Meh. Have to disagree.
Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Munich all came out after the original Jurassic Park, in terms of theatrical release date. All three, especially Schindler’s List, are some of the best films I’ve ever seen in the past 20 years. And all are extremely important, dealing with very important issues in an intriguing and compelling way. I can still remember very specific frames from each of those films, some haunting, and some for the intimacy of the way they were shot.
Has he had some misses? Dear lord, yes. War of the Worlds was unwatchable, Amistad was far too long, Minority Report was fun but had its flaws, and Crystal Skull was horrendous. I have yet to see War Horse so I can’t speak for it yet. But I would say that Spielberg’s career has been far more consistent than his contemporaries Coppola, Lucas, and Scorsese.
Mind you, this is all opinion. But I’d recommend a re-viewing of the 3 films listed above before writing the guy off completely.
Oh, and that is an awesome Prince gif that I can see myself using every day for some reason or another.
Steven Spielberg Q&A on War Horse
Like movies? Give yourself an hour and watch this. Can’t wait to see this in a couple of weeks.
I could care less that it’s a commandment, I am coveting the LIVING CRAP out of that guy.
As a part of their 75th Anniversary, the Directors Guild of America has been hosting “Game-Changer” events. On June 11, Directors J.J. Abrams and James Cameron, along with moderator and 75th Anniversary Committee Chair Michael Apted, spent about 2 hours talking to Mr. Spielberg about his body of work. Listening to this panel was unbelievably insightful and inspiring.
If you’ve got some time, I strongly encourage you to watch the entire event (it’s the very first thumbnail). If you like film, aspire to make films, or just want to learn more about filmmaking, this is totally worth your time. Consider it a master class in the art of making movies.