Bridge of Spies (2015) – Steven Spielberg

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Bridge of SpiesBridge of Spies is a highly engaging political-adventure based on a true story about a highly covert Spy swap deal between the CIA and KGB during the cold war.
Lawyer James Donovan played by Tom Hanks is tasked to provide legal representation to a  Russian Spy captured on American soil. He is eventually solicited by the CIA to travel to Berlin and act on behalf of US interests ‘as a private citizen’ to negotiate an exchange with the Russians.  It is of course a delicate time in Berlin as the infamous Berlin wall is swiftly being built separating the former Soviet bloc and the West.

Bridge of Spies also heralds the first time Steven Spielberg has teamed up with the Coen Brothers’ writing team. The nuance and wit of the Coen’s writing and Spielberg’s large and epic visuals work wonders. The effectiveness of this collaboration is probably no better substantiated…

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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19 comments on “Bridge of Spies (2015) – Steven Spielberg
  1. macalder02 says:

    Because of the actors and the direction, it lends itself to watch the movie. Well your opinion

  2. badfinger20 says:

    I haven’t watched this. Sometimes I’m skeptical of Spielberg but with the Coen Brothers…I wouldn’t mind seeing this. Spielberg is a fine director and I’m not putting him down it’s just sometimes his movies lack the gritty element… I’m trying to think of the best word…too slick at times.

    Saying that… he has given us some great movies.

    • I agree completely about your criticism of many of Speilberg’s movies. However, I think this movie possesses that grit because of the writing and performances. It’s definitely worth seeing if you like political thrillers.

      • badfinger20 says:

        That is good enough for me.
        I feel almost guilty saying what I did because this guy has given us some great ones.

        Off topic… Have you seen The Other Side of the Wind yet?

      • ‘The Other Side of the Wind’? Had you recommended it to me? I don’t recall it.
        I grew up on Spielberg movies in the 80’s. They had a big impact on me. I couldn’t praise him highly enough. Then there was Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan in the 90s. His movies since then haven’ t been nearly as good as those prior, but still he’s a remarkable director.

      • badfinger20 says:

        i can’t say I would reccomend it…it’s Orson Welle’s last movie he was working on and they just released it. It’s very abstract…I need to watch it again. I thought maybe you had seen it. My son wanted to watch it since he is such a Welles fan…Peter Bogdanovich finished it up I believe.

        What you said I totally agree with…Jaws and Close Encounters in the 70s.

      • Throw his TV movie ‘Duel’ in there for good measure. Hehe, I like how he used the same macabre sound from the end of Duel (when the truck goes over the cliff) and when the fin in Jaws sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
        I already have a big backlot of movies to watch including your recommendations. Ideally, I would like to see one new movie every day, but you know how life sometimes gets in the way. The last movie of Wells sounds interesting. They posthumously released it?

      • badfinger20 says:

        I love Duel…You are right…I should have added that. I did a post on that one.

        Me also with your recommendations… My son has been preparing for graduation and we havent’ had much time to watch movies…He graduates Friday so after that we will start watching movies again more often…

        Yes it was caught up in legal troubles…they just released it last year.

      • So tomorrow is your son’s graduation! You must both be over the moon and very proud. Wonderful.
        And how sweet that will free you both up to delve into your passion watching movies. Cheers Bad

      • badfinger20 says:

        Yes I am and he is also. He is excited for college. He is taking all of his core first and then to video production.

        Yes we both will be happy to have some time.

      • How did your son’s graduation go Bad?
        I hope life is treating you both well.

      • badfinger20 says:

        It went really well…We had the party and everything went great… It was also going great for me until I got a kidney stone Saturday night lol…

      • Glad it went well. Ouch, I’ve heard those kidney stones are very painful. I hope you are over the worst of that.
        I was watching your Dodgers last night. Kershaw has lost a lot of pace, but still notched up the win I believe. Sad to read about Bill Buckner. I’´ll never forget that ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ in which he appeared.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Kershaw has come down a bit… It’s sad that Buckner will be remembered by some by the famous error…he was a good ball player.

        Yes…I went to the doctor today….it is really painful. It could just be something simple…waiting for the x-rays to come back.

      • Yeh, but despite his lower velocity he is knotching up the wins. I think he is 5-0 this season.
        I hope things go well with the Xrays Bad. You’re not alone. I have also been in the wars of late. Doing a heap of tests too.
        Cheers buddy.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Yea his wins are up…that is what matters. They are a complete team…when Kershaw is your 2nd or 3rd best picture….you are doing really good.
        It was confirmed a stone…now to see what they do.
        It sucks getting older at times.

      • Yeh, the Dodgers look real menacing this year. I have a soft spot for them. I would like to see them win the world series finally.
        Good luck with the stone buddy. I’m hearing you on the getting old stuff. It sucks and can be painful. It makes you realise how much we have to enjoy every second of good health.

      • badfinger20 says:

        This is their best team since 2017 and very well could be better.
        Yes…and don’t sweat the small stuff. If sure makes you think.

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