I remember the first movie that I ever saw at the cinema was the animated version of Charlottte's Web, which I think I enjoyed but didn't adore, I was only about four years old. But the first feature length, non-animated movie that I ever saw was ET - the Extra Terrestrial and I do remember feeling utterly moved and emotionally involved with the story about a boy and his alien friend that was just trying to get home. Perhaps it was that early emotional encounter that started my love of cinema. I do recall mum and I sobbing into a tissue and feeling utterly distraught, and I think that it would be more than fair to say that cinema has always been an emotional outlet for me.
A good movie can do so many things, it can make you laugh or cry, but even more than that, it can give you a place to escape to for a couple of hours. It can educate, entertain and enthrall, and let's not forget the visual and auditory stimulation! Yep, it is fair to say that I am a movie addict. I wouldn't even dare to try put a figure on just how many movies I have actually seen, well into the thousands I imagine. And for every piece of shit that I have watched, I have equally viewed a lot of gold - hence the need for Spicywatch.com. It would be unfair of me to not share all of my viewing gold with the world, besides like all addicts I need to be able to justify my addiction in some way!
Release Date: 1982
Running Time: 115 mins
Director Steven Spielberg made himself into a household name after the mass success of ET. ET was even nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, which is virtually unheard of when it comes to science fiction films, and although it didn't win, it did take out four other Oscars that year including Best Visual Effects, Best Sound and Best Original Score.
A little alien is accidentally left behind by his spaceship and finds himself alone in a very strange world called Earth. 10 year old Elliot discovers the alien and after befriending him, decides to help ET to fulfil his mission of returning home. The two become so connected that Elliot starts to feel what ET feels, including the discomfort of being stuck here on Earth.
This is the ultimate otherworldly buddy movie, deeply moving and in true Spielberg fashion, hammed up with cuteness to within an inch of it's life. Bottom line, it is a great family movie that will touch many hearts for years to come.
FINAL SAY: Phone home
3.5 Chili Peppers