This week’s Top 10 Show, starring John Rocha and Matt Knost was a little late loading. I woke up earl this morning and had to spend time trying to find the show on YouTube. I was confused and could not get back to sleep.
Finally, I was able to check for the show after work and I saw the topic was Top 10 Time Travel Movies. There was an ironic nature to that topic after the show had not been posted on time. Any way, I was able to hear the show throughout another busy evening and I enjoyed it tremendously.
The Top 10 guys also spent some time at the beginning of the show talking about the controversy that happened in the Movie Trivia Schmoedown match between Top 10 and the champions The Patriots. I am not going into the events, but it was interesting hearing the comments of Top 10. I absolutely think that there should not have been a re-spin in their contest. I support Top 10.
Moving on, time travel is always a lot of fun, albeit confusing at times. The rules of time travel are important and need to make some kind of sense. There are a lot of possible movies in this category. I have several on the honorable mention list as well.
Top 10 Time Travel Movies
#10. Dr. Strange. This one made Matt’s list and I liked it. Honestly, I hadn’t have thought of Dr. Strange had Matt not brought it up. I actually like this movie more than several films above it on this list, but since the time travel aspect of Dr. Strange is contained to the finale and the confrontation with Dormammu, I kept this lower on the list. But I love this movie so I am pleased to put it here.
#9. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. My friends hate this Star Trek movie because of the humpback whale plot, but I really enjoy this. There is so much humor and every member of the crew has something wonderful to do. I still use the line, “Computer… Computer…” by Scotty as he is talking to a 20th century computer and not knowing that he had to type it in. Plus, McCoy stands out by able to save Chekov from the butchers of the 20th century medicine. The whale plot may be a bit of a cheesy story, but I can overlook that because there were so many other great moments.
#8. X-Men: Days of Future Past. The X-Men universe was rebooted without a reboot. Traveling back to the 1970s, Wolverine tries to fix a dark and horrible future by saving the life of Dr. Boliver Trask. We meet Quicksilver and his scene is one of the most memorable scenes in the entire X-Men franchise. Thanks to DOFP, we do not have to put up with X-Men 3 in continuity any longer. We had two generations of Professor X and Magneto represented.
#7. Planet of the Apes (1968). Not 2001. The original film is a great film and has one of the most iconic twist ending of all time. Charleston Heston played the lead character crashing landing on the Planet of the Apes, only to find out later that he had actually returned to earth. The apes were great, with Cornelius and Dr. Zira and Dr. Zaius leading the way. This film lead to so many other great films, including the trilogy that started with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
#6. Groundhog Day. Bill Murray is caught in time having to repeat the previous day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania… on Groundhog Day, of course. This is one of the most original concept in films and has inspired tens of movies. Completely rewatchable, Groundhog Day has a great relationship between Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Harold Ramis directed this film and, reportedly, had a falling out with Murray until Ramis was on his death bed. This is a great film.
#5. Looper. One of the best Bruce Willis movies of the last decade. Bruce Willis plays a looper who comes back in time to basically kill himself in the past. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young version of Bruce Willis and he does a remarkable job. The film then has two parts to it, with the first part being a great science fiction film and then winding up on a farm with a kid with some major power. The story comes together beautifully and tragically as well.
#4. Edge of Tomorrow. This is a science fiction film in the same vein as Groundhog Day, where Tom Cruise has everything repeat after he dies. Tom Cruise’s character is not a typical Tom Cruise character, but he gets this ability that could help the battle against the alien invasion. Edge of Tomorrow came from out of nowhere as a film that was promoted really poorly. This should have been a much bigger hit than it was because this film is just great. Emily Blunt was also great as a kick ass heroine playing opposite Cruise.
#3. 12 Monkeys. I love this Bruce Willis time travel movie. It was very much confusing for much of the film, but I love how they ended the film. Everything works together and is clearly developed well. Brad Pitt is fantastic as the crazy “leader” of the 12 Monkey revolution. The ending in the airport is quite the mind f@@k. Terry Gilliam directed the film.
#2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This is my favorite of the Terminator franchise and features Arnold Schwarzenegger’s terminator coming back to now protect John Connor and his mother Sarah. Linda Hamilton has transformed her character into a fighting machine dedicated to her son. Now, she had a Terminator too. And they fought against the seemingly unstoppable T-1000. When I watched that film for the first time, I could not imagine how they were going to prevent this liquidy-metal monster from killing John. So much tension. Terminator 2 is a great movie.
#1. Back to the Future. Jeez, what else could it be. Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly hopping in Doc Brown’s DeLorean, which has been built into a time machine, and finding himself stranded in 1955. So he looks up younger Doc Brown to try and get him to help come up with a way to get him back to his own time. However, along the way, Marty accidentally prevents his parents from meeting and causes his mother to fall in love with him, Calvin Klein! So much humor, cleverness, action and adventure. Back to the Future is the most iconic time travel film and had to be at the top of this list. I have heard people refer to Back to the Future as a perfect movie. It may not be that… but it is damn close.
Honorable mention: Source Code, Escape from Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (2009), Meet the Robinsons, Donnie Darko,Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Butterfly Effect, Back to the Future II, Back to the Future III