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    •  agreed (8+ / 0-)

      The worst thing to ever hit Hollywood was the computer.

      They have traded plot, story line and character development for ridiculous, over the top computer generated SFX.

      You are right. Spielberg destroyed CETK with that pointless "inside the Christmas tree" look into the spaceship ending.

      Actually, I think Spielberg's best film is the made for TV movie Duel. All he had to work with on that one was a Dodge Dart and a rusty old oil tanker truck.

      •  Yep, (3+ / 0-)
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        Dallasdoc, Marie, SherwoodB
        Spielberg's best film is the made for TV movie Duel

        and it was all downhill from there.

        The most overrated, exploitative, opportunistic cheap director ever..

        I can't believe his mother thinks she should have her uterus bronzed. NOT>

        "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

        by eXtina on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 05:59:33 PM PDT

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        •  Agreed as well (3+ / 0-)
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          Subtlety has never been something Spielberg has ever shown the first clue about.  His movies have all the suspense of a familiar fairy tale, with considerably less mythic depth in most cases.

          His movies are usually like the very best dish on the Applebee's menu.  

          DC politicians don't realize they're corrupt for the same reason fish don't realize they're wet.

          by Dallasdoc on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 06:31:59 PM PDT

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    •  We saw this last night (2+ / 0-)
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      Deward Hastings, SherwoodB

      I almost totally agree with what you've said here.

      The thing with Spielberg is that while his movies are well made, they're almost exactly what you'd expect going in.  There are very rarely any surprises, nor does he ever take any real risks.  

      Schindler's List is a good example.  Despite being a movie about the murder of 5 million people, there's nothing controversial about it at all.  The holocaust is depicted as a terrible tragedy, the Jews suffer horribly, and in the end, maybe the Germans weren't all bad and there was still some room for redemption and the human spirit.  

      That's not to say it's a bad movie, per se, but I can't believe that anyone walked out of the theater feeling like they'd reached a greater understanding of the meaning of the Holocaust.    

      As an aside, I fell pretty much the same way about Ken Burns.  For all their "production value", his documentaries are little more than paint-by-numbers retellings of high school textbook history.  Occasionally the material itself may transcend Burns's narrative, but not often.

      To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

      by sneakers563 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 05:56:01 PM PDT

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      •  Seeing Schindler's List, Saving Private (1+ / 0-)
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        Ryan and Amistad, I asked m self the question, why did I need to see these movies.

        Certainly well made, excellent performances, well crafted etc.

        Three things I was already convinced of: Nazis=bad, war=bad, slavery=bad.

        I like some more subtlety in my message movies...:)

        I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

        by SherwoodB on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 08:18:33 PM PDT

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