Happy Birthday, Steven Spielberg!

Note that this is a picture of Spielberg’s younger self. Today, he turns sixty-six.

Along with Alfred Hitchcock, I always link my love for film with Steven Spielberg. I grew up in love with films such as E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Jaws, etc., etc., etc., yet it wasn’t until I was eleven years old that I discovered he was the genius behind all of them. Admittedly, he does have some flops (Hook should have never been made, and 1941 has nerve calling itself a “comedy”), but Spielberg will always remain a filmmaker who ascertains the most of my respect. I still have to see his theatrical debut (The Sugarland Express) as well as a few that are considered his very best (Saving Private Ryan, Munich, Catch Me If You Can, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence). And I will. All right, enough rambling. A happy birthday to the marvel behind the entire oeuvre below:

HAVE SEEN
Jaws (1975)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
1941 (1979)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983; “Kick the Can” segment)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
The Color Purple (1985)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Hook (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Schindler’s List (1993)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
War Horse (2011)
Lincoln (2012)

You know I’m a fan when I’ve seen over half the films he directed, and less than a third of those I watched during my time as a blogger.

HAVE YET TO SEE
Amblin’ (1968; short film)***
Duel (1971; originally released as a TV movie)***
Something Evil (1972; originally released as a TV movie)***
The Sugarland Express (1974)***
Empire of the Sun (1987)***
Always (1989)***
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)***
Amistad (1997)***
Saving Private Ryan (1998)***
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)***
Minority Report (2002)***
Catch Me If You Can (2002)***
The Terminal (2004)***
Munich (2005)***

UPCOMING
Robopocalypse (pre-production stage; due 2014)
Indiana Jones 5 (announced)

Rotten Tomatoes Trivia
Highest Rated – Jaws (1975) 100%
Lowest Rated – Hook (1991) 29%

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10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Steven Spielberg!

  1. Even the lesser films by Spielberg, like “Hook” and “1941” have something interesting in them even if the films themselves don’t succeed. You really should find the rest of the films on the list of his films you have yet to see because there are some wonderful ones there. He has never released “Amblin'” to the public and “Something Evil” is all but impossible to find. I saw it once on a local UHF station that was covered in snow–it was essentially a precursor to “Poltergeist” (which many people insist that Spielberg actually directed instead of Tobe Hooper).

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