Steven Spielberg

Posters as a Stamp of the Auteur

by Nathan Blake

While analyzing the first promotional materials for Steven Spielberg’s The Post, I was immediately struck by the font used in the trailer and on the film’s poster. The Helvetica font was previously used in posters, trailers and opening titles for Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, which also starred Tom Hanks. The font also played a part in advertisements for Saving Private Ryan, though that was not the font used for titles within the film itself. (more…)


Review: “The BFG”

Post by Nathan Blake

The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s first non-historical film since 2011’s The Adventures of Tintin, is a little bumpy at times, but overall works as a charming, light and visually stunning adaption of the Roald Dahl book from 1982. (more…)

Review: “Bridge of Spies”

In his latest post, Nathan Blake reviews Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg’s fourth collaboration with Tom Hanks.


Top Ten Science Fiction Movies 1979-2015

“Screen Lessons” is a new series on the 2 Shot where we focus on a particular theme, aesthetic, or person.
In honor of Christopher Nolan’s 45th birthday last month, Nick and Ryan turn their attention toward their preferred films in the sci-fi genre. These are their top ten picks released between 1979 and the present.


Review: Ryan Pumroy on “Jurassic World”

Bigger. Cooler. More teeth. That’s how characters in Jurassic World describe the new dinosaur and main villain: the genetically mutated Indominous rex. However, those words also describe the film, which is the fourth in the series.

Jurassic World (2015)
Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow 
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Jake Johnson, Lauren Lapkus, and Irrfan Khan
124 minutes
Rated PG-13
Distributed by Universal Pictures
United States