What a pleasure it turned out to be. For a film with themes of such epic proportions, the tone was nicely subdued, and happily absent the Spielbergian sentimentalism that bogged him down later in his career. I much prefer the early Spielberg seen here and in Jaws (1975) to the later stuff evidenced by ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, a good film, other than the sickly sentimentalism) and (God help us) Jurassic Park (1993).
As I was housesitting for a single night (it should have been for a whole week, but my friend's travel plans were scuppered by visa difficulties), I raided the video collection and watched a few movies I haven't seen before. Se7en (1995) was so-so, but didn't live up to the hype. 28 Days Later (2002) wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but after a slow start it kept me engaged, thanks to a generally interesting and novel approach to an old genre. Peter's Friends (1992) was a blatant British rip-off from The Big Chill (1983), and was badly written (by an American, ironically).