ready player one spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.)

Steven Spielberg has spent nearly his entire career proving his critics wrong. When the filmmaker rose to prominence as a blockbuster wunderkind, there was a prevailing sense among critics that Spielberg was little more than a purveyor of harmless, artless pop – not a serious filmmaker. “If there is such a thing as a movie sense — and I think there is, Spielberg really has it,” critic Pauline Kael said. “But he may be so full of it that he doesn’t have much else.” Yet Spielberg did have much else, and he proved it time after time, crafting a lifetime worth of fantastic, heartfelt, downright magical films.

Until now.

It’s taken nearly 44 years, but with Ready Player One, Spielberg has finally proven his critics right. Here, on the heels of The Post – a wonderful, important film that had the 71-year-old filmmaker still firing on all cylinders – Spielberg offers up a muddled, downright hideous catastrophe. It’s official – Ready Player One is Steven Spielberg’s worst film.

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ready player one featurette

Steven Spielberg‘s nostalgia-tinged Ready Player One comes stampeding into theaters this week. In anticipation of Spielberg’s latest blockbuster, a brand new Ready Player One featurette takes us behind-the-scenes of the film, highlighting the big special effects – while also highlighting that hot Spielberg fashion sense.

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Ready Player One Oasis

In Ready Player One, much of the action takes place inside a virtual universe called the Oasis – a vast collection of digital planets where people can be whoever they want to be and basically do whatever they want. We know director Steven Spielberg put his actors in performance capture suits to film those sequences, but what did their physical set actually look like during production?

Below, Spielberg explains how he shot those complex Ready Player One Oasis scenes. Read More »

ready player one trailer

Ready Player One opened to (mostly) rapturous reception at SXSW this week. Which means we’re due for another trailer filled with gushing quotes and high praise of the Steven Spielberg ’80s nostalgia vehicle.

And Warner Bros. has lived up to expectations, releasing the first post-SXSW trailer for Ready Player One ahead of its late March release.

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Life Itself Trailer

Dan Fogelman has been making audiences cry all the time with his NBC family drama series This Is Us. Now he’s bringing that same level of tearjerking to the big screen with his sophomore directing effort.

Life Itself (not to be confused with the Roger Ebert documentary of the same name) stars Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Olivia Wilde (TRON Legacy) in a multi-generational love story that spans decades, not unlike This Is Us. But this one even spans across the globe with every story we see connected by a single event. And if the Life Itself trailer that debuted during the most recent episode of the aforementioned Emmy-nominated show is any indicator, Dan Fogelman will likely yank tears straight from your face. Read More »

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Ready Player One Reviews

Ready Player One premiered at the 2018 South by Southwest Festival to heavy anticipation. Would it be as tacky as the marketing made it appear or would director Steven Spielberg live up to his legendary reputation?

It turns out that fans of the ’80s nostalgia vehicle had nothing to worry about. Movie critics and geek bloggers are over the moon in their praise of Spielberg’s adaptation of the 2011 Ernest Cline novel, calling it a joyous visual spectacle. After the film premiered — with a few technical hiccups — in Austin, Ready Player One received a standing ovation.

Here is what early critics thought of Ready Player One.

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Thoroughbreds featurette

Focus Features’ upcoming thriller Thoroughbreds may seem like it’s being helmed by a long-time filmmaker with plenty of features under his belt, but it’s actually the debut movie for writer/director Cory Finley. We’re debuting a brand new Thoroughbreds featurette in which Finley explains how the story morphed from its original form – a stage play – into a wholly cinematic experience.
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THOROUGHBREDS clip

In Thoroughbreds, two childhood friends reunite, and promptly bring out each other’s destructive tendencies. The black comedy stars indie film stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke. Below, a Thoroughbreds clip introduces you to “the technique.”

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READY PLAYER ONE new images

Are you ready for a new Ready Player One trailer? If not, you can prepare yourself with a few new images from Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming sci-fi movie.

Several new images from the virtual reality movie Ready Player One have been released in advance of the second trailer for the film, which arrives on Sunday. The trailer will likely provide tons of fodder for our ongoing ’80s Easter eggs lists and for potential hot takes on whether ’80s nostalgia culture has reached it saturation point. The new stills do look pretty cool though.

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thoroughbreds trailer

Nothing can bring together two teenage psychopaths like plotting to murder step-daddy dearest, as stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke show in the new darkly comic Thoroughbreds trailer.

The second trailer for the festival favorite, which has garnered interest partially because it features the late Anton Yelchin in one of his final roles, doubles down on its Heathers-meets-American Psycho trappings, featuring the two former childhood friends go from exchanging razor-sharp witticisms to delivering cold-blooded threats at the drop of a penny.

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