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2012-05-15 05:39:44 PM  
"Dude! Check it out! Time Cop on DVD! Three copies for $9.98"
 
2012-05-15 05:40:56 PM  

Malivon: Since we're on the subject of science fiction and time travel.

Anyone have any good recommendation on episodes in the Star Trek Universe related to the stuff?


DS9 "Trials and Tribble-ations" is the only time Trek has done time travel (on TV) without me hating it.
 
2012-05-15 05:41:21 PM  

Subdue their bellies: Welcome to Costco.

I love you.


Doesn't really count as travel, but I still love that movie.
 
2012-05-15 05:44:10 PM  

calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.


I saw that and the theory behind it was just ridiculous. I had to turn off my brain and just accept it to finish the movie.
 
2012-05-15 05:44:45 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: Malivon: Since we're on the subject of science fiction and time travel.

Anyone have any good recommendation on episodes in the Star Trek Universe related to the stuff?

DS9 "Trials and Tribble-ations" is the only time Trek has done time travel (on TV) without me hating it.


Dax in that uniform didn't hurt, either.
 
2012-05-15 05:44:56 PM  

thisispete: Because People in power are Stupid: No HG Wells the time machine?

I haven't seen the 1960 movie, but the 2002 one didn't hold a candle to the novella.


They was one in the 80's too.

There is an excellent audiobook version available for free. Probably librivox.org.

One thing about all the movies, Weena is always a hottie.
 
2012-05-15 05:46:29 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: mitchcumstein1: NeedlesslyCanadian: mitchcumstein1: DjangoStonereaver: Its not a film, but the DOCTOR WHO episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" is one of the best time travel stories ever
filmed.

And Carey Mulligan is so stinking cute it's not even funny.


Sophia Myles was the actress in 'The Girl in the Fireplace.' Carey Mulligan was in 'Blink.'

Yeah, I farked that up. She's still cute as hell though. And "Blink" had time travel too...so whatever.


Really? Another episode of Doctor Who featured time travel? I'm shocked!


Just giving you grief, pay me no mind....


Hey man, all I want to do is talk about Carey Mulligan and I can't get a goddamned taker.
 
2012-05-15 05:47:05 PM  
Huh, arguments could be made, but that wasnt a terrible list.
 
2012-05-15 05:49:08 PM  

PsyLord: calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.

I saw that and the theory behind it was just ridiculous. I had to turn off my brain and just accept it to finish the movie.


but that's what was enjoyable about it and was refreshing to see, it operated within its own 'logic'.
 
2012-05-15 05:50:00 PM  

mitchcumstein1: NeedlesslyCanadian: mitchcumstein1: NeedlesslyCanadian: mitchcumstein1: DjangoStonereaver: Its not a film, but the DOCTOR WHO episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" is one of the best time travel stories ever
filmed.

And Carey Mulligan is so stinking cute it's not even funny.


Sophia Myles was the actress in 'The Girl in the Fireplace.' Carey Mulligan was in 'Blink.'

Yeah, I farked that up. She's still cute as hell though. And "Blink" had time travel too...so whatever.


Really? Another episode of Doctor Who featured time travel? I'm shocked!


Just giving you grief, pay me no mind....

Hey man, all I want to do is talk about Carey Mulligan and I can't get a goddamned taker.



Amen sir. I was very glad for Shame (even though I've only seen the important bit)!
 
2012-05-15 05:51:03 PM  

PsyLord: calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.

I saw that and the theory behind it was just ridiculous. I had to turn off my brain and just accept it to finish the movie.


Where, say, "slingshotting around the sun" is a perfectly logical theoretical time traveling device.
 
2012-05-15 05:51:20 PM  
List fails without "Portrait of Jenny."
 
2012-05-15 05:52:02 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: DS9 "Trials and Tribble-ations" is the only time Trek has done time travel (on TV) without me hating it.


Harlan Ellison's going to break your kneecaps.
 
2012-05-15 05:52:08 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: Nice to see Primer getting some love.


Indeed. It and The Girl Who Leaped Through Time are the only two I haven't seen,but I've heard fantastic things about the former and virtually nothing about the latter. I aim to rectify both ASAP.
 
2012-05-15 05:53:42 PM  

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: Not a movie but the novel The End of Eternity, by isaac asimov is premised on a cool concept of time travel and how time works


How about Orson Scott Card's "Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus"?

Very nice solution to the whole grandfather paradox thing.
 
2012-05-15 05:53:44 PM  

Malivon: Since we're on the subject of science fiction and time travel.

Anyone have any good recommendation on episodes in the Star Trek Universe related to the stuff?

Cause and Effect

is one of my favorites from TNG, and of course The City on the Edge of Forever from TOS is one of the best Star Trek Universe episodes, period.
 
2012-05-15 05:55:41 PM  
I guess I'll have to watch Time Bandits again. I don't remember it being as dark as is described in TFA but then again I haven't seen it in a long time
 
2012-05-15 05:55:43 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: Saiga410: No a movie but how about some love for Eureka seasons 2,4,5,6, and 8?

Eureka is currently partway through its fifth and final season....


i.qkme.me
 
2012-05-15 05:56:12 PM  
No FAQ about Time Travel? I liked that on. I would also suggest-
Idaho Transfer- 70's classic
Millenium- With Kris Kristoferson in a film based on the John Varley novel. The book was way better but it's still a great story.
Uniidentified Flying Oddball- cheesy fun
Jubilee- Folks in the 70's were scared of tomorrow.

I know I forgot something.
 
2012-05-15 05:56:16 PM  

calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.


After Moon I had high hopes for Duncan Jones. What a disappointment Source Code was. What did you find enjoyable about it? The love story was atrocious, based on the lie that Gyllenhals's character really isn't the person she thinks he is(perhaps the most accurately portrayed love story ever?) and should have probably ended about 5 minutes sooner at the freeze frame moment, the perfect moment for Gyllenhal's character. And the time travel element was stupid beyond belief. How can the brain of the person who is being "possessed" construct events on knowledge it does not have? What a mess...
 
2012-05-15 05:57:50 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: I guess I'll have to watch Time Bandits again. I don't remember it being as dark as is described in TFA but then again I haven't seen it in a long time


Kid sees his parents explode after touching evil at the end of the flick. pretty dark.
 
2012-05-15 05:58:47 PM  

Apos: NeedlesslyCanadian: Nice to see Primer getting some love.

Indeed. It and The Girl Who Leaped Through Time are the only two I haven't seen,but I've heard fantastic things about the former and virtually nothing about the latter. I aim to rectify both ASAP.


The Girl who Leaped Through Time is a great movie, whether you like anime or not.
 
2012-05-15 05:58:50 PM  
Time cop may well be the only JCVD film where his trademark leg splits weren't vexing enough to elicit a howl of exasperation from me.
 
2012-05-15 05:59:27 PM  

GBmanNC: calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.

After Moon I had high hopes for Duncan Jones. What a disappointment Source Code was. What did you find enjoyable about it? The love story was atrocious, based on the lie that Gyllenhals's character really isn't the person she thinks he is(perhaps the most accurately portrayed love story ever?) and should have probably ended about 5 minutes sooner at the freeze frame moment, the perfect moment for Gyllenhal's character. And the time travel element was stupid beyond belief. How can the brain of the person who is being "possessed" construct events on knowledge it does not have? What a mess...


I thought it was good and that the last 5 minutes really put a darker twist on it. All movie love stories kind of suck. It reminded me of that Denzel movie that should maybe have been on this list...they were in New Orleans...too lazy to look it up.
 
2012-05-15 05:59:53 PM  

Bhruic: PsyLord: calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.

I saw that and the theory behind it was just ridiculous. I had to turn off my brain and just accept it to finish the movie.

Where, say, "slingshotting around the sun" is a perfectly logical theoretical time traveling device.


It's a space ship with faster than light travel. *shrug* Source Code is about the ability to jack your mind into someone else's because of some quantum fluctuation in people's minds when they are near death that allows certain people to connect with them? The space ship is more plausible.
 
2012-05-15 06:00:39 PM  

fawlty: Peter von Nostrand: I guess I'll have to watch Time Bandits again. I don't remember it being as dark as is described in TFA but then again I haven't seen it in a long time

Kid sees his parents explode after touching evil at the end of the flick. pretty dark.


I don't remember that at all but it's probably been 20+ years since I saw it
 
2012-05-15 06:00:52 PM  

lousyskater: Apos: NeedlesslyCanadian: Nice to see Primer getting some love.

Indeed. It and The Girl Who Leaped Through Time are the only two I haven't seen,but I've heard fantastic things about the former and virtually nothing about the latter. I aim to rectify both ASAP.

The Girl who Leaped Through Time is a great movie, whether you like anime or not.


And I happen to be an anime fan,so that's a bonus.
 
2012-05-15 06:03:26 PM  
David Warner's "The Supreme Being" scared the crap out of me as a kid. Superb character actor,that one.
 
2012-05-15 06:04:22 PM  
"Army of Darkness": time travel movie or alternate universe movie?
 
2012-05-15 06:05:40 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: I don't remember that at all but it's probably been 20+ years since I saw it


It's kind of a funny scene. He's yelling "Mom, Dad, don't touch it, it's pure evil." The parents look right a him and then deliberately touch the smoking pile of evil and explode. Kind of a flip of what kids will do to you. Tell them "don't touch that" and they will immediately reach out and touch it, whatever "it" is.
 
2012-05-15 06:05:41 PM  
What? No Trancers 1 throuogh 6?

Jack Deth is mad! No love for the budget movies that tried really hard.
 
2012-05-15 06:05:51 PM  

thecpt: GBmanNC: calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.

After Moon I had high hopes for Duncan Jones. What a disappointment Source Code was. What did you find enjoyable about it? The love story was atrocious, based on the lie that Gyllenhals's character really isn't the person she thinks he is(perhaps the most accurately portrayed love story ever?) and should have probably ended about 5 minutes sooner at the freeze frame moment, the perfect moment for Gyllenhal's character. And the time travel element was stupid beyond belief. How can the brain of the person who is being "possessed" construct events on knowledge it does not have? What a mess...

I thought it was good and that the last 5 minutes really put a darker twist on it. All movie love stories kind of suck. It reminded me of that Denzel movie that should maybe have been on this list...they were in New Orleans...too lazy to look it up.


You must mean Deja Vu. Was that any good?
 
2012-05-15 06:06:24 PM  
I know my nerd cred is about to take a hit but....

Oh, fark you. Back to The Future was better than Time Bandits. Why?

Because in my mind, a good Time Travel story should both punish hubris (The Biff Future) But should also include hope for a brighter future (The end of BTTF3) and remind us why we look towards other times for inspiration.

t.qkme.me

Im out.
 
2012-05-15 06:06:29 PM  

Apos: David Warner's "The Supreme Being" scared the crap out of me as a kid. Superb character actor,that one.


Yes, well, he is the nice one.
 
2012-05-15 06:11:26 PM  
Does Triangle qualify as a time-travel movie? either way, I really liked it. Quite similar to TimeCrimes.

www.moviesonline.ca
 
2012-05-15 06:12:01 PM  
No groundhog day?


This better be good ... however it will be full of fail.
Safety Not Guaranteed

/ I have only done this once before.

No groundhog day?
 
2012-05-15 06:12:10 PM  

Disciple_of_Trogdor: I know my nerd cred is about to take a hit but....

Oh, fark you. Back to The Future was better than Time Bandits. Why?

Because in my mind, a good Time Travel story should both punish hubris (The Biff Future) But should also include hope for a brighter future (The end of BTTF3) and remind us why we look towards other times for inspiration.

[t.qkme.me image 310x280]

Im out.


THIS.
 
2012-05-15 06:12:43 PM  

Apos: lousyskater: Apos: NeedlesslyCanadian: Nice to see Primer getting some love.

Indeed. It and The Girl Who Leaped Through Time are the only two I haven't seen,but I've heard fantastic things about the former and virtually nothing about the latter. I aim to rectify both ASAP.

The Girl who Leaped Through Time is a great movie, whether you like anime or not.

And I happen to be an anime fan,so that's a bonus.


Not that i dont like many japanese animated offerings... but, and this has always bugged me, why is a medium a genre? I mean its like saying "I like music." "Oh, what kind?" "The kind with insturments." I like the sci-fi type stuff, and most things with giant robots, and anything historical or alternate historical. Not really the magical girl stuff, or the romance stuff thats geared towards teenage girls which im sure theres a name for... but all of that is "anime", wtf.

And Primer was awesome, and not as hard to figure out as everybody said.
 
2012-05-15 06:14:19 PM  

Disciple_of_Trogdor: a good Time Travel story should both punish hubris (The Biff Future) But should also include hope for a brighter future (The end of BTTF3) and remind us why we look towards other times for inspiration.


30.media.tumblr.com
"You watched BTTF3!"

Some of us don't need a movie to stroke our hair and tell us everything will be all right in the end. Some of us are content to have movies tell us that life is cruel or that the future is uncertain. I'd much rather have the vaguely pessimistic WTF of "Time Bandits" than a movie that tries to feed me a bullshiat happy ending.
 
2012-05-15 06:16:32 PM  

fawlty: Apos: David Warner's "The Supreme Being" scared the crap out of me as a kid. Superb character actor,that one.

Yes, well, he is the nice one.



John Gielgud was the Supreme, David Warner was Evil.

I love the mentality and the aesthetic of that film to death.
 
2012-05-15 06:17:45 PM  
>ahem< Supreme Being.
 
2012-05-15 06:19:00 PM  

NuttierThanEver: DjangoStonereaver: Its not a film, but the DOCTOR WHO episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" is one of the best time travel stories ever
filmed.

Well if we're including TV you've got to include the DS9 episode "The Visitor"


Thanks. Now I'm bawling like a schoolgirl looking at her first cock.

That was my second favourite Star Trek episode.
 
2012-05-15 06:20:36 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: No Timerider?

/I am disappoint


Me too, that is a good movie havent seen it in years. Fred Ward was awesome in it.
 
2012-05-15 06:22:23 PM  

Ghastly:
Thanks. Now I'm bawling like a schoolgirl looking at her first cock.


You really like that phrase, don't you?
 
2012-05-15 06:24:37 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

Not great, compared to the book, but a damn sight better than any Jean-Claude Van Damme movie.



1.bp.blogspot.com

Meh. It was kind of neat when I was 12.
 
2012-05-15 06:25:12 PM  

Shostie: I don't care what anyone says. I thought Hot Tub Time Machine was f*cking hilarious.


No shiat. My wife says "I've never seen you laugh like that!"

I laughed my ass off.
 
2012-05-15 06:25:20 PM  

runcible spork: John Gielgud was the Supreme, David Warner was Evil.


D'oh! You're right of course that Sir John was Supreme and Warner was Evil.
 
2012-05-15 06:25:21 PM  

GBmanNC: calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.

After Moon I had high hopes for Duncan Jones. What a disappointment Source Code was. What did you find enjoyable about it?


I enjoyed the internal consistency of it. It was refreshing and original. The movie offered an explanation (bullsh*t or not, irrelevant) and then operated within the confines and restraints of their explanation.

I thought that it was told well, edited well, and the pacing and reveals along the way kept it entertaining.

/ymmv.
 
2012-05-15 06:27:42 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: 1. Time Bandits


I'm good with this.


same here.
 
2012-05-15 06:30:19 PM  

calbert: but seriously, list fails without 'Source Code'

[www.jdmfilmreviews.com image 600x328]

it was done well and wasn't dumbed down...it's an extremely enjoyable movie and I hope that it stands the test of time (so to speak) as one of the better time-travel movies.


Source Code was alright, but this was absolutely the best part of it:
newspaper.li
 
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