Top 10 things about Back To The Future

With the one week only re-release in UK cinemas of Back To The Future, Top10Films was reminded just how great this fantasy classic remains. Seeing the film on the big screen for the first time was an experience not easily forgotten. And, inspired by the film's theatrical...

Did Spielberg direct Poltergeist?

Who directed Poltergeist is a question that has been raised many times between fans of the film ever since an article appeared in the L.A. Times in 1982. The article, about a set visit during principle photography, queried whether credited director Tobe Hooper was actually at the...

It wasn’t all a bed of roses between David Lean and his most famous fan Steven Spielberg

Chris Evans of The Independent wrote an article in 2008 entitled: “How Sir David Lean had an epic falling out with Steven Spielberg over the filming of a Conrad novel”. The article, concerning Lean’s great unmade epic Nostromo based on Joseph Conrad’s 1904 novel, told of how...

Lawrence of Arabia: The film that inspired Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s favourite film is David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. When the film was first released in 1962 Spielberg went to see it at a small theatre in Phoenix, Arizona where he immediately fell in love with the epic tale of T.E. Lawrence. However, as the director explains,...

Spielberg dares to parody himself in Jurassic Park

Having not seen the film for many years what struck me most was the postmodernist and self-reflexive attitude of the film, parodying the ‘event’ movie that Spielberg almost single-handedly created in the first place. It's a self-aware bit of humour that Spielberg isn't really...

Spielberg makes the impossible possible

Dan Rooney discusses how Steven Spielberg has made what was seemingly impossible cinematically possible. He says, "Motion Pictures are revered as the art form that can offer more emotion than any other medium. They are there to teach us and to transport us from our every day...

How has Steven Spielberg influenced the film industry?

Independent filmmaker E. D. Cameron looks at Steven Spielberg's influence on filmmaking and the film industry from the blockbuster to the sensibilities of story and the revolution of cinema and pop culture. He writes that "without Spielberg, films like Titanic and Lord of the...

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat”: Introducing Steven Spielberg

Rose Jenkins takes a look at Steven Spielberg's career from his upbringing through to his early career in Hollywood and the invention of the blockbuster. Shoe writes: "Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful and famous directors of all time. Very few people in Hollywood...