Steven Spielberg

Ready Player One

April 3, 2018

The book “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline was hugely popular but polarizing for some, and it was loaded with 1980’s nostalgia set a seemingly un-filmable, un-license-able virtual world. It’s very possible that Spielberg is one of the few people that could have made this a reality for the big screen.

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

June 15, 2017

Steven Spielberg didn’t have a sense that his little, personal alien film was going to blow up like it did when he was making it. Universal Studios saw it as another kids film that likely would only be seen by moms taking their kids to the theater. But E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial managed to touch pretty much the hearts of everyone who saw it, turning it into the #1 film in the world in short order.

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Gremlins

December 24, 2015

‘Tis the holiday season, which means it’s time for another Next Reel Christmas movie, and how better to share in the joy and festivities of the Christmas season than with some wacky laughs and slimy gore from Joe Dante’s 1984 horror comedy “Gremlins.” Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we celebrate another end of the year with some holiday cheer (and mayhem), this time with Gizmo, Stripe, Billy, Kate, Mrs. Deagle, Barney and the rest of the residents of Kingston Falls (aka Universal’s backlot).

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

February 7, 2014

In 1977, Devil’s Tower went from being known as the first National Monument (for those who had actually heard of it) to the iconographic image marking the rendezvous point where the aliens want to meet the humans in Steven Spielberg’s third theatrical film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The release and success of the movie saw visits to the monument skyrocket, which shows the power in Spielberg’s film. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we jump back into our Original SciFi series with this fantastic entry into the genre.

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Jaws

August 27, 2012

When someone says the word ‘jaws’ to you, it inevitably conjures up the man-eating great white shark in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller masterpiece. It’s hard to imagine a time when the word ‘jaws’ didn’t do this. But that’s what Spielberg’s film “Jaws” did, as well as birth the notion of the summer blockbuster and make people not want to swim in the ocean. Join us—Pete Wright and Andy Nelson—on this week’s episode as we chat about this film, the next in our Richard D. Zanuck series.

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

December 2, 2011

It’s nonsensical, silly, and surreal sci-fi mumbo jumbo that amounts to nothing. That being said, the long-awaited return to Indiana Jones and his adventures still manages to take viewers on a wild ride, even if it steers off course most of the time.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

November 25, 2011

Five years after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas dipped into the dark waters for the second Indiana Jones film, they brought the Man with the Hat back in a much brighter story and, as the posters announced, this time he brought his dad.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

November 18, 2011

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas both approached their 1984 follow-up to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” from a dark place while they were simultaneously going through divorces. Perhaps because of this, or perhaps because they were trying to create something different, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” has always been the ugly red-headed stepchild of the series, having a schizophrenic imbalance between goofy campiness and gruesome horror.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

November 11, 2011

Everything about Steven Spielberg’s 1981 adventure film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” is iconic. From the unforgettable lines that are so easy to quote, to the brilliant characters saying them and the pitch-perfect actors playing them, to the countless scenes full of adventure and danger, to John Williams’ score, to Jones’ hat and whip.

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