Nathaniel Rogers points out that Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" turns the arbitrary age of 34 this month. On the occasion, he put the ole' Blu-ray in and gave it a first look in a great many years. I, too, recently revisited the film for the first time in a LONG time (as a double feature with "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" at the New Beverly Theater here in Los Angeles). It really is, to my mind, one of the directors top four or five efforts, and I look forward to re-watching most of his stuff soon as we'll be dedicating a December installment of The Lists to the best he's had to offer over the decades. [The Film Experience]
The Academy brings back the laughter with Pierre Étaix (who was feted this year at Telluride and pops up in "Le Havre"). [Oscars.org]
Sasha Stone offers up a unique remembrance of the late Gil Cates based on her interactions with the man over the years. [Awards Daily]
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