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.
No matter how many speculative cautionary tales science fiction produces, science keeps inching us ever closer to our inevitable doom at the hands of our eventual robot overlords. Take, for instance, James Cameron’s 1991 blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day. We all watched that and were like, whew, thank god that terrifying molten metal man doesn’t really exist. And while we’ve been able to think that for more than the last two decades, thanks to science, we’re one step closer to seeing that shape-shifting Robert Patrick that has haunted so many of our dreams become a reality.
It’s a baby step, but like I said, we’re getting closer and closer to Skynet every day. A team of researchers at North Carolina State University have taken it upon themselves to create a liquid metal alloy that can reshape itself in a way that may be unsettlingly familiar to some of us. It’s cool, and fascinating, but also won’t to anything to help alleviate your T2 induced nightmares.
You there! Are you wearing pants? Do those pants have pockets? If so, is it possible one or more of those pockets might contain twenty bucks? Well, thank your lucky stars that you decided to cover your shame today, buddy, because that twenty bucks could get you Blu-ray collections of the Alien, Terminator, or Mad Max films — that’s one hell of a deal.
First up is the outstanding Alien Anthology Blu-ray set, a must-have for any Alien fan, which bundles multiple versions of all four films together with a ridiculous amount of bonus features. The fact that this thing is going for $20 is insane, and if you hadn’t ever bought it, congratulations, you’ve just mastered the art of the steal. To make things even crazier, your $20 will also get you a copy of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus — as with the third and fourth Alien films, it’s not nearly as good a film as the original Alien and Aliens, but some people love it and, if nothing else, it’s a visually gorgeous film that looks amazing in high-def. Just consider it a cherry on top of the delicious ice cream sundae that is getting the Alien Anthology for nearly 80% off list price. The Anthology bonus features listing is nearly 1,000 words long and we’ve got over stuff to cover here, so just click over to Amazon and purchase/peruse at your leisure.
Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence finally opened in theaters over the weekend. The film has a few interesting moments and concepts, but overall is something of a letdown, failing to deliver on a great deal of potential. Flat, dull, and stiff, only touching on the inherent issues in the most superficial way, the film borrows heavily from generations of movies that have come before. Damn near every scene makes you remark to yourself that it reminds you of this or that scene from one movie or another, so we put together a list of titles to watch once you’ve sat through the singularity.
WARNING: If you’re reading this, we assume that you’ve actually watched the movie, and as a result, spoilers are about to start flying willy-nilly.
If, for some reason, you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a crash course. Transcendence is the story of Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp). On the verge of making a huge leap forward in artificial intelligence, a radical anti-technology group gives him radiation poisoning. As his body deteriorates, his research partners—his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and BFF Max (Paul Bettany)—rashly attempt to upload his consciousness into a supercomputer. The results are not good, and Will’s mind, now free from his mortal body, grows exponentially, taking over, pushing technology ever forward, playing with nanobots, and generally getting up to no good.
When a movie is successful, the first thing that pops into Hollywood’s collective mind is, “Let’s crank out a sequel!” If you’re like us, you always have to wonder what a filmmakers, an artist with a very specific vision for their work, feels about these follow ups. Some films are ready made for multiple chapters—just look at every superhero movie Marvel makes—though so many are forced and subpar. James Cameron delivered Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which are easily the highlights of that particular franchise. As it turns out, he thinks they’re better than the others, too.
On principle, Cameron has no beef with sequels. During his Ask Me Anything session on Reddit this weekend he noted that the scripts are almost done for Avatar 2, 3, and 4, all of which he plans to direct. During the same conversation, he touches on everything from Titanic to Prometheus, but he also makes his feelings known on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and the most recent endeavor, Terminator Salvation.
We’ve all done it, sat there watching a movie, in a theater or a home it doesn’t matter, and had those little logistic thoughts. You know, thoughts like, who the hell has to clean up after Godzilla stomps through half of Tokyo, or damn, Superman, way to make mess of Metropolis, how much is that going to cost to fix? This new video attempts to answer one of these questions by tallying up the damage total for a modern science fiction classic, James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
This video comes from the folks at Cinema Sins, the very same crew that is behind the “Everything Wrong” videos that catalog grievous cinematic errors. And like that series, this is rather exhaustive and thorough. Seriously, they register everything, from semi trailers, entire tow trucks, and dozens of wrecked and damaged cars, down to John Connor’s petty theft, a spilled cup of coffee, and that half gallon of milk T-1000 sticks his blade arm through. Then there’s the really big stuff, like police helicopter. That one is going to cost you. They even adjust for inflation, which is far more effort than I would put in.