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Spielberg vs. Spielberg: Vulture Tracks How His Fave Themes Go Wrong on Small Screen

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 5, 2011 at 5:46AM

Spielberg is all around these days, from summer hit Super 8, which J.J. Abrams sold on his name, to holiday tentpoles The Adventures of Tintin and Oscar frontrunenr War Horse. But there are two Spielbergs, posits Vulture, which lays out the Four Ways Steven Spielberg TV Shows Feel Like Bad Spielberg Knockoffs.
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Spielberg is all around these days, from summer hit Super 8, which J.J. Abrams sold on his name, to holiday tentpoles The Adventures of Tintin and Oscar frontrunenr War Horse. But there are two Spielbergs, posits Vulture, which lays out the Four Ways Steven Spielberg TV Shows Feel Like Bad Spielberg Knockoffs.

While his film work "usually transcends the vaguely sanitized, family friendly clichés many associate with his brand," writes Vulture, his TV shows (i.e. Seaquest DSV, Falling Skies, Terra Nova) "feel like you're watching the result of an executive yelling at some TV journeyman, 'Gimme something that feels like Spielberg!'" The executive in that case would be--of course--Spielberg.

Shower yourself with some Spielberg love below.

Check out these four go-to Spielberg themes (Keeping the Family Together; The Search for the Lost Child; Science vs. Authority; Kids on Their Own) and how different they are on the big vs. small screen.


This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Video, TV, Steven Spielberg, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.