Steven Spielberg named 2013 Cannes jury president

Spielberg at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival where he presented his E.T. Steven Spielberg has been named jury president for the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Collider says, “As arguably the most important American filmmaker working today, Spielberg is an ideal...
Posted On 27 Feb 2013

Spielberg and Ang Lee, Losing the Battle, Winning the War

I dig Richard Rushfield’s rumination on Hollywood’s love/hate with the king of the them all, Steven Spielberg (“Once again, the Best Picture prize slips from his hands. What does Hollywood have against its most successful resident?”) Two Oscars ain’t...
Posted On 25 Feb 2013

Spielberg, Always a Bridesmaid

I love this video of the young Spielberg who was famously “snubbed” for Jaws.  He learned his lesson later with The Color Purple when he was snubbed again he made sure there were no cameras around. Now, they didn’t snub him but are about to award Best Picture to...
Posted On 11 Feb 2013

Academy to Eat Crow Over Affleck?

Fans truly believe that Ben Affleck was “snubbed” by the Academy and that the Academy will be sorry when Argo wins Best Picture.  Every pundit from Scott Feinberg to Steve Pond is saying Argo can’t lose – by now, the guilds tell the Academy what to do...
Posted On 11 Feb 2013

Best Director – Heroes, Just for One Day

  “Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes...
Posted On 09 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: Ruminating on Argo as The Frontrunner

Before I begin, let me explain. It’s true that we’ve reached the moment in every Oscar year where the pundits and the bloggers have thrown up their hands and decided, the Oscar race is over.  Argo will win Best Picture and for the win to make sense it has to take...
Posted On 06 Feb 2013

The Audacity of a Film About Ideas: the Case for Lincoln

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” — Abraham...
Posted On 15 Jan 2013

How Spielberg’s Cinematographer Got These Eleven Shots

Vulture dives into the collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski, starting with AI and working up to Lincoln. For Lincoln he chooses the opening shot. But I suspect the one that will be most remembered for the film is this one. It has stirred conversation by critics...
Posted On 17 Nov 2012

Two clips from Spielberg’s Lincoln

Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens after the cut.
Posted On 10 Nov 2012

“Masterpiece,” Declares the New York Times as Lincoln Enters the Race with the Best Reviews of the Year

Because movies are mostly disappointing these days you sometimes forget why there are film critics at all, until a movie like Lincoln comes along. It takes awareness of both history and film history to appreciate Lincoln. It takes an attention span and a curiosity about life in...
Posted On 09 Nov 2012