They Should Have Sent a Poet

Andrew-CThis week’s Someone Else’s Movie is up, featuring Sleeping Giant writer/director Andrew Cividino on Robert Zemeckis’ 1997 sci-fi epic Contact.

It’s a tricky choice, because hardly anyone remembers that picture for what it actually is — they just giggle about Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in bed, or that moment where Jake Busey’s teeth become sentient and blow up the thing, or the weird wubbliness of the climax. But there’s some interesting stuff in it, and what it retroactively reveals about the future of Zemeckis’ career is really intriguing, and we talked about all of that.

So come and listen! You can find it on iTunes and Stitcher, or download it straight from the source.

Also, fun fact: Both Andrew and Alan Zweig recorded their SEMcasts in the week before TIFF, and both of them wound up winning major prizes at the festival. I’m not saying the podcast guarantees fortune and glory, but I’m not not saying it, if you know what I mean.

Also also: I’m doing the Pop Culture Panel on Q this morning, discussing Trevor Noah’s first Daily Show and a few other things. If you’re curious, tune in (or listen online) at 10 am! And if you missed it, I’ll link to the segment as soon as it’s posted to the web.

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