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Even though I hate cable, that was a great commercial/short! 

My only gripe is probably that E.T. wherever he lives likely has access to better technology than we do on planet Earth...it's probably less expensive too! 

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2 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

Even though I hate cable, that was a great commercial/short! 

My only gripe is probably that E.T. wherever he lives likely has access to better technology than we do on planet Earth...it's probably less expensive too! 

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E.T. was probably just humoring them. 

 

I thought it was a very sweet commercial - one of my relatives asked where Drew Barrymore was, but that probably would have been a very tall order. Even after all these years Henry Thomas still had the right heart for the role. 

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3 minutes ago, DRW50 said:

 

E.T. was probably just humoring them. 

 

I thought it was a very sweet commercial - one of my relatives asked where Drew Barrymore was, but that probably would have been a very tall order. Even after all these years Henry Thomas still had the right heart for the role. 

 

Well, if this ad goes over as well as we all think it might, there's a chance that another ad could be done in the future and perhaps Barrymore could be in that one.  It's fitting though, that this ad is focused on Henry Thomas' character and family.

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at E.T. humoring the lackluster outdated tech that the Earthlings use, lol.

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Henry Thomas has been a sturdy, dependable character actor as an adult for years with no IRL drama* and too little notice, but it's his work in Mike Flanagan's stuff like The Haunting of Hill House and his surprise role which shall go unnamed in Doctor Sleep (a role no one would want to fill the shoes of, but he did very well) that prove how impressive he really is. I'm glad he's been getting more props lately.

 

(* - he did have a surprising DUI recently; I hope he's well as he's always seemed low-key and without Hollywood baggage)

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6 hours ago, Vee said:

I'm glad he's been getting more props lately.

 

I'm glad, too.  I admit that I didn't watch "E.T." until I was in my thirties.  When I think of Henry Thomas, however, I think of "Cloak & Dagger," which I LOVED as a kid.

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23 minutes ago, Khan said:

 

I'm glad, too.  I admit that I didn't watch "E.T." until I was in my thirties.  When I think of Henry Thomas, however, I think of "Cloak & Dagger," which I LOVED as a kid.

 

I thought he was pretty standout in Legends of The Fall too, which if you remember that cast, (plus Brad Pitt in all his hair glory prettiness) would be somewhat of a challenge for any actor.

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12 minutes ago, Khan said:

Actually, @DramatistDreamer, I've never seen "Legends of the Fall."  With some exceptions, I've tended to avoid movies released after 1989.

 

...And that's perfectly fine, Khan.

It's not as if Legends of the Fall is Godfather I, II or Network.  At its basic level, it's an aesthetically pleasing, reasonably entertaining, popcorn movie that probably has this effect solely when seen on a big screen.  

The cast and the Western backdrop was mostly what lured me into the cinema.

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28 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

...And that's perfectly fine, Khan.

 

You might be the only one who's said that to me, lol.

 

It's not that I'm a "film snob," because there are a LOT of BAD movies that I would watch again no matter what.  As the 1980's gave way to the 1990's, however, I just grew bored with movies in general. 

 

On one end, you had the blockbusters, such as "Titanic," that felt hollow and cynical to me -- as if they were more about special effects and promotional tie-ins than they were about storytelling. (Spielberg's stuff was an exception -- although, after "Schindler's List," his movies became more and more ponderous, and boring.)  On the other end, you had the indie films, which my generation in particular made popular ("Clerks" and "Reality Bites" immediately come to mind), but which came off as pretentious and arty.

 

For someone who cut his teeth, so to speak, on MGM musicals from the '30's, '40's and '50's, it gets difficult with every passing year to find a contemporary movie that I actually want to watch.

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2 hours ago, Khan said:

For someone who cut his teeth, so to speak, on MGM musicals from the '30's, '40's and '50's, it gets difficult with every passing year to find a contemporary movie that I actually want to watch.

 

The good news is, it's gotten worse in the last few years.

 

TBH, after the mid '00s, I just haven't gone out to the movies nearly as much as I used to. These days, I sort of find myself mostly waiting for the movies to come to me and with streaming, it really isn't that difficult to do.  Add to that, "TV" (90% which is on streaming platforms) feels a lot higher in artistic integrity than most of what's being played in the movie theater.  The escalating prices (as with most things) for a ticket don't help matters either. 

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2 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

The escalating prices (as with most things) for a ticket don't help matters either. 

 

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If any of you have time to kill, this block of commercials (there are about 7 I think) has a ton of ET stuff with Sears to coincide with the airing on TV. I was bewildered to see they even had a special where kids could go into their 'portrait studio' to sit on a bike and take a photo with the fake ET on their basket. Were any kids doing that by 1991? 

 

 

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