Daily Archives: May 24, 2013
I don’t know if there is a fantasy more universally acknowledged than time-travel. Ask anyone what they’d do if they could time-travel and they’d have a carefully thought out, well planned answer. I don’t even think it matters if it is backwards or forwards. People just seem to generally want to escape from their current time periods. If someone presented me with such a device, I wouldn’t hesitate. I’d be gone in the blink of an eye. Where? I don’t really care and that’s the honest truth. There are two things that appear inevitable when dabbling in the time-traveling racket. First, you’re going to have a totally awesome, kick-ass time. Second, make sure you enjoyed those moments of fun because it’s all about to blow up in your face.
As with every entry, the films listed are my personal favourites not that of the general public. If you feel I’ve overlooked a film or have anything you’d like to add regarding this list, please comment below.
10: The Terminator (1984). Why not start this list off with an absolute classic. Odds are if you don’t like The Terminator, I probably don’t care for you as a person.
9: Planet of the Apes (1968). Another undeniable classic, Planet of the Apes stars Charlton Heston, one of the greatest actors to ever grace this planet. He and his crew travel forwards in time to realize the future isn’t what we have in mind.
8: Midnight in Paris (2011). The only film on this list that doesn’t have severe consequences for the protagonist. This is one of the few romantic-comedies based upon time-travel that doesn’t falter.
7: Source Code (2011). One of the more unique depictions of time travel on this list. Source Code is a complex drama that features an outstanding performance from Jake Gyllenhaal.
6: Back to the Future (1985). This film needs absolutely no introduction. If you happen to be unfamiliar with this movie, you should probably drop what you’re doing and go watch it.
5: 12 Monkeys (1995). Easily the most bizarre film on this list. Starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis gone completely insane, 12 Monkeys is quite perplexing.
4: Primer (2004). If you watch this film once and completely understand it, you’re probably God. Honestly though, it’s the most grounded, intricate film on this list. To any of you who’ve seen it, can you please explain it to me?
3: Star Trek (2009). While it may not be as hard to understand as Primer or other films on the list. The time travel in Star Trek creates a truly remarkable story.
2: Looper (2012). When this film finished, I was literally stunned. Such a great time travel film with a terrific cast and astounding story.
1: Donnie Darko (2001). WIthout any doubt my all time favourite film about time travel. It is frightening, intelligent, heartfelt, and grounded.
Seriously though, if any of you can explain Primer to me that would be great. Let me know what you think of the list. Did I miss a film? Do you think a film made it that shouldn’t have? Let me know! Have a great weekend!