other again and he mumbles, barely conceiving half of his quality in conversations before. He also has shown wear over the years due to excessive drug use. That's The Lost World. When Jurassic Park 3 was made, you were at his funeral, talking about the good old days. Amistad was Oscar bait. Nobody asked for the film to be made and it showed. Saving Private Ryan was a saving grace to a lot of people. It is not a favorite of mine but I will not badmouth it. This is where the Oscars said, 'fuck you' to Spielberg and anyone who had watched it over the years. And from there we could spend awhile talking about the rest. Not all of them are bad. Not all of the ones that are good are GREAT though. You wish he would just hit a fucking home run again but he's living off his shit from decades ago. That's why he's best friends with Lucas. When he dies, I won't say 'what a fucking hack, he made a bunch of dumb stuff in the latter part of his career' I will just remember the fun times we had, and for that I am eternally grateful.......but yeah War Horse wasn't good.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    He's way more interesting that this, no?

    by Mr Gorilla

    Munich, Catch Me if you Can, AI - - these are interesting movies with shitloads going on, and absolutely not circus shows.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Spielberg....

    by Terence James

    Has turned his hand to just about every genre going and always comes up with a great movie. Except The Terminal.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    dont worry about that! HOLOGRAPHIC 2PAC!

    by rakesh patel

    now we can monetize the dead! this is it folks, the holodeck reality! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=l9yFYmboERs

  • So you're not the target audience. People who aren't cynical assholes..who DON'T have a 5 foot plank of wood wedged up their ass...who understand what movies are about. they are not about how much bank they get, how many awards they win, or what reviews they receive - in the end, they are escape. Pure and simple. They are not there for you to sit in judgment of them and scoff, huff and puff, scratch your taint and say "no, no, not good enough for me. This guy suxorz." They are for people who are willing to put aside their self-centric, myopic bullshit for a couple of hours and enjoy someone ELSE's vision. Yes, some movies suck. Sometimes the choices filmmakers make piss me off. But with the exception of guys like Uwe Boll and Michael Bay, who seem to go out of their way and do everything in their power to make sure they rub people the wrong way and make a turd of a movie...many directors are just trying to bring an idea to life and take people on an adventure. I am all for that Spielberg is a man who has shaped more childhoods than just about any director in film history. Between Jaws, Close Encounters, E.T, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and yes, even a lot of his more recent ones have been quite effective at doing what films do best...I REALLY have to question your mental faculties if you think you have ANY place to sit there and say he's a hack, that he's terrible, that he's not earned his keep as a director. His movies aren't for you. You see...his movies are for those of us who aren't fucking raging twatburgers of nerds bent on tearing down everything set in front of us as if it has personally murdered, raped, and defecated upon our entire family. You have the audacity to look at all he's given us since 1975 and insult the man? You're a laughable soul.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Dreams require others giving the dreamer a chance

    by alienindisguise

    which is in very short supply today.

  • You know, might be a CRAZY idea, I don't know, but what if he did exactly that for his next movies, as opposed of listening to GL?

  • April 16, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's War of the Worlds is underrated.

    by Jason

    It's always astounded me that Spielberg's 2005 adaptation of War of the Worlds did not receive more acclaim. I grew up reading the H.G. Wells story, and Spielberg got the most important points right on the button. There's one scene in the movie where the main characters emerge from the river and see the alien tripods walking over hills in the distance and laying waste to the countryside. As I watched that, I thought to myself that this was H.G. Wells's vision brought to life in the exact way that I had imagined throughout my childhood. That movie is just an amazing work of classic sci-fi through and through. My preferences lie with the Spielberg stuff that I grew up watching (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., etc.), but Spielberg still rocked it with War of the Worlds. Well done. I've always admired Spielberg's ability to define characters through their actions and his ability to show us the world with a childlike wonder, even when we're watching the atrocities of war.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Laser Cats 7 was better than "Crystal Skull"

    by jawsfan

  • April 16, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST

    He made Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    by loafroaster

    Anyone hating on him is a fucking moron.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST

    And both War Horse and Tin-Tin were fucking awesome.

    by loafroaster

  • April 16, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Agreed on War of the Worlds

    by Majin Fu

    That first scene with the Tripods was absolutely terrifying the first time I saw it. That was a great story from Spierlberg. Thanks for sharing!

  • Spielberg moved on from making your type of movies and found a more mature audience, its a natural part of growing up, something fanboys don't do a lot of. Saving P.Ryan, Munich, Schindlers List etc. Not for you or your kind unless you have a broader and mature sense of cinema. He's a director and producer at the highest level, he's proved himself with distinction again and again. You fanboys unable to see past your childhood may hate Transformers under his and Michael Bay's helm, but Hasbro has never had it so good financially and the worlds audience pushed the last movie into the $1billlion dollar club that none of his films have ever done before. Yeah, you're thinking "Well they're all idiots who don't know REAL Transformers" ...Really? How about its YOU that are stuck in a memory long out-dated? Fanboys on this site truly live in their own world outside of normal rational thinking people, this talkback proves that! They really live up the the a-typical narrow-minded, cynical and immature reputation people have of the average fanboy!

  • April 16, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I hope Lincoln is the Civil War movie we deserve.

    by whatevillurks

  • April 16, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Love Spielberg

    by pr0g2west

    He speaks brilliantly, compassionately, and his movies mirror his personality. Anybody who doesn't like him or thinks he's a hack...I truly hate all of you, and hope you all die torturous deaths.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    You lost me at 'I dream for a living'

    by Tristan

    Hey, when's that Avengers embargo over?

  • There's a mastery of craft in that movie that shows all the pretenders (like JJ Abrams) for what they are; clueless hacks.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Merit badges

    by old toby

    Speilberg would be interested to know there is now a 'Cinematography' merit badge, in addition to the Photography badge he metioned.

  • April 16, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    We were'

    by Dromosus

  • April 16, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I'm not dissing his films , sweethearts...

    by Dromosus

    I don't remember any schmaltzy "follow your dreams" horseshit in Jaws. Platitudes begin where real rigour, integrity and expression fail. I also love how people always seem to mistake scepticism for cynicism.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    War of the Worlds..

    by PR Deltoid

    ..until there is a War of the Worlds film that accurately reflects the time of HG Wells novel (late 19th century England) then the versions from both Spielberg and Pal, good they both may be, will always just be another ‘aliens invade America’ movie. Listen up Hollywood grow a pair, get it green-lit and give it to Gerald McMorrow, or even Branagh!

  • April 16, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    That said, Close Encounters tells you to follow your gut...

    by Dromosus

    ...but at the expense of your family and everything you once held precious. That's a far more believable parable for realising your goals.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    The thing about Spielberg..

    by pr0g2west

    Is that he is an artist, and he creates original movies. But he also wants to please audiences, so there is a tug of war going on in his films between satisfying the masses, and creating something truly original that you can't really categorize. And sadly to most, if its un-categorizable, then it can't be any good. i.e. fanboys who need superheros, and it must be exactly like the comic book or else! Or the dickless whiners who criticize and analyze to no end...without a single positive remark. People, it's not the film that sucks. It's your life that sucks...around the film. You've forgotten how to escape.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Best ever.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Deal with it, fanboys.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Love Da Berg!

    by ZodNotGod

    War Horse was good,not great, but solid. War of the Worlds is his worst movie in a decade.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    pr0g2west

    by ZodNotGod

    Nails it!

  • April 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Anti-Lucas remark in T-minus.....3...2...1

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 16, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Red Tails sucks.

    by whatevillurks

  • April 16, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Spielberg on SNL this weekend was HILARIOUS!

    by Wcwlkr

    I was dying with laughter on the Digital Short Laser Cats 7 directed by Spielberg LOL.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    wcwlkr

    by eric haislar

    Do think he actually shot that? or that was just a joke. I kinda really wanted him to be hind the camera on that one.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Where's the love for Munich?

    by Cliff Notes of Violence

    ...that movie was fucking tits....especially the last shot...... ....On a tangent ....reminds me of the last shot of Carnage in a way....how it shows the playground and the trees create a focal point on the now frenemies...in front of Ground Zero....

  • April 16, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Definitely a great sage of our times.

    by CodeName

  • April 16, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    War of the Worlds

    by Battybrain

    I totally agree that it was underrated-- its got some of the scariest imagery and sequences to be found in recent years. What killed it was the ending. Seriously, for want of a one line edit in the script (or two shots in the film), that movie loses a full star. Coming back after running into a wall of fire. Sheesh. That kid should never have shown up again. Proper ending: Cruise drops off the girl, waves/nods/whatever in the street. Turns and walks away. Bittersweet, and its already framed right. Just skip the resurrection.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Act 1 of War of the Worlds is top-notch. But it falls apart

    by Brian Hopper

    after that (though there are some cool shots and sequences later in the film as well). I'm a longtime Spielberg booster, but this video is considerably less than 'riveting'. It's just Spielberg in Joe Enthusiasm mode, which he's always in.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Spielberg is too nice.

    by I Hope You Die

    I used to think he was cynically pandering to the audience with all the cloying sentimentality in his movies, but I think he's just like that. That's what bugs me about him. He had a happy childhood, figured out what he loved early on, found great success and is STILL happy and doing what he loves. So fuck him. Real artists are more like me: they suffer, they never find success and they have no talent.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Tintin was fucking awesome.

    by Koschei

    so shine on you crazy haters.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    spaghettiwall

    by Himbo

    Nicely and accurately said about recent projects. I dont' really want to listen to SS talk. Hell, I don't even want to see any of his new movies. The discussion of WarWorlds was pretty accurate: amazing opening 30 minutes. Elsewise, made me long for Gene Barry and the George Pal show. That said, Close Encounters was on TCM a few weeks back. Great movie. The child abduction scene is absolutely terrifying. I don't care how many misses he has. He's been doing this for 40 years, and he's made some amazing movies. Even if the majority of his movies sucked (some will argue they do) a minority of them are incontrovertible classics. Even so, dont' need an inspirational speech. But I'll listen to him talk JAWS anytime.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Love him, but haven't loved one of his movies in a long, long time

    by Dursman2000

    Sad to say, but it's true. Especially his "escapist" films -- Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds, the putrid Lost World -- show that you CAN'T go home again. His dramatic work has been spotty -- I LIKED portions of "War Horse" but found it extremely uneven...Munich was likewise uneven and convoluted...The Terminal was lame...couldn't stand AI. Minority Report was good on balance but for whatever reason hasn't been a film I've wanted to revisit.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    STOP FUCKING WITH THE MIC, STEVE!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    Fuck, that's annoying.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Fan Boy MORONS

    by manzoniman

    Have no clue. Spielberg is one of the greats.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    His take on War of The Worlds is...

    by Blue_Demon

    a great HORROR film. The burning train passing the terminal, the burning humvees rolling downhill...Jesus Christ. Awesome and chilling. I LOVE that movie. JAWS grabbed me when I was a kid (thanks for making me nervous every time I went to South Padre Island, Mr. Spielberg.) I'm glad he was able to achieve his dream. He gave us so many.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    i hope you die - WAH. Fucking. WAH.

    by F This

    You sound like a jealous fucking crybaby with that shit. Fuck off with that suffering bullshit. He's had a spectacular career and made more money and art than you ever will. A couple of his films are among my favorite ever, thus I have a soft spot for the guy and get irritated by jealous whiny fucks like yourself. *Real artists are more like me: ... they have no talent.* Wut? Why am I not shocked at that statement?

  • Seriously, what a fucking tool. One of the best movies ever.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    This site needs a LIKE button. I agree with wcolbert!

    by DadTimesTwo

  • April 16, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    The most positive TB I've ever seen on AICN...

    by mr_bellamy

    ...was Quint's interview with Spielberg about JAWS. I always remember that when the haters come out of the woodwork. The man still has a lot of people in this world who love the hell out of him and his work. <p><p> And for the record, I liked War Horse.

  • Fuck the haters.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Minority Report could have been great

    by Darryll

    except for the giant, massive plot holes. How could they have not seen that at the story stage? Did they think the audience would be to distracted by the whiz bang fx to notice? It's a great movie to look at but a frustrating failure nonetheless.

  • He loves Frank Capra and Cecil B. DeMille, and his films are heavy influence by this. Spectacle filled with the human experience. He is not a cynical ass hole so why would be make films like that. His is still one of the greatest directors of all time and he deserves our respect.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    That dude cannot stop playing with the microphone.

    by tomandshell

    We hear you just fine! Leave it alone!

  • April 16, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I think Spielberg's career trajectory is comparable to De Niro's

    by papabendi

    They both started out right of the bat making great films and career choices. Then at some point they start making any old crap. I'd had enough of Spielberg's cloying, sentimental, tacked on bullshit with AI. One of the worst endings to a not too bad film ever.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Spielberg is more hit than miss by a longshot.

    by Quake II

    For every HOOK, ALWAYS & AMISTAD there is a Munich, Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, Raiders, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park and Catch Me If You Can. I even like 1941 and AI. Raiders Of The Lost Ark may be my all time favorite film, so for than movie alone Spielberg gets a lifetime pass. Spielberg, Michael Mann and Scorsese are the greatest American directors still working today and although not every movie they make is great, even their bad films are better than 90% of the shit out there.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    papabendi

    by STICKY WHITE

    You're an idiot. I would explain why, but what's the point? You'll just try to backtrack or find a way to say the same thing but differently if I even bother to mention how wrong you are about the ending of A.I. 11 years after the fact and people are still spraying the same bullshit assumptions as fact. There's this thing called google. Use it if you're ever curious as to exactly how wrong you are about it.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    "War Of The Worlds" was really, really terrible.

    by cinemixtape.com

    Seriously, the last half hour of that film is possibly the worst thing he's ever done. It's when I realized that he wasn't the same guy anymore. I only saw it once, but I recall actually being angry as I left the theater. 1993 was probably the last we saw of classic Spielberg. He can still make great films (Minority Report was excellent; Munich and War Horse were quite good), but he doesn't have the magic he had for the better part of 20 years. It's not his fault, though. That happens with age and success.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    If this is the first time you've heard any of this...

    by SK229

    then I'm REALLY fucking surprised and I'm not gonna say some bullshit about 'geek cred', cause that's exactly what it is, bullshit, but really... none of you have ever read a Spielberg bio? I know most of them are out of print, but I own and have read pretty much all of them, starting with the first edition of the Phillip Taylor bio back in... '93? The Joseph McBride one? The one where he's wearing the cap in the black and white photo on the cover? And a raging EGO? on SPIELBERG? Everyone I know who has ever had contact with him has a great story about it and how nice and decent the man is. The reason he's still good at what he does is that he still feels he has something to learn, like Kurosawa said at age 80, "I'm still learning," whereas so many young directors seem to think they have it all figured out and come off like pompous assholes all the time. Scorsese is the same way, he seems to still kneel at the alter of almighty cinema and for that, he's still an interesting filmmaker, always riveting to listen to because that's what happens when you love something more than yourself.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    History Lesson: What happened to the Amistad guy in real life?

    by Raptor Jesus

    He went back to Africa and became a slaver. http://tinyurl.com/87ubozo

  • April 16, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Thank you for sharing this, I got choked up!

    by rawsleestak

  • April 16, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Artificial Intelligence is great....

    by john

    An Amblin/Stanley Kubrick Production leaves all others bowing before it...

  • April 16, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Amistad was a strange choice for a slave movie.

    by whatevillurks

    It fell into the white savior trap. Would have preffered a Harriet Tubman movie, she was basically the black Schindler. SPR is flawed: the steamboat willie subplot undid a lot of the moral ambiguity that the shooting of unarmed men accomplished in the landing scene, dump all the music except for Hym for the Fallen durin the credits, dump the flag billowing openings and endings, actually show the British, French, and German cemataries, oh, and get some segregated units in there. However it was a needed film. For the first time WWII wasnt shown as the bloodless fun war. I still squirm when they shoot the german soldier in the tank during the finale battle, he looked 18.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    theothershoe

    by I Hope You Die

    I'm joking. I think Spielberg is a good filmmaker but there's a lot about his movies that rub me the wrong way. I think it's just a personality difference. Hence "Spielberg is too nice." I added the part about "real artists" as a joke because I'm basically saying Spielberg hasn't suffered enough, which sounds pretentious.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Here is a list of his flawless movies:

    by UltraTron

    Jaws, Close Encounters(I like all cuts), Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. Poltergeist(sure he didn't direct it), A.I.(sick sci-fi horror), Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Catch Me if You Can, Tin,Tin. Well? Any other flawless ones?

  • April 16, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah. Saving Private Ryan and Schindler

    by UltraTron

  • April 16, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    inspectorjason

    by thomskis

    Bang on about War of the Worlds, and particularly the last half hour. Never really occurred to me about any wall of flaming death. Yeah sure there was flame on screen but never the entire hilltop. Seems churlish to me, to begrudge a happy ending to a movie of such otherwise unrelenting grimness. 'Hushabye Mountain' scene still devastates for anyone not cool enough. Maybe an age thing. Happy endings more appealing these days. WOTW and Minority Report my two favourite recent efforts.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Forgot Jurassic Park

    by UltraTron

  • April 16, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    darryll - Minority Report - What plot holes are you talking about?

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Haven't seen that one in some time. I don't remember any plot holes. Nothing comes to mind.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    A. I.'s "Tacked on," effective ending was ALL KURBRICK!

    by ZodNotGod

    IDIOT!

  • April 16, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Catch Me If you Can

    by Fing Fang Foom

    is fantastic. Tintin was really enjoyable. War Horse was meh, i loved the beginning on the farm though.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    The A.I. ending

    by mr_bellamy

    I've come to stop arguing and just ignore the people who bash Spielberg for that ending. Not only is it the furthest thing from schmaltz in both concept and execution, but it's perfectly common knowledge by now that Kubrick, not Spielberg, was the originator.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Spielberg in 80's and 90's = Awesome, after that... not so much.

    by some dude

    I actually didnt totally care for Saving Private Ryan, especially when comparing it to something like the Thin Red Line. I know it sounds weird to say but i wasn't really sure what Saving Private Ryan was trying to get across to me. Tom Hanks plays the same guy he does in every movie and its in WW2 and they're going to save the last living brother of a family. It just seemed very random to me, like it wasnt sure if it wanted to be day in the life of the WW2 soldiers or some story about life worth saving. Just seemed a bit too jumbled and wam bam thank you maam for me. The intro was great though. Oh and I actually enjoyed Minority Report though I havent seen it in some time so my memory may be a bit affected by nostalgia. That said I didnt care for most anything he made later on in his career, even Munich and other stuff felt like a retread of the whole Jewish people arent going to take it anymore thing. Oh anyone who likes Warhorse the movie has actually never seen the play its based on and if you did you'd realize why the movie is pretty lame in retrospect. That's one of those cases where the movie has no chance what-so-ever of outdoing the live theatrical event in every possible way.

  • Are you guys serious on that? Yes he was the one who came up with the idea and the story but do you really think the movie would have turned out anything like Spielberg gave us? Give me a break, Kubrick and him were like night and day in terms of how they made movies.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    re: Raiders is schmaltzy slapstick comic book

    by ZodNotGod

    Indy rode on the sub because it never fully submerged. Subs in those days, didn't submerge unless an enemy was spotted.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    SAdly, he is the last we will see...When Scorcese and da Berg...

    by ZodNotGod

    and Lucas for that matter, shuffle off this mortal coil, they will have no replacements.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Muich is astounding...

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 16, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    1941

    by tinkergraphics

    omg it makes me smile just thinking about it

  • April 16, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Great video. Was George Lucas on before him?

    by fingerlickingood

  • April 16, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    War of Worlds, Minority Report, A.I.

    by even9

    fav. films of his. Wow all time fav. of his, at times is modern day alien invasion movie so much good genre fun, wow wee & could have been better too but maybe that would have been too much for mainstream. I've seen alot of his films, most people have, and i think alot of his films are all right to good, but the above three seem to share a balance of film maker & Genre that work the most for me. I just watched the Dark Crystal...anyhow Interested in the robo apocalypse movie, could be one to add to above trilogy. War Horse looked exceptionally bad to me just from the trailers alone, i suppose it just depends where you are at, his repertoire is so well known that he's always going to disappoint/throw an audience segment now. Anyhow, i'm happy with above trilogy if no more films of his that i really like as much, all three above have alot of merit about them in diff ways yet all still sharing a similar stylistic vibe/outlook.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    old video

    by handlink

  • April 16, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Tobe Hooper was on some major drugs during Poltergeist

    by some dude

  • April 16, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Lucas should have....

    by schulzcreative

    ...CGI-ed The Beard's collar.

  • April 16, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    I watch WOTW differently...

    by Andrew Coleman

    To me they all died on the hillside. Tom Cruise simply failed at protecting his family. All that other stuff happened in the afterlife. The first half is a horror film. A war movie where humans stand no chance and we loose... The second half is a fairy tale. Cruise steps up as a father. Becomes a super hero by taking down a tri-pod on his own. The aliens die of sickness and are easily shot down. Then he gets his daughter back to a shinning street where his son and ex-wife are still alive... They aren't. The war was over and humans lost. What we see in the second half is either a dream before death or the afterlife. The second half is what we always believe in during the darkest time... Yet based off what happened in the first half we know it couldn't. That's how I watch that movie. That might not be what they were going for but to me it makes that movie really strong.

  • April 16, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    WOTW had a great set-up, I don't blame SS...

    by ZodNotGod

    it's the lousy screenplay with most of the good stuff occuring off-screen. The kid that played Cruise's son was a douche.

  • April 16, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I trust no one who dislikes Spielberg...

    by ZodNotGod

    Sure, his douchey politics can go screw, but I have many friends with douchey politics so it's all cool in the school.

  • That's when Stevie boy was on top of his game post Jaws, Raiders,etc. But his involvement with clusterfucks like Bayformers and kingdom of the Crystal Skullfuck, kinda lessened his 'cred in my eyes. Munich was good, but not worth a second viewing so here's hoping he can get back in the saddle and make more great films otherwise, hang it up homie.

  • April 16, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    The family bits in the POLTERGIEST alone is all the Bergs.

    by ZodNotGod

    Plus, many of the ghost shots; Carol Anne being abducted, etc...vintage Spielberg.

  • April 16, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Edit function would be nice...

    by ZodNotGod

  • LMMFAO

  • April 16, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Has anyone read the script for Night Skies?

    by eric haislar

    It later became E.T and Poltergeist. Anyone ever read it? What did you think? would it have been a interesting film?

  • April 16, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Don't blame Spielberg for AI sucking

    by zach hill

    It was shit from start to finish, so zombie Kubrick is equally to blame.

  • April 16, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Awe, whats the point?

    by Jay

    What the fuck can anyone say regarding the comments here? They're about as childish as you can get. Reminds me of the first year of film school I did. Granted, these are the same posters who think The Avengers will be the greatest movie of all time. So I'm not too surprised. Whatever. Ignorance is bliss to the stupid. "Ooh, a new Spider-man trailer!"

  • April 16, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    "A hack"? My god...

    by Jay

    Really. If there's ever been a reason to consider the TBers a joke, here it is.

  • April 16, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Bantuwind, I love ya, buddy...keep it up!

    by ZodNotGod

    A.I. sucked? To who???? Who are these drooling cement heads? Let me guess, it sucks because the "aliens" at that discover David threw you for a loop? They weren't aliens, fuckwads.... Mechas....get a clue.

  • April 16, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Kubrick envied SS....

    by ZodNotGod

    Again, before spouting off about A.I. read a fucking book or something...school yourself, morons.

  • April 16, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Haven't Read Night Skies Or Watch The Skies, But...

    by Buzz Maverik

    I've read the same synopsis you guys probably have. Based on a creepy/goofy (ain't they all) alien contactee case called the Kelley-Hopkinsville incident (I believe) with nasty little gremin-like creatures that may have been aliens or demons (and certainly vanished when authorities were around but reappeared when it was just the family). It would have been the dark side of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, which is probably why Spielberg canned it and turned the final page of John Sayle's screenplay into E.T. I guess there was one benign little goblin that was left behind. I can see an interesting movie, but more self-limiting than CE3K, ET or Gremlins.

  • April 16, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Always wondered how CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...

    by ZodNotGod

    would have worked with Steve McQueen as Roy Neary. It's one of those lost opportunities, the same goes for Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones. I don't ever think anyone could have played it any better than Ford, but Selleck is his own type of man and he certainly would have added something very cool to it. Maybe not as smart-ass as Ford, but cool nonetheless.

  • April 16, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Overrated Hack!

    by Joe Plumber

    Harry, not Spielberg.

  • April 16, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Re:Zodnotgod re AI

    by even9

    An interesting way to look/watch at AI also is that it doesn't necessarily need to be a tale from the future for it's main allegory - this is just assumed but it actually can be neutral it seems to me. An interesting irony of Minority Report is that the 'system' gets away the very thing it is suppose to flawlessly prevent. An interesting nearly totally far out of War of the Worlds, is that aliens have taken over earth, invincibly totally running amuck destroying civilisation, feeding humans into their juicers and transforming the ground by spraying human blood!!!! teeehehehe, that's far flung Genre pudding!

  • April 16, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    A.I. does NOT suck

    by D.Vader

    That is all.

  • April 16, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Re: All this "SS is a Hack" shit

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    I used to play basketball with a bunch of dudes, some of whom were pretty good, most of whom were bad. In fact, one guy had even cracked an NBA roster years ago. Well, these same guys, when they'd watch a Lakers game at the bar, would fucking rant and rave and disrespect Kobe Bryant every time he failed to score or turned the ball over or messed up on a rotation and allowed his opponent to score. These guys would fucking scream at the huge flatscreens and swear to god if they were on the court that would never happen. You see, they could play the game better than Kobe could, most of them had just never gotten the chance to. Then, after the game, these same guys would go home to their ugly wives or girlfriends and their barely scraping by five figure incomes, and their overall sad sack lives, while Kobe would go home to his beautiful (but total bitch!) wife and his hundred and change $$ million deal and generally blissful life. That's kind of the same difference between SS and these fucking, moronic, trolling, wannabee fanboy haterz here. Guys who can't even get their fucking hack scripts READ by anyone who matters, calling SS a hack?? Cut off your fucking cocks, bitches -- that is, if you have any! SS is one of the reasons this site even *exists*, you morons!! He's a pioneer who paved the way for fanboy event movies like AVENGERS and DARK KNIGHT RISES, you vagina punks! Respect, bitches!! I'm out.

  • April 16, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    @ rgo74

    by acamp

    I know that screening room well. Spent two years there in the 90s. And I know what you mean - it was weeks before I had the nerve to go for the concessions! (Same with using the videogame room). Somebody who worked there at the time told me Steven used to hang out more with everyone at Amblin, but the bigger he got the weirder everyone got around him. So finally, he just ended up hanging out in his office most of the time. I can't help but think of poor, lonely old Citizen Kane in his castle...

  • April 16, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Senor Spielbergo

    by jellypop

    is one of the reasons why I 'heart' cinema so much. He is a legend.

  • April 16, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    The greatest film is yet to be made...

    by Chris Moody

    ...and Spielberg might be the one to make it. His storytelling approach is more appealing than most.

  • ...having directed Munich he knew the story leaned in Israel's favour, it was sympathetic to Israel's cause and yet, just before the premier he made an anouncement saying something along the lines of, 'the aim of this film is not to critisize Israel.' Dah, obviously you won't make a film that will critisize Israel as you are Jewish so why say that? Better to say something like, 'this film is not symathetic to the Palestinian cause but emhasises the justification for Israel's existence' this would be far more accurate to say. So yeah, Spielberg, great filmaker, but he should stick to entertaining people with his films, Munich was adapted from the book. The attempt was to sway, persuade or dissuade viewers' political opinion. He did it by re-interpreting the book in audio visual form, and knowing that film is usually reserved for entertainment purposes, he still fails to concede rhat Munich only succeeded in presenting an incomplete portion of history, putting into question his integrity as an artist, which I never doubted before Munich. 'Never write anything down that could be easily said' - Adolf Hitler.

  • April 16, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    sticky white

    by gotilk

    I'm tired of explaining it to idiots too. Anyone who thinks that ending was sentimental was watching a different film or not paying attention.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    AI is awesome....so is 70's and 80's Berg.

    by ZodNotGod

    Don't think so? Get a life, seriously....

  • April 16, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    by ZodNotGod

    Seriously, how can anyone deny the man after watching JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, RAIDERS & ET- his four masterpieces. If the man had died in 1985. He'd still be a legend. Sorry, he gets a lifetime pass. I love Crystall Skull long time too.

  • My god, the morons sure do come out on the internet, don't they? First of all, "he would never make an anti-Israel film because he's a Jew" is a ridiculous statement. Can an American never make an anti-American film? Secondly, the issue with MUNICH was that it seemed slightly critical of Golda Meir and the revenge scheme after the Olympics. The movie's clear point was that violence begets violence, not that mean Palestinians attacked the nice Jews. So Spielberg came out to say it WASN'T question of Israel (even though it is) because those who are 100% pro-Israel all the time have a lot of sway in this country. I am a Jew. I can criticize Israeli policy. Criticizing a race is ridiculous . Criticizing a government is called thinking.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Give that man a Podcast

    by and

    that was interesting as fuck

  • April 16, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Erichaislar...

    by Blue_Demon

    Regarding NIGHT SKIES, I remember reading articles about it in Fangoria and other mags (waaay before the internet) and how it was going to be a dark take on the aliens-visiting-earth subject. The most interesting thing was that Spielberg had contacted Rick Baker to design the aliens. When he showed Spielberg the alien Spielbert loved it and said it =made Yoda look like a toy= (according to Baker.) Then the choice was made to switch from mean, savage alien to cute cuddly alien and that was the end of that. Baker was never allowed to show his alien or sketches for his alien as part of his deal with Spielberg and the studio. Flash forward a couple of years and one day, there was a TV show aimed at kids that hadd one of those behind-the-scenes segments which was a tour of Baker's workshop. One astute viewer noticed an animatronic creature in the background while Baker and the host were talking about and wondered if that was the Night Skies alien. He said it was small and vicious-looking. I forget the magazine and the show but it would be interesting to see the designs. I also read a story on the internet about Ron Cobb (the genius designer) who had written a treatment or script for Night Skies. When Spielberg shelved the idea, he paid Cobb very well for his troubles. I'd love to see the script and designs for this so bad. I love seeing the what-could-have-been stuff.

  • April 16, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Krinkle, well said sir!

    by Blue_Demon

    If you criticize only actions, you can never be called racist. Actions are everything...race is nothing.

  • April 16, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    ...and Kubrick's A.I. was all CHRIS CUNNINGHAM - who has...

    by workshed

    ...more visual talent than both SK & SS combined. Now just give the man $500m to make the greatest mindfuck of all-time. One movie, thank you, and goodbye. Oh, wait, they're letting the bloke who made SPLICE direct a cut-price NEUROMANCER instead. Shhhhiiiiiiit.

  • April 16, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    It's about being daring

    by christpunchers2007

    but sometimes dreams come true because of luck. Think about it, what if Speilberg didn't get a lucky break or had an event that stopped him from rising up? What I'm trying to say is that there are people with great visions but never get the chance to use them. We're really not in a world where creativity is honoured... we're still a world that values norms more than anything. But nevertheless, don't be afraid. Be daring and dream. It should be a responsibility everyone should have.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Schindlers List is wonderful, btw

    by christpunchers2007

    We need more films like that, to balance out all the trash we're getting today.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    "i hope you die" hilarious

    by christpunchers2007

    Real artists are more like me: they suffer, they never find success and they have no talent.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    blue_demon

    by gotilk

    I'd ALMOST forgotten about that stuff. I'd die to see the designs/read the treatment/script.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST

    This idea of luck is very comforting for some

    by gotilk

    but it is utter bullshit. These people who say they have all the best ideas in the world but none of the resources? Buy a notebook. Write them. Costs a few bucks. If you already have a computer, use that. All great ideas rise above the mediums they are presented on. Luck is bullshit. Generally. And generally fucking matters.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    I really did enjoy the hell out of Tin Tin.

    by gotilk

    It felt like watching Spielberg re-discover his childhood. I expect whatever he does after Lincoln will be a return to innocence. Or Interstellar. ....please?

  • April 16, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I understand where is is coming from the last ten years.

    by DougMcKenzie

    The alliance with Bay made a ton of money, and Spielberg has an entire movie making operation to support. He doesn't have George Lucas' luxury of having work for tons of productions, for cash up front. His productions need to make money at the box office. Coppola had the same problem in the early 80s, and he failed, spectacularly too. I don't think SS has lost it. But he's searching for something, whether you want to call it a life's work or not. Does Schindler's hold up. Absolutely. Even if he retired today, he can point to that one as being his literature. But I think at this point he still needs something more accessible to the world as a whole. Not necessarily as person-ably identifiable as making the definitive Holocaust movie, as he quite rightly did, while being Jewish himself. Tintin, Catch Me, War Horse, Munich still show that SS can make a sit-down and capture an audience type of flick. I think Indy 5, AI, WotW, and MR failed at the concept stage, and SS made the best of them... especially AI which just didn't have enough story to warrant a feature length picture. As an 44-min anthology piece it might have worked. I hope that he can find either the story inside, or in collaboration, to make the movie WE ALL have been waiting for since after Schindler's (20 years now!). I think he will surprise us. I haven't given up. I don't think any of us really have on him.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    And my first movie was...

    by _Lizarkeo

    ...E.T. :-) </p> Thanks, Steven.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    that was awesome. damn it.

    by antonphd

  • April 16, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Despite all that wisdom he just spewed forth, ol

    by Yelsaeb

  • That's a rare thing to come upon.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Aw, dammit.

    by Yelsaeb

  • April 16, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Since all Spielberg talkbacks revolve around A.I.

    by pr0g2west

    The sentimental ending that everyone thinks Spielberg destroyed...it was in fact Kubrick's vision. He has said so in many interviews. And wheather or not it was Kubrick or Spielberg's idea...it's a fantastic ending. Not as fluffy and warm as one might think upon first viewing. A.I. and Close Encounters are 2 perfect examples of "follow your dreams". And ironically, those are the only 2 films of his career that Spielberg also wrote the screenplays for.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I Love This Guy

    by Rebeck2

    Always have, always will. It's one thing to be incredibly talented, but to still be such a nice guy as well... I'm jealous of the people on here who have met him. It's been the dream of my life and my career to work with/for him. I got into Amblin years ago but never met him. One of these days...

  • April 16, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    oh yeah...

    by Rebeck2

    And A.I. is a fucking masterpiece you ignorant cretins!

  • April 16, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    @the_hawaiian_stallion

    by pr0g2west

    Kubrick wanted A.I. to have that sentimental touch...which is why he approached Spielberg to direct it. Kubrick wanted your heart to bleed for these robots..and Spielberg succeeded at doing just that.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    The real problem with A.I.

    by Mattman

    is it's smarter than its audience, who can't be bothered to look deeper than what they expect to see. A.I. is a masterpiece.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    A jew celebrating Christmas? He lies?

    by cockstankbuttnasty

  • April 16, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    Enough is enough. This is why "Always" is an awesome motion picture.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    So, here I am, an 8 year-old at my cousin's birthday party. His dad puts on a movie. In his eyes it is Steven Spielberg, maker of the "Indiana Jones" films, and its about firefighters and planes. What isn't to love about that? (Special Note: I grew up in a family whose eldest siblings, twin brothers, were firefighters and became so after their father died in a car accident between a station wagon and an 18-wheeler, a great Mack truck, left my grandfather with a broken heart, a severed artery leading there, sweltering the summer heat in the cab of that broken car and wedged between its crushed roof and the blacktop radiateing the sun it inexorably soaked in. He was stuck there some five or so hours, a broken piece of machinery unable to be fired up, leaveing the firemen to use crowbars and other crude tools. My father and his brother bought a jaws-of-life the next weekend, immediately after the funeral procession and the burial in the rain, took their exams, became EMTs and joined their local volunteer fire department. A moment that cemented their lives - and maybe mine.) Tucked into sleeping bags and heavy with pepperoni pizza and litres of Coke, the eyes fell one by one. I watched, mezmerized. When my Uncle dropped his recliner back down into the sitting position, wiggled socked and unsteady feet into the carpet suddenly beneath him, he stood unsteadily and stepped over the heaps of sleeping children half-hidden in the shadows barely illuminated by the half-lit scroll of the end credits. Turning off the TV, he turned and saw me with my eyes wide-awake and was surprised. Definately not a kids' movie. Over the years I've returned to it many times, first VHS I owned that was in a letter-box format. There are moments in that film that are among the first film images to bring tears to my eyes in a single revelation: that of beauty beheld. Steven Spielberg gave that to me, in great and gorgeous moments that raise the hairs on my skin, make me aware as a copper line run through with electricity. My favourite being the weaveing bus sequence. Holly Hunter and the great Brad Johnson are haveing a romantic day of getting to know each other when ahead of them they see a school bus weaveing across the width of the road. The bus pulls over, full of screaming children's faces frameing the windows. The bus driver is haveing a heart attack. He is dying, there on the hot concrete of the highway, miles from nowhere, only the telephone poles and these shocked witnesses. Brad Johnson gets out of the station wagon, begins CPR, heaves of chest compressions, while Holly Hunter goes to hail a driver to get help back. Dreyfuss' Pete stands by, sardonic, jaded, still feeling left out. In a way, he mocks the hero as he himself is beyound the sphere of help. Then he looks to his shoulder, and why there's the bus driver, standing right there next to him - and looking down at himself dying there on the hot road. They converse, realize it isn't his time, and they stand and watch as one life tries to save another. The busdriver opens his eyes, and gives a gasp of breath. He comes back happy, effervescent. It isn't death that has cheered him, but a moment away from glorious life and his joy at the return of it. Spielberg films it like an Old West showdown, full of faces and glinting sun. The drama of it, the relief, it is such a cinematic moment that I can't fully describe the feeling of it. It is an artist throwing himself fully into his material, and being gifted at it. Throughout, the special effects, the planes flying through burning forrests, the great comedy, the beauty of the land, the acting. It is a wonderful film. And not forced, as you would think it to be. The melodrama is balanced by the humour of it, the rollicking life behind it and the glory of fully-realized characters. It takes its sweet time, but in between are moments that only Spielberg could bring to us. Like the details of the bar they all attend, all the lovingly filmed process of a woman learning to love again, and the acheing accompaniment of "the Platters," it all adds to a film of sensations and emotions, a screw-ball picture mixed with "Lost Horizon." Awesome.

  • April 16, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    New species? What the hell? Cop out? Not at all.

    by ZodNotGod

    Those were robots, Mechas at the end of A.I. Damn if you people are going to slag on a masterpiece at least get the facts straight so I don't think your a drooling retarded who doesn't get it.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Hard to stay on top forever...

    by ennio

    ...I think he started spreading himself too thin with his producing projects. But Raiders, Jaws, E.T, Schindler's and Ryan are all classics. Hell, Duel would have been perfect if there were no narration.

  • April 17, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    @myphdisdoom

    by pr0g2west

    Thats interesting, and it makes sense. Kind of like the end of minority report when tom cruise gets the halo...could the rest be a dream?

  • and so on.FACT.

  • April 17, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Thank you for the defense of Always

    by livetwice

    Chaunceygardiner, I salute you for saying so well what I have Always felt about Always. It is top-tier Spielberg and criminally underrated. I don't think even Spielberg himself believes it is good enough, but it most certainly is. I find it unfathomable that anyone, let alone a Spielberg fan, would consider this movie to be a failure. Please, watch it again with an open mind and an open heart. It is not Jaws. It is not Raiders. And it isn't CE3K. It is however a rich, fully realized, involving and rewarding movie experience. I agree with you especially about the bus driver scene, which never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Watch Holly Hunter as it slowly dawns upon her that Brad Johnson is a good man, and watch Richard Dreyfuss from his guardian-angel, other-worldly perspective be amazed again by the wonder of human life and the power of human potential. Plus, the two major aerial firefighting sequences in the first half of the film are as good as any action or genre set piece Spielberg has ever committed to film in terms of action, SFX, thrills, suspense, twists, heart, dramatic impact, you name it. Just to single out one moment in the second piece, when pilot Dreyfuss thinks he is out of danger and then all of a sudden notices his plane's engines are on fire, he gives his buddy John Goodman in the nearby plane that nonchalant shoulder shrug (as if to say "check it out, do you believe that?") a second before his plane explodes in full view of his friend's eyes. If that doesn't move you, check your pulse. My only problem with the film is that the final flight with Dreyfuss "talking" to Holly Hunter is a little too drawn out, but that closing shot of Dreyfuss standing on the runway as he releases her to live the rest of her life makes it well worth the wait. Thanks again, Chauncey.

  • April 17, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    The Terminal

    by pr0g2west

    Such an underrated movie. Tom Hanks is ingenious throughout, always learning new things about his character from start to finish. John Williams score is so creative, combining European sensibilities with jazz...who does that?! And the significance of jazz as a part of that movie, jazz being a free american musical artform, and Victor Navorski trying to get his freedom. The story is so inventive and never gets stale or dry. The cinematography and lighting are visually awesome, the way Spielberg plays with light and how he moves his camera never ceases to amaze me..it is a technically beautiful film, as well as a character driven film, and it has heart. I wish people would re-examine this motion picture, and I hope with time it will grow more popular.

  • April 17, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    This speech was a trainwreck...

    by spicy-mag.com

    ...all aboard!!!

  • April 17, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    AI is great

    by Winston Smith

    It holds up really well, and is one of the more ambitious big budget films I've ever seen. Also, on luck, luck DOES exist, it has to. Take enough people, some are gonna be lucky, some aren't, and some are gonna be about in the middle. But it's not just with career or success, it's with anything. Some people are lucky and happen to be the child of Steven Spielberg. Othertimes people are unlucky and happen to be born in Somalia. Or look at personalities, different cultures and eras put more respect into certain types of personalities than others. It's definitely better to be a nerdy fantasy geek now than it would have been 1000 years ago. My point is luck DOES exist... but that doesn't mean it should ever be as an excuse for ones own shortcomings. And of course, the harder you work or the more chances you get, it's like buying 10 lottery tickets vs. 1. Your odds of "happening upon" luck go up. But luck does exist... sorry but it always bothers me when dumbass Americans say that "everyone is put on an even playing field, no such thing as luck." Such fucking bullshit. Tell that to some 3 year old who died of a disease, or some kid born into poverty and starves to death, or some poor sap who is hit by a drunk driver. And on the same accord, people DO get lucky, happen to be in the right place at the right time, and so forth.

  • April 17, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter's The Thing- My first theater experience.

    by bdc777

    I remember being four years old, and my family and I were going to the movies. We had been planning it for days. My brother and sister explained to me that the movie theater was a place with a huge screen. I had seen movies on television before, but never in a theater! They explained that when you got there, the room got all dark, and you had to be quiet, unless you were laughing. The movie that my parents were taking us to was a film about an alien. I had heard my brother talking about it, and he was excited. A commercial for the movie would play on TV and he would point out that it was the movie that we were going to see. I was really excited; the whole family was. This movie had everybody talking. It was a huge cultural phenomenom. The movie, was E.T. The night we were going to see it arrived. My Dad and Mom got us all into the family car, and drove us over to the theater. It was a smaller place with only three screens. We all got out of the car, and walked up to the ticket counter. I could tell that my mother was upset soon enough. E.T. was sold out for the rest of the night. My brother and sister were pissed, but being that they were both older than I, they took it as just one of those things in life. I, on the other hand, was inconsolable. I pitched an absolute, first class, atomic fit; right in the parking lot. I remember that my Dad had to pick me up and carry me back to the car. My Mother was sort of panicking because she knew that they had to get me to a movie that night. I think that the experience of going to a movie was what worked me up all week, and the thought of not getting to experience that made me cry up a storm. When we were all back in the car, my parents started conferring about what to do. My Dad was ready to call it a night and go back home and watch Hee-Haw. My Mother was having none of that. She convinced him to drive over to the other theater in town to see what was playing there. I started to calm down a little. I think I may have realized for the first time that a temper tantrum works sometimes. When we arrived at the other theater, I was in awe at how much larger it was. This theater had eight screens, and it looked newer. When we got up to the ticket counter, my Dad and Mom started to argue over what to see. I became impatient, and the next thing I knew, my Father was walking back over to us kids with five tickets. Both of my parents grew up loving science fiction. My Father had even worked as a projectionist in the late fifties. Later in my life, he would tell me about all of the classic film he got to see when he was a young man. A lot of those were sci-fi classics like Earth VS. the Flying Saucers, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and The Thing From Another World. My Mother would go on to be just about the biggest X-Files and Sci-Fi Network fan. On this particular night, I think they just decided to throw all caution to the wind, ignore the R rating, and purchase five tickets for John Carpenter's The Thing. After the popcorn and soda was purchased, and bathrooms used, our brood entered into the theater, and found our seats. Out of about three hundred or so seats, the theater was about 10% filled. I sat between my brother and my sister. I do not recall the previews that they showed, nor do I recall most of the film. There are a few moments that I remember vividly though. The one that I remember the most is the blood test scene. When Kurt Russel's Mac is sticking the wire into the petrie dish full of blood, and The Thing leaps out, I just about soiled myself. The other bit I remember clearly, is the dog assimilation scene. When all of those tentacles ooze out of him and the head split open, I think my popcorn went flying. When we all shuffled out of the theater at the end, my mother was unimpressed to say the least. She kept saying that she bet E.T. was better. I can remember my Dad saying something like they don't make them like they used to. I think my brother thought it was okay, and my sister didn't really have an opinion. She was sixteen at the time, and she probably regarded being out with her family as torture anyway. I wasn't old enough to really know what I thought about the film, yet, around that same time, I did develop a keen interest in horror films. I started sneaking out of bed anytime one was on television. I would watch it, crouched down next to the couch in the living room, while my family watched, to avoid detection. For years, John Carpenter's The Thing became something of derision in my house. My Mother would talk about it sometimes when she was talking about bad movies. It had never really received a second look from most of us until about midway through the nineties. I was just getting out of high school, and I was at Blockbuster Video one night and decided to rent it. After all, John Carpenter did direct my favorite film of all time, Halloween, so I decided to give this film a fair shot. When I got home, my mother asked what I rented. I told her and she rolled her eyes and started complaining about it like it was 1982 again. I didn't let her loathing of the film dissuade me. I was going to watch it again, and make up my own mind about it. About two hours later, I was watching the final credits come up, and I just couldn't believe what I had seen. This was not only one of the best horror or science fiction films ever made, but it was one of the best films period. I couldn't believe that I had gone such a long time knowing that the film existed, but never really gave it a fair shot. It had been the first film that I remembered seeing the theaters for God's sake. I was shocked. How many other great films out there had Carpenter done? I remembered the Halloween films, and The Fog. Those were classics in my house. I had remembered Big Trouble in Little China because it had been on cable about a million times. I vaguely remembered my sister taking my brother and me to see a film he did called Prince of Darkness, though I didn't really remember what it was about. I may have seen They Live on cable, but I couldn't be sure. From that point on, every Friday night was devoted to renting Carpenter films. I discovered Escape From New York, Assault on Precinct 13, Starman, and Christine. I watched all of them. From then on, anytime that a Carpenter film was released in theaters, I was there. If he made something like the Masters of Horror, I bought it. The man started my love of films, and it has continued on into today. He is my favorite director of all time, and I find myself aping his style when I write scripts. I am forever grateful for that night I saw The Thing in 1982. From the age of four, I've known that I was going to do something in the film industry, and it all started with a sold out show to a box office heavyweight. Months after that night, I managed to finally see E.T. It was still playing in theaters. I think I may have cried, but what four year old doesn't cry at a movie like that? Years have passed, and I'm happy to see that E.T. is kind of laughed at today while The Thing is considered to be one of the classics of it's genre. Thank you John Carpenter.

  • April 17, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Munich was utter class.

    by I AM ROCKO

    That is all.

  • I mean damn....sure he's not at the top of his game but no artist stays strong for 40 years. he get made respect for those classics even if he did utter shit for decades afterwards and he didn't really.

  • April 17, 2012, 4 a.m. CST

    It annoys me when people refer to the "aliens" at the end of A.I.

    by theyreflockingthisway

    On my first viewing, without any doubt, I knew these beings were evolved mecha. I just don't understand the confusion. Why would aliens bother to live on a frozen Earth and be interested in recovering old robots? People really don't put any thought into their viewing do they? See something resembling an alien and assume it's an alien despite all the evidence to the contrary. Also how was the ending happy? It's extremely sad. He tries to live a life that never was in 24 hours to say goodbye to the mother who abandoned him and couldn't accept him. He got his wish of becoming a real boy by waking up in a world full of mecha, however those he loved are now gone and that was all that really mattered to him.

  • Too late. Already has and has surpassed a few already. FACT.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Agree. Luck does exist....

    by ZodNotGod

    Spielberg, Lucas et all were at the right time and the right place.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    The objectors to A.I.'s ending are amusing...

    by ZodNotGod

    as in STUPID!

  • April 17, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    is someone comparing John Carpenter to Spielberg?

    by ZodNotGod

    I love the Carp, but no...Nice try, but seriously, NO.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Seriously, why can't da Berg make good television?

    by ZodNotGod

    The dude could not produce a quality show if he was held at gunpoint.

  • April 17, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    The ending to AI is sad.

    by ZodNotGod

    The robot kid, programmed to love, is stuck at the bottom of the ocean for centuries. The Mechas find him, in order to study him, give him what his programming needs- mother figure. They know he is about to power down forever and use said enviroment to study him. It's very profound as it shows the advanced robots are more compassionate than most of humanity. It's not a sappy ending, its not a "happy ending," it's bittersweet. And do some research, that is Kubrick's ending, he wanted it.... Why do people keep saying it's a happy ending when David is near "death?"

  • How eloquent you are to name drop movies you all have never directed, and to say how those films were so much better than his. Here's a little secret: Spielberg doesn't care. He fulfilled his dream already. Have you?

  • April 17, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    E.T. is a masterpiece, I challenge anyone to find fault.

    by ZodNotGod

    The Thing got a raw deal sure, but it happens. If Carpenter hadn't turned so bitter maybe he'd have done more after it.... I love the man and his movies but get a grip. As for ET, I trust no one who dislikes it, simply because it's flawless and the best performance by a kid actor- ever! Watch the kid's audition scene, he has everyone bawling. I hate to just say its good, the flick touches deep down for anyone who's ever found a stray pet. It resonates, and will continue to do as it has for two generations now.

  • April 17, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    RE: atkinson - BINGO!

    by ZodNotGod

    I see where the nastiness comes from these people...negative, worthless morons.

  • April 17, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Only a douche and an idiot would take a 4 y/o to see The Thing...

    by ZodNotGod

    Seriously, how detached do you have to be...it was rated R for a reason. Asswhipes.

  • April 17, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I liked War Horse...so Spielberg can still make good films.

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    unlike some of his recent efforts.

  • April 17, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Spielberg should make the REAL HG Wells War of the Worlds

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    Agree with others on here. About time someone did justice to HG Wells story. Set it in Victorian England and give us a faithful adaptation......unlike that recent monstrosity with Tom Cruise.

  • April 17, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    His worst movie still is LOST WORLD.

    by ZodNotGod

    UGH. Cash grab there...

  • April 17, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    ZodNotGod :-)

    by Atkinson

    Thanks dude. :-)

  • April 17, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    exceptional

    by taff

    It's nice to hear an intelligent explanation of a man's life calling.

  • April 17, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    atkinson

    by ZodNotGod

    Pleasure!

  • April 17, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I still love Crystal Skull!

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 17, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Spielberg needs to do a biopic on PT Barnum!

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 17, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Dioxholsters, you didn't like GOODFELLAS??

    by CountryBoy

  • April 18, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    rebeck2

    by thomskis

    Agreed.

  • April 19, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST

    @ zodnotgod Comparing Carpenter and Spielberg.

    by bdc777

    I wasn't comparing the two of them. Where did you get that idea? They're two completely different filmmakers. Spielberg tries to convince us that a child could survive a giant military missile hit and be reunited with his family. Carpenter will shoot and kill a little girl for because she wanted vanilla twist. I'm not saying one is better than the other, they're just different. As far as E.T. being laughed at, I'm sorry but it is sort of rightly marginalized these days. That film features all of Spielberg's annoying traits that would later make some of his work unbearable. Daddy issues, emotional manipulation, and his continual use of the "Indianapolis Speech" to create exposition and character development in a totally inorganic way, are all on display here. Henry Thomas was great, as were most individual components of the film. Yet, when taken as a whole, it is a diabetic coma-inducing crapfest. Spielberg has become more nuanced and subtle as a director over the years. While his newer films have less heart and wonderment than his earlier stuff, they are much more, for the most part, realistic and profound. There seems to be four different Spielbergs at times. There is fun Spielberg (Jaws, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park), pull at your heart strings Spielberg (E.T., The Color Purple, A.I.) WTF Spielberg (1941, Hook, The Terminal) and serious Spielberg (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich). He has good and bad movies in all of those categories. I will forever hate E.T. because of a couple reasons. Those Reasons are John Carpenter's The Thing, and Blade Runner. Both of those films came out the same day about three weeks after E.T., and they were both overshadowed by that piece of shit. E.T. is not as much of a classic within its own genre as either of those two films are in theirs. In the interest of full disclosure, John Carpenter and Ridley Scott are my two favorite filmmakers of all time. So take that for what it's worth. I don't think my father was either a "douche" or an idiot. As a matter of fact, he was a high-ranking NCO in the U.S. Army, and he fought so you could have YOUR right to be both a douche AND an idiot. You have a hell of a nerve saying that. You should be ashamed of yourself for saying something like that in the first place, the only reason why I posted that in the first place is because Spielberg's story of his first film experience inspired me to tell mine. In other words, GO FUCK YOURSELF!