We’ve written this article before. In fact, we’ve written 38 variations of this article, with five leading to a third World War, three resulting in alien invasions and one resulting in the enlightenment of mankind and world peace. That one wasn’t that funny, though, so we decided to stick with this version, the one that leads to you coming back and visiting Stars & Popcorn a week from next Tuesday. Of course, now that we said that there’s probably some sort of paradox that will occur. Honestly, we’re just trying not to have the universe rip itself in half… again.
This week we’re tackling the top 10 time travel movies! To be certain, it’s an ambitious task, because not only there are a ton of time travel movies out there to supplement the obvious choices. But don’t worry: We’re here to weed through all the sci-fi original pictures that would cause a lesser man’s psyche to collapse.
There are all sorts of movies that deal with that abstract concept known as time. Some are funny, some are thought-provoking and some are most excellent. So, sit back, relax and prepare to experience time travel at its finest, because we’re willing to bet by the time you’re done reading this, you’ll be at least three, maybe four minutes in the future (and don’t even try speed reading, because there will be a test on this later).
10. The Planet of the Apes (1968)- Of course we’re talking about the original. The Tim Burton remake was complete rubbish… and totally unrealistic. I mean, Mark Wahlberg as an astronaut? Get with it. That being said, if you haven’t seen Planet of the Apes, we just ruined it for you. Take that for waiting so long to see a staple of science fiction. True, the time travel aspect is not played up too much, but this film opened the door for hundreds of time-related twists to come. The fact that the main character never realized that he traveled through time until the end only made his tears all the more delicious. Haha, spaceman! You can’t go home, you’ll never go home! Oh, and it’s a well-respected film as well.
9. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure- We go from a well-respected film to a movie that features George Carlin helping Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter (whoever that is) graduate from high school in order to ensure world peace. Yeah, the tone of the film is set very early on. Still, it’s got plenty of time-traveling high jinx in what appears to be an Americanized Tardis as the two show blatant disregard for paradoxes and junk. It’s a hell of a bromance, and while it might not be the most thought-provoking look at the nature of time and the effects our actions have, it does have that awesome fight scene at the end where the villain and the heroes try to outdo each other via time travel. As stupid as it seems, it’s been blowing stoners’ minds for decades.