Thomas). They’re both damaged beings (E.T.’S abandonment mirrors Elliott’s pain over his parents’ divorce) who learn to cope with their respective situations even as they look helplessly to the skies and, in the most iconic image, y gracefully past the moon. E.T. is one of Steven Spielberg’s most personal works, yet was still a border-defying blockbuster. The highest grosser of all time until Jurassic Park supplanted it.
“Don’t cross the streams!” is sound advice if you’re operating a plasma gun. Ironically, that’s exactly what Ivan Reitman did with this blockbuster, mixing SNL’S snarkiness, horrorlight spookiness and the breakneck pacing of an action ick. (Having Bill Murray, an instantly iconic logo and Ray Parker Jr.’s infectiously catchy theme song didn’t hurt either.) This monster hit broke the bank by demonstrating that mashing up popular genres equalled a something-for-everybody box of ce bonanza. Every big-budget sci- -action comedy that’s goosed multiplex audiences owes this movie a mother-pus-bucket of a debt.
Star Wars (1977)