My Top Five Favorite Time-Travel Movies


There won’t be another day like this one for four years. That’s right. Today is Leap Day, February 29, 2016. So what are you planning to do today?

Maybe you have something exciting and memorable planned. Maybe you have family traditions about leap day. I just watched a movie about an Irish legend of how women propose to their men on Leap Day. Apparently in Scotland, it’s considered unlucky to be born on Leap Day. Also, according to Google, there’s even a Leap Day Cocktail.

We don’t have any specific traditions surrounding Leap Day in my family, but personally when it comes to Leap Years, the first thing I always think about is time. I just think it’s funny how time is measured and how we have to add a whole day into the year every four years to keep the sky from falling (or whatever).

Since time is on my mind and I have a personal fascination with time travel (if you’ve read my novels Nameless and Namesake, you know what I mean), so I thought it would be appropriate to share my top five favorite movies about time travel.

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Kate & Leopold

kate&leopoldI’m a sucker for Hugh Jackman. I’m also a sucker for Meg Ryan. So even though this movie is actually really corny, I still love it. The premise is intriguing, if not predictable.

A Duke from 1876 falls through a hole in time and lands in modern day New York, and he ends up thrown together with a successful marketing executive woman who likes her independence. It’s a riot.

Lots of funny moments. Lots of very cute moments too. I don’t like the ending at all. It’s just too convenient, but it’s a heart-warming romantic comedy that makes me smile.

Here’s where you can find it on Amazon:

Looper

looperShifting gears entirely, Looper is a gritty, violent sci-fi flick starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It makes your brain hurt, but it’s so engaging, you’re on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

But I mean it when I say it’s violent. Yikes. It’s also a beautifully crafted scramble of time travel goodness. If you aren’t paying attention, you can lose your place pretty quickly.

I couldn’t see the end coming. At all. And usually I’m pretty good at figuring out how a story is going to end.

Here’s where you can find it on Amazon:

Back to the Future

Back_to_the_FutureI’m one of those goobers who loves this entire trilogy. The first one is probably the best, although I really do love the second and third ones.

Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travel through time in the famous DeLorean, hitting 88 miles per hour and blasting into the future or the past and leaving a flaming trail behind them.

To the past, back to the future, to the future, back to the past, back to the future, back to the past, and back to the future. The whole trilogy is a total classic with tons of hilarious moments, dated outfits, outrageous ideas of what the future will be like, and Elijah Wood.

Here’s where you can find it on Amazon:

 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator2Speaking of classics, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is probably one of the most well-known time travel movies in the history of Hollywood. I watched it with a group of friends the other day, and I’d forgotten what an awesome movie it is. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are epic. The first Terminator movie is classic too, but Terminator 2 presented one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original. Terminator 3 was okay. Terminator: Salvation was tolerable. Terminator: Genisys was much better than I expected. Yet, Terminator 2, which premiered in 1991, still remains one of the best time-travel movies ever made.

Here’s where you can find it on Amazon:

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star_Trek_IV_The_Voyage_Home_DVD_coverHands down, Star Trek IV is probably my favorite time travel movie. Granted, I’m a Trekkie. I grew up with them. We speak Trek in my house. I bought my brother a Tribble for Christmas one year, and he named it Tiberius. And I’m one of those folks who ADORED what J.J. Abrams did with the reboot. But Star Trek IV is without a doubt among my top five favorite Star Trek movies of all time.
The Earth is under attack from an alien probe, and the only lifeforms able to communicate with it (humpback whales) have been extinct for centuries. Captain Kirk and the TOS crew have to travel back in time to 1980s Earth to find some. That’s all you need to know. If you haven’t seen it, you should want to go watch it just for the sheer joy of watching the Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic in 1980s San Francisco.
It’s brilliant.

Here’s where you can find it on Amazon:

There you have it…

My top favorite time-travel movies. Leave me some comments to let me know what yours are. I’m always looking for suggestions of movies to watch.

And if you want to talk time travel movies with a bunch of other folks who love science fiction and fantasy, join me later tonight at the Crosshair Press Facebook Tea Party (teaparty.crosshairpress.com) where we’re going to be chatting all about our favorite time travel flicks!


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