Tag: Steven Spielberg

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Critic Series #41: Make Spielberg Great Again

 

Armond White’s back on the podcast. Barely a month after his work was collected in The Press Gang, he has a new collection of his essays and reflection on his career: Make Spielberg Great Again, So I talked to Armond about America’s most famous and most popular director of the last 50 years or so–what it means to be a pop artist, how image and sentiment go together, and what humanism in cinema means, how Spielberg is open to conservative morality and spiritual longing. Armond’s been critical of Spielberg’s latest decade, the Obama turn, but we instead talk about the praiseworthy turn he took during the Bush years.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Critic Series #22: War of the Worlds

 

Paul Cantor and I give you a long discussion on War of the Worlds. We start with H.G. Wells, his imaginations of great power, which were impressively prescient, and his fascination with scientific tyranny. We then move on to Orson Welles, the radio broadcast, and the myth of the great panic. Lastly, we discuss the movies from the ’50s to now: the George Pall and Steven Spielberg versions, the flying saucers variation, culminating with the great Mars Attacks! by Tim Burton.

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I watched the Spielberg movie “The Post” a few days ago. It is an amazing movie covering the publication of the Pentagon Papers by the Washington Post, then owned by Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) and edited by Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks). One expects the best from Spielberg. However, it bothered me that the movie needlessly […]

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Direction by Steven Spielberg Screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline Preview Open

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome President Trump’s order sending National Guard personnel to the southern border. They explain why questions about whether Trump has such power are ridiculous but also hope the forces are not needed for long if lawmakers address the problem quickly and effectively. They also get a kick out of “moderate” Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner suddenly supporting some kind of “assault weapons” ban, proving once again Warner talks like a moderate but always ends up toeing the liberal line on virtually every issue. And they shake their heads as Steven Spielberg suggests Indiana Jones could be a female character in future installments of the series. Jim makes the point that it’s a bad idea to recast roles so closely identified with a certain actor, and they both vent about the unmitigated garbage heap that was the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Middlebrow #7: Spielberg

 

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!

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #29: Jaws

 

The podcast’s going back to the ’70s for a couple of stories about crazy heroes and crazy times in America–it seems the right season for this sort of trip down memory lane. The first is Jaws, one of the original blockbusters back in 1975. It was an $8-million movie that grossed some $260 million in America and nearly half a billion dollars worldwide (that’s before you adjust for inflation, then you’re talking real money), won three Oscars and was also nominated for Best Picture. It made Spielberg’s reputation. (The Academy, guaranteed to do stupid things, gave the award to the Ken Kesey story One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.)

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Ok conservative America. What do you when it comes to hi-tech lynch mobs? What did you do the first time around? What are you doing now? Are you betting Marx was right, it was tragedy at first, but it’s a farce now? Or what? Comments & attempts to walk me off the ledge are welcome! […]

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This is the first of two essays of which I mean to deliver myself, concerning American Christians at war. I’m enough of a movie critic to raise an eyebrow when people start saying Christian things in stories. It’s pretty rare; it occurs usually in period pieces. I’ve a few things to say about this that you […]

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Filmmaker George Lucas sat down with Charlie Rose and discussed his life, his craft, the film industry, and the lack of artistic freedom he experienced as he was “forced” to make commercial motion pictures. Preview Open

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A large alligator led Texas police and state troopers on a high-speed car chase for hours yesterday endangering the lives of other motorists and pedestrians throughout the Sugar Land, Texas area. The explanation why the gator did so, is still open to conjecture but some have speculated that the 13-foot long, approximately 800-pound lizard may […]

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