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...

Steven Spielberg Week

It is 35 years since Steven Spielberg released Jaws Jaws became the highest grossing film ever made before Star Wars beat it two years later, breaking the once thought impossible target of $100 miilion. This figure would routinely be beaten by subsequent...

He’ll make you laugh, then he’ll make you scream: The Films of John Landis

“An American Werewolf In London” is the film that I remember most distinctly as a child. It’s partly because I knew I wasn’t allowed to watch it, partly because it scared me so much. It’s only later in life that I fully appreciate the frightening influence it had on me – the...

A Decade of Soulless Remakes and Re-imaginings: Horror in the 2000s

Rightly or wrongly I look back at the last decade of horror films as one that gave us nothing new. We retread old ground, often with poor remakes or as they became known during the period – the re-imagining. Instead of western audiences enjoying new and interesting tales from the...

Essay: Women in the Horror Film – Ripley, the Alien & the Monstrous Feminine

In this essay I take a critical look at the way femininity is portrayed in Ridley Scott’s Alien through its key protagonist and antagonist with reference to key feminist writers… The following essay is an accompanying piece to the following Top 10 Films Lists that feature Ridley...

Top 10 Robert Zemeckis Films

“Are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean”: The Magic of Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis was once asked if television was a bad influence on children. He answered, emphatically, “television isn’t an education, but I see no reason to turn it off.” What would...

Top 10 Single Location Films

The allure of the single location film Films set in a single location (or predominantly in a single location) have always fascinated me. Perhaps it’s their theatre roots, as many single-location films derive from the work of playwrights. The consequence of that is strong...