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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Movie)

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Defocused 209: E.T., Self Own

Home is where the heart glows.

Joe Rosensteel and Dan Sturm

The Incomparable 335: Perfect Kid Logic

Grab your flowerpot and engage the rainbow drive! It’s time to discuss Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” the film that eclipsed “Star Wars” as the biggest grossing film of all time. What makes the film a perfect time capsule of being a kid in 1982? Does it hold up to modern eyes? Is it science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, or something else? Where did all those frogs come from? Hey, he’s an alien, we don’t know what he’s capable of.

Jason Snell with David Sparks, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr and Chip Sudderth