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 know and lov … [Read more...]