Podcast: Steven Spielberg Film Series

We’ve done a lot of movie series over the years and this is some of the most intimidating. Steven Spielberg is one of cinema’s GOATs, obviously, and he’s been studied to death for decades now. So how do you differentiate yourself by diving into Spielberg’s filmography? Well, instead of focusing on his most popular and successful movies, this series will be all about his lesser known and less talked about films. Duel, Empire of the Sun, Munich and AI may not have the vast fan base that Jaws and IndianaJones a, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great movies or worth dissecting. It’s still the same director after all. We can get into these popular works in the bonus content, but for the bulk of this series we’ll be going over the movies that tend to fly under the radar when someone mentions Spielberg’s name. It’s going to be fun and we hope you enjoy the ride as we do.

Note: We will make an exception for HEY at the very end of this series as the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, so we thought it would be a fitting coda for that trip.

Dueling, 1971

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 470.

The Sugarland Express, 1974

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 471.

The Color Violet, 1985

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 473.

Empire of the Sun, 1987

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 474.

Always, 1989

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 475.

Hook, 1991

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 476.

Amistad, 1997

Listen to our review on episode 477, coming soon.

AI artificial intelligence, 2001

Listen to our review on episode 478, coming soon.

Minority report, 2002

Listen to our review on episode 479, coming soon.

Catch Me If You Can, 2002

Listen to our review on episode 480, coming soon.

War of the Worlds, 2005

Listen to our review on episode 481, coming soon.

Munich, 2005

Listen to our review on episode 482, coming soon.

The Adventures of Tintin, 2011

Listen to our review on episode 483, coming soon.

War Horse, 2011

Listen to our review on episode 484, coming soon.

Lincoln, 2012

Listen to our review on episode 485, coming soon.

ET the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982

Listen to our review on episode 487, coming soon.

More about Steven Spielberg

Below are some other reviews we’ve done over the years. Some are the movies he’s released since we started the series, while others are retrospectives and anniversaries we’ve covered. Also note that some of these go back to the very beginning of podcast history and the audio may be difficult as we hadn’t yet formed our identity as a series. Which could be a great reason to see some of them back on the road. In any case, please also check out these reviews and enjoy!

Jaws, 1975

Listen to our review below as heard on Extra Film.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 237.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981

Listen to our review below as heard on Extra Film.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1984

Listen to our review below as heard on Extra Film.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989

Listen to our review below as heard on Extra Film.

Schindler’s List, 1993

Listen to our review below as heard on Extra Film.

Jurassic Park, 1993

Listen to our review below as it was heard in Episode 7.

Saving Private Ryan, 1998

Listen to our review below as heard on Extra Film.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 2008

Listen to our review below as heard on Extra Film.

Bridge of Spies, 2015

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 139.

The BFG, 2016

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 175.

Post, 2017

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 251.

Loan player one, 2018

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 267.

West Side Story, 2021

Listen to our review below as heard in Episode 460.

Be sure to leave comments in the comments section below or contact us on social media!

Andrea G. Henderson