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The Middlebrow series of the ACF is back! James Lileks and I talk about Steven Spielberg, who’s bringing out a new movie which looks to be a big hit: Ready Player One. We’re qualifiedly in favor of one last burst of that old black magic Spielberg has treated us since the mid-70s! We talk Jaws and Close Encounters, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. (Second half of his career in a future podcast.) We talk about the return of fascination and childish wonder to the American audience, as well as the darkness in his movies; the bias in favor of children, especially endangered children, as well as the manly love of danger and disregard for civilization. Listen, comment, share, and review our podcast, folks!
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Here’s the When The Walls Fell episode of Star Trek: TNG James mentions.
I talk about the return of the Tom Sawyer hero Spielberg often prefers and mention 1941, a very funny, if disheveled comedy. There are two of them in that one. That’s also the movie with the best musical choreography Spielberg has directed (YouTube link) and includes the John Williams swing number I mention in the conversation, reminiscent of “Sing, Sing, Sing.”
Also, James asks the question we should all be asking: Why wasn’t there a Titanic sequel? Listen for more on this important matter.
By the way, here’s the girl-ravished-in-the-ocean (YouTube link) scene from 1941 that parodies the opening of Jaws. Viewer indiscretion advised! The young lady, who was a model in that line of work, is in both movies.