329 – Contact (1997)

spacetime coordinates: 1990s New Mexico // Florida //  Puerto Rico // Washington, D.C. // Wisconsin // Hokkaido

contact posterContact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan‘s 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film.37696-1920x1200contact 1Jodie Foster portrays the film’s protagonist, Dr. Eleanor “Ellie” Arroway, a SETI scientist who finds strong evidence of extraterrestrial life and is chosen to make first contact.

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What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose. (read more)

“No civilization should ever announce its presence to the cosmos. Any other civilization that learns of its existence will perceive it as a threat to expand—as all civilizations do, eliminating their competitors until they encounter one with superior technology and are themselves eliminated. This grim cosmic outlook is called “dark-forest theory,” because it conceives of every civilization in the universe as a hunter hiding in a moonless woodland, listening for the first rustlings of a rival.”

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327 – American Made (2017)

spacetime coordinates: 1978 – 1986  USA // Panama // Colombia //  Nicaragua

american madeAmerican Made is a 2017 American biographical crime film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli and starring Tom CruiseDomhnall GleesonSarah Wright, Alejandro Edda, Mauricio Mejía, Caleb Landry Jones and Jesse Plemons. The plot focuses on Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who flew missions for the CIA and became a drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel in the 1980s. In order to avoid jail time, Seal became an informant for the DEA.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3532216/

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324 – Gummo (1997)

spacetime coordinates:   summer of 1996  Xenia, Ohio

Harmony Korine's Gummo posterGummo is a 1997 American dystopian art film written and directed by Harmony Korine, starring Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, and Chloë Sevigny. The film is set in Xenia, Ohio, a small, poor Midwestern American town that had been previously struck by a devastating tornado. The loose narrative follows several main characters who find odd and destructive ways to pass time, interrupted by vignettes depicting other inhabitants of the town. Instead of using standard movie lights, the production was lit with fluorescent lights to give the movie a haunting, yellowish look. “Gummo” is considered to be a cult film.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119237/

321 – Logan Lucky (2017)

spacetime coordinates: 2010s West Virginialogan_lucky_ver3

Logan Lucky is a 2017 American heist comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh, based on a screenplay by debutante Rebecca Blunt. Soderbergh came out of retirement to direct the film and to distribute it independently through his own company Fingerprint Releasing. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Channing TatumAdam DriverRiley KeoughDaniel CraigSeth MacFarlaneKatie HolmesHilary SwankKatherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan, and follows the unlucky Logan family who plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and try to avoid getting caught by the FBI.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5439796/

304 – Oblivion (2013)

spacetime coordinates: 2077 New York City

oblivion-814977lOblivion is a 2013 American post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski‘s unpublished Radical Publishing graphic novel of the same name. The film was co-produced and directed by Kosinski.  It stars Tom CruiseMorgan FreemanAndrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurylenko.    According to Kosinski, Oblivion pays homage to science fiction films of the 1970s.oblivion_02-2Oblivion-2013

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013/