Tuesday, September 2, 2008

E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial

Dir: Steven Spielberg, 1982 (10*)

AFI Top 100
This lovable kids sf film revolves around an alien botanist who gets stranded on earth when his shipmates panic when discovered and take off in a hurry. He eventually is discovered by some kids, led by Henry Thomas, who shelter and take care of him. The creature is dubbed "E.T." for extra-terrestrial being, and eventually becomes both homesick and physically sick from being out of his element, so the kids want to help him contact his fellow beings. In this film, the adults and scientists are the bad guys, the kids and aliens are the good guys. In Spielberg's hands this became a modern parable about racism, caring, and understanding, and an all-time science fiction and children's classic. 4 Oscars


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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