Brad’s April Escape - Episode 2
Each weekday this month, I’ll screen a film from The Bearded Trio Cinematic Universe and list 10 random scenes, characters, musical cues or performances that I particularly enjoy and look forward to upon every viewing. I’d love to hear similar little things you enjoy about these films, and hope you join me in this escape from the present-day world.
April 2 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977
Starting this month-long series is that “other” movie that came out in 1977, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
I’ll be up front about this film...today was the first time I ever sat down and watched it from start to finish. I selected the Director’s Cut on my blu-ray copy. I felt compelled to purchase this movie several years ago, because I considered it Essential Spielberg/Williams. And I caught slices of the film here and there over the years, mainly the model train scene at the beginning, and the Devil’s Tower sequence at the end.
So some of these observations will lack the clarity and sophistication of the other films I know much more intimately. But I watched this through the lens of Spielberg’s career. What elements were present here that I have noticed about him over the years? I am far from a film expert or critic. I can’t claim to expertly analyze shots, framing or composition. I took this in as a fan and hope some of these impressions can be fresh and insightful for an audience that is far more well-versed in this film than I am.
10 Things I Like - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Coming tomorrow - Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)