Link Tank: Why Close Encounters of the Third Kind is an Underrated Masterpiece

A retro review of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, facts about Rosh Hashanah, Pride & Prejudice 1995 vs. 2005, and more!

Close Encounters of the Third Kind should be considered one of Steven Spielberg’s best films, but it rarely makes top five lists.

“Many people would agree that Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a straight-up masterpiece. That’s not some wild stretch. And yet, ask those same people what the best Steven Spielberg movies are and there’s a very good chance it barely makes the top five.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Tomorrow is Rosh Hashanah. Here are some facts to know about this important Jewish holiday.

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“The first Rosh Hashanah supposedly occurred in the Garden of Eden. But what does this important Jewish holiday—which will take place from September 18 through September 20 in 2020—involve today?”

Read more at Mental Floss.

A longtime debate amongst Jane Austen fans has been Pride & Prejudice 1995 vs. 2005. Which adaptation do you think is the best?

“While there have been many adaptations of the most popular Jane Austen novel, the two most popular are the 1995 mini-series starring Colin Firth as Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet, and the 2005 movie with Keira Knightley as Elizabeth and Matthew Macfadyen as Darcy.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

The United States is officially banning downloads of Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat starting September 20.

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“Effective Sept. 20, US users will not be able to download TikTok from mobile app stores. WeChat will also be shut down and prohibited from transferring funds or processing payments in the US, the US Commerce Department said today. If a deal is not reached to sell TikTok to a US company by Nov. 12, meanwhile, the app will shut down.”

Read more at PCMag.

What is an EGOT Award, and how do people get one? Here’s everything you need to know about EGOT, its history, its winners, and more.

“What kind of person wins the pinnacle honor of the entertainment industry, the coveted EGOT? Let’s defer to Tracy Jordan, the fictional character who brought the term into the popular lexicon when he decided to pursue one on 30 Rock. After learning what an EGOT is, Tracy says: ‘That’s a good goal for a talented crazy person.'”

Read more at Thrillist.

WarnerMedia is scaling back DC Universe to comics-only and rebranding the service as DC Universe Infinite.

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“Though it came of little surprise, WarnerMedia announced on September 18 that the streaming service DC Universe is scaling from streaming the DC television and film library to become a comics-only platform. The service is getting a new name too, DC Universe Infinite, and will maintain its subscription price at $75 a year.”

Read more at Inverse.