End Credits Show Notes for Wednesday April 4, 2018

This week on End Credits it’s all Spielberg, all the time! At least for the one hour our show’s on the air. We’re reviewing the latest film from Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One, which exists in no small part because of the work of one, Steven Spielberg. So to cue up this week’s review, we will look at the very lengthy, and very accomplished filmography of Spielberg, and try and find not just the big gold nuggets, but some smaller gold nuggets that are just as good.

This Wednesday, April 4, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:

1) The Other Spielbergs. Look, it’s hard to argue with the success of Steven Spielberg. His movies are not just hits, but genre-defining, culturally-important blockbusters that informed our lives, filmmaking, and pop culture as we know it! This week, to begin the show, we talk about the best of Spielberg, but not, like, the best, best. Leaving aside the classics like Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which are universally seen as great, so we look at some of Spielberg’s lesser appreciated classics, and talk about the Beard’s accomplishments beyond killer sharks, and friendly aliens.

REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018). In the future, there will be no work, no school, no reason to leave the graveyard of entombed panel vans and Winnebagos you live in because there’s always the OASIS, a virtual reality where you can do anything, including be hopelessly addicted to the pop culture of the late 20th century. Part furious adulation of 80s life, part post-apocalyptic dystopia, part loose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake and (small) part social commentary, only a man who near single handedly built modern pop culture could keep all the demands of the original novel straight. But does Steven Spielberg succeed?

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.

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