A film review of steven spielbergs close encounters

Three years later, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. I was embarrassed by the outward perception of my parents' Jewish practices.

A film review of steven spielbergs close encounters

Spoilers For my taste, the first hour and a half of this movie is the greatest stretch of filmmaking ever. It takes me to a level of bliss that no other movie can do. Those who do like it almost uniformly like the final sequence, the "alien landing," the best.

For me it is the rest of the movie that is the most remarkable. Some of my favorite sequences: The blinding flash of light that ends the opening credits and leads us to a sandstorm in Sonora Desert, Mexico -- Present Day, with various team leaders, Bob Balaban, and Francois Truffaut speaking three languages as they find a whole bunch of old Navy planes lost in the Bermuda Triangle and an old geezer who saw something very strange.

Y me canto," he keeps saying. He says it sang to him.

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The mystery created in that sequence is incredible -- the greatest opening of all time, if you ask me. The shooting script opens with Indianapolis Flight Control, but Spielberg decided he wanted a new opening and shot this after production had wrapped. Supposedly this sequence was inspired by the Iraqi prologue in the Exorcist.

The "sky speeders" disappearing into the clouds over Muncie, followed by lightning and then the lights of the city coming back on, bit by bit.

Mar 28,  · All of Steven Spielberg's movies (including 'Ready Player One'), ranked. We make like Indiana Jones and get adventurous in boldly ranking Steven Spielberg's deep filmography. Read movie and film review for Close Encounters of the Third Kind () - Steven Spielberg on AllMovie - Several years in the making and, like Jaws,. There is needless to say much about John Williams. He is simply brilliant. The greatest composer of our time wrote a heroic, fast and excellent score for Steven Spielbergs highly underrated action-adventure comedy-spectacle.

The entire sequence of Roy going crazy. This was controversial with critics -- Pauline Kael, who loved the movie generally, hated Roy throwing the bushes into the kitchen -- and Spielberg actually cut the entire digging up the garden sequence from the so-called "Special Edition.

I believe every second of it, every time. In recent years, Spielberg has expressed concern with the fact that Roy leaves his family to pursue the aliens, and has said that if he were to make the movie over again, he would change that part.

To my way of thinking, if you take that out, there is no movie.

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But his obsession is understandable, I think, and the purpose Roy finds is something a lot of people would like to feel. I am not aware of any other movie -- or book, or any other source, for that matter -- that portrays 70s suburban life so accurately. The street, the house, the cars, the toys, the furniture -- it is like an archeological document.

And the way the kids act, and the family conflicts -- to my way of thinking, they are all portrayed with unerring accuracy and realism. Melinda Dillon, too, is brilliant in her role.

In the shooting script, the sexual attraction between Roy and Jillian was more overt, but Spielberg wisely downplays it in the finished film. The actual "alien landing" sequence, in my opinion, is a letdown.

I do get choked up when I see Roy in his red suit at the end of the line of astronauts, though, and Jillian wiping tears away as she clicks away with her Kodak. As with the original Star Wars, my other all-time favorite movie, I have a problem with the way this picture has been hacked and altered from its original release through various special editions.

That original version is the best. I first got to know this movie on ABC in the early s, when it was shown with all the original and Special Edition footage edited together.Film Review: Close Encounters of the Third Kind Society & Entertainment Film Review Stephen Spielberg.

"Close Encounters" places Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Barro in roles of regular suburbanites who both believe to have seen a UFO. The plot thickens and the intrigue begins when these two determined people try to find out what is really. The Great Unknown: Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Film Review: Close Encounters of the Third Kind Society & Entertainment Film Review What do you get when you combine aliens, a little bit of mystery, tasteful comedy, good acting, and award-winning direction? Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third .

Read movie and film review for Close Encounters of the Third Kind () - Steven Spielberg on AllMovie - Several years in the making and, like Jaws,. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” is a daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized.

Steven Spielberg’s film climaxes in . There is needless to say much about John Williams. He is simply brilliant. The greatest composer of our time wrote a heroic, fast and excellent score for Steven Spielbergs highly underrated action-adventure comedy-spectacle.

A film review of steven spielbergs close encounters

Aug 31,  · "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" is being rereleased in a digitally remastered 4K edition of the director's cut. This review was originally published Nov.

18, Charles Champlin was a former Times' arts editor, film critic and columnist.

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