“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“Maybe he’s not that smart. Maybe he’s like a worker bee who only knows how to push buttons or something.”
Before I started writing Bored and Dangerous, I was pretty quick to dismiss Steven Spielberg. Sure, he’d directed the Indiana Jones trilogy which I grew up adoring. He’d produced things like Gremlins and the Back to the Future movies, which I loved even more than Indiana Jones. As an adult, I was a fan of things like Saving Private Ryan. And who doesn’t love Jaws? I always thought they were the kinds of crowd pleasing movies that would be good no matter who directed them. But the more of his movies I see and write about here, the more I’ve come to realise how versatile he is. Is there anyone else out there who could make Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List? A.I and Lincoln? Not to mention, possibly the most beloved family movie of the modern age, E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial.
In the woods just outside a depressing outer suburb, a group of aliens are taking plant samples when some shady G-men scare them away. As their ship takes off, one lone and sad alien is left behind. Later that night, balls deep in the depressing outer suburbs, 10ish year old Elliot (Henry Thomas) is scared by something strange hiding in his garden shed. His single mother (Dee Wallace) and teenaged brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton) try to convince him he imagined it. Elliot is determined to prove them wrong, eventually finding the left behind alien and luring him into his bedroom. (more…)