In Robert Zemeckis’ 1997 film Contact, a child raised in a single-tragedy household grows up to be Jodie Foster and a scientist listening for signals from extraterrestrials, which are tough to hear over all the mansplaining directed at her.
Last year’s Interstellar reminded us of this movie in a lot of ways, good and bad, and not just in both films’ McConaugheyness. Now we see whether the earlier film actually broadcasts a strong signal across 18
light-years. Regardless, Tim will hurt you if you talk during the movie’s opening sequence.
She doesn’t ever react to it, she’s just like, “Oh, FINE, I’m gonna go make a mix tape that expresses my angst.”
Podcasters: Robert, Tim, Dana, Justin
- 00:00 Intro and Memories
- 12:50 Half-Assed Recap
- 18:03 Reflections on Cinematography
- 22:51 Exciting Science! (And Its Natural Enemy, “Faith”)
- 28:57 The Club of Meaning
- 32:09 A Surplus of John Hurt
- 39:50 Mainly on the Mansplain
- 46:38 Sufficently Advanced Technology
- 52:18 The Vote
Next Week’s Assignment
Alien wraps your face in its cinematic embrace.