Directed by Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is known the world over for creating genuine movie magic. From his blockbuster splash Jaws in 1975 up until his 2012 biopic Lincoln, Spielberg is certainly a gifted filmmaker. Very few auteurs are still work today but Spielberg keeps banging out films that dazzle the senses and leave an everlasting impression on the viewer. However, some of Spielberg’s films haven’t achieved the recognition and respect they deserve. There are certain films that this movie master made that didn’t quite achieve a high status. One such film is 1991’s Hook, a fantasy adventure which didn’t really score well with critics but filled children of the 90s with joy, innocence, and wonder.
The film follows middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a bitter individual who has forgotten who he is. »
- Randall Unger
Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis talks Steven Spielberg's 1977 aliens-among-us classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Steven Spielberg was playing with house money after the enormous success of "Jaws" and he struck pay dirt again with this epic sci-fi fantasy chock-full of brilliantly composed panoramas and cracker-jack suspense scenes. Filming largely on the biggest indoor set ever constructed (inside a gigantic World War II dirigible hangar in Mobile, Alabama), CT3K races through its 137 minutes without breaking a sweat, arriving at a climax at Wyoming's Devils Tower that is one of the most ecstatic moments in movie history. Vilmos Zsigmond's Oscar winning cinematography helps make that sequence and the rest of "Close Encounters" a memorably visionary experience. »
- Trailers From Hell
Steven Spielberg was playing with house money after the enormous success of Jaws and he struck pay dirt again with this epic sci-fi fantasy chock-full of brilliantly composed panoramas and cracker-jack suspense scenes. Filming largely on the biggest indoor set ever constructed (inside a gigantic World War II dirigible hangar in Mobile, Alabama), CT3K races through its 137 minutes without breaking a sweat, arriving at a climax at Wyoming's Devils Tower that is one of the most ecstatic moments in movie history. Vilmos Zsigmond's Oscar winning cinematography helps make that sequence and the rest of Close Encounters a memorably visionary experience.
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- TFH Team
Friday, June 20, 2014 was the 39th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's Jaws, a movie credited alongside Star Wars as the films that kickstarted the era of the blockbuster. Whether you look at that as a negative or positive, that's the industry you're complaining about, the films themselves still hold up just fine and as proof watch the video below, captured in a theatrical screening of Jaws in 2011. The shark still has it. yt id="Req9CzVJrZU" width="500" Oh, and here are some of the filming locations on Martha's Vineyard, 40 years after Spielberg and crew took it over. »
- Brad Brevet
(Note: We’ve bumped this for the occasion of the anniversary of the film’s original release on June 20, 1975.) For moviegoers, there might not be a more quintessential summer movie than Jaws. (Pun intended.) But even if you’ve absorbed every documentary about the making of Steven Spielberg‘s template-setting blockbuster, you’ll probably find something new in […]
The post Watch Jamie Benning’s Feature-Length ‘Inside Jaws’ Documentary appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
I never really had my Godzilla moment as a kid. The closest I ever came was a Godzilla franchise marathon one Saturday afternoon. I watched while everyone else was outside doing outside things, and my main memory of the marathon was thinking to myself, “Geez, these movies really drag when Godzilla’s not onscreen.” I think I was 10?
Now, I don’t begrudge anyone their peculiar childhood fixations; I can’t be in »
- Darren Franich
I came across something today that is endlessly fascinating, a "Siskel & Ebert" television special from 1990 where Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel sit down with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The discussion ranges from their careers, where they're going, where they've been, what they expect from the movies in the future, film preservation and the coming of high definition television introduced by Siskel saying, "You add a good sound system as well and some people may never want to go to a movie theater again." At the time, Scorsese's GoodFellas was the next film coming from the trio and he makes mention of his want to make The Age of Innocence, which would be released three years later. Spielberg's next film would be Hook (1991) and even talks of wanting to direct a Howard Hughes movie, which, of course, Spielberg would never make, but Scorsese would tackle in The Aviator fourteen years later. »
- Brad Brevet
I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.
A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.
Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it. »
- Sam Moffitt
It all started with a tweet. On May 22nd, Rick Baker, the make-up wizard and self-proclaimed "monster maker" behind everything from "American Werewolf in London" to "Maleficent," posted an old, black-and-white photo to his Twitter account. The caption read: "As requested, the Night Skies alien. Not finished, no eyes. Cover the top of his head and tell me who he looks like." The photo was in reference to the infamously canceled "Night Skies," a project that he worked on with Steven Spielberg. The next day, Baker blocked out the top of his head, added eyes, and proclaimed the creature "Et's dad." This lead to a flurry of internet speculation, mislabeling "Night Skies" an "E.T. The Extra-terrestrial" prequel or a follow-up to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." It was neither. And here's the story.In 1980, Steven Spielberg found himself at something of a crossroads. After ushering in an era »
- Drew Taylor
30 years ago, Steven Spielberg—still some way from his 38th birthday—was at the height of his power. He had invented the modern blockbuster in “Jaws,” re-invented the old-school adventure in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” perfected the family movie in “E.T.,” united all these things for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and founded an immensely powerful production company, funding and steering innovative, horror-flavored projects like “Poltergeist” and “The Twilight Zone”—and something called “Gremlins,” a project Spielberg had bought and then given to a promising director of comic horror called Joe Dante, because the maestro himself was busy with “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” The “Gremlins” script, by a young writer named Chris Columbus, was exactly the kind of thing Spielberg had made work so well so far. He had perfected a certain tone: family-friendly because it was also family-frightening. And you could be sure his »
- Ben Brock
Stars: Jason Brooks, Shannon Doherty, Christopher Lloyd, Zack Ward, Ciara Hanna, Rachel True, Yar Koosha, Fred Stoller, Jeremy Wade, Mark Christopher Lawrence | Written by Anna Rasmussen, Delondra Williams | Directed by James Cullen Bressack
After scoring it big with Sharknado, The Asylum spread their wings, moving from Syfy to Animal Planet with Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, which sees Michael, a fish and wildlife expert, move to a small Michigan town with his wife, Cate (Doherty), after being summoned by the town mayor, Akerman (Lloyd), to help deal with its growing lamprey problem after they slide their way into the city’s sewer system. With their giant-toothed, funnel-like mouths attacking all those in their path, the town’s residents quickly learn that a casual dip in the pool, fishing trip or routine trip to the toilet can turn deadly as the killer lampreys hunt for their next victim(s »
- Phil Wheat
Intended as a sequel to Close Encounters, Night Skies began in the 1970s but later stalled. We look at how its ideas evolved into E.T...
Having scored a phenomenal hit with Jaws in 1975, director Steven Spielberg used his considerable industry clout to make Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - a science fiction fairytale for the UFO age. It was a personal project for Spielberg, conceived and partly written by the director himself (several other writers made uncredited passes on the script), and based on Firelight, the UFO film he'd shot for $500 while he was a teenager.
“I had a real, deep-rooted belief that we had been visited in this century,” the director once said of his fascination with the UFO phenomenon. “I was a real UFO devotee in the 1970s, and really into the UFO phenomenon from reading. For me, it was science.”
Like Jaws, the production »
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors who has ever lived. He has made so many amazing and classic movies in his career, and he continues to do so. The guy just knows how to tell stories. As a tribute to the director, YouTube user ebcooper44 created this great video montage featuring all the films the director has made over the course of his career. I truly do love almost all of the films that Spielberg has made. If you've been reading the site for awhile, then you know how much I love his film Empire of the Sun. There's something about that film that just really affected me after I saw it. It was one of those movies that changed my life and helped me understand what type of person I wanted to be. What is your favorite Spielberg flick!?
List of movies used in this video:
1. Duel »
- Joey Paur
Let's begin this tale with 1975's Jaws. The story of a man-eating shark terrorizing an island was a watershed moment for cinema. It gave birth to the modern day summer blockbuster. Since it was so successful for Universal Pictures they immediately ordered a sequel. Steven Spielberg, who directed the original was approached for Jaws 2 but passed, saying, "making a sequel to anything is just a cheap carny trick." Spielberg's next film was 1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It's about Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), a regular guy who has an encounter with a UFO that turns his life upside-down. That was a monster hit for Columbia Pictures and they too wanted to cash in with a sequel. This time Spielberg didn't want to watch another one of his creations get a sequel without him, so he agreed to work on a follow-up. Spielberg had no intention of making »
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Roy Scheider (Jaws, Sorcerer) gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie at night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle.
Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ben Vereen (Mama, I Want to Sing), Leland Palmer, Sandahl Bergman (Conan the Barbarian) and the awesomely leggy Ann Reinking, All That Jazz »
Gareth Edwards, the director of the blockbuster reboot Godzilla, has been taken to task by some critics for holding back on revealing the title character. Many of those same critics have also name-checked one of the fathers of the modern blockbuster, Steven Spielberg's Jaws, which derives some of its effectiveness from the fact that it delays fully showing us its Great White until three-quarters of its running time has passed. That approach was a matter of necessity — the film's mechanical shark constantly malfunctioned and also looked fairly crappy onscreen. Edwards's similar approach seems more a deliberate jab at today's summer films, in which we see spectacle early and often. But that's not the only thing Godzilla borrows from Spielberg's work ... (Spoilers follow.)1. The Spielberg FaceAs Matt Patches writes about here (and as you can see in the video by Kevin B. Lee below), one of the most distinctive »
- Gilbert Cruz
While Cannes is in full swing and we’re covering the latest happenings, it’s time to take a look at the career of last year’s jury president, Steven Spielberg. Today we’re particularly honing in on the cinematography behind many of the filmmaker’s iconic films, and specifically, his long takes. From Jaws to Lincoln, his career has echoed the trajectory of the studio directors of […] »
- Zade Constantine
The Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!
Beneath Loch Ness has all the trappings of a Syfy original movie, though as far as I can tell that’s not how it came into existence. It has a plot built from half-assed homage and blatant rip-offs, obviously fake “location” settings, a Princess Bride synth score, and a list of B-movie has-beens longer than Nessie’s tail.
The framework here is basically a knock off of Jaws (of course it is), complete with a dopey local official who opposes preventing further deaths because it’s tourist season. The big difference is in this one, the incident that »
It's impossible to deny the power of a John Williams score, especially when it's linked to outer space or the deep ocean. In 1975, Steven Spielberg adapted Peter Benchley's page-turner, Jaws, which starred Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, instilling fear in the minds of beachgoers to this very day. A story about a man-eating great white shark is enough to freak anyone out, but one of the greatest perpetrators of that sense of fear and foreboding belongs to John »
- Paul Shirey
Written by Max Borenstein
Directed by Gareth Edwards
It’s been almost 16 years to the day since Roland Emmerich attempted and failed to bring Godzilla to a wider American audience, a mistake almost as gargantuan as the monster itself was an accident of nuclear radiation and mutation. Surprisingly, the concept of making mistakes and attempting to undo the damage ends up being one of the main, consistent themes of the 2014 film Godzilla, which gets almost everything right that Emmerich’s film got wrong. The people in this Godzilla are not as outrageously arrogant in the face of the impossible; they are faced with the errors they’ve made, in the same vein as the errors made by their forebears, and dwarfed by the resulting enormity. At a certain point, the human angle of the film becomes perfunctory, but in its place, director Gareth Edwards instead offers legitimately incredible and spectacular setpieces. »
- Josh Spiegel
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