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E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 1:16 pm    Post subject: E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982) Reply with quote




I was both impressed and puzzled when I first saw "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". I was impressed by the special effects and the sweeping scope of the film . . . but I was puzzled by the aliens' reasons for being on Earth.

What the hell were they doing here?

However, this second blockbuster sci-fi movie from Steven Spielberg doesn't have that fatal flaw. The aliens are here for very logical reasons: scientific studies of Earth's flora and fauna.

Perfect.

Ya gotta hand it to good old E.T., it was the sci-fi movie that rocked the world almost as much as "Star Wars", but in a whole different way. People who wouldn't be caught dead going to see Luke Skywalker fly around the Deathstar went to this one two and three times — and they took dates!

That rarely happened with "Star Wars", because . . . well, nerds are like Jedi knights — they live solitary lives of quiet dedication.

And of course, the music by John Williams was a cosmic symphony that lifted us right up to the stars. If you're not too busy at the moment, take flight with Johnny one more time, compliments of YouTube.

"Y.T. . . . fly home!"






And have you ever wondered what that music would sound like is somebody wrote lyrics for it — and sang them?

This guy did. Here's a version that will make you cry for a whole new reason — tears of laughter! Very Happy




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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A stunning achievement that has intrigued children and adults for over a quarter of a century and never grows old.

I know people who really dislike this movie, and they are always people who never had a pet dog when they were children. After all, what is ET but a highly evolved pet dog to Elliot, and probably (subliminally) to most of the audience, as well.

There have been only two or three times I've sat in a theatre and listened to everyone, men, women and children, just bawling their eyes out over what was happening on the screen.

The first was the conclusion of Chaplin's City Lights, the second was the final scene in The Plague Dogs as Rowf and Snitter are swimming to the island, and ET and Elliot at the space ship.

"Come," "Stay." may be the two most tragic words ever spoken in a moving picture. If you can get through that scene without breaking down, you are made of some really hard bark.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HDMV channel showed E.T. on Oct 24th, 2015, and it included the unpopular scenes that were added to the 2002 Anniversary DVD.

I didn't even know about those scenes, and I was surprised when I watched the DVR I'd made of the movie. I didn't care for the CGI version of the little alien — and neither does Spielberg now, so you can't buy that version any more.

Ironically, as much as I love this movie, I still don't own it. Will somebody talk sense into me, please?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I found this IMDB trivia item pretty interesting.
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The end of the film was one of the most significant musical experiences for composer John Williams.

After several attempts were made to match the score to the film, Steven Spielberg took the film off the screen and encouraged Williams to conduct the orchestra the way he would at a concert.

He did, and Spielberg slightly re-edited the film to match the music, which is unusual since normally the music would be edited to match the film. The result was Williams winning the 1982 Academy Award for Best Original Score.

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Like millions of other viewers, I found that last scene to be emotionally devastating, and Mr. Williams' music is a big part of the reason why.

Here's a fine clip of that dramatic climax.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like STAR WARS, this is another sci-fi blockbuster that I have never been able to sit through.

I tried to watch it and made it to about the 20 minute mark before giving into boredom. That's the same amount of time that I spent trying to watch STAR WARS.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I posted a fan-made trailer for The Last Starfighter (1984) on the thread for that movie, and the trailer had this amusing message at the beginning.






I wondered just how true the claim at the bottom was, so I made a list of 1980s science fiction films that I thought were good, just to see if that decade really did produce a significant number of “the best” sci-fi movies.

This movie is on the list I made. I know what I like about the film (and a few things I don’t like), but I’d like to hear the pros and cons from the rest of you folks.

So, what do you think, guys? Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I guess I'm one of the few people on the planet who don't really get the massive popularity, appeal, and high rating of this one.

I know there's a contingent out there who think that the alien here is grotesque and it even gives some nightmares, but that's not really my issue (though I agree that it's repulsive).

No, I just think the film is on the dull side and mediocre. It's not bad, just nothing to get excited about — an innocuous piece of film-making from Spielberg, who rode a wave of spin & hype in the wake of Close Encounters and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

We all know the story. A little alien gets stranded on Earth near some suburbs, hides out in someone's garage, befriended by one of the local kids (Henry Thomas), the government and army eventually intrude (including "keys" i.e. Peter Coyote), and kids fly over the threatening humans on bikes. Zippa-de-doo-da and awa-a-a-a-yyyyyy....



The other mystery for me here is Dee Wallace, first-billed as the mom. This was the biggest film of the decade, it did Star Wars-like numbers... yet it did nothing for her career. Weird. She next starred in the Stephen King horror pic Cujo.

Also an early role for Drew Barrymore as the little sister who screams at first sight of the monster, er, alien, but also befriends him.

Of course, the concept of friendship is a bit too sophisticated for this fare — it's not as if the extraterrestrial can speak full sentences to the kids. They regard it/him as a pet at first and later they seem to pity it, so they help it. For whatever reason, I got the impression that this was a story Spielberg filmed as one of his films during his kid years and he just upgraded it for his latest blockbuster.

BoG's Score: 6 out of 10




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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, no one can accuse Andrew Bogdan of being overly sentimental. Confused

His comments about E.T. surprised me, even though I already knew that Andrew's character was a bit on the dark side. He had very high praise for Alien and The Thing, but he didn't care much for the more upbeat The Thing from Another World.

And he praised A Clockwork Orange to high heaven.

But for E.T., Andrew had no words of praise whatsoever. It just goes to prove that there's no accounting for taste.

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