The Post (2017) Steven Spielberg

streep-hanks-the-post-810x610At a time when journalism and the news media, in general, is under attack for delivering “fake news,” Steven Spielberg’s film The Post delivers a message on the importance of a free and separate press; the need for the truth to come out despite attacks from those in positions of power and influence. Continue reading


A “Jaws” 4th of July

Jaws Beach RunI can’t help but not be very surprised by the reaction from authorities in North Carolina after the recent increase in shark attacks – “The beaches will remain open.” After hearing this, the first thought that came into my head was Jaws. The local politicians and business owners in Spielberg’s classic film reacted exactly the same way. It’s the 4th of July weekend, one of the biggest moneymaking times of the year. Closing the beaches will ruin the local economy. Public safety, sure that’s needed, but hey, business first. North Carolina has already experienced seven shark attacks this year. Add in the three attacks that occurred in South Carolina, and that puts the two neighboring states at ten. On average, the two Carolina’s combined normally have about six or seven attacks all year. Continue reading

Colombo: Murder by the Book (1971) Steven Spielberg


I was never a big fan of Colombo. I did watch it. However I found the disheveled, cigar chomping, looking like he just rolled out of bed, wearing the same clothes he wore the day before, annoying. For some people, that was all part of his charm. That everydayness quality made him the guy next door.

Colombo seemed to be the kind of guy who did not have a clue. You wondered, how the heck he ever made Lt. But you soon come to realize, underneath this rough exterior, he was way ahead in the game. The sloppy clothes, the clueless look were all a façade, at least the clueless look was, all distractions to throw suspects off. That said, there were two reasons why I would watch the show. There were many episodes that rose above the ordinary TV fare and second, Peter Falk. Falk always had a down to earth quality.  Oh yeah, he also had some cool friends like John Cassavetes and Ben Gazarra (1). Continue reading

The Take2 Guide to Steven Spielberg

The new e-book, The Take2 Guide to Steven Spielberg, which includes an article by yours truly (The Summer of Jaws), is now available in all e-Book formats.spielberg_guide5_ss_697da926-bab1-44fe-83dd-df70360208c0_1024x1024 The book includes articles, interviews and reviews covering Spielberg’s entire career and features more than 60 contributors including Jonathan Rosenbaum, Joseph McBride. Matt Zoller Seitz, Tom Carson and James Bernardinelli as well as fellow film bloggers Sam Juliano, Joel Bocko,Ed Howard and others.  Edited by fellow blogger and filmmaker Adam Zanzie.

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Jaws (1975) Steven Spielberg

This post is part of the Steven Spielberg Blogathon hosted by Adam Zanzie of  Ice Box Movies  and Ryan Kelly of Medfly QuarantineClick here for the Blogathon.

                    A Look Back at the Summer of JAWS

This past summer was the 35th anniversary since the release of “Jaws,” or as some look at it as the birth of summer blockbuster, saturation booking and the death call for Hollywood’s last great era. “Jaws” has been credited or blamed for it all. If you hate the way the news media focus’ on how much a film made this past weekend giving you the top three as if that were THE requirement for a successful film then you can blame ”Jaws.” Today the media seems to be preoccupied with box office results, the almighty dollars, as an indication of a film’s greatness, more so than the movie itself. But back in the summer of ’75 that was all in the future, or so it seemed.

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