just reminded me that Spielberg ruined not one, but two
Stanley Kubrick movies. There was AI, of course. I know, I know: Kubrick wanted
Spielberg to direct it, but still I can't help but think of it as a brilliant Kubrickrian concept botched by the schmaltz-meister.
I forgot about Aryan Papers though, which was to be Kubrick's World War 2/holocaust movie. He had been working on it in pre-production stages for a while when Schindler's List came out, and he decided they were too similar and that he needed to start working on something else. Thanks a lot, Spielberg!
Speaking of Kubrick, this
article argues that his much-faulted misanthropy is actually kind of a good thing for humanity. I haven't seen Wall-E so I can't speak to his criticism of it, but I kind of agree with the sentiment.