Thursday, December 22, 2011

Observations on Spielberg

I am from the Spielberg generation, if you want to call it that. I graduated from high school the year Spielberg's career skyrocketed to fame and fortune with Jaws and his popularity hasn't let up one iota. (I love that word!)

As a fan and movie buff, I've noticed a few things about Mr. Spielberg over the years.

1) Likes kids as the main character -- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985), A. I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Super 8 (2011).

2) War is a Big Deal -- 1941 (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Empire of the Sun (1987), Schindler's List (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Eyes of the Holocaust (2000), Band of Brothers (2001), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), War Horse (2011).

3) He's a big Sci-Fi Guy -- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Poltergeist (1982), Back to the Future (1985), *batteries not included (1987), Men in Black (1997), War of the Worlds (2005), Cowboys and Aliens (2011).

4) Monster movies Spielberg style -- Duel (1971) Jaws (1975), Jurassic Park (1993), Twister (1996).

This is list is just a partial sampling of his prolific filmmography. What Spielberg flicks are your favorites?


  1. Interesting! Never thought about Spielberg that way but it's very true. My favorites are Raiders of the Lost Ark (all of the Indiana Jones adventures), Jaws, E. T., The Goonies and Super 8. War Horse looks good, too.

  2. Spielberg is a cinema icon. With all these great movies under his belt it's hard to imagine what the future holds. He's raised the bar pretty high already. Great post, Luana.

  3. Jaws, Back to the Future, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. That's the list for today, anyway. How about one addition to the list - "likes slow zooms on lead characters who are brightly lit and being swept by a strong wind" as seen in several of his movies. Great post!

  4. Craig: ABSOLUTLEY! Characters are also frequently backlit and there always seems to be a scene that looks like a space ship, even in movies that are not space themed -- In Jaws, Hooper's boat at night with all the lights.