It’s been 30 years, and Back to the Future continues to have a lasting cultural impact. There’s a new documentary that explores the phenomenon of caused by Michael J. Fox driving a DeLorean through time, and you can help them finish. Take a look at the Kickstarter video for Back in Time to see what the movie is all about and see how you can help their mission.
It’s entirely possible that you’ve already seen this deleted scene from Back to the Future. This embed has been around for a few years, and apparently this clip has been around even longer (I guess a pretty obvious statement, isn’t it?), but we’ve somehow managed to never see it, so it’s new to us and maybe it will be to some of you as well. And to top it all off, it’s super awkward and uncomfortable, which makes it even better. Take a look for yourself below.
The found footage flick Project Almanac, formerly titled Welcome to Yesterday and delayed a number of times, finally hits theaters this weekend, closing out the first month of 2015 with a bit of time travel. (Oddly enough, the month also started with a time travel joint, the Spierig Brothers’ under seen Predestination.) This teen-centric movie about a group of nerdy high school friends who discover that one of their dads made a time machine, got us thinking about our favorite young-folk themed time travel movies. With that in mind, here is a list of our favorite offerings in this realm, there are slackers, robots, and everyone’s favorite DeLorean.
2015 is the year that Marty McFly jumps to in Back to the Future 2, so I hope you’re ready for 12 months worth of jokes about how we don’t have hoverboards yet (they still have until October, but it doesn’t seem too likely). But there is one potential invention that we could see before too long, as according to Nike, 2015 will be the year we finally get those sweet kicks, the Nike Air MAGs, you know, the awesome high-tops with the power laces.
There have been some knock offs floating around over the years, but these are going to be the real deal, and apparently the shoe design brain trust at the manufacturer has been devoting a significant amount of time to working on this. One of the biggest problems they’ve encountered is how to power those power laces, especially because they don’t want to have to add a bulky battery pack.
I remember how amazing the ending of the original Back to the Future was back in good old 1985. Not only had we just sat through a thrilling and hilarious film that felt like an instant classic, but then Doc shows up in a crazy outfit, telling Marty and Jennifer they’ve got to go deal with their kids. In the future. In a goddamn flying car. It was like writer/director Robert Zemeckis leaned in and said, “You liked that, did you? Well, check this shit out!” But it turns out that unforgettable closing scene wasn’t actually intended to set up a sequel at all.
With Back to the Future 2’s target future of 2015 only a month away, the folks at Uproxx decided to dig into the history of the franchise, including the fact that BTTF was never intended as a franchise starter. Speaking to Empire Magazine way back in 2010, Zemeckis said:
We’d never designed the first Back to the Future to have a sequel. The flying car at the end was a joke, a great payoff. We thought this would be really hard to unravel and do again. But when you make a movie that’s as successful as Back to the Future, it becomes this piece of corporate real estate. It becomes bigger than you as a filmmaker. You’re basically given a decision: we’re making a sequel, do you want to be involved in it or not?
We’ve written about Secret Cinema’s special public screenings of Back to the Future a couple of times this year, about how they’re supposed to be amazing, and how they’re bringing the show stateside in 2015. They sounded cool, but we all like to go see screenings of our favorite film, so our reaction was along the lines of, “Oh, that could be fun, but we’re not super excited about it.” Yeah, that was until we saw this video of the event, and holy crap, this is way more than just watching the movie outside, this is an entire immersive experience, and it look super badass.
This is a collection of footage from the Back to the Future screenings held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London last summer from July through August, and it looks incredible. You don’t see anything here that we haven’t already read about, but witnessing it in action, even in a YouTube video, gives you a sense of the true scope and scale of this event. You start to understand exactly how these screenings helped the movie jump back into the box office top ten almost 30 years after its original theatrical release. An event like this is worth ponying up for.