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Old June 8 2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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What are your 4 favorite Spielberg directed films and why?

What are currently your 4 personal favorite Steven Spielberg directed films only and
please separately say why for each fave film named, as in for SS's direction, the script,
acting, cinematography, music and/or a combo of all of these factors.
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Old June 8 2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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Re: What are your 4 favorite Spielberg directed films and why?

Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Best adventure movie ever.

Jaws - In spite of Spielberg, actually. The things Spielberg couldn't do, but wanted to, is what made the film great. Even he admits so, at this point.

Schindler's List - It's just a work of art.

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Great science fiction.
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Old June 8 2011, 03:25 PM   #3
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CE3K - Just captures the weirdness and wonder of what was really the height of UFOs being *new* to the working Joe.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark - seminal updating of the Pulp adventure era, that really sets the defaults for the genre as we know it

Empire Of The Sun - very underrated period piece with an amazing cast and a much more personal (the novel it was based on is pretty much autobiographical) feel than the better-known Schindler's List. Hard to believe the kid in it is now the Dark Knight!

Saving Private Ryan - not as revolutionary as it thinks it is (A Bridge Too Far got there first), but manages to be a great movie in spite of having a miscast Tom Hanks as the lead, so that's quite an achievement...
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Old June 8 2011, 04:06 PM   #4
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Re: What are your 4 favorite Spielberg directed films and why?

DUEL (predator and prey on wheels) direction, the script,
acting, cinematography

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JAWS (what you can't see below the water can kill you) direction, the script, acting, cinematography, music[John Williams]

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (action and adventure) direction, the script, acting, cinematography, music[John Williams]

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JURASSIC PARK (dinosaurs) direction, the script,
acting, cinematography, music[John Williams]
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Old June 8 2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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Re: What are your 4 favorite Spielberg directed films and why?

KL700 wrote: View Post
What are currently your 4 personal favorite Steven Spielberg directed films only and
please separately say why for each fave film named, as in for SS's direction, the script,
acting, cinematography, music and/or a combo of all of these factors.
So, what are yours?


Mine:

CE3K, the sense of wonder, the effects.
Jaws, the little touches, the acting in the Indianapolis scene.
Raiders of the lost Ark, the pulp action feel, the score

hmmm, a 4th one, tough to come up with. Having a mental block I think.
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Old June 8 2011, 06:17 PM   #6
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Re: What are your 4 favorite Spielberg directed films and why?

Jaws: Mainly for the Shark wound tattoo fight and Quint.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark: As said above, greatest adventure movie ever.

Duel: Awesome first effort.

War Of The Worlds: Because no one else will pick it and I think it's a fantastic take on the story.
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Old June 8 2011, 06:38 PM   #7
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Re: What are your 4 favorite Spielberg directed films and why?

Raiders: probably one of my favorite movies of all time. It solidified my love of movies---and Harrison Ford. Perhaps the great adventure film to date.

Jaws: not just one hell of a monster movie, but one of the great suspense films of all time. The pacing, the characters, the build-up, etc make it far more than just a monster-flick.

Schindler's List
: a horrifically beautiful and moving piece of art. Filming it in black and white was the perfect choice, not to mention the top-notch cast.

Close Encounters: a great piece of science fiction, but also a great character piece. One of the first mainstream "intelligent" sci-fi films that was also a hell of a lot of fun.

Honorable Mention: Saving Private Ryan. One of the best WW2 movies I've ever seen. Absolutely gut-wrenching.
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Old June 8 2011, 06:43 PM   #8
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Raiders of the Lost Ark, by far, as it's simply a perfect movie.

Jaws: Just a great character movie. Perfectly cast with excellent suspense.

Jurassic Park: Infinitely re-watchable. Not quite on the level of Raiders, but it's still on my "near-perfect movies" list.

Catch Me If You Can: It's not his best, but this is a list of "favorites," and I'm a sucker for a solid cat-chasing-mouse caper.
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Old June 8 2011, 07:11 PM   #9
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Galileo7 wrote: View Post
DUEL (predator and prey on wheels) direction, the script,
acting, cinematography

This is the part where I can't resist mentioning that the script was written by Richard Matheson, based on his short story.
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Old June 8 2011, 07:44 PM   #10
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ET
My first movie ever i saw as a kid back then when it was originally released and i am still amazed and touched by it today as i was as a kid.. my "movie life" couldn't have started better


Schindler's List
It goes beyond mere film making and entertainment.. this movie is important and so well done it deserves its spot in the hall of fame. To this day i can't see the film without crying at some point and i can't buy the DVD because i can't watch it.


Jaws
Quint's Indianapolis monologue.. the simple yet very effective music by John Williams.. the hunt.. "We're gonna need a bigger boat!" (a line which has entered the public mind as a synonym for when something has gotten too big to handle the usual way)


Jurassic Park
At the time simply mindblowing special effects and Spielberg at his best just telling an adventure story


AI would have been in this list too if it weren't for those godawful last 10 minutes or so.
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Old June 8 2011, 09:29 PM   #11
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Re: What are your 4 favorite Spielberg directed films and why?

Jaws - amazing chemistry between the three leads and a thrilling movie from start to finish. Quint is a great character.

Close Encounters - Dreyfuss carries the entire movie, and the first time I saw this I was moved to tears by the end. Also interesting because it's maybe the only time Spielberg portrayed the family as a negative force.

E.T. - I think this and Raiders are Spielberg's best movies. E.T. puts every cgi creature of recent decades to shame in terms of effectiveness and emotion. It's a near perfect film.

Raiders - Yep, best adventure film ever.

honorable mentions - Jurrassic Park and Saving Private Ryan. A.I. was also a wonderful film.
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Old June 8 2011, 10:24 PM   #12
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Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. The humour, the father-son dynamic and the fact that it seems like the most polished of the trilogy.

Jaws. No elucidation required, I think.

Minority Report. Much underrated. A damn good thriller in a cool sci-fi environment with lots of Spielbergian touches.

Munich. Just a wonderfuil mood piece, regardless of politics. Stellar cast. I consider this to be, next perhaps to Schindler's List, his masterpiece. I haven't included the latter because, although it's probably his most worthy movie, appreciating something is not the same as liking it.
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Old June 8 2011, 11:20 PM   #13
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You know, had it not gone off the rails in the last hour, I might have picked The Terminal. It's a quirky, wonderful look at America through the eyes of a foreigner who gets an incomplete look at our culture - a culture in a bottle. But Spielberg allowed schmaltzy sentiment to get in the way of good story telling, and the romance really brought the film down, and what began as a pleasant misunderstanding to annoyance for Stanley Tucci had to turn into a "bitter rivalry" and people don't notice that this change was actually for the worse because Tucci's performance is good despite the fact that the script had lost its way.

So I'll vote for Raiders, Close Encounters, Jaws, and Schindler's List. Honorable mention goes to Catch me if you can
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Old June 9 2011, 12:30 AM   #14
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Close Encounters - Dreyfuss carries the entire movie, and the first time I saw this I was moved to tears by the end. Also interesting because it's maybe the only time Spielberg portrayed the family as a negative force.
Interestingly enough. Speilberg has said in interviews, if he had made it today, Dreyfuss's character would have stayed in the end.
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Old June 9 2011, 12:40 AM   #15
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Re: What are your 4 favorite Spielberg directed films and why?

Raiders of the Lost Ark - Everything about this movie is pitch-perfect. Neck & neck with The Adventures of Robin Hood as the best adventure movie of all time.

Jaws - Terrific performances & great suspense.

Duel - Simple, suspenseful story told with amazing technique.

Indiana Jones and Last Crusade - Not in Raiders' league, but a fun sequel. Great chemistry with Connery & Ford.

I'm tempted to include E.T., but I haven't seen it since I was 10. I'm ashamed to say that I've never seen Close Entcounters of the Third Kind.
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