2012: The Year of Steven Spielberg
by Charles Beall
If you know me, you know that I love Steven Spielberg. I credit him with my discovery of cinema; if it weren’t for his films, I don’t think I ever would have fallen in love with the movies. Without his films, I never would have discovered other filmmakers, nor the love of filmmaking and film watching. Simply put, the man is my idol (the number one thing on my bucket list is to shake the man’s hand and get a picture taken with him that will be my Facebook profile picture until the day I die).
So, with the lead up to his film “Lincoln” in November of this year, I will spend the next months reviewing all of his films, chronologically, finishing up with his most recent endeavors. It could take me a few weeks, it could take me a year; we’ll see how things progress (job searching is a pain, man). However, here is this list of films that will be reviewed by yours truly, in the“eras” that I have classified his films.
The Boy and His Camera Era
The Sugarland Express (1974)
Note: I will try and track down television episodes Spielberg directed in this time period, however, I cannot guarantee it.
The Wonder Era
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
The Goonies (1985)*
The Growing Pains Era
The Color Purple (1985)
An American Tail (1986)*
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Messenger Era
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Minority Report (2002)
The Versatile Era
Catch Me if You Can (2002)
The Terminal (2004)
War of the Worlds (2005)
The Wonder Era, Part II
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Super 8 (2011)*
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
War Horse (2011)
A New Era?
*These films were produced by Spielberg (aside from “Poltergeist”-I am sorry, Tobe Hooper, I like you and all but this film reeks of Spielberg) but are important nonetheless and are a testament to his influence in the films of others. Therefore, they will be reviewed as a part of his filmography.
Now, let’s dim the lights, shall we?