Now that the 21st Century Spielberg column/podcast has come to a close (at least until West Side Story arrives in December 2021), it’s time to look back at Steven Spielberg‘s films from the 2000s and 2010s and see how they all stack up. Overall, the 21st century has produced some of Spielberg’s most interesting, challenging, and rewarding work – but not all of it worked.
21st Century Spielberg Podcast: With ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘Munich’, Steven Spielberg Confronted the War on Terror
Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 by Chris Evangelista
(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg, an ongoing column and podcast that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. In this edition: War of the Worlds and Munich.)
In 1993, Steven Spielberg reached the pinnacle of his career. The perfect encapsulation of his considerable talents. In June of that year, he released Jurassic Park, one of the biggest blockbusters to ever roar its way out of Hollywood. Blending Spielberg’s gift for visual storytelling with cutting-edge technology, Jurassic Park confirmed Spielberg as an unstoppable movie-making master – a man who could make the impossible possible. By December of that same year, the filmmaker would release something altogether different – Schindler’s List. A searing, wrenching drama rooted in the Holocaust, it would go on to win Spielberg his first Best Director and Best Picture Oscars. It was the biggest artistic triumph of his métier. The fact that one filmmaker delivered Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in the same year is often remarked upon, and marveled over.
But perhaps more remarkable is the fact that in 2005, Steven Spielberg did it again.
New On Blu-ray and Digital: ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘War of the Worlds’, ‘The Mask of Zorro’, ‘Gretel and Hansel’, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’
Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2020 by Chris Evangelista
Hello again, friend of a friend. It’s time yet again to take a look at the latest Blu-ray and digital releases to keep you company in these uncertain, strange times. These are the new Blu-ray releases (and digital releases, too) you should check out this week.
Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 by Ethan Anderton
Last year saw a BBC miniseries adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel War of the Worlds bring the story of invading aliens to Edwardian England. But there’s another eight-part series coming from Epix that finds modern day Europe dealing with an extra terrestrial threat. However, as the War of the Worlds series trailer shows, it doesn’t look like we’ll see much of the initial attack on Earth like Steven Spielberg’s big screen take from 2005. Instead, we’ll be dealing with the aftermath in a way that feels like The Walking Dead or A Quiet Place. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2019 by Ethan Anderton
Steven Spielberg had the aliens from H.G. Wells classic sci-fi invasion story War of Worlds tear through Boston and the rest of the modern world back in 2005, which feels like a lifetime ago. Now the BBC is giving the story a new adaptation in the form of a miniseries, but as the War of the Worlds trailer shows, this one throws the invasion back to Edwardian England, bringing the British people of the early 1900s face-to-face with technology the likes of which they’ve never seen before, truly a nightmare from another world. Watch the BBC War of the Worlds trailer below. Read More »
TV Bits: ‘Ghost Hunters’ Revived, ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 Casting, ‘War of the Worlds’ First Look & More
Posted on Sunday, June 30th, 2019 by Ethan Anderton
In this edition of TV Bits:
- Ghost Hunters has been revived for a new season
- The Penny Dreadful spin-off adds some cast members
- David Ayer is working on a new series for Showtime
- Get a first look at the new War of the Worlds TV series
- Find out what the hell Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters is
- All that and more!
The Morning Watch: Pennywise Haunts ‘Cheers’ Opening Credits, How Pixar’s Animation Has Evolved & More
Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019 by Ethan Anderton
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see how Pixar’s animation has evolved significantly since the original Toy Story in 1995. Plus, find out how much creepier the beloved 90s sitcom Cheers gets when Pennywise the Dancing Clown slides into the opening credits, and take a look at a size comparison between some of cinema’s most famous robots. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
H.G. Wells’s sci-fi classic War of the Worlds has undergone many adaptations already, but a few more won’t hurt. Fox Networks Group is mounting a new War of the Worlds TV series, likely starring Greg Kinnear. The timing on this is a bit odd, since the BBC is about to premiere a War of the Worlds TV series of their own.
Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Did you know that if Tom Cruise stops running, he dies? Well not exactly, but if he runs less, his movies do worse at the box office. Really. It’s science.
A study from the folks at Rotten Tomatoes have figured out that the amount that Cruise runs in his movies correlate with how good the movies are — and how well they do at the box office.
Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
In this edition of TV Bits:
- Say hello to Sabrina‘s goat, and say hello to Sabrina herself
- A first-look at Nightflyers
- A trailer for The Affair season 4
- Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wants to end his deal with ABC
- Netflix has ordered a new animated series
- Star Trek: Discovery will have a “classic” tone for season 2
- More Gendry in Game of Thrones season 8
- Check out the main title sequence for Netflix’s new Lost in Space
- The BBC is making a new War of the Worlds
- Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney team for a new docu-series
- A First Wives Club TV reboot is on the way
- A teaser and poster for Patrick Melrose
- Jordan Peele is making a docu-series about Lorena Bobbitt
- Tiffany Haddish will produce a new HBO comedy series
- New photos from Preacher season 3, along with a premiere date
- The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 poster
- David Simon is making a Spanish Civil War series