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    I find myself in a mood for a good time-travel movie. I've seen all the popular ones, and I have Primer on order at Netflix. But I'd be greatful if anyone could point me to a good one (that's the trick, most of them suck) I haven't already seen.
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    One that comes to mind is Just Visiting with Applegate. I actually liked this one, mainly for the comedy. I found it kind of sappy, but the comedy made up for it, IMHO.

    Army of Darkness is a fun romp through time. "Listen up, you primitive screwheads. This is my boom-stick!"

    Trying to think of a non-comedy time travel flick that I enjoyed, but coming up mostly empty.
    Hmmm...

    edit:
    Ah, Donny Darko.
    While I did like it, I feel it could have been much better.
    I liked the ending, but it lacked certain amount of impact.
    Also, not very big on the time travel element.
    It's there, but not much.

    edit2:
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    One of the best. Might have to watch this later.
    Last edited by Stroker; 04-15-2005, 06:30 AM.

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      Seen 'em all (Just Visiting in two versions)
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        Somewhere in Time (1980) with Christopher Reeve is a cute time travel movie. What I enjoyed more, though, is the book on which it's loosely based, Time and Again by Jack Finney. One of my favorite books. I doubt it's still in print but I bet it would turn up on Amazon.

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          Agreed, but I've seen that one, too
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            Just rent a bunch of Dr. Who DVDs...

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              I hated the old Dr. Who's, but I'm enjoying the new series with Eccleston.
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                I just saw Primer, and it's interesting, but not particularly entertaining. I like the concept more than the execution. It wants to be a "realistic" movie about time-travel, with the assumption that the human mind cannot handle the concept of time-travel. To illustrate this, the director made a movie that the human mind cannot handle (rumor has it that this is deliberate, so it possibly excuses him from being a bad filmmaker).
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Doug Nelson
                  I hated the old Dr. Who's, but I'm enjoying the new series with Eccleston.
                  That's soon crossed the pond!

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                  • #10
                    ...off the top of my head

                    12 Monkeys
                    Back to the Future series
                    Contact
                    Time Machine
                    Planet of the Apes series
                    The Final Countdown
                    Bill & Ted series
                    Black Knight (never seen it)
                    Blast from the Past


                    That's all I can think of right now...
                    Last edited by Bujo; 09-12-2005, 10:40 PM.

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                    • #11
                      the television series Stargate SG1 has dabbled a bit in time travel, though i couldnt tell you the exact episodes. and Stargate Atlantis has done one also. i believe that one was late last season.

                      and the british tv series Red Dwarf from a few years ago did a couple also. Red Dwarf was an interesting romp in space, comedy, which found its way into my video library.

                      havent seen any recent movies dealing with the subject, however. didnt Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy do a bit? that shld be out on dvd soon.

                      i used to read a lot of Robert Heinlein's stuff. in his later years he seemed obsessed with the subject. Asimov got into it also, though not as much.

                      there was also that tv series that starred scott baccula. that's still in syndication.

                      sorry, no real movies of late i can think of.

                      Craig

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                      • #12
                        Don't forget TIMELINE, by Michael Criton.

                        A team of American archeologists working in France find a note from the middle ages written by their professor pleading for help. The team visits the corporation sponsoring them only to discover their professor is missing and was sent back to the middle ages. So, they all go back to rescue him.

                        The movie wasn't bad (could've been better). The book was probably one of the best time travel stories I've read. Just watch out for those transcription errors.

                        --Racc

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                        • #13
                          Time travel movies

                          Here are a few:

                          "For all time", 2000 TV movie starring Mark Harmon

                          "House in The Square"

                          "Frequency"

                          As for time travel reading, Anything by Jack Finney and Richard Matheson.

                          Steve

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                          • #14
                            Somewhere in Time

                            I believe "Somewhere in Time" was based on Richard Matheson's "Bid Time Return." Was pretty faithful to the book.

                            You are certainly right about Finney's "Time & Again", it was great. He also wrote a sequel, "Time After Time."

                            Steve

                            Originally posted by Hephaestos
                            Somewhere in Time (1980) with Christopher Reeve is a cute time travel movie. What I enjoyed more, though, is the book on which it's loosely based, Time and Again by Jack Finney. One of my favorite books. I doubt it's still in print but I bet it would turn up on Amazon.

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                            • #15
                              I really loved the original theatrical cut of Donnie Darko , but think he ruined parts of the film in the Directors Cut really. So if you have the chance, see the original cut! That is one great movie.

                              Another that came to mind is The Butterfly Effect . It's with Aston Kutcher, i know, but it's actually good anyway. Kutchers only good film in my opinion, I don't like the guy. But the story in this one is great, and deal with a differen type of timetravel. Reccomended.

                              As said earlier, 12 monkeys is another good one.

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