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Movie Review – BFG, The (2016)

Director :  Steven Spielberg Year Of Release :  2016 Principal Cast :  Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Marilyn Norry. Approx Running Time :   119 Minutes Synopsis:  A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. ****** There’s few literary giants (if you’ll pardon…

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Movie Review – War Horse

Grand, sweeping epic from Spielberg never quite hits its stride (pardon the pun) due to the somewhat clunky scripting and hollow melodramatic nature of the plot – the horse sequences are indeed magnificent, and I doubt there’s anyone alive today who captures the horror of war quite like Spielberg, but there’s a disconnect between the audience and the central character and this is one hurdle the film cannot overcome.

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Movie Review – Jurassic Park

Critic-proof concept based upon Michael Crichton’s novel, Spielberg ratchets up the terror and tension using state of the art digital animation effects, and wiley film-making techniques, to ensure Jurassic Park became one of the highest grossing films of all time. Astounding effects (for their time) still hold up, even though by today’s standards they are few and far between; it’s the imaginative use of them that really heightens the terror you feel while watching this film.

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Movie Review – Saving Private Ryan vs The Thin Red Line (REDUX)

I initially posted an article pitting twin war films Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line against each other to figure out which was the better, and that article is still available to read here. However, recently I re-wrote that review from the ground up for fernbyfilms.com friend Bryce Zabels moviesmackdown.com, a great website I moonlight reviews for. Below is the article, slightly abridged and amended, that appeared on Bryce’s site. It’s a more mature and intricate exploration of these two films from what I have already written, and I feel that both articles have individual merit, and should both be read to get a clear understanding of exactly what I feel towards two pivotal films from 1998.

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Movie Review – Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

In 1989, director Steven Spielberg and producer george Lucas returned to the well of popularity to bring audiences the much clamoured for third Indiana Jones film, The Last Crusade. After the dismal critical drubbing of Temple Of Doom, I think Spielberg must have sense this as his last chance to prove that Raiders wasn’t a one-hit wonder, and poured every available smidgin of creativity into Last Crusade, to create a wonderfully exciting, humerour adventure movie, that returned our favourite archaeologist to the big screen in a story worthy of his status.

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Movie Review – Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom

Tonally off-kilter entry into the Indiana Jones franchise leaves a decidedly bitter taste in the mouth, with the sense of fun from Raiders going missing in short order. A miscast Kate Capshaw adds to the misery Spielberg inflicts upon us with this uneven effort. Worth watching just for Harrison Fords performance, which elevates this film’s quality much more than it deserves.

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Movie Review – Indiana Jones & The Raiders of The Lost Ark

Almost everything about this film is perfect. A combination of casting, story and effects, action and music, have made Raiders almost unassailable in critical circles ever since. If you had to list a couple of film’s that you could watch over and again on a deserted island, I’d have to say that Raiders would be in my top ten somewhere. Fun, exciting cinematic pulp material is given a fresh leash on life due to the skill of a master storyteller in Spielberg, and if you don’t find yourself watching this with a smile on your face, then I dare say you need to check your pulse. Cinema for the sake of entertainment, that really does entertain.

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Movie Review – Schindler’s List

One of the best Best Picture films ever – Schindler’s List is a potent, searing reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. Essential viewing, unforgettable, and entirely affecting; there simply are not enough superlatives in existence to describe the magnificent work Spielberg did to make the Holocaust so horrific on film.

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