Latest Movie News Headlines

Face-Off: Steven Spielberg vs. James Cameron

03.08.2012by: Paul Huffman
In last weeks Face Off we let two 80's icons duke it out, the contenders were the memorable characters of Ferris Bueller and John Bender. You are readers have spoken and the righteous dude Bueller ruled the strikebacks 9-3. This week we pit two of today's most prolific directors against each other and see who comes out on top.

This Face-Off proves to be interesting. Although James Cameron does not have as an extensive filmography as that of Steven Spielberg, the films Cameron has churned out have had a lasting impression on critics, audiences, and the Box Office throughout the years. We will be looking at these two legends' work as a whole this week, in the form of five Face Off's within a Face Off. I'll choose five of Spielberg's best versus five of Cameron's best and force myself to choose which of these classics left a larger impact on me. Naturally you'll ask how could I choose between some of these films? Well, cuz that's the job folks. Follow my lead.

Jaws/Terminator
Jaws is a classic film that earned Steven Spielberg understandable comparisons to the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Spielberg employed an amazing technique of keeping the horror of what was causing all this mayhem hidden in the shadows for most of the film, and it's a technique that paid off.

The troubled production makes you have to appreciate this film that much more, you have to know there were times this gem may not have even seen the light of day, but boy did it. It had characters to root for, great performances, and made you fear stepping foot into the water. Jaws had the honor of being the highest grossing film of all time until Star Wars took over that mantle. Spielberg took elements that many thought was impossible to pull off and made it happen, this is to be commended.
The Terminator came to Cameron in the form of a dream that consisted of a metallic torso emerging from flames with knives in hand, and well...the rest is history. Cameron went to work on the script and the rest of the pieces fell into place. Usually films that cover the concept of time travel give me migraines, but with this film I was always just along for the ride. That alone is a testament to it's entertainment value.

So much depth was put into this story, likeable characters, and it showcased a character that Ahnuld was born to play. This film also has to be noted for it's many memorable scenes, the glimpses of a post-apocalyptic future as envisioned by Cameron, and the incredibly suspenseful neo-noir club scene. Bravo Cameron, bravo.

*The studio expressed desire to see O.J Simpson as the Terminator, but Cameron felt O.J would not be believable as a killer.
Close Encounters/Aliens
Close Encounters of the Third Kind was in many ways a labor of love for Spielberg, he pulled many elements from his past to bring this project to life and it shows. When he was a boy Spielberg was woken up by his father and taken to the side of a rode to witness a meteor shower (remind you of anything)? Many scenes that showed up in Close Encounters were pulled from a film Spielberg shot as a teenager entitled Firelight.

Close Encounters also marks one of the rare instances Spielberg wrote the entire screenplay for one of his films. I would say he did a good job, up until the wonderful climax at the end we are kept on the hook by the slow deterioration of the mind of the main character played by Richard Dreyfuss. It's a wonderful classic where Spielberg's passion shines through.
When I saw Alien I thought to myself, how can you top this? Then I jumped into the sequel that Cameron graced us with and I received my answer. Alien was slow, methodical, it toyed with your fears and your emotions and did it effectively. Aliens was a balls to wall, in your face action romp that was effective for completely different reasons. Cameron had the task of portraying the evolution of our main character Ripley into the battle scarred, hard ass she became and we bought it. This marks his introduction into kick ass female characters (carried over into Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Iconic lines, memorable characters, and a change of pace from the original make this one of the best sequels of all time. Cameron had big shoes to fill and he got the job done.
E.T./The Abyss
E.T. is a personal favorite of mine. The themes of family, acceptance, and the need to connect with someone resonated with me then, and it resonates with me today. The iconic imagery, the unbelievable performances from the films child actors, the music, and of course that cuddly little alien just stay etched in your brain after you've seen this film. You can't shake it. Also it must be said that this is one of the few films I could watch today and be taken back to childhood, for some that is hard to pull off but damn if Spielberg didn't capture all of our imaginations with this gem.
Many critics praised the first two acts of The Abyss but go on to say the conclusion made the film fall flat on it's face. This is not an opinion I share, although I do agree with the part about the first two acts being tops. Boy did this bad boy have some suspense to it, a great cast, a great score, and yes...a satisfying conclusion. Cameron is famous for his rough filming style, several members of the cast had emotional breakdowns in the process of filming this movie and I'd just like to say...I hope everyone involved with this film knows it was worth it.
Schindler's List/Titanic
Schindler's List has been met with a mix of high praise and controversy. It was naturally going to be a tough subject to tackle, but it my opinion it was ultimately done with taste and the perfect amount of emotion. You take away all the hoopla surrounding what this film is addressing and strip it down to it's core and it's about one man making a huge difference in the lives of many.

Shot brilliantly in black and white, save for a little girl wearing a red coat that has become an iconic part of this film, Spielberg threw us into recognizing the atrocities committed during the Holocaust and one mans unwavering mission to save as many as he can. This was an important project for Spielberg and in my opinion he treated it with respect and gave us one hell of an emotional ride.
Titanic gave us an epic love story (I'm a sap back up off me) that we felt from the beginning was doomed to be torn apart because all knew where it was going. That's a formula of storytelling I can get into. For some this film didn't work, for me the love story I could buy until sh*t hit the fan and I attribute that to the fine performances from our two leads, and the rest of the cast while I'm it.

Then came the groundbreaking visual effects that this film had, holy shit. I listened to Cameron's DVD commentary for this film not too long ago and had to appreciate the amount of research he conducted to make this film as close to reality as humanly possible. The dedication to detail showed in the final product, the grand scale of this film was breathtaking and in my opinion the love it got come awards season was completely deserved. A great achievement.
Jurassic Park/Avatar
What is there to say about Jurassic Park? I will say in all my years I can't recall anyone I know having anything negative to say about this thrill ride. With this film Spielberg came around once again and broke new ground, captured our imaginations, and put us on the edge of our seats. All of the elements of this film just worked: the location, the score, the suspense, the cast of characters...it just feels like this movie did no wrong. Thank you Steven.
Avatar, oh Avatar...your glorious visual feast you. Cameron graced us with this film in 2009 and whooped his own ass in Box Office sales making this to date the highest grossing film in North America. While I agree with the general opinion that this film didn't have the most original of plots, Dances with Wolves mixed with Pocahontas with a little Ferngully sprinkled on top blah, blah, blah. But there are hardly any new stories anymore, so bring something to the table and Cameron did what he does best. His visuals. Shot with groundbreaking technology Cameron once again revolutionized the film industry with this movie and for that it has to be recognized. The sequels are sure to break even more new ground.
Overall Work
Steven Spielberg has made a name for himself producing half the sh*it that comes out these days. His name has been attached to various other classic films i.e. Poltergeist, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and various cartoons and television series. His filmography is so vast that I was not even able to add many classics of his in this categories...films like the Indiana Jones trilogy, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, A.I, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, and the countless other films he's recently released or is currently working on can't be ignored. He shows no signs of slowing down and I am expecting more classics from this man.
As I stated earlier, James Cameron does not have as much of a resume as Steven Spielberg does...but the contributions and breakthrough in technology that Cameron has brought to the game puts him on the same level nonetheless. Actors and crew members have called Cameron difficult to work with, even in some instances calling him cruel and noticing his temper, while this may be true all the effort he puts it and forces from the people he works with has shined through in the finished product and well...it's worked. In addition to his many classic films Cameron has also had a notable hand in documentaries including Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep. He's a man of many interests and it makes him intriguing as a Director and as a person. I look forward to more game changing work from James Cameron.
Steven Spielberg
So there you have it, folks. This was a close race but ultimately Steven Spielberg's films do indeed have more of a place in my heart. Both Spielberg and Cameron have earned their title as two of the best directors of all time with their contributions to the industry. So what do you think? PLEASE NOTE that this isn't to focus on the selected films I've chosen to talk about, but rather the quality of the men behind these many classics.

If you have an idea that you'd like to see in a future FACE OFF column, feel free to shoot an email to me at paulhuffman@joblo.com with your ideas and some ideas for the critique to base your ideas off. Thank you and in the meantime...

Which director is your favourite?
POST YOUR CHOICE BELOW!
Tags: Face-Off

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

1:29PM on 03/15/2012
I'm so thankful you listed Jurassic Park- and on top of that- recognized it as a great film. It's my favorite movie next to star wars.
I'm so thankful you listed Jurassic Park- and on top of that- recognized it as a great film. It's my favorite movie next to star wars.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:56PM on 03/11/2012

Um...

Schinder's List > Titanic
Schinder's List > Titanic
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:51PM on 03/11/2012

...

Oh Oh can we get Michael Bay vs Uwe Boll next?!
Oh Oh can we get Michael Bay vs Uwe Boll next?!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:16PM on 03/10/2012

WHAT???!!!!

While I agree that Cameron is a good director, he's nowhere near the category of a "Spielberg". May I remind everyone here that when you sit your rear down in the theater, that Mr. Spielberg has you emotionally in the palm of his hand. GOTCHA!

As for a comparison of "Schindler's" and "Titanic"...how dare you! There is no comparison at all. "Schindler's List" may be one of the best movies of the last 20 years.

Here endeth the lesson.
While I agree that Cameron is a good director, he's nowhere near the category of a "Spielberg". May I remind everyone here that when you sit your rear down in the theater, that Mr. Spielberg has you emotionally in the palm of his hand. GOTCHA!

As for a comparison of "Schindler's" and "Titanic"...how dare you! There is no comparison at all. "Schindler's List" may be one of the best movies of the last 20 years.

Here endeth the lesson.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:26PM on 03/09/2012
Spielberg's better than Cameron how is this even worthy of discussion it's a known fact
Spielberg's better than Cameron how is this even worthy of discussion it's a known fact
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+5
8:13AM on 03/09/2012

I couldn't agree more with the final verdict

but you really shot yourself in the foot by giving the nod to Titanic over Schindler's List. The latter is one of the most important movies in our history, in my opinion still the quintessential holocaust movie. Titanic is a sappy romance in a tragic setting but doesn't bring anything fresh to the table. And this is also why I pick Spielberg over Cameron, because with Titanic and Avatar JC left a BAD taste in my mouth. Those were two very generic movies (okay, Titanic less so) that just happen
but you really shot yourself in the foot by giving the nod to Titanic over Schindler's List. The latter is one of the most important movies in our history, in my opinion still the quintessential holocaust movie. Titanic is a sappy romance in a tragic setting but doesn't bring anything fresh to the table. And this is also why I pick Spielberg over Cameron, because with Titanic and Avatar JC left a BAD taste in my mouth. Those were two very generic movies (okay, Titanic less so) that just happen to have enormous production value. I can agree that Spielberg not always knocks it out of the park, but with the number of movies he's made, his record is still pretty impressive and he made a lot more classics than Cameron (who has only three great movies - Terminator x2 and Aliens plus the really good Abyss), whilst SS has Indy x2, Close Encounters, Jaws, Schindler's List, Private Ryan and Jurassic Par plus a whole lot of other good movies.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:07PM on 03/10/2012
I too was absolutely flabbergasted with the choice of "Titanic" over "Schindler's List". While "Titanic" is a good film, it is also overacted by DeCaprio and Winslet and a film that took direct aim at the tweens market.

"Schindler's List" however appeals to the viewer on numerous different levels.

There is NO comparison. Normally, I agree with Mr. Huffman, but on this category...he's full of shit.
I too was absolutely flabbergasted with the choice of "Titanic" over "Schindler's List". While "Titanic" is a good film, it is also overacted by DeCaprio and Winslet and a film that took direct aim at the tweens market.

"Schindler's List" however appeals to the viewer on numerous different levels.

There is NO comparison. Normally, I agree with Mr. Huffman, but on this category...he's full of shit.
7:58AM on 03/09/2012

Speilberg. Hands down.

Because besides all these movies, Speilberg still has Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can & Tintin, among others. Cameron has only Terminator 2, which a revolutionary film, but still its 1 against a dozen. Another thing, I don't mean to be a dick or something, but can the writer do a proofreading or grammer check before posting? I know its not literature, but sometimes it can make even a very interesting article REALLY hard to go through. I mean
Because besides all these movies, Speilberg still has Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can & Tintin, among others. Cameron has only Terminator 2, which a revolutionary film, but still its 1 against a dozen. Another thing, I don't mean to be a dick or something, but can the writer do a proofreading or grammer check before posting? I know its not literature, but sometimes it can make even a very interesting article REALLY hard to go through. I mean what does "You are readers have spoken...",or "this gem may not have even seen the light of day, but boy did it." or "I attribute that to the fine performances from our two leads, and the rest of the cast while I'm it." even mean??
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:38PM on 03/09/2012
I 100% agree with you. That last quote that you mentioned had me cracking up!
I 100% agree with you. That last quote that you mentioned had me cracking up!
+3
1:21AM on 03/09/2012
Idk, Spielberg seemed obvious to me. Look, Cameron is great and all, but his credits list isn't nearly as long as Spielberg's. The number of notable films Cameron has done can be counted on two hands, whereas Spielberg has not only an entire trilogy (Indiana Jones), but a massive number of films from the 1980's on. Sure, he may not have made a billion dollars with any one of his movies, but he also didn't take 10 years between films. He's a consistent producer/director in Hollywood, and there's
Idk, Spielberg seemed obvious to me. Look, Cameron is great and all, but his credits list isn't nearly as long as Spielberg's. The number of notable films Cameron has done can be counted on two hands, whereas Spielberg has not only an entire trilogy (Indiana Jones), but a massive number of films from the 1980's on. Sure, he may not have made a billion dollars with any one of his movies, but he also didn't take 10 years between films. He's a consistent producer/director in Hollywood, and there's a reason he's revered as a master of cinema.

I also have to take note of Titanic over Schindler's List. Yes, we all thought the ship sinking was very exciting, but the love story was fluff at best and really just a place holder so we could have a movie about the Titanic tragedy. Schindler's List took a unique story about a person involved in the holocaust, while presenting THAT tragedy in a way few movies would ever dare to. I just find it hard to believe that ANYONE would pick Titanic over Schindler's List, purely on a film making level.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:34AM on 03/09/2012
Completely agree. I love Titanic, its one of my favourite movies, but even I know that you just can't compare Titanic with Schindler's List...That film is on a whole another level.(and WHY would anyone even compare those 2? besides being true tragedy, both don't have the same scale or target audience)
Completely agree. I love Titanic, its one of my favourite movies, but even I know that you just can't compare Titanic with Schindler's List...That film is on a whole another level.(and WHY would anyone even compare those 2? besides being true tragedy, both don't have the same scale or target audience)
7:56PM on 03/08/2012

Indiana Jones

...Enough said.
...Enough said.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:21PM on 03/08/2012
I like both but Spielberg is the winner b/c he is a master of all genres of film (action, sci-fi, drama, war, animation, etc). Cameron has stayed mainly in the sci-fi range with one epic romance (Titanic) and action film (True Lies).
I like both but Spielberg is the winner b/c he is a master of all genres of film (action, sci-fi, drama, war, animation, etc). Cameron has stayed mainly in the sci-fi range with one epic romance (Titanic) and action film (True Lies).
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-1
7:18PM on 03/08/2012

Cameron all the way.

Cameron is a genre director, and his films are the reason I fell in love with movies. When I hear Cameron's name I don't think of the guy who made Titanic, I think of the guy who kicked my ass with the masterpiece Aliens, the guy who made the greatest action/sci-fi film ever to grace the screen with T2, and the guy who created the best spy spoof ever with True Lies. I love Spielberg, but Cameron's films have left more of an impression on me.
Cameron is a genre director, and his films are the reason I fell in love with movies. When I hear Cameron's name I don't think of the guy who made Titanic, I think of the guy who kicked my ass with the masterpiece Aliens, the guy who made the greatest action/sci-fi film ever to grace the screen with T2, and the guy who created the best spy spoof ever with True Lies. I love Spielberg, but Cameron's films have left more of an impression on me.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+2
6:55PM on 03/08/2012

Good

I was about to be so mad if Cameron won this because of the check for Titanic! And looking at overall work that was not included in the bulk of this comparison, Spielberg crushes Cameron. Saving Private Ryan? Munich?
I was about to be so mad if Cameron won this because of the check for Titanic! And looking at overall work that was not included in the bulk of this comparison, Spielberg crushes Cameron. Saving Private Ryan? Munich?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+1
4:26PM on 03/08/2012
I would give it to Terminator over Jaws personally. But then, Spielberg has the Indiana Jones franchise..
I would give it to Terminator over Jaws personally. But then, Spielberg has the Indiana Jones franchise..
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:20PM on 03/08/2012
What about the fact that Cameron writes, shoots, and edits his own films?
What about the fact that Cameron writes, shoots, and edits his own films?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:37PM on 03/08/2012
@2sdaychicken

Cameron does do camera work for his own films. Other than Robert Rodriguez, Cameron is perhaps one of the most hands on director out there.

Spielberg said Tin Tin was the first time he did the camera work since Saving Private Ryan (he used the virtual camera system on Tin Tin).
@2sdaychicken

Cameron does do camera work for his own films. Other than Robert Rodriguez, Cameron is perhaps one of the most hands on director out there.

Spielberg said Tin Tin was the first time he did the camera work since Saving Private Ryan (he used the virtual camera system on Tin Tin).
6:33PM on 03/08/2012
He has never shot his own film, sans "Aliens of the Deep." He barely edits them either.
He has never shot his own film, sans "Aliens of the Deep." He barely edits them either.
4:52PM on 03/08/2012
And how does that make him a better director ?
And how does that make him a better director ?
4:14PM on 03/08/2012
What about Duel vs. Piranha II: The Spawning ?

I will not reiterate what everyone else said, but I agree with them.
What about Duel vs. Piranha II: The Spawning ?

I will not reiterate what everyone else said, but I agree with them.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:32PM on 03/08/2012
You can't do that because Cameron didn't direct Piranha II. He was fired a week into production.

Duel wasn't Spielberg's first outing as director. He had been directing TV for several years before Duel (mainly Columbo episodes).

Cameron's first film was The Terminator, and it was his first solo outing as director (not counting his unfinished short film).
You can't do that because Cameron didn't direct Piranha II. He was fired a week into production.

Duel wasn't Spielberg's first outing as director. He had been directing TV for several years before Duel (mainly Columbo episodes).

Cameron's first film was The Terminator, and it was his first solo outing as director (not counting his unfinished short film).
2:38PM on 03/08/2012

Huge thumbs down for picking Titanic over Schindler's List.

I wish I could give it a thousand thumbs down.
I wish I could give it a thousand thumbs down.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-21
1:31PM on 03/08/2012
Titanic is better than Schindler's list because it hit a bunch of different points while SL is amazing, but only satisfies few categories.
Titanic is better than Schindler's list because it hit a bunch of different points while SL is amazing, but only satisfies few categories.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:09PM on 03/08/2012

Cameron

Cameron trumps Senor Spielbergo simply by the fact that he generates his own material. Steven has the luxury of picking any script at his disposal yet still turns in schmaltzy boring bullshit a majority of the time.
Cameron trumps Senor Spielbergo simply by the fact that he generates his own material. Steven has the luxury of picking any script at his disposal yet still turns in schmaltzy boring bullshit a majority of the time.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:09AM on 03/10/2012
Why is it whenever someone brings up Avatar, some dink has to chime in with the weak ass 'Dances with Wolves/ Ferngully/ Pochahontas' argument. You know what, they share basic themes and plot similarities, but that's about it. You didn't see people ripping on Indiana Jones for ripping off Quartermass or Jaws for using a similar plot device as Creature From the Black Lagoon. You know why? Cuz those arguments are retarded and everything under the sun has been done long before you were born.
Why is it whenever someone brings up Avatar, some dink has to chime in with the weak ass 'Dances with Wolves/ Ferngully/ Pochahontas' argument. You know what, they share basic themes and plot similarities, but that's about it. You didn't see people ripping on Indiana Jones for ripping off Quartermass or Jaws for using a similar plot device as Creature From the Black Lagoon. You know why? Cuz those arguments are retarded and everything under the sun has been done long before you were born.
4:43PM on 03/08/2012
@ SuperRO

Um, T2 is not based on someone else's work (Cameron create The Terminator). Cameron also wrote the brilliant script for Strange Days. Plus his other unproduced script 'A Crowded Room' was all around great. Avatar didn't rip off Dances with Wolves, they both came from the same classic 'clash of culture' story structure that has been told since before cinema (Dances with Wolves deserves all the same criticisms Avatar got). And Titanic was an homage to the golden age of Hollywood
@ SuperRO

Um, T2 is not based on someone else's work (Cameron create The Terminator). Cameron also wrote the brilliant script for Strange Days. Plus his other unproduced script 'A Crowded Room' was all around great. Avatar didn't rip off Dances with Wolves, they both came from the same classic 'clash of culture' story structure that has been told since before cinema (Dances with Wolves deserves all the same criticisms Avatar got). And Titanic was an homage to the golden age of Hollywood romance films.
2:34PM on 03/08/2012
excuse me but I do believe that Cameron's best work are sequels, ergo, based upon someone else's work (Aliens & T2), Titanic is just a chick flick in a sinking boat (nothing extraordinary original) and Avatar is a lame rip-off of Dances with Wolves (amongst others).. Take away special effects and Mr Cameron is just the Lord of Money, not "originality"
excuse me but I do believe that Cameron's best work are sequels, ergo, based upon someone else's work (Aliens & T2), Titanic is just a chick flick in a sinking boat (nothing extraordinary original) and Avatar is a lame rip-off of Dances with Wolves (amongst others).. Take away special effects and Mr Cameron is just the Lord of Money, not "originality"
+19
12:39PM on 03/08/2012

What the Fuck

You picked "Titanic" over "Schindler's List". Are you kidding me.
You picked "Titanic" over "Schindler's List". Are you kidding me.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:38AM on 03/08/2012

Selected Films?

I find it odd that you mention that this isn't to focus on your (very selective) selected films but more to focus on the two directors overall. Then why select any films at all? Now, I think both directors do great work, but Cameron is the reason I am on this website in the first place as he made me NEED to learn more about films. Convenient that your list doesn't include Spielberg's weak "Hook" against a little movie called "Terminator 2" which would get four check marks in and of itself.
I find it odd that you mention that this isn't to focus on your (very selective) selected films but more to focus on the two directors overall. Then why select any films at all? Now, I think both directors do great work, but Cameron is the reason I am on this website in the first place as he made me NEED to learn more about films. Convenient that your list doesn't include Spielberg's weak "Hook" against a little movie called "Terminator 2" which would get four check marks in and of itself.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:01PM on 03/08/2012
Because Hook and T2 obviously have so much in common that they ought to be compared...
Because Hook and T2 obviously have so much in common that they ought to be compared...
-41
11:37AM on 03/08/2012

This sucks because

Jurassic Park DOES NOT beat Avatar...thats actually hilarious. Besides the T-Rex scene, that movie isn't even that good.
Jurassic Park DOES NOT beat Avatar...thats actually hilarious. Besides the T-Rex scene, that movie isn't even that good.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:20AM on 03/09/2012
LMAO! you must've been born in 2001 or something, right? Jurassic Park was a game changer. Avatar just had top notch CG and use of 3-d with a by-the-book storyline.
LMAO! you must've been born in 2001 or something, right? Jurassic Park was a game changer. Avatar just had top notch CG and use of 3-d with a by-the-book storyline.
9:25AM on 03/09/2012
You need to leave this website. Now.
You need to leave this website. Now.
9:51PM on 03/08/2012
Lol fail bro
Lol fail bro
-3
11:27AM on 03/08/2012

why

was my comment deleted..just couldn't bear harsh criticism
was my comment deleted..just couldn't bear harsh criticism
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:28PM on 03/08/2012
That's a BUG. Only page 1 of the comments are showing up. We're looking to fix this. I love how everyone always "jumps to conclusions" that it's censorship... ;)
That's a BUG. Only page 1 of the comments are showing up. We're looking to fix this. I love how everyone always "jumps to conclusions" that it's censorship... ;)
11:21AM on 03/08/2012

I'm picking up what you're putting down!

Haha maybe I am crazy folks. I can see how a lot of you would be flabbergasted that I chose Titanic over Schindler's List. Let me TRY to explain my reasoning a little clearer. I guess I was looking at that particular comparison more from a directing standpoint than the others. I was in no way discounting how powerful and emotional Schindler's List as a film was, it's among Spielberg's best work IMO. But from a directing standpoint with Titanic what Cameron and team were able to achieve with
Haha maybe I am crazy folks. I can see how a lot of you would be flabbergasted that I chose Titanic over Schindler's List. Let me TRY to explain my reasoning a little clearer. I guess I was looking at that particular comparison more from a directing standpoint than the others. I was in no way discounting how powerful and emotional Schindler's List as a film was, it's among Spielberg's best work IMO. But from a directing standpoint with Titanic what Cameron and team were able to achieve with that film blew me away. Like countem stated the sets, the scale of it all once the ship hit most of all. Schindler's List got me more with the emotion, Titanic always blew my top back more in the visual department. Make sense?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:02PM on 03/08/2012
Titanic is a spectacle, first and foremost. The drama takes a backseat to what were at the time, ground breaking special effects. It's a great movie. Schindler's List, on the other hand, is a powerful FILM. Make sense? Although comparing the two doesn't make much sense at all.
Titanic is a spectacle, first and foremost. The drama takes a backseat to what were at the time, ground breaking special effects. It's a great movie. Schindler's List, on the other hand, is a powerful FILM. Make sense? Although comparing the two doesn't make much sense at all.
10:52AM on 03/08/2012

Titanic over Schindler's List?

Are you fucking crazy? Otherwise I like the breakdown and agree with the verdict :)
Are you fucking crazy? Otherwise I like the breakdown and agree with the verdict :)
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:52AM on 03/08/2012
Spielberg all the way. Cameron's good, Spielberg's 10 times better. And Titanic over Schindler's List?!?!?!?!? Not even close.
Spielberg all the way. Cameron's good, Spielberg's 10 times better. And Titanic over Schindler's List?!?!?!?!? Not even close.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:31AM on 03/08/2012

James Cameron

Where's T2 and TRUE LIES?

I'm not a big Spielberg fan. And as much as I love JURASSIC PARK.......Cameron's ALIENS alone owns all.
Where's T2 and TRUE LIES?

I'm not a big Spielberg fan. And as much as I love JURASSIC PARK.......Cameron's ALIENS alone owns all.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:21AM on 03/08/2012
My vote goes to Spielberg. I do like Cameron but Spielberg just has MORE great films than him. I really didn't like Avatar or The Abyss. Now considering Spielberg gave us Jaws (my fav film of all time) and Indy, and E.T. and, Close Encounters, and Jurrassic Park, and Saving Private Ryan, AND.......the list goes on and on with him.

Also to repeat others....Titantic over Schindler's List???? Seriously????
My vote goes to Spielberg. I do like Cameron but Spielberg just has MORE great films than him. I really didn't like Avatar or The Abyss. Now considering Spielberg gave us Jaws (my fav film of all time) and Indy, and E.T. and, Close Encounters, and Jurrassic Park, and Saving Private Ryan, AND.......the list goes on and on with him.

Also to repeat others....Titantic over Schindler's List???? Seriously????
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:30AM on 03/08/2012

My personal pick is Cameron...

...though I never would have picked Titanic over Schindler's List.

Cameron might have a flawless record (never made a movie that I didn't enjoy the hell out of), but Spielberg is constantly making movies and not taking 12 years off to peruse other things.

Good Face off! Both great filmmakers, both innovators, and both titans of Hollywood
...though I never would have picked Titanic over Schindler's List.

Cameron might have a flawless record (never made a movie that I didn't enjoy the hell out of), but Spielberg is constantly making movies and not taking 12 years off to peruse other things.

Good Face off! Both great filmmakers, both innovators, and both titans of Hollywood
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:06AM on 03/08/2012

Steven Spielberg for me

I find I want to watch his films more. For instance, when I saw Titanic, I thought afterward, "Okay, I've seen this; I don't need to see it again."

But both directors have made some great freakin' films.
I find I want to watch his films more. For instance, when I saw Titanic, I thought afterward, "Okay, I've seen this; I don't need to see it again."

But both directors have made some great freakin' films.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+16
9:06AM on 03/08/2012
Ahhh excuse me but.. TITANIC over SCHINDLER'S LIST???? You've got to be kidding right??

Overall work a tie???!!! And ahmmm.. what about.. I dunno.. Indiana Jones? Color Purple? Empire of the Sun? Saving Private Ryan? Amistad? Munich? War Horse? even Tin Tin for cryin' out loud! And as a producer? Oh yeah.. just Back to the Future, Gremlins, Roger Rabbit, True Grit, Super 8.. etc, etc, etc

This isn't a face-off.. this should have been a smash in the face!

Personally, I would have put
Ahhh excuse me but.. TITANIC over SCHINDLER'S LIST???? You've got to be kidding right??

Overall work a tie???!!! And ahmmm.. what about.. I dunno.. Indiana Jones? Color Purple? Empire of the Sun? Saving Private Ryan? Amistad? Munich? War Horse? even Tin Tin for cryin' out loud! And as a producer? Oh yeah.. just Back to the Future, Gremlins, Roger Rabbit, True Grit, Super 8.. etc, etc, etc

This isn't a face-off.. this should have been a smash in the face!

Personally, I would have put Lucas vs Cameron in a moneymaker's face-off. That would have been more fair.

Spielberg is just way above and beyond, the man is a natural born storyteller! He is a down-to-hearth inspiration and a damn cool guy.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:54AM on 03/08/2012
Spielberg is prolific and has put out amazing films. He's also been involved with some crappy ones. Overall, I think every one of Cameron's films are great (except maybe that piranha movie). I give my vote to Cameron because more than Spielberg he has pushed new technologies and techniques for filming. I have to take points away from Spielberg for the last Indiana Jones movie. I think Spielberg has gotten more work done, including television cartoons and such.
Spielberg is prolific and has put out amazing films. He's also been involved with some crappy ones. Overall, I think every one of Cameron's films are great (except maybe that piranha movie). I give my vote to Cameron because more than Spielberg he has pushed new technologies and techniques for filming. I have to take points away from Spielberg for the last Indiana Jones movie. I think Spielberg has gotten more work done, including television cartoons and such.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:05AM on 03/08/2012
Agreed, Cameron is an innovator. Look at T2 it was way ahead of its time and it's one of a very few sequels that is better than the original
Agreed, Cameron is an innovator. Look at T2 it was way ahead of its time and it's one of a very few sequels that is better than the original
+3
8:31AM on 03/08/2012

another good face off

These guys are film beasts and its almost impossible to say one is a clear cut winner. my only issue is that the abyss was up against E.T. Abyss will lose that battle every time. another good face off joblo,thanks for that
These guys are film beasts and its almost impossible to say one is a clear cut winner. my only issue is that the abyss was up against E.T. Abyss will lose that battle every time. another good face off joblo,thanks for that
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:00AM on 03/08/2012
Spielberg and Cameron have both lived to see themselves become institutions in Hollywood. But Spielberg has had the good fortune to turn out some of the finest films of the past thirty-odd years, and produced a good many more. Cameron is a fine filmmaker, but his movies aren't nearly as varied, and rarely as good as the best Spielberg has to offer. Being a more prolific filmmaker, Spielberg has also had more opportunities to misstep. But I'd argue between 1981 and 2008, the man didn't make a
Spielberg and Cameron have both lived to see themselves become institutions in Hollywood. But Spielberg has had the good fortune to turn out some of the finest films of the past thirty-odd years, and produced a good many more. Cameron is a fine filmmaker, but his movies aren't nearly as varied, and rarely as good as the best Spielberg has to offer. Being a more prolific filmmaker, Spielberg has also had more opportunities to misstep. But I'd argue between 1981 and 2008, the man didn't make a single really bad movie, but that's my opinion, and I'm sure some disagree on that.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:57AM on 03/08/2012
Schindlers List looses to Titanic ? I could understand the choice given itbwas up against War Hors or Amistad otherwise you really should rematch both films
Schindlers List looses to Titanic ? I could understand the choice given itbwas up against War Hors or Amistad otherwise you really should rematch both films
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:38AM on 03/08/2012
Jaws over Terminator? No way. E.T. over The Abyss? Hell no. James Cameron puts more care into all his films and not just the ones for award seasons like Spielberg does. Granted i really like a lot of Spielberg films but he also has so many that are complete crap.
Jaws over Terminator? No way. E.T. over The Abyss? Hell no. James Cameron puts more care into all his films and not just the ones for award seasons like Spielberg does. Granted i really like a lot of Spielberg films but he also has so many that are complete crap.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:26PM on 03/08/2012
I would say that the Abyss is by far a much better film than E.T. Commercial success isn't a factor with these films it is the films alone and E.T. doesn't and will never hold a candle to Abyss. I can't even make it through E.T. as an adult and I barely could as a child.
I did very much like Jaws a lot though and yeah that woud be a touch call, but the Terminator inspired me much more and had more meat to it, plus it wasn't an adaptation from a book, it was original.
I would say that the Abyss is by far a much better film than E.T. Commercial success isn't a factor with these films it is the films alone and E.T. doesn't and will never hold a candle to Abyss. I can't even make it through E.T. as an adult and I barely could as a child.
I did very much like Jaws a lot though and yeah that woud be a touch call, but the Terminator inspired me much more and had more meat to it, plus it wasn't an adaptation from a book, it was original.
8:54AM on 03/08/2012
jaws and terminator yea thats a tough call but E.T. over the abyss is a no brainer. The Abyss is prolly Cameron's worst commercial movie and should not have had a face off chance.
jaws and terminator yea thats a tough call but E.T. over the abyss is a no brainer. The Abyss is prolly Cameron's worst commercial movie and should not have had a face off chance.
6:46AM on 03/08/2012
I'd pick Spielberg as well. There's a time that James Cameron bored me. After Titanic, there's Ghost of the Abyss, and some side projects that were related with Titanic. Okay, you like the story of Titanic. I get it. Move on!
I'd pick Spielberg as well. There's a time that James Cameron bored me. After Titanic, there's Ghost of the Abyss, and some side projects that were related with Titanic. Okay, you like the story of Titanic. I get it. Move on!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:19AM on 03/08/2012

Titanic > Schindler's List?!

No . . . just no . . .
No . . . just no . . .
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:59AM on 03/08/2012
Wrong! Titanic and its not even close. the work put into Titanic is epic from the set that was built all the way through the story itself plus bonus kate winslett titty shot. man she just keeps getting hotter as she gets older so Titanic>Schindler's List=yes and yes by a long shot
Wrong! Titanic and its not even close. the work put into Titanic is epic from the set that was built all the way through the story itself plus bonus kate winslett titty shot. man she just keeps getting hotter as she gets older so Titanic>Schindler's List=yes and yes by a long shot
5:09AM on 03/08/2012
Spielberg is King. Titanic over Schindler's List is worse than escaping an atomic blast by hiding in a refrigerator. :D

But what's interesting is that Cameron has made the highest grossing film of all time... twice!

Long live Jurassic Park!

Spielberg is King. Titanic over Schindler's List is worse than escaping an atomic blast by hiding in a refrigerator. :D

But what's interesting is that Cameron has made the highest grossing film of all time... twice!

Long live Jurassic Park!

Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:58AM on 03/08/2012
Wouldn't this make more sense, if we were able to vote on every comparison?
Wouldn't this make more sense, if we were able to vote on every comparison?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:55AM on 03/08/2012
Wouldn't this make more sense, if we were able to vote on every comparison?
Wouldn't this make more sense, if we were able to vote on every comparison?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+26
2:58AM on 03/08/2012
I realized this was a horrendous comparison when the reviewer gave Titanic credit over Schindler's List....
I realized this was a horrendous comparison when the reviewer gave Titanic credit over Schindler's List....
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+9
2:02AM on 03/08/2012

SPIELBERG

Duh. JAWS. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. RAIDERS. CRUSADE. JURASSIC. PRIVATE RYAN. MINORITY REPORT. CATCH ME. MUNICH. WAR HORSE & the seriously underrated TIN TIN. C'mon, really? SPIELBERG or bust.
Duh. JAWS. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. RAIDERS. CRUSADE. JURASSIC. PRIVATE RYAN. MINORITY REPORT. CATCH ME. MUNICH. WAR HORSE & the seriously underrated TIN TIN. C'mon, really? SPIELBERG or bust.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:51AM on 03/08/2012

I only read the verdict

I'm amazed by how unnecessary these "face offs" are, but I couldn't resist skipping to the bottom to make sure you didn't have an aneurysm and pick Cameron over Spielberg.
I'm amazed by how unnecessary these "face offs" are, but I couldn't resist skipping to the bottom to make sure you didn't have an aneurysm and pick Cameron over Spielberg.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:40PM on 03/08/2012
I was blissfully unaware that the "strikeback" section was for anything else than giving your two cents. I.e. your post "These guys are film beasts and its almost impossible to say one is a clear cut winner. my only issue is that the abyss was up against E.T. Abyss will lose that battle every time. another good face off joblo,thanks for that" That was you giving YOUR two cents, Just because mine wasn't positive doesn't mean you should behave like a dick.
I was blissfully unaware that the "strikeback" section was for anything else than giving your two cents. I.e. your post "These guys are film beasts and its almost impossible to say one is a clear cut winner. my only issue is that the abyss was up against E.T. Abyss will lose that battle every time. another good face off joblo,thanks for that" That was you giving YOUR two cents, Just because mine wasn't positive doesn't mean you should behave like a dick.
9:01AM on 03/08/2012
Why are they unnecessary? just enjoy them or skip them completely and keep your two cents to your effin self
Why are they unnecessary? just enjoy them or skip them completely and keep your two cents to your effin self
+34
1:51AM on 03/08/2012
titanic over schindler's..what a joke
titanic over schindler's..what a joke
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+15
1:15AM on 03/08/2012

Speilberg

Schindler's List was so much better than Titanic. Spielberg wins for me with Jaws, Minority Report Saving Private Ryan and Munich. but cant leave James Cameron out with Terminator and Aliens and always topping the All Time List
Schindler's List was so much better than Titanic. Spielberg wins for me with Jaws, Minority Report Saving Private Ryan and Munich. but cant leave James Cameron out with Terminator and Aliens and always topping the All Time List
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:15AM on 03/08/2012

Spielberg

James Cameron's filmography is nearly flawless (He even produced POINT BREAK!!!) and Spielberg's is riddled with mistakes and clunkers, but Spielberg has shown he's as good at pulling on heart strings as he is at thrilling us, whereas James Cameron simply thrills, in my opinion- not to mention that Titanic is aging poorly, whereas it seems like many Spielberg films get better with age.
James Cameron's filmography is nearly flawless (He even produced POINT BREAK!!!) and Spielberg's is riddled with mistakes and clunkers, but Spielberg has shown he's as good at pulling on heart strings as he is at thrilling us, whereas James Cameron simply thrills, in my opinion- not to mention that Titanic is aging poorly, whereas it seems like many Spielberg films get better with age.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:08AM on 03/08/2012

E.T. didn't capture all our hearts

I actually think it's a pretty bad movie. I love the fuck out of THE ABYSS, though.
I actually think it's a pretty bad movie. I love the fuck out of THE ABYSS, though.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:02AM on 03/08/2012
I meant what frog meant was.....are you FUCKIN' high?! You're more than entitled to your opinion, of course, not everyone likes ET, but objectively speaking, which film is more remembered?
I meant what frog meant was.....are you FUCKIN' high?! You're more than entitled to your opinion, of course, not everyone likes ET, but objectively speaking, which film is more remembered?
1:12AM on 03/08/2012
you're high, right? RIGHT???
you're high, right? RIGHT???
+16
1:04AM on 03/08/2012

Spielberg

For Jaws and Schindler's List...no contest.
For Jaws and Schindler's List...no contest.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting