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The Best And Worst Time Travelers To Time Travel With (Other Than The Doctor)

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companionsDoctor Who returned for its eighth modern season, with Peter Capaldi’s Twelve enjoying a Victorian adventure with his latest companion, Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Coleman). And that’s a big part of the appeal of Doctor Who, isn’t it? The idea of getting a guided tour of all of time and space. If the TARDIS suddenly materialized in your living room and the Doctor invited you in, who wouldn’t be tempted to sign on for as long as he’d have you? But if you’re going to travel through time, you want to have good company and you want it to not be an enormous pain in the ass. As you’ll see in this article, that’s not always guaranteed. Sometimes you get a sweet-ass DeLorean, sure…but sometimes you get Ashton Kutcher.

Just in case you’re in the market for a vacation into last week, you’ll definitely want to consider your options. Thankfully we did the legwork for you. Here are our picks for which time travelers would be worth your time, and which ones you’ll want to avoid at all costs.

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7 Sci-Fi Movies To Watch After You See Edge Of Tomorrow

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Edge of TomorrowThis weekend saw the release of mega-star Tom Cruise’s latest science fiction actioner, Edge of Tomorrow. From the box office numbers, not nearly as many of you went to see is as should have since it only managed third place (though it did top $100 million worldwide, so there’s hope). We here at GFR are in total agreement that it is one of the best movies of the summer, a fantastic mix of action, dark humor, invading aliens, and Tom Cruise dying in a many, many ways. Before you read on, you should step away from your computer and go watch this movie. Maybe buy an extra ticket while you’re at it, just to tell Hollywood that they need to keep making movies like this. Doug Liman’s film is one that wears its influences on its sleeve. As you watch, you notice a variety of scenes and elements that definitely call to mind other notable genre movies. In that spirit, we’ve put together a list of movies to watch, or most likely re-watch, after you see Edge of Tomorrow repeatedly.

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Time Travel Charts Test Your Knowledge Of Fiction’s Fourth Dimension

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We’ve seen some really cool things done with the concept of the so-called “minimalist poster.” The challenge of reducing something down to its essence, represented in as simple a visual as possible, can be both challenging and fun. That’s the same basic idea behind these clever little time travel charts put together by the folks at Buzzfeed. They distill a bunch of classic (and a few more obscure) time travel flicks down to a basic representation of the time travel itself: are people going back or forward, or both? Sometimes it’s pretty straightforward, like this one for the Jennifer Garner comedy 13 Going on 30.

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Beyond Egon: Remembering Harold Ramis’ Other Sci-Fi Moments Of Greatness

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RamisLike many prescient minds before him, writer/director/awesome guy Harold Ramis foresaw a future where a website like Giant Freakin’ Robot could exist, as evidenced by Egon Spengler’s claim to Janine that “Print is dead.” His death yesterday, at age 69, was a huge blow to the psyches of anyone who lived through his heyday during the late 1970s and 1980s, when it seemed like he was the funniest person on the planet. It all culminated in 1993’s Groundhog Day, widely considered one of the smartest and most well-conceived comedies ever to exist. Obviously Ghostbusters is his greatest achievement within science fiction, but what of Ramis’ other forays into the genre?

Ramis got his big break on the hilarious Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV, where both his writing and on-screen talents were on display. Relive his stint as Dr. Bradley Omar, the science fact bringer who scoffs at the futuristic worlds of Jules Verne and questions why the telephones of the 1950s don’t even have push buttons yet. In the video below, he plays the host of sci-fi series Galaxy 66, which showcases the adventures of space travelers Micron and Antaur.

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Harold Ramis Has Passed Away At Age 69

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RamisA great comedic actor/director has passed away far too soon, but he has left a treasure trove full of memorable films and performances in massively popular movies. Comedy icon Harold Ramis passed away early this morning in Chicago, Illinois from complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a very rare disease that involves the swelling of blood vessels. He was 69 years old. Ramis’ health struggle began in May 2010 when an infection led to complications with the autoimmune disease, which forced the actor and director to re-learn how to walk before relapsing in 2011.

Of course, Harold Ramis is best known as playing Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. Ramis was also the co-writer for both Ghostbusters films with Dan Aykroyd. He reprised the role for Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009. He also had a hand in the long-in-development Ghostbusters 3, and you have to wonder how Ramis’ death will affect that project.

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New Sci-Fi Additions To Netflix Instant Watch Include Fifth Element, Iron Giant And More

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By now you hopefully know that Netflix Instant Watch is a must have in your home. It’s the best way to catch up on all the great science fiction you might have missed, or in some cases have forgotten. Lately I’ve been using it to revisit oddball sci-fi movies like Battle Beyond the Stars and still others like Brother From Another Planet remain lined up and waiting for me in my instant queue.

Netflix’s lineup is always growing and they’ve just announced they’ll be adding new sci-fi movies to their list of instant watch possibles. Here’s what they have coming and when you’ll be able to add it…


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I’m not sure if it’s science fiction or fantasy or what (the movie never explains what’s going on, and that’s a big part of its charm), but it involves Bill Murray repeating the same day over and over again until he finally gets it right. It’s a brilliant film and on a resume filled with great work I’m willing to go out on a limb here and say that Groundhog Day is the best thing Bill Murray has ever done.