Identifying yourself with films !! – Spielberg

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[Pic – News Week]

Question – It’s been 30 years since “Jaws.” You’ve achieved every measure of success. What keeps driving you to make movies?

Spielberg – I’ve often asked myself that question, and my answer comes back the same way every time: I love it. Being a moviemaker means you get to live many, many lifetimes. It’s the same reason audiences go to movies, I think. When my daughter Sasha was 5 years old, we would be watching something on TV and she’d point to a character on screen and say, “Daddy, that’s me.” Ten minutes later a new character would come on screen and she’d say, “No, Daddy. That’s me.” Throughout the movie she would pick different people to become. I think that’s what we all do. We just don’t say it as sweetly.

Seems like a Deja vu. I’ve posted Steve’s view of filmmaking, before. This time its reasoning out the filmwatching experience in the interview to Newsweek.

This is Steven Spielberg‘s honeymoon with the media. Just when his movie’s post-production is all done and he is waiting for the verdict, he loves to talk to the media. A little hype, for his latest film, may be behind these interviews but what comes out are some amazing quotable quotes.

Star War[s] of the Worlds

Steve Vs Lucas
[From Slate]

It’s the summer movies week at Slate and to celebrate the block busters releasing this summer they got their dudes to write some hot gossip. With George Lucas’ Star Wars already taking a box-office by storm, StevenSpielberg‘s sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds is set to rock the theatres by June 29th. To cook some masala here is pretty easy. They do it pretty well in this article named, Lucas vs. Spielberg – The worst best friends in Hollywood.

Not just gossipy but this story seems to have some really interesting trivias on the duo. If you are a fan of atleast one of them, you would read it without taking a breath. If you love both, it is a treasure because the kind of stuff is said seems pretty true. I don’t think Slate can just bluff like this in public space. It talks about the outwardly friendship and the true inside competition that goes on between Steven Spielberg and Lucas during their movie releases. Steve seems to admire Lucas so much from his debut film, THX 1138. And Lucas seems to be extremely aware of the sharp director in Steve right from his first tele-film, Duel.

Spielberg—it was revealed—had lent a helping hand to the climactic light-saber duels in Sith. “George gets stuck sometimes,” said producer Rick McCallum, as if the Star Wars saga were a particularly stubborn patch of lawn. “He never asks for help, but you can feel it when he needs it. With Steven he got encouragement from a directing peer and a good friend.” Meanwhile, Spielberg hired the same pre-viz-effects supervisor sent to him by Lucas to help with his aliens for War of the Worlds, much as you or I might borrow a trowel or Rotavator. “We’ve always helped each other,” said Lucas when approached by the cable network A&E about a documentary detailing the rivalry between the two directors. “[Spielberg] and I have never had an argument in our lives. … I want DreamWorks to succeed. They want me to succeed. And we’re going to help each other succeed.” So, there you have it: just two successful movie titans succeeding, side by side, successfully.

Not just this but a no-harm debate on – Did George Lucas and Steven Spielberg Ruin the Movies?. Don’t miss it.

The Academy at its best

The Academy at its best :
Disappointed. one billion people were dissapointed in india when “no man’s land ” broke the Lagaan dream. Thats fine. But the point is that, when are we gonna leave this comedy of sending out indian films to oscars. Oscar awards are given away for english films mainly taken in hollywood. Lets stop this joke from this year atleast and lets create an award for which the hollywood should send films to recieve this award. This is not a shout of an angry indian who is disappointed for not getting the oscar this year.
Whats is happy is that African americans got the honour this year and the academy should be appreciated for that. Denzel washington is worth the oscar.Morgan Freeman is also a deserving actor who needs to be honoured. If you would have seen The Shawshank Redemption, you will agree.