Although Steven Spielberg is the undisputed king of blockbuster filmmaking, he’s never been the recipient of a TIFF Cinematheque retrospective until now, and there might not be a better time to spend an entire day taking in some some of his most celebrated, successful, and beloved works on the big screen than over the holidays.
Author Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One was an obvious choice for a film adaptation considering the amount of nostalgia that has crept into everything these days. The trouble with the book, was always going to be how much time the characters spend re-creating scenes from movies, which would have been dull to watch, and likely hard to get the rights to even do. The book also has a fairly weak, mixed up story, so I was dubious what director Steven Spielberg could do with the concept.
The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced on January 10, and it’s looking like a big year for director Steven Spielberg and his film Lincoln, which walked away with 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Actor, and Director.
Opening at a theatre near you this weekend: J.J. Abrams directs the retro-thriller, Super 8; and Jordana Beatty stars in the kid-centric comedy, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer.
This week on DVD and Blu-ray: Daniel Day-Lewis stars in the musical drama, Nine; things get a little strange in Terry Gilliam‘s Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; and Steven Spielberg‘s moving war epic Saving Private Ryan arrives on Blu-ray.
New this week on home video, Emily Blunt stars in The Young Victoria; plus Steven Spielberg‘s Minority Report and James Cameron‘s epic Avatar both arrive on Blu-ray.
A weekly round-up of news stories on the comings and goings of the entertainment world. This week: Paula Abdul left American Idol but may have new plans already, notes on the passing of film legend John Hughs, reviews roll in for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and the Halo movie may not be dead after all.
On June 24, the much-anticipated sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen arrives in theatres, and once again fans will have the chance to check out the massive action in IMAX theatres.
Indy is back for more, and this week he’s on DVD with the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Plus, Oscar-nominee Mongol arrives, the much-discussed comedy, Young People Fucking, plus The Matrix Ultimate Collection on Blu-ray, War, Inc., the Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, and get ready for it, Holiday Inn.
Hollywood gets serious about blockbusters this week with the return of a film icon people have been talking about for weeks. As anyone will tell you, Indiana Jones is back this weekend, and he has a lot to make up for after his nearly 20-year absence. With few other studios interested in taking on this huge franchise, there is really only one other film going up against Indy’s whip: Uwe Boll‘s latest disaster, Postal.