With Ready Player One in cinemas now, what better time to revisit director Steven Spielberg's filmography? The legendary filmmaker needs no introduction of course, his finger-prints being visible on just about any major blockbuster of the last four decades, having set the standard for big-budget tentpole cinema at its finest.
With a Hollywood career spanning almost five decades, Spielberg has done it all: he's won Oscars, he's made universally-acclaimed entertainments and more serious, personal pictures. He's flirted with animation and cutting-edge technology, and circled back to more stripped-down dramas, ensuring he never gets bogged down in repeating himself or just phoning things in.
At 71 years young, Spielberg proved with Ready Player One that he's still got every ounce of the hunger and imagination that made him one of the 1970s' most important emerging filmmakers, and though not everything he's made has been a storming success over the years, his filmography remains one of the most diverse and enviable of any high-profile director...
One of Spielberg's few forays into out-and-out comedy, 1941 is a two-hour slog of uneven gags and straight-up misfires, no matter the enthusiasm of its ensemble cast (including John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Ned Beatty, to name just three).
Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale's script fails to deliver the gonzo WWII satire its mildly amusing premise - where mass hysteria breaks out in Los Angeles following the Pearl Harbour attack - suggests, and ultimately it feels like a sketch concept drawn out to agonising feature length.
Despite being nominated for three Oscars - all crafts nods, unsurprisingly - the film is generally regarded as one of Spielberg's unmistakable misfires. It's all the more shocking as it comes smack in the middle of his immense hot streak of smash hits, sandwiched between Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
There's a damn fine reason only Spielberg fanatics even remember it.