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10.15.2014 | 105 days ago | Posted at 08:53 AM
By David Luhrssen
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) helped open the door to the computer-generated imagery that has dominated Hollywood action blockbusters ever since. The movie’s theme is science fiction, but in fact, some scientists are working to make the concept of cloning extinct species from recovered DNA come true. Ethicists are worried about reintroducing creatures from the past into the changed e...
01.24.2014 | | Posted at 10:19 AM

The Ultimate Book of Imposters

By David Luhrssen
  Steven Spielberg didn’t have to invent the plot for Catch Me If You Can (2002). The story’s giddy anti-hero, Frank Abagnale, wasn’t a figment of fiction but a real-life teenage runaway who created a series of false identities. Eventually, he posed as a PanAm pilot for free rides to places where he’d cash the bad checks he wrote. According to writer Ian Graham, th...
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
 Some spectacles were meant to be seen on a stage. Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel War Horse was adapted into a 2011 film by Steven Spielberg, and like everything with the director’s name on it, it was
01.14.2013 | | Posted at 01:46 PM

J.G. Ballard on Movies and Life

By David Luhrssen
  J.G. Ballard attracted avid readers with the publication of his first novel, The Drowned World (1962), a story of global warming long before the topic was hot, but the general public knows him best for Empire of the Sun. Steven Spielberg turned Ballard’s mostly autobiographical novel into the 1987 film that introduced Christian Bale, standing in for the author as an adolescent....
11.17.2012 | | Posted at 08:56 AM

Spielberg Not the First to Direct Honest Abe

By David Luhrssen
  It’s tempting to suspect that Abraham Lincoln was D.W. Griffith’s mea culpa for The Birth of a Nation—except Griffith probably never thought he did anything wrong. Abraham Lincoln (1930), Griffith’s last significant film, has been issued by Kino Lorber on Blu-ray in the most complete version to surface since it played in movie houses, intact except for the soundtrack of t...
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

Daniel Day-Lewis is unforgettable as Lincoln

 The Civil War marked one of the sharpest turning points in America’s story, and none of its leading figures looms higher in memory than Abraham Lincoln
Friday, June 10, 2011

Abrams' Tribute to the Master of Summer Movies

Every mastermind grew up admiring a mastermind. For J.J. Abrams, who conceived the convolutions of the culty “Lost” series and revived Star Trek for the 21st century, Steven Spielberg was the model mastermind, a director who found the uncanny among ordinary people and with a sharp feel for the roller coaster thrill of cinema...
01.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Movie writer Ray Morton�s life changed that night in 1977 when he saw Steven Spielberg�s first science-fiction feature. In Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Making of Steven Spielberg�s Classic Film (published by Applause Books), Morton explains that the technically ambitious movie awakened him to cinema�s artistic potential. It was a powerful experience for a teenager. For many adults, CE...