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#1 of 96 Sam Davatchi

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Posted August 26 2009 - 08:07 PM

I saw the other thread and thought to start this myself. Even weak Spielberg movies are better than average and have some redeeming qualities. Now the more interesting question would be which of his movies you can’t stand!
From the top of my head, for me it would be Amistad and Minority Report.

#2 of 96 Steve_Tk

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Posted August 27 2009 - 01:46 AM

JP2, AI, Indy 4

#3 of 96 Andy Sheets

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Posted August 27 2009 - 01:58 AM

Hook. Even Spielberg himself thinks he hit rock bottom on this one :)

The Lost World. The plot doesn't make sense, there's no real feeling of intensity to it, unlike the first movie, and then that girl doing gymnastics in the jungle... Even JP3 stomps this one to hell.

Always. Must not be very good because I can never remember anything about it beyond reminding me that I don't like Richard Dreyfuss.

Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind. It's actually not that bad a movie but I just don't like the ending with Dreyfuss (well, there he is again) abandoning his family to wander around with the aliens.

ET. I loved it when I was a kid. Now I just want wring Elliot's neck whenever I see this. Annoying little bastard.

AI. It was kind of interesting but, eh, I just don't feel any desire to ever watch it again.

Saving Private Ryan. Well-filmed action scenes (the video game industry will be indebted to this film for eternity) but the rest of it leaves me cold.

War of the Worlds. Man, I've tried watching this multiple times and I don't think I've ever made it all the way through. Somehow it just doesn't hold my attention.

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Posted August 27 2009 - 03:12 AM

While it's not that bad of a movie, I don't like Jurassic Park. And I don't think The Lost World: Jurassic Park or Hook are very good. That being said, the man is still one of the greatest directors ever.



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Posted August 27 2009 - 03:48 AM

IJ 2 and 4
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#6 of 96 Steve Christou

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Posted August 27 2009 - 05:30 AM

Schindler's List I find hard to like, ditto Amistad.

I have both on dvd.






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#7 of 96 Kevin Hewell

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Posted August 27 2009 - 08:08 AM

1941 - what a stinker


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Posted August 27 2009 - 08:16 AM

The Lost World was terrible.  "Daddy, I want to go in the high hide!"  And they go in the high hide, nothing happens, and they come back down.  Then, she swings and kicks a raptor.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  JP wasn't great, but it was entertaining.  I'd rather read the book, but the music and the movie take me back to 1993 and it's nice.  JP3 was actually a fun little movie.  But, I don't think I'll ever see the second one again.

Didn't like AI.  I know some consider Spielberg to be in a golden period, but I pretty much lost interest after JP2.  I've only seen a handful since then and don't care that I've missed the rest.


#9 of 96 Bryan^H

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Posted August 27 2009 - 08:34 AM

The Lost World
A.I.
Catch me if you Can(this one was inexcusably bad)

Turns out as time goes on, his craft is diminishing.  Too bad, he really had talent.

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#10 of 96 Nicholas Martin

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Posted August 27 2009 - 09:09 AM

E.T.

After years of having to sit through it 5, 6 times every school year as a child, I grew to hate it and will never, ever, ever watch even a minute of it again.


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Posted August 27 2009 - 02:54 PM

Jaws - I hate it. HATE...IT.

I resent its manipulativeness, the  dumbing down, everything except the casting. I literally cannot watch it.

Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom - coming after the brilliant and joyful Raiders, Temple of Doom was tone deaf and offensive, an embarrassment from a flimmaker of this caliber. Whereas Raiders soared, Temple fell with a resounding thud.

I don't "hate" ET, but I don't like it either. I was an adult when it came out, so I wasn't enchanted by it as a youngster, therefore I don' view ET as a fond shildhood memory. It's too damned cute for its own good. Way too cute.

Hook - yuck, a misfire, well meant, but misconceived and miscast.

1941- Too much, too busy, too many half baked ideas crammed into this movie.

Lost World, once was almost too much. Jurrasic Park was fun - once. I didn't need to go back. A totally unnecessary filmic exercise.

I find Spielberg one of the most gifted directors working, but I don't always care for his cinematic sensibilities. I do find that some of his interesting "failures" are more entertaining to me than his popular movies e.g. AI, which has many redeeming features amid the flaws. I also like Catch Me If You Can, which was very entertaining.

I here confess I've never watched Amistad all the way through.

#12 of 96 WillG

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Posted August 27 2009 - 03:49 PM


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The Lost World was terrible.  "Daddy, I want to go in the high hide!" 

And that was not even the line. I think it was "I want to go somewhere...high" And that may have been without any knowledge that they had the High Hide.

Also the completely overly P.C. moment where all that "good guys" are looking with complete pained looks on their faces when the InGen people are rounding up the dinosaurs was awful,




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#13 of 96 SilverWook

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Posted August 27 2009 - 04:14 PM



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Originally Posted by Andy Sheets 
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind. It's actually not that bad a movie but I just don't like the ending with Dreyfuss (well, there he is again) abandoning his family to wander around with the aliens.
One could argue his family abandoned him first.

I think Spielberg once said the ending of E.T. reflected his change of mind on running off with friendly aliens though.



#14 of 96 Greg_S_H

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Posted August 27 2009 - 06:34 PM



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Originally Posted by WillG 
And that was not even the line. I think it was "I want to go somewhere...high" And that may have been without any knowledge that they had the High Hide.

Also the completely overly P.C. moment where all that "good guys" are looking with complete pained looks on their faces when the InGen people are rounding up the dinosaurs was awful,
Ahh, gee.  I only saw the film once when it was first released and I've always thought that was the line.  I've been misremembering that for a long time!

Good things about Lost World: the first book's opening about the compy attack on Costa Rica was filmed.  The compys were cool and definitely missed during the first movie.  The raptors moving through the tall grass made for a great visual.  Other than that?  Crichton's book was generally panned, but it was a lot better than what they came up with when they threw most of it out.



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Posted August 27 2009 - 06:53 PM

I never liked ET even when I saw it as a kid in the theaters. Way too high on the cutesy factor, predictable, and being practical minded it broke physic laws to the point it was just unbelievable. A magic glowing finger?   Just thinking of it now, was it one of the first in a long trend since where the actor dies and they don't stay dead?


#16 of 96 Sam Favate

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Posted August 27 2009 - 11:48 PM



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1941 - what a stinker
 
Ack! One of my favorites!

I'd say I don't much care for Hook. War of the Worlds I found an unnecessary remake and didn't care for Cruise.


#17 of 96 Eric Peterson

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Posted August 28 2009 - 01:15 AM

I've never been much of a Spielberg fan and find it to be a much shorter list if I list the films that I do like.

Loved
Duel - My favorite Spielberg film and the only one that I regularly re-watch
Jaws - This is still a great film, but I think more of that is due to accident than because of Spielberg (Malfunctioning Shark anyone?)
Raiders - Excellent adventure film, that is perhaps just a tad too long for what it's trying to do.  (Just short of great)
Minority Report - I really enjoyed this one, but haven't re-watched since it first came out.
Munich - Perhaps my second favorite Spielberg film, but once again I have only seen it once.

Hated
Catch Me if You Can
The Terminal

Haven't seen (...and probably won't)
Sugarland Express
1941
Empire of the Sun (I'll watch this one sooner or later)
Always
Hook
The Lost World
War of the Worlds

Indifferent
Most everything else

So I've seen 17 and I find 5 of them to be worth owning and re-watching.



#18 of 96 WillG

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Posted August 28 2009 - 04:35 AM


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One could argue his family abandoned him first.
 

Yeah, one thing that always bothered me about the film was how unsympathetic Roy's wife is toward him. Granted, Roy was acting out in some strange ways, but it was pretty clear in the film that his wife was aware that Roy was not the only one to have witnessed the UFOs and that plenty of other people were having visions of Devil's Tower. I guess it kind of had to be that way though or else we would fault Roy for leaving with the aliens at the end.

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 Crichton's book was generally panned, but it was a lot better than what they came up with when they threw most of it out.

Yeah, the only thing I can think of that they kept from Crichton's book was the scene where the T-Rexes attack the trailer, and I'll say one good thing about the movie regarding that, when the Julianne Moore character falls to the bottom of the trailer and the rear windsheild glass is slowing cracking underneath her, it's pretty goddamned tense. Although, one might think that a vehicle like that designed to be in an environment with dinosaurs would use something stronger than plain glass for windows, like plexiglass.
 

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Posted August 28 2009 - 04:54 AM



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... Then, she swings and kicks a raptor.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing... 

 
Every time I see JP2, or someone even mentions it, this scene pops into my head.  And I curse.  I hate hate hate that scene. 
I don't mind swallowing some implausibilities in a movie about dinosaurs being brought back to life in modern times.  But when the precocious kid crap starts, you're walking a fine line.  A precocious kid who can apparently defy physics (I'm pretty sure conservation of momentum was not accurately depicted in her uneven-bars raptor fight routine ) is just too much for me. </div></span>
					
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#20 of 96 Patrick H.

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Posted August 28 2009 - 05:12 AM

Growing up, I was a big Spielberg fan and eagerly awaited each new film.  'Hook' dug him such a hole, though, that it took both 'Jurassic Park' and 'Schindler's List' in 1993 to restore my faith in his abilities.  Since then, it's been hit-or-miss.  Following JP, all his "blockbuster" collaborations with writer David Koepp (JP2, Indy 4, War of the Worlds), have been disappointing at best.  On the other hand, I've found his recent dramas and "hard" sci-fi films to be interesting at worst.  In his whole body of work, the only films I'm indifferent to are 'Always' and 'The Terminal' (in that I forget they exist).  Indy 4 is probably the low-water mark for me, and that fact that he's in some way responsible for these 'Transformers' abominations also isn't a good sign.  However, he has some interesting projects on the far horizon, so here's hoping for another eventual rebound.