Tonight I watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind on cable. I have seen it many times and own it on DVD. Goddamn is that a great movie. Holds up so, so well. The thing I love about Spielberg's early work is that about 10% of the stuff going on is not directly relevant to the plot, it's just ambience to show that this is real life. Today's tight-assed editors don't let anything onscreen that isn't absolutely necessary. Every extra is costumed and coiffed. Every line in the script has to contribute to the plot somehow or foreshadow something. It's too sterile. It helps that all the effects are practical and not CGI. CGI just looks too perfect. Maybe someday people will go retro and make movies like this again. FOCUS: What bits of pop culture for you have aged well - like wine - or even surpassed their successors? ANTI-FOCUS: What pop culture has aged like vinegar?