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Movies about time travel
« on: June 02, 2005, 07:51:35 pm »
I think that there aren't enough big blockbuster time travel movies.  The most famous one is probably Back to the Future and its sequels and of course there are others and some more unknown ones like 12 Monkeys.  I think that there should be more movies on time travel that get you thinking and that are filled with interesting plots.  Do you all know of any good time travel movies that you would all recomend or know of any promising movies currently in production.


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Re: Movies about time travel
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2005, 09:23:57 pm »
Sure, make sure to check out Time After Time where H.G. Wells stalks Jack the Ripper in the year 1979. Not only is this a pretty good movie, but you laugh out loud when you see all the groovy stuff from the late 70s.

Of course what is really sad is that I actually remember seeing this movie ... in the theater. Me getting old!
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2005, 02:47:08 pm »
Yeah shame Back To The Future series is worse than the new Star Wars.

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2005, 03:23:03 pm »
Yeah shame Back To The Future series is worse than the new Star Wars.

You know that many film writing schools actually use the Back to the Future script (only the first one) as the "perfect" movie script. The first film is actually a fairly complex movie if you take a look at it (time-travel, the same character used in multiple locations and times, a mixture of comedy, action, adventure, and so on). Yeah, it's not rocket science but for the "average" person to follow everything perfectly it really is an amazing script.

Plus, if you read the original script ... you wouldn't believe it if you tried. It has been awhile since I read it but I believe it was a time-traveling Coke machine or something similar. It was a total mess and not a fun movie at all.
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Re: Movies about time travel
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2005, 03:49:47 pm »
I enjoy the Back to the Future movies, but I must admit it is because there isn't anything else like it from the big screen.  I'd would love to see another comples trilogy on the subject of time travel and how interesting a plot can come out of that.
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Re: Movies about time travel
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2005, 11:14:23 pm »
Yeah shame Back To The Future series is worse than the new Star Wars.

That's blasphemy, I enjoyed that series far more then Starwars (Ep I - III anyway). It's not fair to compare old movies against new ones anyway as technology has moved on in leaps and bounds meaning a film from 20 years ago just doesn't look as good.

I am always amused by my TV Guide's star ratings for films that appear on the box, the older the film the worse the rating seems to be yet you can guarantee at the time of release it was the best film ever. The critics for some reason compare all films to each other regardless of their time of release which is just wrong. A great film shouldn't be rated worse the older it gets.

Sorry, this is a little OT.

Isn't there a new one (ish) called the Time Machine that was released a year or so ago?

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Re: Movies about time travel
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2005, 11:19:45 pm »
What I Love the BttF seires how dare you. *shakes fist in anger*

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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2005, 09:06:28 am »
Back to the Future rules.  Just laying that out there.  As for really awesome time travel movies we need to remember Time Bandits, one of my childhood films.  I think this explains a little too much about my current mental state.  Midgets, lasers, the devil, half of Monty Python and Sean Connery: For what more can anyone ask? -leeman

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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2005, 01:20:11 am »
Isn't there a new one (ish) called the Time Machine that was released a year or so ago?

Yeah there has been a few versions of this movie released and they all suck, expecially if you like the book.


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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2005, 07:18:11 am »
The thing I liked about the Back To The Future movies was the continuity. So many movies screw up continuity that it just is unfun. In BTTF there are all these little details that are affected by the time travel plot-line.

Ok, this one hurts, but another time-travel movie that poppeed in to my head - Ice Pirates! ACK!

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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2005, 12:17:16 pm »
Got to watch back to the future some day, got the special edcition with all the movies for christmas last year.

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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2005, 11:18:14 am »
Back to the Future series goes hand in hand with Lord of the Rings and The Matrix to be the third trilogy where i've fallen asleep in each film.  Back to the Future should be watched when ill, after you've taken a Night Nurse - it'll send you right off to sleep in no time.

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« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2005, 06:27:13 am »
You good sir have no soul.

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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2005, 10:52:40 pm »
Back to the Future series goes hand in hand with Lord of the Rings and The Matrix to be the third trilogy where i've fallen asleep in each film. Back to the Future should be watched when ill, after you've taken a Night Nurse - it'll send you right off to sleep in no time.

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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2005, 04:23:06 am »
I thought every aspect of Back to The Future was perfect, besides the time travel.

I've never seen a movie that did realistic time travel.  Movies have to be entertaining, not necessarily realistic, you know?

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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2005, 04:27:44 am »
I thought every aspect of Back to The Future was perfect, besides the time travel.

I've never seen a movie that did realistic time travel. Movies have to be entertaining, not necessarily realistic, you know?

It's hard to do a realistic time travel movie, when no one knows what would really happen or how they could feasibly do it.

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« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2005, 01:09:49 pm »
I suppose you can count the Terminator Movies. The ultimate battle to stop something unstoppable.

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« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2005, 08:24:52 pm »
Time travelers 1964 best movie other than the time machine/ H.G. Wells version of the same era.
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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2005, 09:14:02 pm »
There was a movie released about 3 or 4 years ago called 'The Time Machine' starring Guy Pearce. Pretty average movie, but yeah.


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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2005, 02:12:59 pm »
I didn't really like that one.
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« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2005, 04:53:10 pm »
Time Machine was fun but not a brilliant movie.  I am suspicious that the future human race will be hot, english speaking latinas.  -leeman

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« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2005, 11:19:09 pm »
I hate movies that try to be smart by adding a time paradox like Harry Potter and the Terminator, but when you think about it you notice it's impossible.

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« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2005, 11:52:33 pm »
Terminator isn't really a time paradox because they kept changing the way things were supposed to turn out: it's just that the people who knew about it in the past weren't the ones that could stop SkyNet from taking over.

With Harry Potter that would be a time paradox because he saved himself but since its part of the book and its explained well I wouldn't count that as a bad thing for the plot.
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2005, 09:23:44 am »
Think about the Terminator 1.  OK the plot is interesting, but think about it.  The robot is sent back in time first.  Then the human.  But time travel doesn't work real time.  As soon as you send something back in time everything in the current world becomes altered by the affects of that time travel immediately (theoretically).  If that movie followed the rules of time travel (also known as logic) the robot would have killed O'Conner and rendered the whole franchise useless.

As for Harry Potter, how can you save yourself if your dead?  If a dementor rapes you, you're dead.  So how did Harry Patter manage to escape and then go back in time to save himself from being raped? 

Again, time travel was done poorly by these stories to compensate for the story, and to look "smart".

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« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2005, 11:49:04 am »
Well with Harry Potter it follows the rules that every thing in the time is unchangeable becasue even people who time travel are part of the grand scheme of things.  So you could argue that all that happened there had meant been already played out and will play out forever.

With Terminator yeah it does break its own rules in a way.
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« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2005, 08:28:37 pm »
One of the best time travel movies I've seen is Donnie Darko.  If you haven't seen it (and its a fairly obscure movie) definately find it.  Its awesome.

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« Reply #26 on: June 26, 2005, 08:30:59 pm »
yes. Donnie Darko is one of my favourite movies, everytime I watch it I pick up on something else, and I love the music in it!

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« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2005, 09:29:09 am »
I never understood Donnie Darko.  Everyone says it's so great... and yes while it is entertaining, it goes straight over my head.  If someone could clear up what the hell happens at the end (i must've watched it 4+ times to try to fathom it), i would be much obliged.  If it contains spoilers then so as not to ruin it for others say so.  Cheers =).

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« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2005, 02:35:56 pm »
Think about the Terminator 1. OK the plot is interesting, but think about it. The robot is sent back in time first. Then the human. But time travel doesn't work real time. As soon as you send something back in time everything in the current world becomes altered by the affects of that time travel immediately (theoretically). If that movie followed the rules of time travel (also known as logic) the robot would have killed O'Conner and rendered the whole franchise useless.

As for Harry Potter, how can you save yourself if your dead? If a dementor rapes you, you're dead. So how did Harry Patter manage to escape and then go back in time to save himself from being raped?

Again, time travel was done poorly by these stories to compensate for the story, and to look "smart".

The only thing is that time travel theory is impossible to predict because nobody has time travelled yet. The best, and most conflicting, theories i have read on time travel are in the new Science of Discworld novel Darwin's Watch, read it if you can there is also some stuff about FTL travel and wormholes and of course evolution.

Any way back to good time travel movies. Donnie Darko very good, me and my freind think we figured it out, was a while ago but i think i might put in a post about our findings at a later date. The original Time Machine movie, a classic, Back to the Future, I can think of more but none really that i think were that good, more might spring to mind later
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« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2005, 03:38:39 am »
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« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2005, 12:15:27 pm »
i always liked the back to the future series, i thought they did it well but the third one got real repeditive and Doc Brown acts and looks like Willy Wonka in that last scene

but...

there was always one thing that got me and if someone could explain it i'd be greatful. In Part II Old Bif steals the time machine and travels back to the 1950's changes the past (which would alter the future instantly) but is able to return to where(when) Marty and Doc Brown are... which shouldnt be possible because Old Biff created a different reality...   \

???  so confused



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« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2005, 12:52:27 pm »
i always liked the back to the future series, i thought they did it well but the third one got real repeditive and Doc Brown acts and looks like Willy Wonka in that last scene

but...

there was always one thing that got me and if someone could explain it i'd be greatful. In Part II Old Bif steals the time machine and travels back to the 1950's changes the past (which would alter the future instantly) but is able to return to where(when) Marty and Doc Brown are... which shouldnt be possible because Old Biff created a different reality... \

??? so confused

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« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2005, 02:36:55 pm »
I love Groundhog Day.  I like how in some of the science fiction tv shows they do a groundhog day style episode.
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« Reply #33 on: July 29, 2005, 08:39:42 pm »
I don't know... I've never been a big fan of time travel movies -- at least not ones where the time travel takes an active role in the plot. By that I mean, in the original Terminator, there's some time travel to set the plot in motion and then things pretty much stay grounded in real time. As opposed to something like the third Harry Potter or the Star Trek crossover movie with Picard and Kirk together where they monkey with time as a plot device. Usually it's just poorly done and strikes me as a way to get out of a corner when people can't think of anything more genuinely imaginative.

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« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2005, 11:21:49 pm »
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The best thing about David Lucas is that he always plays the same character in any project he does, and yet it never gets old. Really I didn't find the basic plot too hard to understand, it's just the ramifications that get complicated. The time travel paradoxes in Harry Potter or Terminator are much simpler. Harry Potter DOES live, so he CAN go back and save himself. The world where the humans live DOES exist, so the soldier CAN go back and save Sarah Connor. It's a self-reinforcing time loop.
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« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2005, 07:14:41 pm »
i always liked the back to the future series, i thought they did it well but the third one got real repeditive and Doc Brown acts and looks like Willy Wonka in that last scene

but...

there was always one thing that got me and if someone could explain it i'd be greatful. In Part II Old Bif steals the time machine and travels back to the 1950's changes the past (which would alter the future instantly) but is able to return to where(when) Marty and Doc Brown are... which shouldnt be possible because Old Biff created a different reality... \

??? so confused





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« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2005, 07:19:48 pm »
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