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The Battlefont of Our Generation?

How did this happen?

The man who directed the cinematic masterpiece Titanic just accepted something so pedestrian as the leading brand image of what continues to evolve as his ultimate cinematic universe. We still have no answer, despite an ordinary man’s quest to solve an extraordinary mystery. It’s been a few weeks since we learned of this person’s mission that’s driven by unmistakable, relentless anguish. He’s considered a hero in some circles. Not many circles, but more than one.

We’re still waiting for a press conference from Avatar director James Cameron so he can confront this ever-pressing issue.

The late Steve Jobs (RIP) would probably be happy that we’re discussing fonts with such intensity.

Maybe not about the Papyrus font, but still…

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This Is Us

How can we best tell our story to the world?

According to Steven Spielberg, we can best tell our story by projecting it with the people in it…along with a little imagination and uncertainty.

Spielberg, a forthcoming HBO documentary, is a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, I (and most likely everyone else on the planet) cannot wait to see this in-depth look into everything Steven Spielberg. The man is a cinematic and storytelling trailblazer. On the other hand, the fact that an in-depth documentary about Steven Spielberg’s life has been filmed, produced and is ready for showtime HBO means that he’s lived a full life and that it’s now time to just reflect…?

Fortunately, the greatest filmmaker in history (my humble opinion) isn’t slowing down one bit.

Ready Player One, directed by the man, the myth and the legend, is set for release with high-anticipation next year. Then, of course, the famed director has another Indiana Jones film. Plus, he has at least a couple more Jurassic World’s to produce and guide during the next several years.

That’s the good news. Now here’s some more. We won’t just be entertained by Steven Spielberg’s imaginative movies about virtual reality, genetically modified dinosaurs causing chaos in the modern world or an adventurous professor from the mid-20th century. Moreover, we’ll be entertained by stories about, well, ourselves. That’s the true storytelling genius of Spielberg.

He suspends focus on himself in order for all of us to believe in ourselves in ways we never thought possible.

And an accompanying John Williams score doesn’t hurt either…

Spielberg premieres on HBO on Saturday, October 7th.

Damn, Daniel!

You know how people say something isn’t true unless it’s true?

For example, speculation has been that Daniel Craig would eventually return as the iconic 007 after a long break following the  Spectre. That’s been what many people (including myself) have believed to be true for quite some time, in our minds.

Well…

Damn, Daniel!

Apologies, Mr. Craig/James Bond/007.

This is amazing news. While Sean Connery will always be known as the greatest James Bond in cinematic history, Daniel Craig has given the Scotsman a serious run for his money. Partly because Daniel Craig has brought unrivaled modernity, realism and grit to the character. But also in part because Daniel Craig’s James Bond is a more complicated and conflicted character with a relatable (as relatable as 007 can be) emotional range to how a normal person would react and think beyond the flashy gadgets and unforgettable catchphrases.

So, it’s officially one more film for Daniel Craig as James Bond. And that’s exactly what 007 fans have been saying since Mr. Craig’s brilliant first-go as the British spy in Casino Royale back in 2006. And we’ll keep on saying it…one more film…one more film…one more film, please.

Just don’t ask Daniel Craig that one question two days after wrapping Bond 25 (title TBD).

P.S. Remember when “Damn, Daniel!” was a Snapchat craze?

Nobody Can Replicate (or Replicant?) That Response

Harrison Ford is awesome.

That pitch-perfect response by Mr. Ford was delivered this past weekend at Comic Con 2017 in San Diego, California. When arguably the greatest action movie star in cinematic history decides to return to his iconic characters 20-30 years later (well, 32 for Star Wars), it’s a blessing for himself and fans alike. Harrison Ford was great in The Force Awakens and looks fit and ready for a brutal fight in Blade Runner 2049.

And, if rumors are true, fans will jump for joy when the next Indiana Jones movie returns to theaters with Mr. Ford and an indie film director by the name of Steven Spielberg in just a few years time.

In the spirit of this blog post, we should ask ourselves “WWHFS?”

Translation: What Would Harrison Ford Say?

Answer: Whatever it is, you can bet your ass it’ll be awesome.

Like his movies.