When all you care about is money, bad things happen. That’s the message of Jurassic World, where greedy theme-park executives hoping to spike attendance engineer the “Indominus Rex,” a genetically-modified dinosaur that immediately turns on its creators and runs amok. Designed as a cautionary tale about the dangers of building a meaner, badder monster purely for the sake of profits, Jurassic World works equally well as a cautionary tale about doing the same thing in movies. All of the rationalizations provided by Jurassic World’s employees — “Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth.” “Somebody’s gotta make sure this company has a future!” — could have been taken directly out of the mouths of the studio executives who approved this gene splice of a reboot and a sequel. Their creation — the Indominus or the movie, there’s basically no difference — is as advertised; huge, mean, and visually striking. But this experiment is not without consequences.
When Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg last made a war film, they produced Saving Private Ryan, which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and features what’s widely considered one of the greatest battle scenes ever captured on film. They’ve worked together since, including on Catch Me If You Can, one of the best movies of either man’s career, but Bridge of Spies might be considered a kind of spiritual sequel to Ryan. That was Hanks and Spielberg’s World War II picture. This is their Cold War one.
If you’ve never seen Jaws (or you’ve only seen it at home), you’ll have a unique opportunity to see just how powerful the movie is on the big screen, when it returns to theaters for a special engagement in honor of its 40th anniversary.
To tie into tonight's Presidential debate, Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' has released a long form TV spot, perhaps to remind us of the last President everyone can agree was pretty amazing (well, at least most everyone).
Ready your inner child, readers, because 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial' is returning to theaters on October 3, just in time for that amazing and long-awaited Blu-ray release on October 9. Stock up on Reese's Pieces because we're about to phone home all over again.
Steven Spielberg. Christmas. Monsters. PERFECT!!
From 1984, the special effects may look dated, but be nostalgic already!! A young Corey Feldman, a beautiful Phoebe Cates and a plain old well told story and well produced movie. If you are looking for a great Christmas movie, it's GREMLINS...