What’s the Best Spielberg Film? Vote! And Join Live Facebook Chat Tuesday

Slate's Culture Blog
Jan. 30 2012 1:32 PM

What’s the Best Spielberg Film?

Still from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Still from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Publicity still © 1977 Columbia Pictures.

Today in Slate, Bill Wyman shares what he learned by watching every last one of Steven Spielberg’s movies, including not-so-Blockbuster fare like The Sugarland Express and Always. As part of his Completist, he also ranked the best and worst Spielberg films, from “The Sublime” (Jaws, E.T.) to “The Schlock” (Empire of the Sun, War Horse, Hook) down to the monstrous disappointments that made Wyman think “We’re Going to Need A Bigger Boat” (The Terminal, Always).

Got a beef with Wyman’s Spielberg rankings? Now you have two ways to weigh in. Readers that think that War of the Worlds and Minority Report are more than “Dreckish Commercial Stuff” or that A.I. is more than a “Massive Misfire” can vote for their favorites in the poll below. Spielberg fans that want to ask Wyman about his decision-making process, or what it was like to sit through the worst of the Spielberg canon, can ask him during a live Facebook chat. UPDATE: The chat is now Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Check back on Slate’s Facebook page on Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST to join the discussion. The poll closes Friday at noon.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.