Tag Archives: Steven Spielberg

A Brief History of Spy Movies: Part Two

40 YEARS OF SPY THRILLERS  In the first post I watched the Harry Palmer movies, and the third I look at the film adaptations of John Le Carré novels. Here's a cross-section of stellar—and not-so stellar—spy movies through the years. The Quiller Memorandum (1966) was directed by Michael Anderson, Harold Pinter wrote the screenplay based on… Read More

Stranger Things Has Happened

I love Stranger Things. The eight-episode Netflix series released in July is a terrific bit of summer entertainment, a mystery horror series starring Winona Ryder and a cast of kids. It feels new while evoking the best of 1980s American film, TV, and books—largely the work of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and… Read More

The BFG review — A Magical Antidote

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Written by Melissa Mathison, adapting a book by Roald Dahl | 117 min | ▲▲▲▲△ It amazes me that Roald Dahl books remain as popular as they do, and the film adaptations even more so. They're so dark and twisted. The BFG, which stands for Big Friendly Giant, has all these complicated… Read More

Indiana Jones series review

Welcome to items from The Vault. Between 2005 and 2009 I was a programmer on CKDU 88.1 FM every Sunday morning with something called The Love & Hate Movie Show. I talked about what I was seeing and revisited some of my favourite films of old, pretty much what I do now here on FITI.… Read More

Jurassic World review — Better off extinct

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Written by Trevorrow, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly, based on the Michael Crichton book Jurassic Park Wherein a superhero dinosaur, genetically engineered to be bigger, smarter, and tougher than all who came before, finds freedom from enslavement, then crushes and eats all who oppressed her. It's a tale of redemption,… Read More