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Making a movie that revolves around time travel instantly creates paradoxes and often plot holes, but managed intelligently, the onscreen logic can make for fun and dangerous storytelling. This is a list is of the highest grossing movies and franchises that use time travel as a main story element (an example of a movie with time travel not as a main story element is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which would have been #4 had it qualified).
I've cheated a bit by grouping franchises together, allowing me to write about more movies. Out of the 18 movies on the list I’ve seen 17, which might mean I really like movies with time travel. All numbers are worldwide box office grosses adjusted for inflation. Box office revenue numbers are from Box Office Mojo and The Numbers. Bits of trivia are from IMDb and Wikipedia. Inflation data comes via the Us Department of Labor. »
- Free Reyes
The 1980s were a time in which the science fiction and adventure film genres reigned supreme. Films like Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), and Back to the Future (1985) are three of strong examples of classic 80s films that expanded their respective universes to further installments. The sequel, while a sometimes surefire way of making money off of an already established and original idea, can at times continue the adventure and prolong the cinematic magic in wonderful ways.
Filmmaker George Lucas popularized the sequel concept in 1980 with a follow-up to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. He had a vision when starting his space opera at episode #4 and The Empire Strikes Back furthered the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C3P0. It is thought by many to be far superior to its predecessor. A third installment soon followed and so did a prequel trilogy in 1999. These »
- Randall Unger
Nobody will ever have the balls to remake Back to the Future or The Terminator. They are the untouchable time travel classics. And without them we couldn’t have a movie like Hot Tub Time Machine, which paid it all back in homage in ways that wouldn’t make a lot of sense for people unfamiliar with those earlier cultural staples (and who’d just be confused now if there were multiples of them). Not a whole lot about the 2010 comedy mirrors Bttf, yet the ending has a similar, albeit more extreme, case of the present being altered for the better thanks to changes made via a trip to the past. The movie concludes with a brilliant joke: Rob Corddry‘s character has used his knowledge of the future (present) to invent Google before Google (he calls it “Lou-gle”). Sorry to spoil that for anyone who hasn’t seen the first Httm already, but »
- Christopher Campbell
All right, you might have that cool Lego set of the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future sitting on your shelf. But don't little Lego Marty McFly and Doc Brown look lonely? Wouldn't it be way better if they had a whole Lego playset built around them? Well, that's what a couple Lego Ideas community members thought, and they're trying to get their custom Lego sets commemorating Marty's California hometown turned into real sets from the Lego Group. The first is a simple clocktower from 1955, but then there's a slew of awesome sets for the 2015 Hill Valley that make for one epic playset. Look now! First up, here's Peter Kambasis 1955 clocktower from the first Back to the Future (vote for it right here): And there's Alex Jones' 2015 clocktower from Back to the Future Part II (vote for it right here): Plus, the 2015 Hill Valley Jaws »
- Ethan Anderton
There's been plenty of instances where sci-fi on film has informed technology in real life. Even though we may not be getting hoverboards in 2015, Back to the Future Part II still has inspired Nike to unveil power laces sometime next year. Now it's Iron Man that has inspired the United States military to build a tactical suit that is inspired by the work of Tony Stark and the high-tech suit that makes him a superhero. The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) just unveiled a report about government plans for a project called Talos, a suit that will be weaponized and bulletproof, not to mention increasing strength and perception. Read on! The companies involved in the project are names you might expect like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Raytheon along with some smaller unnamed companies. But one of the somewhat surprising inclusions is that of Legacy Effects, the company who »
- Ethan Anderton
With over 300 movie props estimated at £1 million, wouldn’t you like to own a piece of film history? Then get yourself down to London for a huge auction with props including Marty McFly’s Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II.
Here’s the press release:
Marty McFly’s Hoverboard and one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets are set to feature in the most exciting sale of its kind in London this autumn – and you won’t need to own a golden ticket to grab a glimpse of the blockbuster props up for grabs.
The live Vue Entertainment and Prop Store auction will see over 300 items and more than £1 million worth of original film memorabilia going under the hammer in October. Members of the public will be able to get up close and personal with some of the most valuable and iconic pieces on offer via a free »
- Luke Owen
Diamond Select Toys has released some great officially licensed products from Back to the Future 2. Most of them are connected to Biff Tannen's Pleasure Paradise Casino and Hotel. There is a poker set, a pint glass, a shot glass, and a zippo lighter. I've included details for each one under their photo. I've also include a pint glass from Cafe 80s! As a fan of the Back to the Future franchise I would love to own the poker set. You can pre-order any of these here.
Back to the Future 2 Biff Tannen's Pleasure Paradise Poker Set / Srp: $99.99
Betting on sporting events is how Biff Tannen made all his money in Back to the Future Part II, so why not make your own luck at the poker tables of Biff Tannen's Pleasure Paradise? This stylish carrying case contains a full set of poker chips featuring the Btpp logo, plus a similarly decorated deck of playing cards. »
- Joey Paur
Summer's here, and the time is right for a whole bunch of new product announcements from Diamond Select Toys! These items are all in the June issue of Previews, the monthly catalog of Diamond Comic Distributors, and most will be released sometime in the fall, but you can pre-order them all today at your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer. From Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, "Back To The Future Part II" proves true excitement is timeless. Getting back was only the beginning as the most spectacular time-travel adventure ever continues. Picking up precisely where they left off, Marty and Doc (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space time »
- Pietro Filipponi
Comedy sequels are incredibly difficult to pull off. For every Back to the Future Part II, there are a hundred Caddyshack II’s. It’s almost impossible to recapture the lightning in a bottle that made Airplane! or Ghostbusters so fantastic, but if anyone can pull off a successful comedy follow-up, it’s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. They’ve made a habit of wildly surpassing expectations, and early reviews for their 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street are incredibly positive, praising the film’s self-referential nature, emotional backbone, and a standout end credits sequence sequences in addition to another pair of solid performances by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Though the film is still over a week from release, we’ve rounded up a few of the reviews and reactions to give you an overview of the response thus far. Hit the jump to take a look. 22 Jump Street »
- Adam Chitwood
It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.
The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »
- Gary Susman
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the future X-Men mutants send Wolverine back in time to assist the younger X-Men mutants. It's a crazy concept, but it's far from the first time time travel has been used to create mind-blowing moments in the movies. Let's take a journey back in time and revisit some of the most memorable time-travel moments in movie history! Back to the Future Part II Not content to be just a time-travel movie, Back to the Future Part II does something no time-travel movie has ever done before: it travels back to the events of the first film. This isn't just a fun reminder of part one. Oh, no. Every rewatch of Back to the Future takes on a whole new context once you realize there are two Marty McFlys running around at the same time!...
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Odd List Andrew Blair 25 Apr 2014 - 06:29
They're despicable, smug and downright unpleasant. Andrew lines up his pick of 50 biggest unpleasant, sometimes heroic folk in cinema...
Nb: This article contains swearing and spoilers for numerous films. Bear in mind that it may be not safe for work, and if you haven't seen a film mentioned in a particular entry, do consider skipping to the next one.
Conflict drives drama. Unpleasant people create conflict. Thus, cinema is crammed with huge, provocative arseholes/assholes (we went with the latter on the headline, but now we're in the article, we're going more arse than ass). There are obviously too many to list, but we've provided you with a thought-provoking array of multi-faceted bell-endery. That said, feel free to copy and paste the phrase, "Nice list, but you forgot x" to save time when placing comments below! The 'nice' bit is not compulsory.
Though the HUVr tech hoverboards inspired by Back to the Future Part II turned out to be an obvious hoax, at least Nike's power laces are a real thing coming in 2015. The fact that we're able to talk about these things so commonly, and most of the general population knows what we're talking about, just goes to show you how engrained the Robert Zemeckis' time traveling trilogy has been on pop culture. In fact, the technology "created" to populate the year 2015 in the sequel has been referenced and used as inspiration for real science for decades. Now a new documentary aims to explore just how accurate the film's prediction of future technology turned out to be or how far we are from realizing Zemeckis' film vision of 2015. Read on! Film School Rejects called our attention to a documentary from unknown British director John Plaskett called Back to the Future »
- Ethan Anderton
Back to the Future fans surely know that next year, 2015, is the year Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. However, when the film was released in 1989, the possibility of flying cars, self-tying shoes and hoverboards seemed within the realm of possibility 25 years down the line. Now that […]
The post ‘Back to the Future Part II’ Documentary Focuses on 2015 Future Technology appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Pretty soon, there’ll be a whole genre of documentaries just about or related to Back to the Future. Among the fandom-based projects that show up on crowdfunding sites, Robert Zemeckis’s time travel trilogy seems to be tied to the most. There are the successfully Kickstarter-funded DeLorean-focused films Back in Time and DeLorean: Living the Dream, and there are the less successful, such as the Indiegogo-hosted The Time Machinists. I’m sure I’ve spotted more out there, and yet we haven’t seen any show up as finished and released yet. Maybe they’re all waiting for 2015? The latest, titled Back to the Future Again,is also aiming for next year, specifically because it’s about the technology “promised” for 2015 by Back to the Future Part II. This one is on Kickstarter with a goal of £403,160 ($675,365.73), which is the highest amount for this lot. More than half of that budget, though »
- Christopher Campbell
Imagine a twisted world in which Back to the Future, a zany fable starring Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly and John Lithgow as Doc Brown — a mad scientist with a pet chimpanzee — is released by Disney in May 1985. The film ends with Marty traveling to a nuclear test site in Nevada and escaping the past via time-traveling refrigerator.
Not to mix our references, but this would indeed be the darkest timeline.
- Hillary Busis
Feature Mark Harrison 7 Apr 2014 - 07:00
Now that it's left our screens, Mark details what How I Met Your Mother did right...
This article contains major spoilers for How I Met Your Mother, especially the finale - if you're watching at E4 pace, you'll probably want to come back later in the year.
Last year, we made the case for CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother's geek credentials, and came to the conclusion that while the leads are all cool, good-looking people in that sitcom way, they also have geeky interests in common as they grow into their thirties together.
For people who don't watch the series, or have maybe seen an episode or a clip while channel-hopping past E4, this show is essentially Friends warmed up. Whenever you hear that comparison, it never seems to come across in a flattering way, but that's reductive to both Friends, »
Jesse Eisenberg takes on his most challenging role since Mark Zuckerberg in Richard Ayoade's The Double, playing a lonely everyman whose life is gradually destroyed by the arrival of a charismatic doppelgänger.
Inspired by Eisenberg's powerhouse dual performance, Digital Spy has taken a look back over 9 more actors who excelled at doubling up.
Had Duncan Jones not found exactly the right leading man in Sam Rockwell, his remarkable debut feature would likely never have worked. Astronaut Sam Bell is nearing the end of his three-year work contract on the moon, but everything he believed about his mission begins to change when he discovers an unconscious doppelgänger outside his base. It's both a top-notch sci-fi drama and a compelling exploration of loneliness, and Rockwell grounds all of the film's twists in emotional reality.
Jeremy Irons as Beverly Mantle and Elliot Mantle »
It’s easy to forget it, but post-credit scenes existed long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Its been a mainstay of superhero movies since the genre boomed in the early noughties, while Back To The Future Part II went as blatant as including a not-so-hidden trailer for its sequel.
What Marvel did was popularise them with audiences. Sticking around through the whole of the credits used to be reserved for obsessive cinephiles who must… see… everything. Now there’s less of a grab-your-bag-and-run mentality; take your time and you may catch something cool. Whether it’s a mindless blockbuster or kids animation, there’s been an greater number of films sneaking in little extra nuggets at the end because, well, people are actually going to see them.
But back to Marvel. It’s expected the majority of the audience will stick around if it is indeed a Marvel »
- Alex Leadbeater
In 1989's Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is chased by Biff's grandson, Griff Tannen, and his gang. In order to getaway Marty borrows a pink-colored hoverboard (Mattel) from a young girl. The scene plays out in similar fashion to the 1950's skateboard scene from the original film. Concept Art by John Bell, via Film Sketchr Getting back was only the beginning as the most spectacular time-travel adventure ever continues in Back to the Future Part II - the sequel that proves that lightning can strike twice! Picking up precisely where they left off, Marty and Doc (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space time continuum. Now, their only chance to fix the present is by going back to 1955 all over again before it is too late. From the Academy Award-winning filmmakers »
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