Tagged Steven Spielberg

Throwback Thursday: How Would a Close Encounter Affect You?

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Forty years ago today, Roy Neary entered a spacecraft as a kind of interplanetary diplomat. He hasn’t been heard from since. He experienced close encounters of the first, second, and third kinds. A close encounter of the first kind is when you have a visual sighting of an unidentified...

Throwback Thursday: You Got the Spielberg Look

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I was having a pretty crappy weekend recently due to some health issues and didn’t feel motivated to do anything. So, I decided, like any good sick geek will, to put on comfort movie E.T. I’ve reviewed it before, so I won’t go through all the reasons why it’s an awesome...

The Best and Worst Movies of 2016 (So Far)

No matter how you slice it, this summer has been terrible for movies. Blockbusters are bombing left and right as $100 million tentpoles collapse from an underperforming box office. Sequels and remakes are beginning to wear thin on the public, and they can’t take much more of it. In a big surprise, spring and winter turned out to feature both better and worse movies; summer just appears bland in comparison. Before we head into fall with some hopefully better-made...

Throwback Thursday: Jaws Is Here—Time to Get Out of the Water

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Summer is right around the corner and with it, I’m sure, are trips to the beaches of Minnesota. While we don’t have to worry about giant sharks attacking us, there is still a fear of the unknown that accompanies our lake swimming. A lot of that fear has to...

The 2016 Academy Awards in Review

It’s that time of year once again when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences trots out an overlong and congratulatory show. It’s a night that dedicated movie nuts and live-performance-obsessed junkies tend to view with great anticipation. I’m in the camp that roots for the underdogs, snoozes at the musical numbers, and gets a kick out of the mockery of it all. As someone who cares a little more about the movies themselves than the spectacle of...

Throwback Thursday: A Fun Christmas Can Turn Deadly with Gremlins

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. Continuing with our look at winter movies, today we’ll be examining the nuts and bolts of 1984’s Gremlins. Directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Gremlins merges comedy and horror and assisted bringing the PG-13 rating into being. The movie deals with a father who finds his son Billy an...

Throwback Thursday: Dystopian Dick—Minority Report

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. As mentioned in my previous columns, with CONvergence coming up in July and running with their theme of dystopian visions, I’m delving into the film adaptations of Philip K. Dick. I will try to stay away from comparisons to his novels and short stories as much as possible and aim to focus specifically on the...
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