raiders of the lost ark

These face-melting movie scenes count as some of the first real glimpses many of us had for gore. Despite the fact that you now see on prime-time television scientifically correct images of what happens when a body is rent asunder by an number of accidental causes, there’s something to be said for the cartoonish, yet horrendous manner in which a face just drips right away.

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It can be argued that his most mainstream work represents either his best or worst tendencies, but going back through Spielberg films from the 1970s on, I found that two of Spielberg’s best pictures were the ones that were ignored or misunderstood by mainstream audiences. The rest were pretty much hits, although not all are as adored as some that didn’t make my list.


For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! Life always has a way of derailing even the best-laid plans, and my [...]