Tag Archives: Steven Spielberg

War Horse

There are some directors who make good films for their entire careers. Most of the time filmmakers drop off at a certain point, falling into mediocrity and living off their previous accomplishments until their inevitable demise. I’m beginning to think Steven Spielberg is one such man.
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Minority Report

Let me start off by saying the following: If any of the technologies, especially the surveillance technologies such as the retina scanning spiders, in Minority Report come to fruition I think I’ll put a bullet in my head. The hell with that. As it stands we only retain a few of our rights thanks to the Patriot Act and if things keep going the same way we’ll lose even more by the year 2054. Thankfully I’ll probably be dead by that point; I really don’t want to live a life like that.

Don’t let my statement lead you to believe I would ever take my own life–I won’t. The only thing I have is my existence. Regardless of all the material, physical and psychical possessions I have and the relationships I hold dear, the only thing I truly own is my own life, my own experiences. It’s the only thing I know; it’s the only thing I’ve ever known. I’ve lived in a world where computers were ugly, cumbersome, and slow; a world where nobody could get a hold of you unless you were at home. Text messages were science fiction and cellular phones were bulky and expensive. Granted, I was a child but I still remember these days when a person could disconnect from others and still be a part of the system. It’s still possible today but it’s getting harder every day. Pretty soon it might be impossible.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The second Indiana Jones film from 1984 was my favorite as a child. It’s violent, exciting, and the only film of the original trilogy not dealing with Christian mythology. On this adventure Jones, accompanied by singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) and the adolescent Chinese street urchin Short Round (Ke Huy Quan), travel from Shanghai to India, landing in a desolate village. Here they learn the Thugee cult – a secret Hindu cult worshipping Kali – has kidnapped the village’s children and taken their religious Sankara stones. The trio head to Pankot palace, the suspected site of Thugee activity, and engage in an action-packed adventure. Eventually Indy and company save the day, liberate the enslaved children, and return one of the stones to the remote village. Indy kisses the girl and they all live happily ever after. Continue reading