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My top 10 movies featuring time travel

Posted in Back to the Future, Harry Potter, movies, pop culture, time travel with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2012 by Paxton

Time Travelogues

New League assignment this week.  We apparently were off last week, but Brian has thrown a very good subject for this week.  He wants us to create a list of 10 favorite movies.  We can pick the category.  There are so many ways to slice-and-dice a list of 10 movies.  It took me a while to really think about it but I think I came up with an appropriate angle for me.

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I’m an aficionado of time travel in pop culture.  Some say I would be an “Internet authority” on said topic (I won’t argue that). I see the movies and TV shows, I read the books.  I study it.  I enjoy it.  Check out the numerous time travel articles I’ve written on this blog as well as Episode 3 of the Nerd Lunch podcast in which we discussed time travel (and our third most downloaded episode, btw).  You can see I have something invested in this subject.  So, I thought I’d list out my 10 favorite movies that feature time travel.

I realize there are going to be ones you’ll want on, but I’m giving you my list of favorite time travel movies.  I’ll also include some honorable mentions at the bottom.

So, let’s get started going back… the future….and past.  Whatever. Oh, and I don’t normally do this, but I’m actually ranking these 10 – 1. Much like time itself, the order matters.

Galaxy Quest(Via jovisala47)
10. Galaxy Quest – Time travel is really only used in this movie as a small plot device at the very end, but it’s used very well.  The Omega 13 is a nebulous and strange device, but it worked and both spoofed the original Star Trek’s version of time travel as well as created a fun version of time travel for the movie.  Plus, I love the s**t out of this movie. The perfect spoof of classic Star Trek while simultaneously being a really good stand along sci-fi movie.
HP time turner(Via Harry Potter Wikia)
9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – This is another kind of a cheat. The movie doesn’t feature time travel, but uses it as a plot device towards the end. However, it’s used very well and the Time Turner itself is a fascinating little gadget.  This third movie in the HP franchise is so good and having time travel at the end and also realizing Hermione has been using it from the beginning of the story, just makes it that much better.

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8. Time Crimes – This is a pretty great little suspense movie that has a plot that not only features time travel, but revolves around it.  It gets a little crazy at the end, and a little confusing as well, but I really enjoy the hell out of this movie.  It’s about a guy named Hector who stumbles upon a time machine and gets himself into several hairy situations when he’s sent back 30min into the past.

Groundhog Day(Via movieslist2010)
7. Groundhog Day – Not generally thought of by people as a time travel movie, but it is. Murray is trapped in what we call a “time loop” and has to live the last 24 hours over and over and over. Such a great movie even if the “time loop” is never really explained.

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The League: Ultimate pop culture cross overs

Posted in 24, Back to the Future, Jack Bauer, Knight Rider, movies, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by Paxton


New assignment for the League this week. Per Brian over at Cool and Collected:

What pop culture heroes or stories would make for the ultimate crossover…

I think that’s a really good question. There’s a lot of different ways to go with this. But, honestly, the first thing that popped into my head was the germ of an idea I had several years ago. I think it would be great if Doc Brown from Back to the Future became the head scientist/mechanic for Knight Industries. I had gone far enough in my pondering to actually mock up scene (click it to see it full size):

BTTF vs Knight Rider

I created this scene a year or two ago. It was an idea I had for a header for this blog. Imagine the logo of Cavalcade of Awesome being right above KITT. The idea just intrigued me. I haven’t actually thought any further than that. No plot ideas on how Doc winds up at Knight Industries, or anything like that. I just love the idea of Doc getting his hands on KITT and grafting on his own wacky modifications.  Like Time Travel and a Mr Fusion.  So awesome.

Another crossover I’ve actually discussed on this blog involves an Old West gunslinger and the King of Vampires.  In 2010 I envisioned and casted a Billy the Kid vs Dracula movie.

Billy the Kid vs Dracula

I casted Emilio Estevez to reprise his role as Billy the Kid from the Young Guns movies. I also casted Sam Neill as Dracula.  Sam had played an awesome evil vampire in the movie Daybreakers so I thought he’d be perfect.

Another idea that I think is a little more serious and could really work well would be a crossover between Torchwood and 24.  The idea being that Torchwood decides to open up an LA office and asks Jack Bauer to be the second in command.

Torchwood LA

This concept may seem familiar to you. I discussed this idea in Episode 18 of the Nerd Lunch podcast. It was an idea explored in a nice piece of fan fiction I read for the episode.  I think it was a great idea and could totally work as a real show.

Other entries from The League:
1) Shawn at Branded in the 80s brings the big guns this week with an epic 80s computer hacking/spy action adventure that combines War Games, Manhattan Project and Cloak and Dagger. I nearly wet myself in excitement.
2) League coordinator, Brian, from Cool and Collected puts together an awesome Old West crossover (Awesome even if he does omit Emilio Estevez’s Billy the Kid).
3) Christopher Tupa imagines an incredible crossover between The Fall Guy and The A-Team.
4) Fiji Mermaid at Sidshow Cinema wonders who would win between Predator and Boba Fett?

5 Awesome pop culture vehicles I’d love to drive in real life

Posted in Back to the Future, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by Paxton


New assignment for the League this week. This week Brian wants to hear what pop culture vehicles do you personally want to drive?

Right off the bat, Brian took the Batmobile off the table, so I can’t include it here. For grins and giggles, though, my favorite version of the Batmobile? The one from Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns.  However, it wouldn’t have been my #1 pick, but it would have made the top 5.  Possibly even top 3.

So let’s take a look at the 5 pop culture vehicles I’d personally like to own and drive. And yes, these are in order of preference.

BTTF Delorean
BTTF time traveling Delorean – Hands down, this is my number one.  And that should be obvious if you’ve read my blog for longer than 15 minutes.  Not only does it look bad ass but it TRAVELS THROUGH TIME.  And obviously I want the one from the end of the first movie with the Mr Fusion (so I don’t need Plutonium) and the 2015 hover conversion (so the thing can FLY).

KITT – KITT is a very close second. Why is it second to the Delorean? Because it doesn’t come with the ability to TRAVEL THROUGH TIME. Time Travel trumps pretty much anything else.  However, having a talking bad ass car that can almost fly is pretty awesome, so I would want it next.  Btw, I want the classic Pontiac Trans-Am version, not the crappy Ford Mustang version.

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League of Extraordinary Bloggers: Favorite “go-to” movie

Posted in Back to the Future, movies, pop culture, Star Wars with tags , , , , on February 9, 2012 by Paxton

LEB logo

Brian over at Cool and Collected has started a new movement. It’s a group of blogs coming together each week to discuss one topic. Brian will hand out the assignments and the blogs will discuss the topic as they see fit. Brian has dubbed it The League of Extraordinary Bloggers.

I pledged to him that I would join in when I can, and seeing as how for once I’m actually way ahead on my own writing I’ve decided to jump in on our first assignment.

This first assignment was to discuss our “go to” movie. A movie we could watch at any time. Just pop it in, curl up on the sofa with an industrial sized bag of Cheetos and start quoting along with the movie. Mine is probably not going to be a shock to anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time. And I hate to keep going back to “the well” on this, but I have to answer truthfully.

On any given weekend, since I was a kid, there are two things I’d pop into the VCR at a moment’s notice depending on how I was feeling that day. The first was Back to the Future.

BTTF wide

There is hardly an aspect of this trilogy I have yet to discuss. Check out my Back to the Future archives. Articles galore. The Nerd Lunch crew did an entire podcast discussing the Back to the Future movies and another one on just the topic of time travel. It’s because I’ve seen this movie so many times and know it like the back of my hand that I can talk so often about it. I love this movie. It kindled my love for time travel.  The first movie I took my son to when he was literally 1 month and 5 days old was the limited 25th anniversary showing of the original Back to the Future on Oct 25, 2010.  I pretty much recited the dialog throughout the entire movie while he slept.  So yes, this is definitely a “go to” movie for me.  I could probably put the entire trilogy in here as I love all three movies, but I watched the original many more times.  Mostly due to the fact that Part II didn’t show up until four years later.  So I had time to just load up on repeated Back to the Future viewings. And I own this trilogy on all media formats including VHS, Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray.

The second thing I’d pop into my VCR on any given weekend and have on in the background is the Star Wars Trilogy.  Most especially the original VHS releases.

Star Wars Trilogy VHS

It doesn’t matter which one, I consider them all to be one movie. And I have this movie trilogy on nearly every format including VHS (multiple versions), Laserdisc, Video CD and DVD.  On any given day my favorite is different.  I love all three.

Since college, I could pop on a Back to the Future or Star Wars movie and have it running in the background for hours while I worked on school projects, surfed the Internet or just hung out at home.  They are hands down my two favorite movie trilogies.  Possibly even my favorite movies of all time.

I even own the deluxe film score to the Back to the Future trilogy as well as the 4 disc Star Wars Trilogy Soundtrack Anthology.  I would sometimes put these on in the background while doing homework or working on chores around the house.

Articles from other League of Extraordinary Bloggers

1. Shawn Robare at Branded in the 80s talks about Red Dawn.
2. Christopher Tupa talks about one of my favorites, The Goonies.
3. Siftin’ talks about watching Superman II more times than even I have seen it. And that’s a lot.

Nerd Lunch Episode #9: The Replicators are Broken

Posted in Back to the Future, movies, podcast, pop culture, Star Trek, Star Wars with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

There is a new episode of the Nerd Lunch podcast available for your immense enjoyment.  You’re welcome, Internet.

This week we are joined by Jay from The Sexy Armpit the awesome pop culture blog about all things New Jersey.

Our subject?  We are all traveling into space in Jay’s spaceship.  We are sucked into a wormhole and when we come out the other side, we are trapped in an unknown part of space, and all of our equipment is broken.  Jeeg is able to fix the food replicators but he can only get it to replicate 10 food/drink items.  Amongst the four of us, we have to agree on those 10 food and drink items that we want the replicator to reproduce.

It’s a whirlwind of filibustering to get all of our favorite items in there.  At one point we find out the same guy that doesn’t like Halloween also hates Cheetos.  And I have to wonder what kind of childhood did this person have that led to a dislike of Halloween and Cheetos?  And how is this person not a serial killer.  Am I right?

Anyway, come check out the craziness of Episode 9 of the Nerd Lunch Podcast. Download it from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner.


We actually talked about my Skype profile pic in this episode. For those listening, this is what it looks like.

Facebook pic

Like I said, this picture is a normal Saturday for me.