Schindler’s List

SN: What is Spielbergian?

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The word “Spielbergian” riddles the reviews of every Steven Spielberg film that has come out, especially in recent history. Reading the reactions to his new film, “Bridge of Spies,” there were a lot of accolades, but there was a lot along the lines of – “What we’ve come to expect from Spielberg.”

From the trailer it’s easy to see that “Bridge of Spies” has some strong production design and cinematography. With Kaminski behind the lens, Stockhausen behind the set blueprints, and Newman conducting the score; “Bridge of Spies” rose through our award-prediction ranks.
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Essay: Don’t Follow the MPAA or ESRB rating systems too closely

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The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) slapped the upcoming game “Batman: Arkham Knight” with a M (Mature, 17+) rating for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, and Violence.

In a full interview with IGN, Sefton Hill (founder of Rocksteady) said “..From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind. We never did that in the previous two games… We just felt that this is the story we really wanted to tell… I’m not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out… I don’t want to be oblivious to that fact. It would have been wrong to water down the game and deliver a story we didn’t believe in to keep the game ‘mass market’ or enable it for more people. We feel that’s the wrong way to go about it. We said we love the story and we don’t want to jeopardize that.”
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Oscar: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”

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Oscar: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”

This list won’t just be the top 9 films on the Best Picture prediction page. It also won’t be the 9 I think will make it with nominations (though very possible). Many other films not on the list could be nominated, but won’t compete for the win, the same way “The Blind Side” or “District 9” didn’t compete in 2010 and how “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” didn’t compete in 2011.

At this point in the race we have seen all but four of the major contenders. We, as a film-going audience, haven’t seen them, but critics have, and we have been given a general consensus on the film.

So here are the top 9, possible Oscar Winners. I can guarantee one of these nine films will be our Oscar Best Picture winner.
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Top 20: Films 1990 – 1999

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Greatest Films 1990 – 1999

Schindler’s List
Pulp Fiction
Goodfellas
The Shawshank Redemption
Fargo
The Thin Red Line
The Silence of the Lambs
Hoop Dreams
Saving Private Ryan
Eyes Wide Shut

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Top 20: Films of All Time

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Citizen Kane
The Godfather
Casablanca
Gone with the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
Vertigo
The Godfather Part 2
Singin’ in the Rain
Raging Bull
The Wizard of Oz

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Your Top 20: Films of All Time

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Your Top 20: Films of All Time

Another additional list that I thought was a necessity for the website. Another difficult put-together. Film is an art, art is subjective, still there are some arts that are more agreed on than others.

Universally speaking, these films are currently considered the best of the best. The reason that the film camera was invented.

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Film Review: Lincoln

Film Review: Lincoln
by Matthew Durham

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been talked about for some years now. When early photos of Daniel Day-Lewis appeared with him portraying the sixteenth president the inevitable buzz began. Last year we were graced with Spielberg’s action-adventure epic War Horse which received about 75% positive reviews. I liked War Horse, I liked that “Spielbergian” feeling that so many critics condemned. And while I can develop a whole defense case for War Horse, I would much rather talk about Lincoln which is really a pretty spectacular film.

My senior year of high school we had to write an Essay, which was a pretty important essay. In this case, we had to write it about a public figure of some sort. My deep interests in film lead my essay to be about Steven Spielberg, how he got into the industry and developed through the times. Some have called me a Spielberg apologist, but out of the many films he has done I haven’t really seen one that I hated. I didn’t like Hook, but I didn’t hate it. (more…)

Film Preview: Spielberg’s “Lincoln” receives praise from NYFF

Film Preview: Lincoln
by Matthew Durham

About a month has past since Lincoln had its trailer premiere through Google Hangout succeeded by a Q&A with director Steven Spielberg and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (playing Robert Todd Lincoln.) The trailer was received with mixed reaction from fans and critics alike.

What provoked this mixed reaction was the after-thought of his previous film War Horse which earned six Oscar nominations, but no wins. Reading reviews and processing the reactions of the trailer it can be deducted that War Horse can now be considered ‘under-rated.’

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