The Fearsome and the Childlike in the Films of Steven Spielberg

In my book Through a Screen Darkly, I wrote quite a bit about the films of Steven Spielberg. But those thoughts are scattered throughout the book. Today you can read my new overview of Spielberg's entire career as a director...  … [Read more...]

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

In the opening scenes of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, the new 3D motion-capture-powered animated spectacle from director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson, one character in an open marketplace happily informs a stranger, “Everybody knows him. That’s Tintin.” And yet, after two hours of nearly perpetual, elaborately choreographed action, the audience still doesn’t know who Tintin is. Those who have lined up to see a comic book character they already … [Read more...]