What is Hollywood’s fascination with time travel? I’ve often been told I was born in the wrong decade. Yet, my love for running water, diet Pepsi, women’s lib and surfing the internet, makes me doubt that theory. However, if I could go back it would most likely be between the Golden age of Hollywood and the 1950s. I haven’t quite figured out why but I’m sure it has something to do with clothing styles (typical) and meeting up with my grandmother.
When googling “time travel”, over 2.6 BILLION results pop up. Suffice it to say, the general population seems to have a fascination with the topic. This year, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be coming out with their film Looper. The story involves a man going back in time 30 years where both past and present man share the same time.
Time travel is the concept of an object or person moving from one point of time to another within different points of space. One can go back or forward. Time travel has become a staple in the science fiction diet, and conversely it’s a topic most have discussed with their peers. Who has not asked or been asked, “If you could go back in time…”?
There is a plethora of literature and films based on time travel. Some modes of time travel transportation include wormholes, black holes, ghosts of spirits past/present/future, hot tubs, ham radios, DeLoreans, and phone booths. Below are five of my favorite time travel films that capture a different theme for backward or forward travel.
Peggy Sue Got Married
It’s a film that makes one wonder, when would I want to go back and what would I do while I was there? Would I say what I was really thinking in particular moments? Most likely I would invest in Coca-Cola and Microsoft or leave a note for my children to do so.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Sometimes it’s nice to know how important we really are in the lives around us.
Somewhere in Time
Would you cross time for love?
To be able to talk to a loved one from the past (or future) would be mind tremendous…
Back to the Future
Because who wouldn’t want to travel 88 mph in a DeLorean and have your teenage mom hit on you?
What are some of your favorite time traveling films? Why do you think we as a population are so enthralled with going back in time or into the future? Are we there to change something or just a spectator? What would you do if you could wake up in another year?
Please join us for an open discussion from Monday 8/6/2012 – Wednesday 8/8/2012