A Steven Spielberg Poll (1994-2018)

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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 (ten 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

The ending of A.I. is unforgivably bad

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

ok IT'S STANLEY'S ENDING bye

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

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

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

so easy. war of the worlds in a landslide.

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

Mark Rylance is ...

"The BFG"

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

as is, speaking of Hook, your refusal to age

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

C-

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

i'd like to see the terminal again.

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

I liked Tintin. iirc.

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

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

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

AI with Lincoln a not-very-close runner up

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

sorry for the double post

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

Though I love WotW until that garbage end

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

should have been a question mark after Williams

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

just googled and yes

Haribo Hancock (sic), Thursday, 1 February 2018 23:15 (ten 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 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Wrong

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)- ?
Amistad (1997)- vg tbh
Saving Private Ryan (1998)- neither as good nor as had as they say
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)-?
Minority Report (2002)- excellent genre exercise
Catch Me If You Can (2002)- great fun
The Terminal (2004)-?
War of the Worlds (2005)- got a bit into this once it was ungripping
Munich (2005)- sufficiently weighty themes do not save a dull and heavy effort
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)- fucking travesty
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)-?
War Horse (2011)-?
Lincoln (2012)-?
Bridge of Spies (2015) my review of this lazy mess in the thread for this lazy mess is the best thing about this lazy mess
The BFG (2016)- you have to be kidding
The Post (2017)- fool me ten times shame on me
Ready Player One (2018)- ?

? signifies 'this guy makes more bad movies than good I skipped this it looked shit'

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

Like morbs will have something to say here obviously but morbs thinks that ppl who didn't like eg bridge of spies needed -get this- *more* DO YOU SEE moments and I just cant

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

uh no Lincoln is not shit.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

BOS is mostly expendable but Lincoln is not, thanks to Kushner.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'll consider Lincoln ty

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

I walked into Lincoln with trepidation expecting the Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents experience but I was surprised Spielberg and Kushner concentrated on Lincoln as conniving, wily politician. It has obvious moments, but so does John Ford. Deal with it.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

Just clarifying: the ending everyone hates in WotW is the son being alive, right?

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

Wow spoiler

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

No, it's Spielberg losing interest one Tim Robbins enters the frame. Everything up to that point is amaaaaaaaazing, to the same extent that everything after is boooooooring.

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

one = once

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

alfred otm, lincoln is good, its limited scope (like the ford movie it covers one case) is used v well and not too violated by all spielberg's endings, ddl and tlj both excellent, strathairn too.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 2 February 2018 00:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

haven't seen bridge of spies but i saw a clip from it the other day of alan alda like CAN'T YOU JUST DROP IT WITH THIS CONSTITUTION STUFF? and i was like man idk

difficult listening hour, Friday, 2 February 2018 00:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

It was good enough to make me crave a sequel: Seward.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:40 (ten 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

Sorry contendo

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

Did it pass the Turing test?

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

three months pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

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

Oh right, this one.

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

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

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

wow!

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

Who on earth would vote for the BFG?

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

The opening scene of Crystal Skull is really good.

Alba, Friday, 6 July 2018 10:20 (five 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 (five 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (one month ago) Permalink


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