A Steven Spielberg Poll (1994-2018)

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It's been nearly a decade since this: Steven Spielberg post-1993: Vote for the best

Time for a redo. Not closing until a few months after the latest opens.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) 22
Munich (2005) 19
Lincoln (2012) 14
War of the Worlds (2005) 13
Saving Private Ryan (1998) 8
Catch Me If You Can (2002) 8
Bridge of Spies (2015) 4
The Adventures of Tintin (2011) 3
Ready Player One (2018) 3
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 2
Minority Report (2002) 2
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) 2
Amistad (1997) 1
The BFG (2016) 1
The Terminal (2004) 0
War Horse (2011) 0
The Post (2017) 0


Tarr Yang Preminger Argento Carpenter (Eric H.), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Voting for either Munich or A.I..

Tarr Yang Preminger Argento Carpenter (Eric H.), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

you've seen the final cut of Ready Player One?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

Munich
A.I.
War of the Worlds
Lincoln

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

Minority Report winning this last time around was a travesty. Let's do better this time, ILX.

Tarr Yang Preminger Argento Carpenter (Eric H.), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

Soto about right! but i'd squeeze Bridge of Spies in, possibly 3rd. Ryan and Amistad get too much flak (around here).

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

Probably Catch Me If You Can. It's one of those movies that I'm always in the mood to watch. Pure entertainment!

If they didn't ultimately fizzle out after jaw-dropping opening salvos, Saving Private Ryan and War of the Worlds would be two of the greatest films of all time.

Maybe I should endeavor to see Munich before I vote. And The BFG of course.

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

Seen three of these: one blanded out a book, one was so dull I can't remember anything about it except some birdy num num shit, the third was one of two movies I've ever walked out of & snuck into something else

Haribo Hancock (sic), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Munich by a fair distance, not sure how SPR can get too much flak, it's a terrible misuse of technical facility

bizarrer Gandhara (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Seen three of these: one blanded out a book, one was so dull I can't remember anything about it except some birdy num num shit, the third was one of two movies I've ever walked out of & snuck into something else

Yeah, so which one gets your vote?

Tarr Yang Preminger Argento Carpenter (Eric H.), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

They're all terrible - Spielberg butchering AI taking the fucking cake - but voting Munich. That one's sort of ok.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

AI or Lincoln.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

i rewatched minority report recently, it's fun and feels about 20 minutes too long

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

would prob vote for war of the worlds or a.i. here (i've never seen munich)

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

Saving Private Ryan probably had the biggest impact on filmmaking out of any of these. The first hour of War of the Worlds is very intense and disturbing, but it kind of falls apart after that.

Moodles, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

Catch Me If You Can is always an enjoyable watch. Rest of them I could easily live without seeing again.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

The ending of A.I. is unforgivably bad

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

WotW might get my vote but it really does lag in that second half, occasional beautifully apocalyptic imagery aside.

Munich is outstanding almost throughout but he sure botched a couple of those scenes in a major way and i think his handling of a pair of the assassination scenes was a bit too studied somehow, they just felt wrong.

omar little, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

End of AI is one of my favorites. Ends of War of the Worlds and SPR really mess things up. End of Minority Report likewise a letdown.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

Spielberg butchering AI taking the fucking cake

i'm not going here again, but what you think is wrong

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

ok IT'S STANLEY'S ENDING bye

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

Not sure I understand how SPR's ending is out of line with the rest of the movie.

Tarr Yang Preminger Argento Carpenter (Eric H.), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

Good man speech is lame (iirc) and misleading face morph.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

so easy. war of the worlds in a landslide.

scott seward, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

Good directors judge if an ending is working or not then change it if they need to.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

SPR is basically if The Dirty Dozen was a violent Lifetime movie but i like it.

omar little, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

as far as the rest go:

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) nice if you are ten.
Amistad (1997) boring.
Saving Private Ryan (1998) cool first scene. its no big red one.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) zzzzzz....
Minority Report (2002) stupid.
Catch Me If You Can (2002) would have been better if an adult had played the lead.
The Terminal (2004) dumb.
War of the Worlds (2005) best movie of 2005.
Munich (2005) never saw it but i'm sure it's riveting. as riveting as david mamet's The Unit? time will tell. if i ever watch the movie.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) great if you are nine.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011) horrible and endless.
War Horse (2011) whatever.
Lincoln (2012) yeah, no, it's 8 hours long, right?
Bridge of Spies (2015) can't remember what this is.
The BFG (2016) no way in hell i am watching robin williams robot terrorize children. i already had to live through Hook.
The Post (2017) have no idea.
Ready Player One (2018) no.

scott seward, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

munich is a brilliant film, hard to vote for others.

Also enjoyed:
catch me if you can
minority report
SPR
Lincoln

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

Looking over the complete list, I've still never seen Always, Amistad, The Terminal, War Horse, Bridge of Spies or BFG.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

as riveting as david mamet's The Unit?

unfamiliar with this, but usu the creator being a crazed Zionist isn't productive

Mark Rylance was the BFG

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

Mark Rylance is ...

"The BFG"

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

1) A.I.
2) Bridge of Spies
3) Munich

Haven’t seen Terminal or Lincoln, and Post looks too drab to even MoviePass

rb (soda), Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

I still feel annoyed at not being properly warned about how long and how boring Lincoln was.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

i'm not going here again, but what you think is wrong

― ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:34 PM (twenty-nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Tbf I was mostly baiting you. Your show of restraint is impressive.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

as is, speaking of Hook, your refusal to age

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

C-

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

i'd like to see the terminal again.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Catch Me If You Can, if only because it is by far the most fun I've had watching a new Spielberg movie since the original JP.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

my inclination's to go straight for the munich/wotw decision point but: i haven't seen a.i. since the theater and suspect i like it, catch me if you can is a good movie that seems to me only to benefit from its 10-year-old lead (same way the much worse django unchained uses him), and tbh i rly loved amistad when they made us watch it in 9th grade.

had somehow forgotten about literally all his post-munich stuff that isn't Annals Of The Republic even tho it is the majority, but man it is not v good imo. indy4 was dreadful and tintin was a tech demo that's hopefully v inspirational to someone. possibly i'd like the bfg.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

I liked Tintin. iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

Tintin had some great action sequences! Some of his best since the first JP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mVpZTGCikM?t=55

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

yr not wrong, it was weird, i was absolutely conscious of such while watching and also incredibly bored.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

Tintin had some great action sequences! Some of his best since the first JP

made it 42 seconds in before the grossness, the uncanny valley, the cutscene-level motion, the "foley", the absolute failure to understand anything at all about what makes Herge worthwhile, let alone great, and most of all: the repugnantly busy over-scoring (Williams) made me lunge for the pause button

Haribo Hancock (sic), Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

as dlh knows I'm a sucker for presidential hooey, and Anthony Hopkins' turn in Amistad as JQA is irresistible (and he's experiencing a comeback at the moment).

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

AI with Lincoln second ( but not a close one ).

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

AI with Lincoln a not-very-close runner up

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

sorry for the double post

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

Though I love WotW until that garbage end

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

should have been a question mark after Williams

Haribo Hancock (sic), Thursday, 1 February 2018 23:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

just googled and yes

Haribo Hancock (sic), Thursday, 1 February 2018 23:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

Catch Me If You Can is always an enjoyable watch. Rest of them I could easily live without seeing again.

It might be the only one of these I have seen twice - and the drop off in my appreciation the second time was massive.

chap, Saturday, 3 February 2018 14:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

Catch Me If You Can is such a great small movie, and perhaps the last time Christopher Walken has or will ever be cast as anything but a weirdo.

I've wondered how recognizable later Spielberg would be if had a different DP. It's amazing that they have worked on almost 20 movies together, but I'd argue Kaminski is still a controversial choice, or at the very least, for such a frequent collaboration they hardly have a reputation as some sort of classic movie team. Vs., say, Deakins and the Coen Brothers, say.

I do say that Spielberg's '90s/'00s productive streak is pretty mind-boggling. About 11 movies between '93 and 2004, with Jurassic Park and Schindler's the same year, Lost World and Amistad the same year, Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can the same year, and War of the Worlds and Munich the same year. That's pretty nuts.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 February 2018 14:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

and Tintin and War Horse!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 3 February 2018 14:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Does Munich have the most explicit sex scene in a Spielberg movie?

I’ve always felt it was 100% Kushner’s idea and Spielberg just filmed it exactly as written. Just not an idea I can associate with him. (I’m agnostic on the value of the scene.)

ryan, Saturday, 3 February 2018 14:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

The one in ET nearly garnered an X-rating iirc.

Cork Taint (Old Lunch), Saturday, 3 February 2018 15:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

sorry thought the Munich sex scene was entirely fitting and thematically sound

Fred, movies leave things out all the time, that's why they're not TV series, you git

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 3 February 2018 15:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Sooo ... who's voting Ready Player One?! Nick Pinkerton, perhaps.

Unconflictedly loving Ready Player One is my heel turn.

— BANDZ STACKHAGE (@NickPinkerton) April 3, 2018

"But you have to admit the hot-girl-with-a-minor-physical-flaw thing is pretty cliché?" "NO I DON'T IT'S PURE AND BEAUTIFUL SORRY A NARCISSISTIC CULTURE OF FALSE AFFIRMATION HAS MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT VULNERABILITY AND INSECURITY EVEN EXIST FUCK YOU."

— BANDZ STACKHAGE (@NickPinkerton) April 3, 2018

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 14:50 (six months ago) Permalink

Tough choice between AI and Lincoln. The kid won.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 15:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Tough call between AI and Lincoln for me. The kid won.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 15:02 (six months ago) Permalink

sorry - first post didn't go through hence the repost

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 15:03 (six months ago) Permalink

Holy shit I already voted/posted/reposted to this thread back in February. Awful deja vu.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 15:05 (six months ago) Permalink

Pinkerton's twitter is consistently embarrassing.

I intend on giving RPO a shot at some point, Spielberg elevated a weak novel to classic status once, I imagine he can elevate a shitty one to "good."

omar little, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 15:16 (six months ago) Permalink

of those I've seen, after scott:

Saving Private Ryan - an expert gilding of midcentury ball hairs w/ embossed face of hanks
A.I. Artificial Intelligence - okay when the kid is not visible, idea totally stolen off kubrick
Minority Report - stupid oopid
Catch Me If You Can - good enough to justify leo
War of the Worlds - not good enough to justify tom
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - odysseus arrives home after a long absence to find a small turd on his pillow
The Adventures of Tintin - ...to find america's greatest living director modeling trousers fashioned from the skin of argos
Lincoln - aside from that, how was the play?

not quite as cool as seeing damo's wang but (contenderizer), Thursday, 5 April 2018 05:11 (six months ago) Permalink

war of the worlds. saw it twice in theaters & cried both times when they're escaping the city

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 April 2018 05:14 (six months ago) Permalink

A.I. Artificial Intelligence - okay when the kid is not visible, idea totally stolen off kubrick

huh?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 April 2018 12:43 (six months ago) Permalink

We have to go thru the AI story a lot on ilx huh?

bad left terf nut (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 5 April 2018 12:46 (six months ago) Permalink

p sure that was a gag post

explosion from DOOM courtesy of id software (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 5 April 2018 12:46 (six months ago) Permalink

Sorry contendo

bad left terf nut (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 5 April 2018 12:48 (six months ago) Permalink

p sure that was a gag post

― explosion from DOOM courtesy of id software (Doctor Casino)

I thought so at first until I read the rest of the dismissals.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 April 2018 12:58 (six months ago) Permalink

Did it pass the Turing test?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 5 April 2018 13:14 (six months ago) Permalink

Prep work, Alfred. I got internet dickhole finals tomorrow.

not quite as cool as seeing damo's wang but (contenderizer), Thursday, 5 April 2018 14:42 (six months ago) Permalink

And you're still boning up on Spielberg Bashing 101? Better pull an all-nighter.

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Thursday, 5 April 2018 14:45 (six months ago) Permalink

For students who get a 70 or below, I got a velociraptor waiting.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 April 2018 14:46 (six months ago) Permalink

A.I. is one of the handful of movies I will defend to the death (precisely because of the ways it seems to get away from its director?) but that I cannot stomach sitting down to watch again.

ryan, Thursday, 5 April 2018 15:14 (six months ago) Permalink

(I guess it's also the kind of work where "intention" doesn't seem to matter...)

ryan, Thursday, 5 April 2018 15:15 (six months ago) Permalink

tbf, I haven't seen most of these, so I won't vote.

I will say that the D-Day landing scene of Saving Private Ryan was some of the most brilliant filmmaking I've ever seen. Spielberg also indulged in some scenes that were so thickly sentimental and schmaltzy that they nearly ruined the movie for me.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 5 April 2018 15:50 (six months ago) Permalink

Have you seen a lot of WW2 films from the '40s and the '50s? Many of them are more "sentimental."

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 5 April 2018 16:05 (six months ago) Permalink

Yes. That is so. But the existence of worse doesn't elevate what is bad.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 5 April 2018 16:11 (six months ago) Permalink

D Day scene in '..Ryan' must surely be one of the most influential sequences of all time. I wish i could vote for that by itself.

Only saw WOTW recently and the effects looked dated as all hell.

piscesx, Thursday, 5 April 2018 16:28 (six months ago) Permalink

the D-Day scene is really something else. unlike a lot of battle scenes which are gory and thrilling and not especially a tough watch, this one is extremely tough viewing. definitely pioneered the use of the "editing out every other frame" technique to create a more jarring sense of reality, and it made sense with the industrial terror of that kind of battle. actually a very good signifier of Gladiator being shit is when Ridley Scott used that same technique in that film's battle scenes, just trying to make the film and its boring story more dynamic and deciding to use a technique that simply didn't belong or make sense.

omar little, Thursday, 5 April 2018 16:54 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh right, this one.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Thursday, 5 July 2018 13:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Well, it ain't Ready Player One, in any case.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Thursday, 5 July 2018 13:05 (three months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 6 July 2018 00:01 (three months ago) Permalink

wow!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:05 (three months ago) Permalink

I think the top 3 are otm (tho I'd flip 1 & 2)

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Given the twaddle written about Spielberg on this board, that top three astonishes me.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:11 (three months ago) Permalink

a loud minority perhaps (or they don't vote)

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Don’t see how a better version of what Lincoln is could exist, it is a heist movie where the heist is the 13th Amendment, and I love a good heist.

devops mom (silby), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Yes. I saw it again three months ago and every time I cringed at an indelicacy I wonder who else could have commissioned this script and these performances -- how the fuck else could this have been made?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:51 (three months ago) Permalink

I approve of Minority Report's swan dive from 25 votes to 2.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Friday, 6 July 2018 03:12 (three months ago) Permalink

And the top 4 is the right 4, regardless of order.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Friday, 6 July 2018 03:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Who on earth would vote for the BFG?

nate woolls, Friday, 6 July 2018 08:06 (three months ago) Permalink

2 votes for crystal skull = you dont wanna base much on these results, ppl are fuckin with you

the last famous poster you were surprised to discover was actually (darraghmac), Friday, 6 July 2018 09:23 (three months ago) Permalink

The opening scene of Crystal Skull is really good.

Alba, Friday, 6 July 2018 10:20 (three months ago) Permalink

the fridge

youre talking about the fridge

the last famous poster you were surprised to discover was actually (darraghmac), Friday, 6 July 2018 11:50 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

a.i. is on hulu rn btw

i tried rewatching it last night and... it's a great movie but also one of the most emotionally traumatic things i've ever seen

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 10 September 2018 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Still as fine a set of poll results as this board ever produced.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Monday, 10 September 2018 16:25 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Comic I respect: Ugh, BernieBros.
Me: Sure, whatever.

Comic I respect: AI is the 14th best Spielberg movie.
Me: Who the fuck do you think you are?

— 🎃 Jake-o'-lantern 🎃 (@FilmBart) October 22, 2018

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Monday, 22 October 2018 17:43 (yesterday) Permalink


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