Make no mistake about it, Steven Spielberg is a great film maker. Sure, he’s made his fair share of clunkers over the past ten years, but when he was at the peak of his powers “The Beard” was a creative force to be reckoned with. Take E.T. for example. E.T. should be dreadful. A story of a young boy who finds friendship in the form of a cute brown alien, if Spielberg made it today it would be dripping in vomit inducing saccharine and sentimentality. Thankfully E.T. was released in 1982, and while it is unapologetically sweet, it’s also expertly put together and exquisitely crafted. E.T. is a movie that proves there’s nothing wrong with wide eyed innocence and sheer loveliness every once in a while.