Tag: Robert Zemeckis

April 8, 2017 / / Main Slate Archive

Robert Zemeckis’s Contact is a rare science fiction movie about humanity’s first attempt at making contact with the Extraterrestrials. The film’s representation of aliens is in many ways unique, but it’s Zemeckis’s approach to yet another underrepresented and often misunderstood species that makes the film exceptional, namely the terrestrial woman.

Twenty years after its release, Contact remains an outstanding depiction of not only a woman scientist, but one who is bright, strong, passionate, ambitious, stubborn, daring, unapologetic and -lo and behold- single and not looking. Ellie, portrayed by one of the ‘90s’ fierce female leads, Jodie Foster, succeeds in a power struggle against an army of men. In her pursuit of the alien contact, she refuses to fit in the stereo-typified consideration of women whose ideas are “deranged,” yet she cannot simply turns her back to them as the men in power are in charge of the funding decisions that make or break her research.


Back to the Future, Part II – 1989 – dir. Robert Zemeckis

It’s somehow pleasing to see variations on a character or motif, and I’ll admit right away that after a few days of thinking about it, I still can’t figure out why. What I do know is that when Marty McFly is enlisted for a trip to the future at the outset of Back to the Future Part II, it’s deeply satisfying to see his hometown of Hill Valley redone in its 2015 incarnation, with so many landmarks and people intact but also all futured up.