Amistad (1997)

I normally start a Steven Spielberg review by discussing the asinine attitude that has developed around him–either hero worship or envious/rebellious denigration. I’ve done that though, so for those unaware, let me strike my stance as follows: Spielberg is an excellent director who is typically overrated a bit too much by his biggest fans and […]

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

I don’t know if it’s a colouring of only personal response around me or big critical response or a mix, but I have this recollection of Catch Me If You Can being considered a pretty entertaining movie and that’s all, disappointing as a Spielberg film. It seems to me that it was simply in a […]

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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

Some movies are saddled with a need to honour respected source material. Some are saddled with a dark history (see also: The Dark Knight, The Crow…) in reality. In the case of the Twilight Zone movie, both are a problem. The deaths of Vic Morrow, Renee Chen and My-ca Dinh Lee are often suspected in […]

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Hook (1991)

I grew up watching this film many, many times. It wasn’t until over a decade later that I started to learn it was at least considered mediocre if not outright bad–possibly even the worst in Spielberg’s career. I continue to find this relatively confusing, but I tend to find things like that confusing, so perhaps […]

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1941 (1979)

Hmm. I’ve talked a number of times about the near venomous response Spielberg receives in many circles I run in, and my disagreement with it, but this is a slightly different situation. This film was pretty widely panned but just about everyone on release, sandwiched between Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Raiders of […]

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Empire of the Sun (1987)

I ignored this movie for a long time, thinking the title was vaguely familiar and that was about it. I eventually noted it was a Steven Spielberg film and my interest increased minimally, but not enough to draw me to even add it to a wishlist of desired viewing. I even found out the main […]

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