Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 11:51:50 (PDT)
the movie was the best movie and suspensefull. but what
was that sound made of, how did they make it???????????
Ellie C. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday, September 21, 2000 at 22:34:47 (PDT)
Joe, you silly.
Let me make a quote: "This was just one step. In time
you'll take another"
The point is, Earth wasn't entirely ready for Ellie's
discovery to be understood. But you'll notice that the
gov't DID give her a grant and that what looked like near a
million people were outside the court-house cheering for
Furthermore, the movie is a look at faith...what is faith?
how does it manifest? where are its hypocrisies? (95% of
the world believes in some kind of God, but will they
believe in aliens or in ellie?) how does it work? what tests it?
The best part, I thought, about contact was how it *was*
left a little open-ended. we don't know what happened
later...we are left even with the small sense that what happened
might not have been real...but we take it on faith...we
believe Ellie because we have followed her own search for
faith...for something that explains why we're here...something
worth a human life.
I end with another quote:
"As a person of faith, I am bound by a different covenant
than Doctor Arroway, but our goal is one and the same: the
pursuit of truth. I, for one, believe her."
Thursday, August 10, 2000 at 02:16:29 (PDT)
One's personal pursuit of truth can be an extrememly
lonely journey. However, the character of Palmer
states that this pursuit is perhaps our one common
denominator. I found this observation to be somewhat
comforting. Every character in the movie finds
him/herself locked in their own personal battle to
discover truth. Among the many moral, religious,
and scientific questions that this movie raises,
I took away something else from it. I discovered
that I am not alone in my struggles - that there
could be an entire universe out there attempting
to piece together some kind of order in their lives
out of this chaos. Is it a futile quest? Who
knows... But the question is what drives us, and
what continues to drive us... Look at where it
has brought us as a civilization, and look at
where it continues to lead us.
Monday, July 24, 2000 at 13:58:05 (PDT)
Obviously, not everyone can appreciate excellent
writing. "Nothing was accomplished"? Kitz didn't
want to openly admit to anything because of his
political aspirations, but Ellie did get very
generous funding to build a bunch more telescopes.
At some level, the government did recognize that
something was accomplished. Contact was made. It
was worth pursuing.
Monday, July 24, 2000 at 12:41:15 (PDT)
Guys, I'd have to say Contact was a poorly written movie. One of the most
outrageous things is that nothing was accomplished in the movie. I think
it could have been better, that's all.
Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 18:43:52 (PDT)
I just bought the movie, and have ordered the soundtrack.
The ideas presented does make one think about ourselves and
where we fit in the grand fabric of existence. For anyone
who hasn't read the book, try it.
Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 10:56:40 (PDT)
I personally think that this movie is phenomenal. It approaches the subject of
God like no other movie I have ever seen. I
especially like the way it leaves one to form his own conclusion. This is the
most thought-provoking movie I have seen as well.
It puts to shame all the excess, gore, and overdone effects in most movies
Not to mention, Jodie Foster is a great actress and Matthew McConaughey is
a beautiful man ;)
Great casting, Great effects, Excellent movie!! Thanks, Carl!
Monday, June 19, 2000 at 01:44:32 (PDT)
This is a very good site. I have looked at a few others but this one was the
most informative. Thanks! Also, it was a great movie and Carl was a great
man. Who will fill his shoes? BW
Arnold Farran <email@example.com>
Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 04:09:26 (PDT)
Can anyone give me any information on what was referred to as "Ahmed's Postules"
in the discussion near the end. Also, where I might find more info.
e-mail please "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 18:56:06 (PST)
"4.4623 Gigahertz. Hydrogen times Pi."
Steve Nell <email@example.com>
Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 15:41:54 (PST)
Anybody recall what frequency she found the signal
at? Something like 4.63 Gigahertz "blah blah blah times pi"
Friday, March 17, 2000 at 16:24:16 (PST)
Here's an interesting one for discussion:
During the second machine scene enough power
is generated at the core to cause light effects
and the electromagnetic effects that Ellie sees.
My question is this:
Is the light caused by a disturbance of colliding
atoms in what we can only believe to be a controlled
Naturally we know that a black hole has intense
electromagnetic properties and we also know that
it would take an infantessimal (spelling probably
wrong) amount of electromagnetic energy to
stabilize and therefore hold one open so that the
theoretical wormhole inside would be accessible.
That's my basic assumption on what is going on
during the scene. Let me know what you all think.
Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 21:51:27 (PST)
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Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 06:36:04 (PST)
"Close Encounters", "2001", "Contact. All made and
drawn from disparate sources, all numbingly
inspiring. I hope when the time comes we have
someone as suited for the task as Ellie Arroway.
Bless the makers of "Contact", Carl Sagan and Jodie Foster.
Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 18:32:26 (PST)
I'm trying to find out the name of the band that
had a tune playing during the scene where ellie
was returning to the dish array and there was a
huge mob of people. The lyrics are as follows:
"I want to be a space man, thats what I wanted
to be". I remember this from when I was a kid
I would like to remember who it was.
Monday, February 07, 2000 at 21:29:42 (PST)
Well have you all seeen matrix.Iown them bolth dvd
GREATT MOVIES,but about life in the other world im
open,waste of space...cyber network????TThy say
when you die, You get all the answers.... So think
about it! Enjoy now see you tomarrow.... mail me
WM Masek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday, February 07, 2000 at 21:16:01 (PST)
Da of course there are others why be blind ,Be opensee
it.the real thing Im lookin for is a picture of carl,the
one this movie is dedicated for,I feel sad and see him
by an ocean.just wanna know why????/ figure some would
help,Hes fishin???? Who's carl??thanks mail me
Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 17:57:04 (PST)
In response to the post below, I also have to wonder
about the existence of god. I don't believe one way
or another but after taking a class on theology and
cosmology at my college I learned some interesting
facts and theories.
A rather high chance for the existence on a creator
of some sort is the fact that if the amount of matter
in the universe were altered up by one part in a
million, the universe would have collapsed on itself
several million years ago, and if that density of
the universe were higher by one part in a million,
the universe would have gone on expanding, not
settling slightly to allow the creation of planets
as a result of the coalesing of matter (spelling
probably incorrect.) These facts have changed many
cosmologists' views on science and theology in
recent years, with all of these people now leaning
towards a creator of some kind.
A theory I learned about was the time-dialation theory.
It was developed to try and explain the Christian
The idea is that with so much matter compressed
into such a little space and the sheer speed of
the expansion of the early universe that time
would actually run more slowly according to
Einstein's general relativity.
When god created the heaven and the earth in
one day, several million years could have passed,
thus allowing matter to condense into planets,
When god said "let there be light" coincides via
time dialation to the beginning nuclear fusion
of the stars and the resulting light.
The theory goes on to explain how the thinning
of earth's atmosphere allowed light to shine
through, allowing photosynthesis to start (after
he created plants and water on one of the days).
At around the third or fourth day the universe's
expansion begins to slow down and time begins to
progress more normally, which causes less time
to elapse on a given 24 hour day according to
god. It is during this time that he creates all
the rest of the stuff here, the mammals and so
forth, until we get to around the time when
humans inhabit the earth and god rests, the
seventh 24 hour period for him, but much longer
for us as a result of time dialation.
I personally can't say I know this to be true
until I look at the actual mathematics behind
it but I must say it's good food for thought.
James McGinnis <email@example.com>
Tuesday, January 25, 2000 at 18:59:17 (PST)
As a fan of both science fiction and real-life
astronomy, and as a devout Christian, I really
enjoyed the movie "Contact." While I admit I
also like movies like "Independence Day" and
tv shows like "The X-Files" (and its movie,
too), I enjoy more cerebral ones like Contact
as well. As for the existence of God, I believe
there is proof of that everywhere you look.
Everything from the infinite size of the
universe and its billions of stars, galaxies
and other celestial bodies, to the smallest
sub-atomic particles and theories, especially
"string theory," all clearly show that our
universe and existence was no random
accident. You don't have to subscribe to the
litleralist interpretation of the Genesis
creation theory, either (which I don't), to
see that our universe was deliberately created
with a design. As for extraterrestrial life,
I believe that if God created such a vast
universe, of which Earth is no more than a
micorscopic dust particle in, than certainly
there is also life, intelligent included, on
at least hundreds of other planets, perhaps
the thousands hypothesized by Sagan. As shown
by Contact, Sagan, while being an avowed
agnostic all his life, was clearly searching
for something.I hope he eventually found it.
Saturday, January 22, 2000 at 13:57:24 (PST)
also do any of you feel that we are just at a
point in time on Earth where we are waiting
for something to happen,I don't know what
we're waiting for but there's something,
I'm not a freak, just curious what you think
Saturday, January 22, 2000 at 13:44:37 (PST)
Just a quick one,
you know when you really want to know the
answer to a question but there just isn't
an answer available, does it hurt your head
and make you wonder wether or not we are
alone. Or do you ever think about another
civilization trying to contact us as much
as we are trying to contact them. whoever
they are. and lets face it there must be somebody.
Sometimes I feel that the earth has been
placed by accident in thge wrong place,
and right at the opposite side of wherever,
there are whole groups of inhabited planets,
where people know that they are not the only ones.
Monday, January 17, 2000 at 11:17:34 (PST)
Brilliant explanation, man!! Just brilliant!!
Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 18:14:05 (PST)
Ellie says that "because" of the effects of
general relativity, what she experienced is
approximately 18 hours that passed
instantaneously here on Earth -- to the
exact wording I think. What that means is
that the movie character, Ellie, believes
in the theoretical wormholes and chances
are she has calculated the effects of travel
at light speed for one microsecond, which
could explain the approximately statement,
instead of exactly. Considering light
travels at 300,000km/sec. it may be
calculated but the real fiction is where
she decided upon how long she was gone
and calculates it to about 18 hours of
time. A contradiction is that when traveling
through the last wormhole in the pod she
traverses dimensions (perhaps) and her
thoughts appear next to her head, in
backward order, indicating the effects
of time travel into the past, although
the visuals are probably for asthetic
purposes only. Basing this on human
logic regarding time travel physics
it wouldn't be wise to return before
you left, which leaves the window for
that split second to be gone, therefore
clearing up any possible disasters for
the arrival. And finally, it most likely
that the aliens are unable to really
control the wormholes, since otherwise
it seems likely they would have made
the time she was gone even less for
the purposes of efficiency and energy
conservation (although that's stretching
it -- being that her voyage through the
wormhole wouldn't consume any of earth's
or the alien's resources) Hope all this
helps for whatever purpose. :-)
Saturday, January 08, 2000 at 09:12:14 (PST)
But how did she figure it out? She says 18 hours,
as she could have said 17, 24, 48, two, one...
15 minutes... the time she ment prooved to be
irrelevant to the story, as it is later
confirmed that the stactic recording is a
little longer than one could have thought...
there must have been a reason she'd come up
with the 18-hour bit... but then, I've
never read the book...
Thursday, January 06, 2000 at 14:08:24 (PST)
My guess is, she estimated 18 hours. She's not aware
of the recording, so she doesn't think there's any proof.
She could also mean she has no hard proof. Nothing
solid, definitive, and verifiable by others.
Thursday, January 06, 2000 at 04:42:47 (PST)
Howcome Ellie knows she'd been 18 hours far from
earth? She sais in front of the comitee that she
has no proof of what she is telling. How did she
figured it out (the 18 hours bit is confirmed
later, with the stactic recording)?