Well, JJ let a bunch of 9/11 Truthers wirte about a franchise of which he was mostly ignorant for Into Darkness. It went about as well as could be expected. EDIT:
Jaws is actually Spielberg's masterpiece, imo. There are hints of the "replace guns with walkie talkies in re-releases of ET" Spielberg emerging in Jurassic Park and how it becomes toothless by ignoring all of Crichton's social commentary and wariness of technology.
I agree there. As far as Spielberg's monster movies go, Jaws probably the best. It's been a while since I've seen Jaws, so I'll have to watch both and compare.
I wonder if "replace guns with walkie talkies" could be better summed up with the "cut to prairie dogs during murder" in Indy 4.
Also, I wonder if the 4K release for ET will include the original version.