Amblin Entertainment. It's the production company founded in 1981 by Steven Spielberg. You have, without any doubt in my mind, seen an Amblin film at some point in your life. The best Amblin films were the ones that took you away from everyday troubles and made you believe in something hypnotic and unreal for 90 to 120 minutes.
With the release of J.J. Abrams' Super 8 tomorrow I thought it would be great to post my favorite 8 films from Amblin Entertainment. But, there are a lot of films from Amblin that have moved me in more ways than one, so I selected the 8 that brought me back to my childhood.
They're in no particular order, with trailers, after the jump...
Back To The Future 2: A mix of Hoverboards, story lines from the first interlacing with the second and all the Biff Tannen you can sock in the face, Back To The Future 2 is arguably the best in the series.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: I'd probably wouldn't get to phone home if I did not put E.T. on this list and for one obvious reason: This film is the staple of Amblin (see logo) and quickly comes to mind when you think of Spielberg and his career.
Harry and the Hendersons: What's not to love about an adorable bigfoot who just wants to love and be loved? Monsters have feelings too, you know. (Sorry, no trailer was available.)
*batteries not included: Tiny precious spaceships wanting to help out the older folks from being evicted from their longtime apartment building -- heartfelt and visually stunning (for its time).
The Goonies: Goonies never say die and the feeling of nostalgia when I watch this never will, either. Like me, there's a Goonie in all of us.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: WFRR was the first film I saw that mixed live action and animation. It was also the first film I saw that had the sexiest animated woman in film history.
Arachnophobia: This "family oriented" horror film scared the hell out of me. I still, to this very day, check inside my shoes before I put them on.
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Jurassic Park: I can't recall the number of times I saw Jurassic Park in theaters. This film's CGI still holds up so well and Spielberg must be applauded for his heavy use of animatronix, which gave the dinosaurs an even more real appearance.
Twister: I've said it many times before and I'll stand by it. I love Twister for this sole reason: It has every genre packed in it -- drama (love triangle), horror (the F5), comedy (Philip Seymour Hoffman's character), romance (Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt's characters), and action (all of the tornado scenes).