Not my normal pick – sci-fi with a lot of teenage angst thrown in. But it’s the late 70s and there’s enough nostalgia for the technology of the era to catch a baby-boomer’s attention. Directed by J J Abrams, it seems to have been inspired by the “coming of age” flicks of the era. I detect a nod, however, to the themes that I have noted before in 21st century cinematography – the quest to overcome alienation (an alien is even the star turn here!) and the role of shadowy government agencies in “protecting” the population. However we won’t go too far there – it’s basically a good tongue in cheek romp that pokes fun at some horror and sci-fi genres. 7 out of 10!
Back after some time away to ruminate on our next screening for “Meeting God at the Movies.” I had wanted something from the Science Fiction genre that was meatier than the horror flicks like “Alien”, “Predator” or “Independence Day.” “Close Encounters…” had been my choice but I recently came across “Contact” – has a bit more human drama in it and raises the science vs faith conundrum – kind of “Close Encounters” meets “Space Odyssey 2001”!
So “Contact” it is for Sunday night! This will take us to midway point for the research project. Some good data coming in as feedback on the previous two. Can’t say much until the research is complete and published, but it’s looking promising!