The shot of cruise standing in front of the Merry Ground from Minority Report immediately reminded me of a GIF I made from François Truffaut’s 400 Blows. Both shots are made for the animated GIF, which is indicative of a sign of compelling filmmaking for me these days.
In fact, while watching Minority Report this time around I had fun realizing how many of his props and shots were quoting others classic films. Below are just a few examples I recall, but I want to watch it again for more. This film not only nails a near-futuristic aesthetic better than most, but it’s also veritable film allusion fest. Reading movies is fun, and I have to hand it to Minority Report, it is chock full of quotes. I just know there are a ton of noir references I missed on this go round, but that’s what will make watching this film again that much more fun.
Anyway, all this to say that more and more I am gaining a much deeper respect for some of the later Spielberg films, particularly this film, Munich (2005), War of the Worlds (2005), and last year’s Lincoln (I intentionally avoided Crystal Skull and Tintin).
Exhibit B: Clockwork Orange any one?
Exhibit C: Metropolis