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The Spielberg Retrospective Link List
The Spielberg Retrospective Link List
The Spielberg Retrospective Link List

The Spielberg Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: Duel   The Sugarland Express  Jaws  Close Encounters of the Third Kind   1941   Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark   E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  I...
 
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Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

After going missing in action for 19 years, 2008 saw Harrison Ford strap on his bullwhip once again as 80s obsessed geeks geared up for another adventure with Indiana Jones. Having been rumored as coming soon for what seemed li...
 

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Spielberg: War Of The Worlds
Spielberg: War Of The Worlds
Spielberg: War Of The Worlds

Spielberg: War Of The Worlds

Let me begin by saying that I’m not sure why I chose this movie to cover. With the retrospectives, I generally tend to keep to movies that are a bit more aged, and form a part of childhood or youth memories, however signi...
 
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Spielberg: Munich
Spielberg: Munich
Spielberg: Munich

Spielberg: Munich

Spielberg’s Munich (2005) can be read as a companion piece to the more focused Schindler’s List (1993), but it’s probably best not to approach it that way. Munich is an out-and-out political thriller that also wants to be a psy...
 

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Spielberg: The Terminal
Spielberg: The Terminal
Spielberg: The Terminal

Spielberg: The Terminal

From the director who brought us great action adventures such as Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Jurassic Park comes the overly sentimental rom com The Terminal starring Tom Hanks as Viktor Navorski;  it’s a story of an East...
 
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Spielberg: Minority Report
Spielberg: Minority Report
Spielberg: Minority Report

Spielberg: Minority Report

I love a great Philip K Dick film adaptation. We have had some that are great (Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly) some that are good (The Adjustment Bureau) and some that need, er, work (Screamers, Imposter, Paycheck...
 

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Spielberg: Catch Me If You Can
Spielberg: Catch Me If You Can
Spielberg: Catch Me If You Can

Spielberg: Catch Me If You Can

‘The True Story of a Real Fake’. ‘Catch them this Christmas’. ‘Die wahre Story einer genialen Täschung.’  James Bond himself would be proud. Catch Me If You Can is one of those rare tales which is so outlandish, so impressive, ...
 
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Spielberg: A.I: Artificial Intelligence
Spielberg: A.I: Artificial Intelligence
Spielberg: A.I: Artificial Intelligence

Spielberg: A.I: Artificial Intelligence

The short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” by Brian Aldiss First published in Harper’s Bazaar in 1969 ingrained the seeds of the Film A.I within the mind of the late Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange,...
 

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Spielberg: Saving Private Ryan
Spielberg: Saving Private Ryan
Spielberg: Saving Private Ryan

Spielberg: Saving Private Ryan

  If Steven Spielberg were to be categorized into a genre, it is more than likely that he would be a director best known for fantasy films. But it is often forgotten that he is also a director of war films. This began with a co...
 
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Spielberg: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Spielberg: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Spielberg: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Spielberg: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

  The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the second in the trilogy of Jurassic Park films and possibly the last to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Earlier in the year the news savvied among you might have read the announcement of Ju...
 

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Spielberg: Amistad
Spielberg: Amistad
Spielberg: Amistad

Spielberg: Amistad

When I think of DreamWorks Pictures I automatically think of Shrek, Shark Tale and Madagascar. At a push it might summon up thoughts of Dreamgirls, Blades of Glory or even Transformers, but they’re all nice fluffy films right? ...
 
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Spielberg: Schindler’s list
Spielberg: Schindler’s list
Spielberg: Schindler’s list

Spielberg: Schindler’s list

In 1993 Steven Spielberg scored with two critical box-office smashes: Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List. Both are very different films, yet both affirmed Spielberg as an innovator, showman and as an adventurous filmmaker...
 

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Spielberg: Jurassic Park
Spielberg: Jurassic Park
Spielberg: Jurassic Park

Spielberg: Jurassic Park

‘Clever Spielberg…’ Even before the publication of Michael Crichton’s superb novel Jurassic Park there was a bidding war amongst film studios for picture rights and it’s not difficult to understand why; a dinosaur movie with ac...
 
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Spielberg: Hook
Spielberg: Hook
Spielberg: Hook

Spielberg: Hook

Peter Pan is all grown up and, well, boring. He’s completely forgotten that he was ever Peter Pan and is now a hot-shot city lawyer. His two children, Jack and Maggie, are continually let down by his absences and his dishearten...
 

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Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Released in 1989 I have fond memories of The Last Crusade having enjoyed it upon its original release. The makers went back to basics by bringing back the Nazi’s as the bad guys this time round. The inclusion of the box office ...
 
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Spielberg: Always
Spielberg: Always
Spielberg: Always

Spielberg: Always

Spielberg. Whenever I hear this name, I instantly think of roaring T-rex’s, homesick aliens and adventurous archaeologists. So, when I got the chance to write a retrospective article on his light-hearted drama starring Richard ...
 

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Spielberg: Empire Of the Sun
Spielberg: Empire Of the Sun
Spielberg: Empire Of the Sun

Spielberg: Empire Of the Sun

David Lean was originally slated to direct the 1987 film version of J G Ballard’s Empire of the Sun, and to his credit Spielberg keeps intact the sense of the epic that typified so much of Lean’s work. Ballard himself was a fan...
 
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Spielberg: The Color Purple
Spielberg: The Color Purple
Spielberg: The Color Purple

Spielberg: The Color Purple

Now I read Alice Walker’s book The Color Purple around the same time I saw the film for the first time. I was familiar both, knowing that the Book had won awards, and that the film was up for many an Oscar – so was expecting no...
 

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Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Spielberg: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

The year was 1984 and I was as excited as you can be to see the Raiders of the Lost Ark sequel Temple of Doom. Having loved the original the level of expectation was immense as I once again expected the riotous combination of c...
 
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Spielberg: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
Spielberg: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
Spielberg: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

Spielberg: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

Does he look like an upside down vacuum cleaner? Almost definitely. But more-so, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial is the film of 1982. Setting the bar for all following family films, sci fi movies and every other genre that it can be ...
 

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Spielberg: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Spielberg: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Spielberg: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Spielberg: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

So in a nutshell Raiders of the Lost Ark essentially has the following – A protagonist who never seems to secure any artefact he is chasing after; Impaled corpses; Snakes slithering out of corpses rotten mouths; Skin melting of...
 
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Spielberg: 1941
Spielberg: 1941
Spielberg: 1941

Spielberg: 1941

Abandon ship, abandon ship, all is lost, all is lost. At least that is what the critics would have had you believed when Spielberg’s (one and only to date) slapstick comedy hit the cinema back in 1979. The reality is this; 1941...
 

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Spielberg: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Spielberg: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Spielberg: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Spielberg: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Well, Spielbeard season is underway, and we now have retros on The Sugarland Express, Duel and of course, Jaws. Funny to try and think back to a time when the ‘berg was known and defined (for anyone who even knew of him a...
 
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Spielberg: Jaws
Spielberg: Jaws
Spielberg: Jaws

Spielberg: Jaws

I first saw Jaws at the cinema on its initial release as an eight-year-old (whoops I’ve just given away my age) and its one film which made a lifelong impression on me. Following this I wanted to become an Oceanologist (t...
 

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Spielberg: Sugarland Express
Spielberg: Sugarland Express
Spielberg: Sugarland Express

Spielberg: Sugarland Express

Nothing says Texas more than a harmonica solo, long barren highways and a police kidnapping incident. The Sugarland Express is all of the above and more. Widely recognised as Steven Spielberg’s feature film début, it was ...
 
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Spielberg: Duel
Spielberg: Duel
Spielberg: Duel

Spielberg: Duel

Watching the made-for-TV Duel (1971) brought home to me something about Spielberg that I’d missed by focusing on his prominent fixation on father-son relationships, but which is inextricably bound to it: Steven doesn’t really ‘...