Armada (2015) – Ernest Cline

  Cline has done it again. Crafting another fantastic novel that embraces and celebrates pop culture interwoven with a thrilling narrative. Embracing its inner Iron Eagle, Ender’s Game and The Last Starfighter, while in turn paying nods to Contact and 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Cline has crafted a novel that revels and embraces…

Interstellar (2014) – Christopher Nolan

Sure, it took me a while to get to this one, but it’s been a big month, and for me this is worth the wait. With recognizable influences from 2001: A Space Odyssey (the return of silence to space, and walking, talking robots that resemble the iconic Monolith) and Contact (not the least of which…

Trailer Tracks: Contact (1997) – Robert Zemeckis

  I read this novel by Carl Sagan a long time ago, and was very eager to see the movie when it was released. For me it was well worth the wait, it was a very human story, set against the backdrop of possible contact with an alien species. With a well-rounded cast including Jodie…

Tim’s Thirteen of 2013

So ends 2013, just like that! What a year! We have continued to grow and do so much here at The Mind Reels, and we’re hoping for an even bigger year next year! So I decided to throw together a list of the movies I most enjoyed this year, the ones that got to me,…

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Good evening Clarice… The best of the best of the serial killer genre, and a most welcome name to come across on the 101 Horror Movies list, as well as one of The Mind Reels’ co-creator Sue Maynard’s favorite movies. I saw this Best Picture film no less than 5 times in the theater (coincidence…

Apollo 13 (1995)

I love this film. Like The Hunt For Red October before it, this was one of those films that I put on in the video store during my shift because it is heavily dialogue driven, a great score, fantastic actors, and just carried me through my day. And like Contact, I won’t watch it for…

Film Scores – A Whistler’s Tale

I’m a whistler, and a dreamer… and “Binary Sunset” is one of my favorite thoughtful, hopeful and slightly sad things to whistle, especially when I’m thinking about my future, and watching the horizon. Whistling. I do it all the time, and I carry a huge repertoire in my mind, and on my ipod. In the…

Contact (1997)

…”good to go”… “I’m good to go…” My throat tightens up every time that sequence is on-screen. It fills me with such hope and excitement for the possibility of contact. Contact is one of those movies that I won’t watch for extended periods of time, but then when I throw it on to watch, I…