James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction is a solid, albeit navel-gazing, primer

When AMC announced its new pop culture docuseries, Visionaries, at the Television Critics Association 2017 summer press tour, the network made it clear that these explorations of genres and media would be informative, but informal—expansive, but specific to whatever prominent filmmaker or producer was at the helm of a…

Steven Spielberg is open to a female Indiana Jones, so let's do some fantasy casting

In a recent interview with The Sun (via The Hollywood Reporter), Steven Spielberg suggested that he’d be open to a future Indiana Jones star being a woman, noting that they’d “have to change the name from Jones to Joan” and that there’s “nothing wrong with that” (other than the fact that last names don’t work that…

James Cameron says he would've made a "much nastier" version of Jurassic Park

In an anecdote that doesn’t get nearly as much space as it deserves, James Cameron revealed to The Huffington Post in a newly resurfaced interview that he almost bought the rights to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel. Cameron says Steven Spielberg actually beat him to it “by a few hours,” though, and after he saw…

Our critics plug in to Ready Player One

On today’s episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Ready Player One, the adaptation of the divisive novel by Ernest Kline, and the latest event from Hollywood’s blockbuster godfather, Steven Spielberg. Ready Player One imagines a bleak, ashen…

The 25 best set pieces of Steven Spielberg’s career

Broadly defined, a set piece is a thriller within a film, a self-contained showstopper-slash-showcase whose success depends in large part on a director’s chops. Since the 1970s, Steven Spielberg has reigned as its Hollywood master; regardless of what one thinks of his sentimental or narrative instincts, it’s hard to…

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Steven Spielberg finds fun, and maybe even a soul, in the pandering pastiche of Ready Player One

Is it possible for a Hollywood blockbuster to look both soulful and soulless, depending on where the light strikes its gleaming surfaces? Ready Player One, based on the bestseller of the same name, is a pandering, crassly commercial victory of intellectual property law that’s also, in its best moments, grand popcorn…