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Contact: The Musical

Apparently a theater group has come up with the musical adaptation to Carl Sagan’s Contact. I usually either love or hate musicals, but I have to admit this one causes some giddy excitement. When someone asks me my favorite movie, I will unhesitatingly say Contact. I love it despite people harassing me for it or South Park teasing it. I first watched it with my dad when I was about 10, which was the same time I was super interested in everything space-related: I was in our elementary school’s astronomy club (yes, we had one) and was absolutely dying to go to Space Camp (parents wouldn’t let me though, sadness). I loved that movie so much that my dad bought me the VHS, and we probably watched it at least once a year. I’m sure after the fifth time he wanted to stab his eyes out, but what are dads for if not to suffer through things for their child’s enjoyment? The one theist I dated bought the DVD for me before I graduated so I could have it at college, and watching the love scenes between Ellie and Palmer (an atheist and theist, respectively) with him probably motivated me to give our relationship a chance (even though it eventually ended pretty badly).

But other than my emotional (and possibly irrational) attachment to the film, I’m still excited about the songs. Who doesn’t want this potential soundtrack about science and religion, the search for extraterrestrial life, and aliens that look like your daddy?

Comments

  1. says

    Even if I haven’t seen Contact in its entirety, I still appreciate Carl Sagan and the other astrophysicists who have made the History Channel show “The Universe” a very interesting and great TV Show!

  2. says

    Even if I haven't seen Contact in its entirety, I still appreciate Carl Sagan and the other astrophysicists who have made the History Channel show "The Universe" a very interesting and great TV Show!

  3. says

    I love this movie. I saw it in my early twenties as a double bill, I can’t remember the other movie but it was also sci-fi, and absolutely loved it.There were tons of physics majors from the local University (Waterloo) that were more than willing talk string theory, worm-holes, entropy, SETI, and any number of topics people were bringing up. It was an amazing experience.People were actually upset when the next movie started because were enjoying talking about Contact so much. Then, when the second movie ended, we all started talking about Contact again; the theater had to kick us out!I certainly hope they bring this to Toronto, or some other large city close by, as I would love to see this!

  4. says

    I love this movie. I saw it in my early twenties as a double bill, I can't remember the other movie but it was also sci-fi, and absolutely loved it.

    There were tons of physics majors from the local University (Waterloo) that were more than willing talk string theory, worm-holes, entropy, SETI, and any number of topics people were bringing up. It was an amazing experience.

    People were actually upset when the next movie started because were enjoying talking about Contact so much. Then, when the second movie ended, we all started talking about Contact again; the theater had to kick us out!

    I certainly hope they bring this to Toronto, or some other large city close by, as I would love to see this!

  5. says

    I found Contact distressingly mystical for sci-fi. Until I found out Carl Sagan was involved I'd assumed it was pro-religious propaganda like Knowing.

  6. says

    I’ve seen Contact two or three times. The end of the movie intrigues me because the recording devices contained 18 hours of static while she is unconscious only for a few minutes. I did give it a deep thought about it. It can be explained with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

  7. says

    I've seen Contact two or three times. The end of the movie intrigues me because the recording devices contained 18 hours of static while she is unconscious only for a few minutes. I did give it a deep thought about it. It can be explained with Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

  8. says

    I love Contact (despite Matthew McConaughey). Did you ever watch the cheesy film “Space Camp?” I had it on VHS and watched it so many times that there are big chunks now that wont play at all.

  9. says

    I love Contact (despite Matthew McConaughey). Did you ever watch the cheesy film "Space Camp?" I had it on VHS and watched it so many times that there are big chunks now that wont play at all.

  10. says

    I rather liked Contact, though I haven’t seen it in years. It’s a pretty okay movie, not my favorite, but a good one. The book, however, is still sitting on my shelf unread. I’ll have to give that a shot…. Of course, thinking about it, it’s impossible for me to say what my favorite movie is half of the time anyway.

  11. says

    I rather liked Contact, though I haven't seen it in years. It's a pretty okay movie, not my favorite, but a good one. The book, however, is still sitting on my shelf unread. I'll have to give that a shot.

    … Of course, thinking about it, it's impossible for me to say what my favorite movie is half of the time anyway.

  12. says

    I just watched it again tonight for the upteenth time. It always makes me choke up, I don’t know why. I do get a little annoyed with the place religion was given, as just another way to discover Truth. I’m sure they had to do it to make it commercially viable, but it still irks.Anyway, thanks for reminding me of a beautiful movie.

  13. says

    I just watched it again tonight for the upteenth time. It always makes me choke up, I don't know why. I do get a little annoyed with the place religion was given, as just another way to discover Truth. I'm sure they had to do it to make it commercially viable, but it still irks.

    Anyway, thanks for reminding me of a beautiful movie.

  14. says

    The greatest bits of Contact for me were:1, 18 Hours of static. Awesome. Seriously, I got chills.and 2, the moderate religious person getting blown up by the fundamentalist nutjob. Oh tasty tasty irony.

  15. says

    The greatest bits of Contact for me were:

    1, 18 Hours of static. Awesome. Seriously, I got chills.

    and 2, the moderate religious person getting blown up by the fundamentalist nutjob. Oh tasty tasty irony.

  16. says

    Read the book, just had to do it for my english class & It is 10 hundred times more enjoyable than the movie with missing plot twists and other insights!!!May I also randomly say that you (Jen) gets extra awesome points for being a Scorpio!!!

  17. says

    Read the book, just had to do it for my english class & It is 10 hundred times more enjoyable than the movie with missing plot twists and other insights!!!

    May I also randomly say that you (Jen) gets extra awesome points for being a Scorpio!!!

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