A fresh shine
July 28, 2000 3:36 PM   Subscribe

A fresh shine on Spielberg's well-kissed ass.
posted by highindustrial (11 comments total)
Certain individuals have made themselves absurdly rich through sheer talent and hard work, beginning with nothing: Paul McCartney, Bill Cosby, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, among others.

I begrudge them this not at all. They deserve every penny of it. These are not people who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths; these are people who got where they are the old fashion way, by being very good at what they do and by working hard. They all began as unknowns. More power to them.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 6:48 PM on July 28, 2000

There was a Jurassic Park II ???
posted by the webmistress at 8:00 PM on July 28, 2000

yes, there was.
posted by corpse at 8:26 PM on July 28, 2000

I need to get out more.
posted by the webmistress at 8:33 PM on July 28, 2000

It was a horrible movie. JIII is going straight on my "Dont See Unless You Have Freinds With You So You Can Make Fun Of It" list, along with Godzilla 2. Sequels of movies that weren't meant to have sequels always suck. Also, sequels of movies that weren't good in the first place.
posted by deckard at 8:43 PM on July 28, 2000

The first Jurassic Park wasn't all that great. It was just extremely innovative. I honestly think that Spielberg put more effort into the films just before and after JP, Hook and Schindler's List (especially when you consider he left in the middle of JP to start Schindler and let Lucas finish the rest of the movie for him).
posted by Cavatica at 6:53 AM on July 29, 2000

I'm sorry.... Speilberg "will be busy filming AI "???
That doesn't mean what I think it does, does it?
posted by sixfoot6 at 8:59 AM on July 29, 2000

I like Spielberg. I liked Jurassic Park AND the sequel. And I'll probably like number three when it comes out. I know it's fashionable to hate sequels and spit on the ground at the thought of them, but Spielberg consistently entertains me, whether he's aiming for art (Schindler's List, Color of Purple, Saving Private Ryan) or dreck (most everything else he's done that comes to my memory). He entertains! Close Encounters. Jaws. Poltergeist. The Indy flicks. Sure it's pablum maybe, but it's FUN pablum! He builds rollercoasters on film. You get your eight bucks' worth. Whatcha whinin' about?

Godzilla should be left in the hands of the japanese, though. Roland Emmerich should get a punch in the gut for that one.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:18 PM on July 29, 2000

Interesting observation about Spielberg's technique (or lack thereof):

Watch Jurassic Park at the point when they're first entering through the gate, and take note of the low camera angle.

Now watch Schindler's List and look for the part when they enter Auschwitz.

Same damn shot. "Welcome...to Auschwitz."

Spielberg's a hack without anything to say about anything.

And please, don't give me the "it's only entertainment" argument. You and I both know that's not true.

sixfoot6: Yes, that DOES mean what you think it does. Spielberg took over Kubrick's AI. I bet Stanley's doing about 130 RPM in his grave right now.

Eh, maybe not. But it'll suck now.
posted by solistrato at 9:59 AM on July 30, 2000

Re: AI, check out the "official" Kubrick site (authorized by the family).
posted by EssenDreck at 11:44 AM on August 1, 2000

"And please, don't give me the "it's only entertainment" argument. You and I both know that's not true" - Solistrato


It is only entertainment. Personally, I dig art because it entertains me. And occasionally enlightens or illicits emotional respons or a host of other things, but if it's not about entertainment, what's the point?
posted by ZachsMind at 12:04 PM on August 1, 2000

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