So who’s going to see Steven Spielberg’s next big movie “Lincoln”? And no, this is not the poorly-rated vampire hunter Lincoln movie.

This biopic of Abraham Lincoln focuses on the last four months of Lincoln’s life, as he fights to amend the constitution to outlaw slavery, while also seeking peace with the Confederates in the Civil War. It was recently shown in a secret screening at the New York Film Festival (cell phones, iPads and even Kindles were not allowed), and will officially release Nov. 16, but those who made it into the screening were under oath not to review the film yet. Ohhh, the secrecy!

Apparently, the film has already been billed a sure shot for Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis) – they are expecting a total of 12 nominations. Listen for Oscar-winning composer John Williams (a la Star Wars / Indiana Jones) as he teams yet again with Spielberg.

One of 2012’s top five films? OMG definitely!


So you know that Steven Spielberg has made a ton of great movies in our generation. He just recently released War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin, both nominated for Oscars. And you’ve probably seen many of his most popular movies already. Well, here are onomeister’s Spielberg gems that you may not have watched yet.

  • Schindler’s List – Everyone should know who Schindler is and what he did for the Jewish prisoners in WWII, but this B&W portrayal of the tragedy is a perfect masterpiece and a must-see (Won 7 Oscars, nominated total 12).
  • Empire of the Sun – A 12 year old Christian Bale out-performs the other adult actors in this movie about a naive boy captured by the Japanese just trying to survive. Excellent cinematography and feel-good movie nominated for 6 Oscars.
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – A robotic boy longs to become real in this deep emotionally harrowing movie that was handed over to Spielberg from the late great Stanley Kubrick.
  • Munich – Nominated for 5 Oscars, this suspenseful film based on real life events deals with the revenge killings stemming from the assassinations of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games in Germany
  • Duel – What? A tv movie? This thriller about road rage was Spielberg’s first full-length movie (shot in 1971), and had a huge influence on Jaws.
  • The Color Purple – Whoopi Goldberg’s debut in a dramatic role as a young girl in 1909, this was nominated for 12 Academy Awards.
  • Amistad – Morgan Freeman and Sir Anthony Hopkins star in this powerful and gripping drama about a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship traveling towards America (4 Oscar noms).
  • Catch Me If You Can – Inspired by a true story, FBI agent, Tom Hanks chases con-artist, Leonardo DiCaprio, in this fun movie that’ll keep you laughing.
  • The Terminal – A feel-good heartwarming romance comedy about a stranded Eastern immigrant (Tom Hanks) in an airport.

Now if you are a movie fan like me, you better have seen all these films (all directed by Spielberg): E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, War of the Worlds.

He’s also been the producer in movies like The Goonies, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Flags of Our Fathers, Transformers, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Poltergeist, True Grit, Super 8, Cowboys & Aliens, Real Steel.

Did you know that he was awarded the honour of Knight of the Order of the British Empire in 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the British film industry. However, because he is not a Commonwealth citizen, he’s not able to use the title, Sir Steven Spielberg… TOO BAD!