Monthly Archives: November 1997

1997: The Year He Made Contact

Contact (Robert Zemeckis), 1997

An afterword at the end of the late Carl Sagan’s novel Contact notes that it started as a film treatment written in the early 1980s. For several years it was a project for Australian director George Miller, but he jumped ship as the budget skyrocketed. Now, finally, Contact arrives courtesy of Robert Zemeckis and preceded by ecstatic reviews from the US critics.

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Being an Idiot is a Box of Oscars

Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis), 1994

“Being an idiot is no box of chocolates.” – Forrest Gump, by Winston Groom

“Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.” – Forrest Gump, by Robert Zemeckis

You know the plot: idiot grows up in Alabama and wanders through recent American history, witnessing astounding events and meeting great men (plus a few US Presidents). Academy Awards follow his every step.

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