Episode 12: Robert Algeo talks Robert Zemeckis

This week Double Exposure welcomes comics artist and wunder-adult Robert Algeo. Robert is sitting in this week for Courtney, who is at home with the Algeo's.....new baby!

Congratulations Courtney and Bob. Tremendous work.

Bob joins Chris to discuss Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump and Contact. Zemeckis is a populist art-maker, working with stars in the studio world. But he's also an experimenter in the industry.

An acolyte of Steven Spielberg, Zemeckis is known for pursuing the advancement of technical elements in filmmaking to great success. His most-beloved films, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, were early successes in seamlessly integrating visual effects, CGI, and live-action. He would take that to the extreme in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and more recently, push it even further with his motion-capture films (Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol).

But is Zemeckis' skill mostly technical? Forrest Gump was a Best Picture and Best Director winner, and a beloved Baby-Boomer reflection. But does Gump tell a good story? Contact is a thoughtful exploration of science, religion and politics. But is it just a boring philosophical treatise? When you try to nail a guy like Zemeckis down, what is left? Are their organizing thematic principles to one of the most successful, if under-recognized, directors of the last thirty years? 

Chris and Bob get into all this, and more. From Zemeckis' obsession with the uncanny valley to Jodie Foster's unimpeachable career, to wild assertions about the talent of Jim Carrey.