Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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“I’ve got a bad feeling about this…”. That phrase, so oft repeated in the original Star Wars trilogy by Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford) re-appears – uttered by Ford as the swashbuckling archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones – in the fourth installment in the Indiana Jones saga: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And unfortunately for us, the bad feeling is quite deserved. Hollywood as of late has had a rather odd penchant for taking childhood memories and …

Munich

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Well, what can one say about Munich that hasn’t already been said? Spielberg’s dramatic telling “inspired” by the events after the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, in which Palestinian terrorists (Black September) took the Israeli Olympic Team hostage, and ended up killing them all in a disastrous shootout at the airport. Afterwards, it was rumored that the Mossad was hunting down those responsible for the attack, and taking them out. This film is supposedly loosely based on those events, and whether …

War of the Worlds

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Yep, it’s summer – that means Steven Spielberg has a movie to throw our way. Instead of Tom Hanks stuck in an Airport, this time he has Tom Cruise stuck with some alien invaders. The premise of the film is the same as the original H.G. Wells novel: aliens come to earth to wipe us out. Simple enough, eh? Cruise plays “Ray”, a lousy father who puts himself ahead of his children. Dakota Fanning is “Rachel”, his daughter who has …

The Terminal

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Went to see the new Spielberg film, The Terminal tonight with Matt. Let’s see, how do I best sum this one up? Disappointing. The basic premise is simple: Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) is stuck in the airport after a coup at home renders his passport invalid. He can’t enter the USA since his visa is voided, and he can’t go home since the country is in revolt and upheaval. So, he is caught in the cracks in the bureaucracy, made …

Catch Me If You Can

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Remember the good old days where you not only got excited for a Steven Spielberg film, but you could actually tell that he directed it? Like there was some unifying style that connected his movies together both thematically and visually? Well, last night I saw Catch Me If You Can. This film is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who in the late 1960s posed as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a …

Minority Report

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I went with Timo and saw Minority Report tonight, the first really entertaining Steven Spielberg film since Jurassic Park. The futuristic noir setting is fully detailed and elaborate, and the intriguing mystery kept me rivited for almost the entire film. It did start to lag a little bit towards the end, but overall this is a really fun and interesting film. I can’t really hoot and holler about John Williams’ score. Sure, he does some really good action stuff that …