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How to Build a Time Machine (2016)

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How to Build a Time Machine follows two men as they set out on a journey to build their own time machines. Rob Niosi is a stop motion animator who has spent the last 13 years obsessively ... See full summary »

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Jay Cheel

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Donald D. Coleman Donald D. Coleman ... Himself (as Don Coleman)
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How to Build a Time Machine follows two men as they set out on a journey to build their own time machines. Rob Niosi is a stop motion animator who has spent the last 13 years obsessively constructing a full-scale replica of the time machine prop from the 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine." It's his attempt to recapture the memory of seeing the film in theaters with his father. Dr.Ron Mallett is a theoretical physicist whose story begins with a tragedy. He was only 10 years old when his father died suddenly of a heart attack. Distraught, he sought solace in science-fiction. After reading "The Time Machine," Ron dedicated his life to studying physics. He has since become a professor at the University of Connecticut and is now working on building a real time machine in the hopes that he might go back in time to save his father's life. Written by belfrey78

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Beautiful & Moving
31 January 2019 | by daughertyeliSee all my reviews

Director Jay Cheel must have a gift for finding beauty in the unexpected. Reading the synopsis, I did not think that by the end of the film I would have found something touching in a man obsessiving over replicating a film prop. A prop from a movie that affected both subjects of the film. Mr. Cheel found a way to connect and have me emotionally invested in both men.

The music is perfectly suited for every scene. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful. The way light is captured at a scene during the golden hours and reflected off bronze aluminum really stuck with me and proves the director knows exactly what he wants flowing into his camera to be captured forever.

Seeing both subjects together at a party at the end of the film and the sparkle of the tears in the eyes of Ronald Mallet lulled our some tears in my own eyes.

This is a surprisingly affective film of a very niche hobby and the plight of a man longing for his lost father. Bravo Mr. Cheel, you should be proud. I look forward to your next film.


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