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Spielberg, Netflix, and Hollywood’s Shifting Battlegrounds

Continuing an already contentious year in the film industry after a disastrous fever dream of an awards’ season, it seems that some in Hollywood aren’t happy to let Los Angeles lie in peace. Earlier this week, Steven Spielberg took to the stage to voice his concerns and quarrels with the direction of the industry. Namely, […]

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Ready Player One

Spectacle for the sake of spectacle has become an all-too-common problem for contemporary Hollywood. Cohesive narrative and characterisation can often get lost in the maze of technological showmanship. Unfortunately, Ready Player One is a film that isn’t worth saving from its visual labyrinth. Directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted from Ernest Cline’s book of the […]

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The Post

Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) is the owner of The Washington Post, a serviceable newspaper but not quite in league with the prestigious New York Times. The Times has just published articles using as its source the ‘Pentagon Papers’ – a series of classified reports on the history and state of the Vietnam War which has […]

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

With the interweaving of locations; creeping, eerily slow-paced storytelling and clinically precise modelling and special effects, Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind is by no-means a standard release 1970 sci-fi film. Playing with humankind’s curiosity of the unknown, we watch a number of individuals as they are confronted with visitors from beyond the […]

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The BFG

“What I says and what I means ain’t always the same things” … so read this with a pinch of salt. Based on Roald Dahl’s wonderful children’s classic, The BFG, aka big friendly giant, sees young orphan Sophie and her lofty friend work together to stop the other giants gobbling up ‘human beans’ while they […]

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Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg, with his old comrade Tom Hanks as his leading man, has made his best film for over a decade with this Cold War thriller. Hanks stars as James Donovan, a lawyer reluctantly forced to defend a Soviet Spy (Mark Rylance, in fine form), and then sent to East Germany to exchange him for […]