Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Spielberg: The Machine

Ok, is it just me, or does it seem like Steven Speilberg must sleep on average about only forty five minutes a night?

Not even an entire season after his summer blockbuster War of the Worlds, the trailer for Spielberg’s next feature, Munich, is up and running on the Apple Trailers site.

Munich, which has a release date of December 22nd, comes out almost exactly six months after War of the Worlds did. I mean, to quote Doc Bones, My God man, how is that even possible? The man is prolific to say the least.

Munich is set around the true events of the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, where several Israeli atheletes were slain by Palestinian militants. The film follows the story of the assasins, assembled by Israeli forces, who set out to kill those suspected in the murders of the athletes.

In the spirit of Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Amistad, Speilberg once again sets aside his sci-fi hat and uses a straight dramatic form to explore the moral compromises and ambiguities embedded in warfare and social conflict. While I have the utmost respect for Spielberg as a filmmaker, truth be told, I generally prefer his genre work. I think Schindler’s List is inarguably a tremendous film, but I am not as big a fan of Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, (or even the Terminal and Catch me if You Can) as I am of his classics, like Jaws, Close Encounters, E.T., Jurassic Park, etc.

I saw this trailer on the big screen for the first time on Sunday, in front of Jarhead, and I was completely taken in by the language of the script, and the near poetic images of violence intercut with the desperate faces of the men involved in their grim project.

I think we’re looking at a big Oscar contender here, and if nothing else, another impressive film from Spielberg. I predict it may be his best drama since Schindler’s List.


Anonymous DC Dionysian said...

Frankly I'm impressed with the Topicality(If that's a word). Touching on Middle East politics in a serious way is very rare in film. He could not have picked a more serious incident. Ridley Scott was pretty daring in choosing to do Kingdom of Heaven in this environment. He dealt with it by PCing the heck out of it and making a movie that couldn't have irritated (or really entertained) much of anyone.
Spielberg doesn't have that option with this one. I loved the preview. It's nice to actually look forward to a movie again.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed dionysian... more interestingly, is spielberg's interest in using israel's response to palestine as the litmus test for his story about the moral ambiguity of violence... i am sure that there will be more than a handful of schindler's list fan who will be unhappy...

but more importantly, dionysian...

since when did we find it necessary in our lives to start reading "reviews" of film trailers... i mean seriously, newyorkerinhollywood... first, the kong epk spot, then the kong trailer, and now munich?

i think i speak for dionysian, doorframe, and myself, when i say we expect a little more...

if this keeps up, i'd just assume replace my bookmark for this site with one for dark horizons...


11:49 PM  
Blogger The New Yorker said...

DC, yes you are right. It is nice to look forward to a movie again, especially one that is politically and socially relevant.

Anonymous, if you keep at this rate I'm going to start taking your comments off my site.

Where are your manners?

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're right, newyorkerinhollywood... i crossed a line, and i apologize to you and your readers... i am a huge fan of you and your supporters...

that being said, nicole ritchie is on tv right this second and she looks like a twelve year old boy... from a third world country... she can't weight more than 90 pounds... tops...

i HATE how skinny these girls are getting... i worry it's cannabilizing their health...

12:09 AM  

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