Review: Bumblebee

The Transformers franchise, formerly wretched, gets an unexpected shot of heart. Director: Travis Knight Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendebord Jr.  There are things that you don't expect. Interesting music from Ed Sheeran. Reasonable answers about Brexit. Stagecoach buses. You don't expect them because of experience. Because for some things the well ran dry a long time ago and waiting on anything … Continue reading Review: Bumblebee

Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Director: J. A. Bayona Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Daniella Pineda 2015's Jurassic World may have grossed colossal box office (5th highest worldwide), but in terms of creativity and ingenuity, it found the series on the wane, and represented something of a low. This despite the injection of some new blood into the series. … Continue reading Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Review: Ready Player One

Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn The art for Ready Player One provided a set of uneasy red flags. That poster of Tye Sheridan with disproportionate legs? How did that [Street Fighter] make it past an assumed selection of screeners for approval? It spoke of laziness not ordinarily associated with Steven Spielberg. … Continue reading Review: Ready Player One

Review: The Post

Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson In January of 2017 just a few short hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump began a war with the press. It's a situation that has perpetuated, and now dominates the perception of his time in office. That war, over the veracity of the stories … Continue reading Review: The Post

Why I Love… #88: Jurassic Park

Year: 1993 Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Sam Neill (Dr. Alan Grant), Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler), Richard Attenborough (John Hammond), Jeff Goldblum (Dr. Iain Malcolm), Samuel L Jackson (Arnold), Joseph Mazzello (Tim), Ariana Richards (Lex), Wayne Knight (Nedry), Bob Peck (Muldoon), Martin Ferrero (Gannaro) Genre: Adventure / Sci-Fi After 2016's rather blighted season, it's quick, … Continue reading Why I Love… #88: Jurassic Park

Why Has Nostalgia Become Such Big Business?

Each summer there's usually a sleeper hit; a mid-to-big budgeted contender for cinematic supremacy that breaks free of the pack and becomes the event of the season. Hollywood invests millions of dollars in increasingly hedged bets to secure their audience's fickle attention. But this year, as the silly summer season draws close to its end, … Continue reading Why Has Nostalgia Become Such Big Business?

Review: Poltergeist (2015)

Tobe Hooper's 1982 film Poltergeist, while rarely a fixture at the top end of Best Horror lists, has earned itself a rightful position as a classic of its era, thanks in no small part to the considerable influence of Steven Spielberg. Thought of by many as a Spielberg film in all but name, Hooper's film slotted … Continue reading Review: Poltergeist (2015)

Why I Love… #61: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Year: 1984 Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Kate Capshaw (Willie Scott), Ke Huy Quan (Short Round), Amrish Puri (Mola Ram) Genre: Action / Adventure Fans of the second Indiana Jones movie, The Temple of Doom, must've been thankful when Kingdom of the Crystal Skull turned out to be such a turkey. Okay, a … Continue reading Why I Love… #61: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Review: Lincoln

So, then. The battles have been fought and the war is over. The victor is, largely, Argo. It's been a scrappy one, not quite so clean cut as others past. Life Of Pi (quite ridiculously) managed to steal some of the glory. And what of Lincoln? Daniel Day-Lewis not withstanding, Steven Spielberg's long-gestated biopic of the Unites States' … Continue reading Review: Lincoln

Review: Super 8

***originally written 10 August 2011*** J.J Abrams likes secrets. From the marketing strategy of Cloverfield, to the entire bait-the-audience storytelling of Lost (and we’ll come back to Lost later), Abrams knows that what interests the audience the most is often what they either don’t know, or can’t see. And so we come to his new … Continue reading Review: Super 8

Review: True Grit

***originally written 14 February 2011*** At the end of the Coen Brothers' True Grit there is a slightly surprising credit. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Surprising in the sense that if you were to jump back ten years or so, you couldn't imagine more unlikely bedfellows. Only slightly surprising in the sense that, despite what the … Continue reading Review: True Grit