I tried really hard not to go Spielberg-centric, but the man actually has managed to have his films be the most representative film of their respective years a bunch of times.
It’s really hard to argue when films become critically, commercially, and culturally successful as his have.
And, at this point, with us being almost to the home stretch, I’m not going to fight it.
I can understand someone going Tootsie here. I can even understand An Officer and a Gentleman. Blade Runner, I’d say is a bad choice. Because Blade Runner was considered a giant failure when it came out. And to this day, there are still too many cuts of that movie. So I can’t see how it can represent a year. I can definitely see someone making a case for Porky’s or Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Maybe even 48 Hours.
But… when you get back to E.T., I don’t see how that’s automatically the choice. (more…)