What would you do with a time travel machine?

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

(From syracusenewtimes.com)

The five teens in “Project Almanac” start off with a really big need when they discover one of them lurking around as they watch the just-discovered video in the background of his seventh birthday party.

As you would imagine.

What the …? How did that happen? Can we make it happen again?

Very interesting premise to the tried-and-true movie theme of time travel.

You can read my opinion of the Michael Bay-produced movie in today’s installment of my weekly Film Blog review on the Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.


These teens do some zipping around, but not from era to era like the pretty cool animated movie “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” Not even as far in the past as Marty McFly in “Back to the Future.”

Nevertheless, the premise of being here one second to a moment you’ve lived already the next has been on the silver screen before, and will be again.

You’ve thought about it, yes?

Which leads me to this week’s set of Movie Review Day questions.

What time travel movie is your favorite, and why? What character in what movie would you most like to go back to meet, and why? What moment in your life would you like to go back to revisit most, and why?

42 thoughts on “What would you do with a time travel machine?

  1. Love time travel. My fav movie was Time Traveller’s Wife = although that really doesn’t show much actual timetravelling. I used to like Quantum Leap and I vaguely remember Time Tunnel. The modern view of the universe suggests that it may have infinite other alternate universes – which could represent all the possible different decisions that have been made over the millenia or since the beginning of time. If that is true then as soon as we go back in time, the universe takes a different route and we could never return to our old universe. We could return to our previous time but it would have been changed. That is too scary for me to contemplate. I’m with the commenter who pointed out the butterfly effect – except across time rather than space.My guess is that no matter how hard you tried to not make a difference that you would make a difference. And I’d rather the devil I know than the devil I don’t.

    Interesting choice of topic Mark. Thank You.


  2. Hmmm… my favorite time traveler is actually not from a movie… It’s Sam Becket (played by Scott Bakula) in Quantum Leap. But as for movies, It’s a tie between Back to the Future (all three of them) and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.


  3. ooh, i loved time tunnel too, james darren in his turtleneck – also loved ‘sliding doors’ the gwyneth patrow movie about slipping though time and changing what would happen. i’ve always been fascinated by time travel and have wanted to see the renaissance times, though i know it would have been hard to have lived through.


  4. Timeline–have you seen? Book was even better. Time travel is all about Dr. Who for me. Looking forward to reading your review as I hadn’t even heard of the movie. You’ve expanded my world once again πŸ™‚ Love the concept of time travel. Oh, have you seen Safety Not Guaranteed? That was a good one. Maybe more of a chick flick because of the relationship, but still exciting. The physics of it all intrigues me. My oldest has a friend whose genius younger brother (age 10 or so) is reading these thick physics and engineering tomes and is laying plans to invent a time machine with a friend. Maybe it won’t be them, but someone someday.

    p.s. Ebert liked it πŸ™‚ http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/safety-not-guaranteed-2012

    Also, it reminded me that I like Hot Tub Time Machine.


    • I liked “Hot Tub Time Machine,” Liz. My style comedy.

      And your genius kids tale reminded me that when I was growing up, one of my favorite YA novels, before we called them that, was “A Wrinkle in Time.”

      Finally, chick flicks don’t scare me on principle. Except Nicholas Sparks … this past weekend we saw a trailer that he’s got a doozy coming out with Alan Alda and found diaries and flashbacks ‘The Notebook’ sort of sideways …


  5. Creepy. Temporal relocation leads to a plane crash? Yeesh. I’d be leery of tampering with anything. That trailer made me feel super old, separated from that young generation.


  6. I loved the Time Traveler’s Wife Mark, although I think that movie is more about love than time travel. I wrote a post once about where I would go if I could visit one day in the past. It is a fun subject to think about. πŸ™‚
    Diana xo


  7. “Back to the Future” is tops, along with “Time After Time”.

    I don’t want to revisit any moments. That whole chaos theory/butterfly effect would have me worried that things could get even more screwy than they already are! πŸ˜€


  8. Funny because last night, with lack of anything better to watch on TV thanks to the Superbowl, the kids and I came across a cable channel that was viewing the entire Back to The Future trilogy, so I can think of little else. I don’t know, Mark. Just between you me and the 1000 other possible readers that may read this comment, I think time travel in movies is becoming a bit done.


  9. If I could go back with what I know now, I would go back to before a time when someone I love was hurt, and do what I could to stop it. Change it. And I would go back to before my dad died and make sure I said I love you, and pay attention to his laugh, and smile.


  10. Do you remember the old series “Time Tunnel?” I loved that show. Regarding time travel, I agree with the comedian (maybe Woody Allen?) who remarked he would not want to go any farther back in time than the invention of novacaine.


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