Video: Stranger Things Film References Side By Side Comparison

Yes, Stranger Things is very much an homage to the movies of the 1970s and 1980s, but I think it’s a bit too simplistic to say it’s just an Amblin homage. It’s not just another Super 8, and it’s more than repackaged nostalgia. I’m only a handful of episodes into the first season, and it seems that the series is more of a tribute to the cinematic adaptations of Stephen King and the era horror films than Steven Spielberg. Regardless of the inspirations, Stranger Things is must-see television. There aren’t many movies this summer that are more worth your time than this Netflix original series.

Ulysses Thevenon has put together a fantastic four-and-a-half-minute video showing side-by-side comparisons of some of the films that the Duffer Brothers pay homage to in this television show. Hit the jump to watch the Stranger Things Film References Side By Side Comparison video.

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steven spielberg ranked

I had no intention of writing a Steven Spielberg ranking until too many people started dismissing The BFG as the film disappointed at the box office. After all, I approach Mr. Spielberg with the respect and devotion a churchgoer has for a saint – there are few cinematic storytellers I value more. So watching the internet erupt in headlines about whether or not Spielberg was over felt like blasphemy. Of course he’s not over. The man who made made Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark will never be over. Like every other director, he will have his peaks and valleys…and if The BFG is a valley, then his low points dwarf the work of most filmmakers.

This is the internet, so you know the drill. I’m going to rank Spielberg’s theatrically released (sorry, Duel) films. You can then argue about them in the manner you see fit.

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Oscar Isaac Steven Spielberg

Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters last December, Oscar Isaac was already a pretty hot commodity. Leading up to his role in the massive sci-fi franchise, he had already made waves with outstanding performances in Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year and Inside Llewyn Davis, quickly turning him into a coveted talent on the big screen. Plus, even though most were not impressed with X-Men: Apocalypse, that had nothing to do with Isaac, and his profile hasn’t been hurt by that stumble at all.

Now Oscar Isaac is preparing to add another notch to his professional acting belt with news that he is taking a role in The Kidnapping of Edgardo Montara, the next film from director Steven Spielberg. Read More »

Evolution of Steven Spielberg

This past weekend, The BFG hit theaters. Unfortunately, director Steven Spielberg didn’t enjoy the kind of big box office debut that his films usually garner. The film debuted at #4 at the box office, earning just $18 million this weekend ($22 million for the holiday weekend) on a budget of $140 million. That’s pretty disappointing, but we’ve already talked about how this doesn’t mean Spielberg doesn’t have the magic he once had.

Instead of focusing on the failure of The BFG at the box office, we’d like to look at the evolution of Steven Spielberg’s work throughout his career. A new video runs through the filmmaker’s entire career up through today, including some of his early short films that you have maybe never seen before. Watch the evolution of Steven Spielberg after the jump. Read More »

steven spielberg directing The BFG

Steven Spielberg‘s The BFG hit theaters this weekend and landed with a “gigantic” thud. The $140 million Roald Dahl adaptation earned a measly $19.6 million in its opening weekend, which is a huge disappointment anyway you look at it. Is Spielberg, credited for creating the summer blockbuster with 1975’s Jaws, no longer the big box office draw that he once was?

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Adventures of Tintin 2

This winter it will have been five years since Steven Spielberg teamed with Peter Jackson to bring Hergé‘s iconic intrepid reporter to the big screen in The Adventures of Tintin. The motion-capture performance film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States, earning $77.5 million, but since the comic that inspired it is much more popular overseas, it pulled in $296 million from the rest of the world. That was enough for Jackson and Spielberg to make the next chapter in what they hoped would be a trilogy from the beginning.

In the years since then though, updates have been hopeful, but without an evidence of a sequel actually coming together. Now we have a slight update on the status of Adventures of Tintin 2. The good news is that Spielberg and Jackson still want to make the sequel. But the more interesting news is that Jackson is already working on a secret project for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. What could it be? Read More »

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Steven Spielberg Universal Studios Tour

From Amblin Entertainment to DreamWorks, director and producer Steven Spielberg has made plenty of motion picture history on the backlot of Universal Studios. Both of his production companies have had their offices located on the same studio property where iconic films like Back to the Future were shot, the time traveling franchise that Spielberg also famously produced.

Now Spielberg takes a trip down memory lane and has a candid conversation about his time working on the Universal Studios backlot as he drives around on a golf cart with Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly. And yes, they drive straight through the set that was once Hill Valley’s town square. Watch as Steven Spielberg tours Universal Studios after the jump. Read More »

Ready Player One movie

Steven Spielberg will soon go to London to film his adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s Ready Player One, which is one big, fun love letter to 1980s pop culture. Of course, you can’t discuss ’80s pop culture without mentioning Spielberg, so his name and work is mentioned throughout the book. Last year, The BFG director said he may leave out the references to his classic films from the ’80s. Now, he’s confirmed that’s the case, with a few minor exceptions.

Below, learn more about the Ready Player One references.

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West Side Story Remake

Over two years ago, Steven Spielberg grabbed the attention of musical fans when news surfaced that he was interested in potentially remaking the classic West Side Story. The musical hit Broadway in 1957 and was turned into a feature film in 1961. Since then it’s been a staple of the stage, revived several times over the years with the most recent being in the last couple years in the United Kingdom. And now it appears Spielberg is making some progress in getting this new take on West Side Story off the ground, but with a packed schedule over the next few years, it might not happen anytime soon.

Find out the status of the West Side Story remake after the jump. Read More »