Do you miss Amblin?

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  1. fabman Registered

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    It's never too late for some nice nostalgia. I just watched The Goonies tonight, and about a week ago Gremlins - to the point - don't you miss the Amblin Entertainment films such as these helmed by Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) and Joe Dante (let's add Innerspace) and produced (and sometimes written) by Steven Spielberg?

    Amblin Entertainment was as big as Pixar is / was (it's Disney's now), and a great place for directors to make movies, since they didn't have to handle with ignorant studio execs but had Steven Spielberg, who'd defend their vision and finance / produce the movies.

    I think the movie industry needs something like Amblin again. I mean, look at all those great movies (next to Spielberg's own):

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    by Robert Zemeckis
    Arachnophobia by Frank Marshall
    Men in Black by Barry Sonnenfeld
    Back to the Future (1 - 3) by Robert Zemeckis
    The Flinstones by Brian Levant
    Gremlins (1 & 2) by Joe Dante
    The Goonies by Richard Donner
    Innerspace by Joe Dante
    - and of course that's just a few of the movies produced by Amblin / Spielberg.

    ...and let's not forget the cartoons:

    Tiny Toon Adventures
    Animaniacs
    Pinky & The Brain
    Freakazoid

    P.S.: I'm aware that Amblin Entertainment still exists, but mostly just for Spielberg's own movies.
     
  2. PhotoJones Registered

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    I miss the animated shows, sure.
     
  3. coreymb16 Not a Side-Kick

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    Don't worry, there will be more movies produced by Amblin. The Next Indy flim?
     
  4. fabman Registered

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    Yeah, but outside of Spielberg's own movies?
     
  5. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    I watched Gremlins 2 yesterday. I love those movies. Gizmo is awesome.

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  6. PhotoJones Registered

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    Oddly enough, I also watched Gremlins 2 recently. That movie did not hold up over time. :(
     
  7. fabman Registered

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    Watched it last week. For me, it did.
     
  8. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    A lot of the jokes are reflective of the time it was made (the early 90s). But its still pretty good, I think. Though perhaps it is only for nostalgias sake.
     
  9. PhotoJones Registered

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    I had it turn it off. And I used to love the Gremlins movies.
     
  10. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    When did Amblin disband?
     
  11. PhotoJones Registered

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    They haven't.
     
  12. fabman Registered

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    But they're really just producing Spielberg's own films @ the moment.
     
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    Whoa. Was The Flinstones good? Never seen it, looked like crap.
     
  14. fabman Registered

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    I think there's quite a lot of people who didn't like it. Not on par with other Amblin pics such as Goonies and Gremlins but I liked it. Great cast, especially Goodman, Moranis and MacLachlan. It's really the cartoon in live-action.

    The sequel sucks though.

    The point of the thread. I think Spielberg should really go back to producing with Amblin, giving other or aspiring directors a chance to direct a great movie, maybe based on an idea or story treatment by Spielberg himself, without the studio "molesting" them and their movie.

    Chris Columbus should go back to writing, by the way. :D But I guess that's just the nostalgic in me talking!
     
  15. chaseter Esteemed Member

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    Jurassic Park was Amblin...
     
  16. Catman Registered

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    Ever since Spielberg launched his own studio, DreamWorks, there has been no purpose for Amblin.

    DreamWorks movies include:
    Saving Private Ryan
    Small Soldiers
    American Beauty
    Galaxy Quest
    Almost Famous
    Cast Away
    Chicken Run
    Gladiator
    Meet the Parents
    What Lies Beneath
    Shrek
    A Beautiful Mind
    Minority Report
    Road to Perdition
    House of Sand and Fog
    Old School
    Seabiscuit
    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    Collateral
    Meet the Fockers
    Shark Tale
    Shrek 2
    The Terminal
    The Island
    Match Point
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Munich
    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    War of the Worlds
    Dreamgirls
    Flags of Our Fathers
    Over the Hedge
    Letters from Iwo Jima
    Bee Movie
    Blades of Glory
    Disturbia
    Shrek the Third
    Sweeney Todd
    The Kite Runner
    Transformers

    It's the ONLY good live-action adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon
     
  17. Sam Fisher Heavy Meddle

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    How dare you not put E.T on that list:o

    The sequel wasn't that bad...

    Except for Scooby Doo:p
     
  18. fabman Registered

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    I didn't put E.T. on the list because I said - next to Spielberg's own movies...

    @ Catman: I know, that's why I (partially) hate DreamWorks. You can't compare DreamWorks to Amblin. DW is a studio, while Amblin is a production company, Spielberg doesn't really have much to say about most DreamWorks movies and it's not really his productions. In the 1980's Spielberg would have screenplays such as 'The Goonies' (based on a story by S. himself) and 'Gremlins' and would personally hire directors to helm the pics. Can't compare that to DreamWorks.

    AMBLIN WAS EXACTLY LIKE PIXAR (...well, at least before Disney bought it) - they produced helluva movies, by Spielberg and other directors, but the directors and producers always had creative freedom, since Spielberg would protect the helmers' vision whenever the studio had something to say, which they didn't, since Amblin did almost everything on its own, except for distribution - at least in the 1980's.
     
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    I saw Monster House the other day, and I noticed it had the Amblin logo at the start. So I guess it hasn't totally disappeared.
     
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    Jurassic Park's my personal fave.
     

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