Time to Travel, Part Two

by Craig B.

About a year ago, I posted a list of my favorite time travel flicks. It wasn’t hard to come up with a healthy docket. Rather than a pocket-sized selection of cinematic chronological conundrums, there’s actually quite a few. Too many, in fact. Time travel flicks multiply like rabbits. Since I’ve never personally seen a rabbit crack an equation, I’ll have to rely on somebody else with firsthand knowledge to prove the adage wrong. Anyway, I’ve decided to create another list of time travel movies. Déjà vu all over again. Or is it déjà vu all over again? Where was I? Oh yes, time travel movies. I hope you sample the following selections! And just think, if you feel as if somebody’s in the living room peering over your shoulder while you’re watching these films, it might just be you checking up on yourself. Probably not, but…

Army of Darkness

Cult classic icon Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the lovable schlub who keeps evil at bay with his trusty chainsaw arm and a mighty boomstick (Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that?) In this installment of the franchise, he’s sent back to the year 1300 A.D. to fight the medieval dead. He must also locate the Necronomicon, a demonic tome that holds his passport back to the present. If this isn’t one of the most quotable movies of all time, it at least has to be in the running for sporting the highest on-screen death count of malicious stick puppets.

Back to the Future

When I was younger, I missed the boat on Back to the Future. I didn’t want to have anything to do with it. It was light-hearted and whimsical and too cute by half. I was required, as a card carrying teenage bat-caver, to affect a healthy disdain for such claptrap. If it wasn’t directed by a European, filmed in black and white, or steeped in ennui, I wasn’t interested. Over the years, however, I’ve softened and learned to embrace the corn. I’ve traded in Einstürzende Neubauten for Elliott Smith, if you will. And now I feel comfortable admitting, Back to the Future is one of the jewels of 80’s cinema.

Interstellar

I just can’t stop blabbing about Christopher Nolan. Perhaps that’s because he keeps pumping out great movies. Interstellar is no exception. It riffs off classic flicks like 2001: A Space Odyssey, to be sure, but it manages to carve its own niche in the sci-fi pantheon. The acting is uniformly excellent, and I’d encourage anyone who appreciates a great supporting performance to pay special attention to Matt Damon’s turn as Dr. Mann. Time travel is handled with a poignant combination of theoretical quantum physics and emotional sentimentality.

I hope you enjoy these titles! Be sure to comment with any additional titles you discover so I can add them to my list.

Time to Travel, Part Two

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10 responses to “Time to Travel, Part Two”

  1. Gloria says:

    There is the French Classic “La Jette”, & the independent “Safety Not Guaranteed”. What about some of the Star Trek movies-new & old that have time travel—(the saving the whales in San Fran is the best!) And another one that comes to mind that doesn’t have conventional time travel, but where the historical narrative being recounted by the main character actually transforms into the present > “The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen”. These are just a few off the top of my head.

    • Craig Burgess says:

      I love “La Jette!” It was the inspiration for one of my favorite Terry Gilliam flicks, “12 Monkeys.” It would definitely be at home on this list. I also love “Safety Not Guaranteed.” The reason they don’t show up on this time travel list is because I used “12 Monkeys” and “Safety Not Guaranteed” on my LAST time travel list. As for “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” or “First Contact,” I considered putting them on my list, but didn’t because…well, I was planning on writing a Star Trek movie blog in the near future and wanted to save those movies for that. I used “Baron Munchausen” recently in a blog post about hidden gems that did poorly at the box office. All of that being said, we clearly think alike about our films!

  2. Mike Dellosa says:

    Avengers: Endgame is considered a time travel movie in the sense that the plot involves the Avengers going back in time to visit their past encounters with the Infinity Stones and retrieve them in a “time heist” in order to reverse the effects of the Thanos Snap. The film was clever, thrilling, and a fun and exciting romp through the Avengers’ greatest moments! I would also recommend: Frequency, Deja Vu, and Source Code.

    • Craig Burgess says:

      I toyed with both “Endgame” and “Dr. Strange,” but I didn’t want to overload my list with blockbusters. Still, they are both worthy films. I’ll add them to the list!

  3. Gloria says:

    Ha! Sounds like it.
    Love, love “12 Monkeys”, too. My apologies, I am not always so good about following blogs. So clearly I missed some of yours. I look forward to your Star Trek one.
    I moved up here from Seattle a few years back, and one thing that is very clear is how much better the Sno-isle library movie collection is! Hands down much much better than either Seattle or KCLS!
    And the automatic renewal!! Wowzer! Since much of what I am interested in may not be so “popular”, I love getting the extra time to read or view my loans.
    I am ALWAYS talking you guys up. Thank you thank you to you & your colleagues.

    • Craig Burgess says:

      Well, thank you very much! The Acquisitions Department would be pleased to hear your assessment of our collection! I think we do a great job.

  4. Isaac H says:

    I can’t even say how much I loved Army of Darkness. I introduced it (and it’s 1.5 predecessors Evil Dead) to my entire dorm during my first week at University. I always thought the directors cut “Rip Van Winkle” ending, while not being as funny, was setting up another Evil Dead but in the distant future. It never happened but at least we got the Ash vs. Evil Dead followup series. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Predestination, a time travel movie based on the Robert Heinlein story “All You Zombies”.

    • Craig Burgess says:

      Ash vs. Evil dead is brilliant, in my opinion. It’s a worthy successor to the movies. And it’s funny that you mentioned Predestination, because I almost included it on this list! I haven’t used it yet for any other blog posts. And I didn’t know it was based on Heinlein, either, so that’s a nugget I can tuck away.

  5. Jennifer says:

    The Terminator is one of my all time favorite movies, no contest. Thanks for including it in your list!

    • Craig Burgess says:

      Yes, it’s also one of my all-time favorites. I usually do a double feature with The Terminator and Terminator 2 about twice a year. I haven’t done the whole series marathon yet. I find the first two flicks to be the best ones…my enthusiasm wanes somewhat after that.

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