Will Ready Player One kill nostalgia?

by MATT STOKES | APRIL 9, 2018

In a bonus segment of the podcast, we reviewed Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. In our review, we discussed the movie and how it’s different from Ernest Cline’s book; the movie’s ideas; how Halladay is more like Mark Zuckerberg than Steve Jobs; whether we want to see characters from our favorite movies mush up against each other; and whether this movie represents the tipping point of the nostalgia industry’s popularity.

Ready Player One

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast:
Wade Watts/Parzival: Tye Sheridan
Art3mis: Olivia Cooke
Nolan Sorrento: Ben Mendelsohn
Aech: Lena Waithe
Halladay: Mark Rylance
Morrow: Simon Pegg

Released: March 31, 2018

 

74%

7.9/10

Verdict?

Laci says…

Matt says…

What other movies have we been reconsidering? 

Norman Bates? More like Charming Fellow.

Psycho (1960) | Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles

Hocus Pocus, Pile of Puke

Hocus Pocus (1993) | Directed by Kenny Ortega | Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy

The War of the Roses is here to tell you to stay in a bad marriage until you die

The War Of The Roses (1989) | Directed by Danny DeVito | Starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

Spielberg gets The Color Purple wrong, but it’s still pretty good

The Color Purple (1985) | Directed by Steven Spielberg | Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind is just gaga for aliens… and you should be too!

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) | Directed by Steven Spielberg | Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr

Dude, Where’s My Car? is a mean movie about nice boys

Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000) | Directed by Danny Leiner | Starring Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Garner

Synecdoche, New York? More like Jolly, Good Time!

Synecdoche, New York (2008) | Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener

Ron Howard’s Parenthood tries to show what parenting is really like, fails

Parenthood (1989) | Directed by Ron Howard | Starring Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest

Godfather 3 is a fascinating movie that should never have been made

The Godfather, part III (1990) | Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | Starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire

Nobody actually thinks Godfather 2 is better than Godfather 1

The Godfather, part II (1974) | Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | Starring Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall