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special TCM presentation 30th anniversary screening of E.T.

By b_molloyFanFair
Written September 21, 2014
This movie is dear to our hearts and my daughter (avid film fan) considers its soundtrack her favorite of composer, John Williams' historic collaboration w Steven Spielberg. So we bought tix for this event right away - also eager to see intro by Ben Mankiewicz with Drew Barrymore, for some history & behind the scenes anecdotes. Viewing this on the big screen was WONDERFUL. That scale reveals detailed expressions and amazing range of the young actors. The perspective & editing immediately pull audience into the action - from surreal atmosphere to natural interplay between children. These elements and "E.T"'s compelling character are beautifully served by the symphonic score -- building until it soars (along w Eliot and E.T.), echoing the characters' angst, and resolving as celestial tones key the transcendent theme. {Initially disappointed when VENUE failed to project TCM's Intro until its final 3 min. Tho magic of E.T. needs no introduction, I'd like to see the piece separately
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GREAT FILM

By Jon LOVES LIZ
Written July 26, 2014
I went to see this and it brought back so many memories. I can't beleive it's been 30 years. I laughed and cried at all the right moments the ending is so touching.
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E.T.

By yensidsandy
Written July 24, 2014
This is and will always be a wonderful film for the whole family. This was hosted, with their usual panache, by TCM, which always gives the film a little more Hollywood flair. Unfortunately, there seemed to have been relatively no publicity for the event, other than on TCM itself. Many patrons with children, with whom I spoke, said had they known, they would have gone to see E.T. instead of their more violent choice. The sad fact is not many viewers have higher tiers of cable, where Turner can be found. I would like to see more of "where are they now?" Drew Barrymore, of course, we know, but the other "children", who were so naturally believable---what became of them ? And the quizzes are great fun too ! You need to bring more events to the Boston area with higher profile advertising. Thanks for asking, Sandy
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A piece of my childhood, revisited

By xerxesthegreat
Written October 04, 2012
I remembered watching this movie as a child and being totally enraptured by the misty California nights and Elliot's unique experience with a lost and lonely alien. This movie is imaginative and absorbing even today. In this world of slick computer generated images it is nice to see how shockingly realistic animatronics appear. And I have to admit, this movie still makes me cry. Spielberg has an incredible ability to weave a spell in which the audience feels like they're present in the world he has created on the screen, connected to the characters they're watching. There are few movies made today that engage me in this manner; most of them I won't even remember after a few weeks. But E.T. is an enduring classic because it makes viewers care. This is a special gift that no one should pass up. I highly recommend this movie to children young and old. And if you have a chance to see it on the big screen, do not hesitate to do so!
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Great movie; fun to see on the big screen

By NYPerson1
Written October 04, 2012
There's nothing quite like a movie in a movie theater. Sure, it's fun to be able to watch at home, but the big screen makes a huge difference. What a treat to see a classic movie like E.T. in the theaters again!
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