The Truman Show (1998) – PG, Comedic Drama

Director:  Peter Weir

Writer:  Andrew Niccol

Starring:  Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney

Anyone can relate to the experience of questioning reality and the sincerity of others.  Pioneering the idea of reality television before such a thing existed, this speculative film tells the story of Truman Burbank, a man whose life is broadcast on live television twenty-four hours a day, all without his knowledge. Continue reading

Galaxy Quest (1999) – PG, Sci-Fi Comedy

Director:  Dean Parisot

Writers:  David Howard, Robert Gordon

Starring:  Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

What would happen if aliens sought the help of actors from a popular television show, thinking they were actual heroes?  It’s anyone’s guess, but let’s hope the events would unfold like they do in this brilliant affectionate parody.  Continue reading

Contact (1997) – PG, Sci-Fi

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg

Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt

Should you watch it? No.

Mishandling a false dichotomy with bumbling insults to the intelligence of scientists and as well as religious folk, this movie tries and fails to be profound, and overall it feels better suited to a mindless action-adventure premise. Continue reading