Saturday, July 21, 2012

Top Time Travel Films

What follows is a list, in somewhat of a reverse quality order, of my favorite films involving or revolving around time travel:

20. “Escape from the Planet of the Apes” (1971)
70s cheese at its strongest.

19. “Kate and Leopold” (2001)
A refreshing take emerging from the romantic comedy quagmire.

18. “Donnie Darko” (2001)
So weird it should be considered.

17. “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989)
Funny, but you may have had to be there…

16. “Terminator” (1984)
Cool until you try to make sense of what actually happened.

15. “12 Monkeys” (1995)
Weird and maddening.

14. “Galaxy Quest” (1999)
A fun, clever look at the Trekkie culture.

13. “The Lake House” (2006)
The magic realism take on time travel?

12. “Men in Black 3” (2012)
Scifi comedy meets philosophy.

11. “Groundhog Day” (1993)
Time travel with life lessons.

10. “Star Trek IV” (1986)
Whales. And the 80s sensibilities make the film itself an experience in time travel.

9. “Planet of the Apes” (2001)
Style over substance.

8. “Terminator II: Judgment Day” (1991)
More incomprehensible timelines but the effects are great if you travel back to the early 90s.

7. “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997)
“Who does number two work for?!?”

6. “Star Trek First Contact” (1996)
Best Trek Ever?

5. “Planet of the Apes” (1967)
Very serious social commentary time travel.

4. “Contact”
Theological implications.

3. “Back to the Future” (1985, 89, 90)
Essential time travel.

2. “Midnight in Paris” (2011)
Even more magic realism than #13.

1. “A Christmas Carol” (1984)
Any version really, although 84’s is my favorite.

Honorable Mentions: “Star Trek” 2009 (Most messy time travel mess ever?) “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (Greatest Back to the Future 2 type scene ever, but just a small portion of the film’s story.)

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