Road testing the animatronic shark named after his lawyer, Bruce.
Nowadays he flips between prestigious dramas like Bridge of Spies and The Post and the kind of barn-burning blockbuster fare he made his name on, such as 2018's massive success, Ready Player One.
The “blockbuster” originated in 1976, when Steven Spielberg’s Jaws packed a record number of moviegoers into theaters around the
world. Ever since, studios have been scrambling to one up each other for bragging rights at the box office.
For Spielberg, it’s the pressure of appealing to the largest possible audience, which occasionally means having to compromise. Films like the Indiana Jones series and Jurassic Park exemplify “entertainment” in its purest form.
BOX OFFICE SUCCESS
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977),
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981),
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982),
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984),
The Color Purple (1985),
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989),
Jurassic Park (1993),
Schindler's List (1993),
Saving Private Ryan (1998),
War of the Worlds (2005),
The Adventures of Tintin (2011),
Ready Player One (2018).
Cover art inspired by the Jaws poster, Kulo Luna is a humpback whale that is only dangerous to whaling boats, because the pregnant mother is suffering from plastic indigestion and does not like being fired at with harpoons. She sinks the pirate whaling boat and that is where this adventure begins.
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