Must-See Movies

Timecrimes (2007)

by carroll on June 24, 2012

TimecrimesFearing for his life, an unsuspecting man hides in a device that turns out to be a time machine.  Now he must fight against himself to save the woman he loves.  Timecrimes accurately and engagingly explores the curiosities of self-visitation in one-dimensional time, with plenty of twists and turns.  This film has the rare quality of exploring the psychological motivation of a time traveler who repeatedly interacts with his younger and older selfs.  For more on the psychology of  time travel, see Nicholas Smith’s paper, “Why Would Time Travellers Try to Kill their Younger Selves?” Monist 88 (2005): 388-95.

Primer (2004)

April 17, 2011

This independent film tells the story of two engineers who stumble upon backwards time travel. At first the men study the financial markets during the day, get in their time machines, and return to the beginning of the day with knowledge of which stocks to buy. As the story continues, they develop ulterior motives and […]

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12 Monkeys (1995)

April 17, 2011

The story follows a prisoner, Cole, from the future where a disease has wiped out most of the human race. Cole is sent back in time to collect data on the virus to help find a cure. One-dimensional time is definitely the rule here. Watch carefully for the exact motivation the future scientists have for […]

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

April 17, 2011

When two best friends are about to fail out of high school, a visitor from the future, Rufus, provides them with a time machine to work on their senior history project. Bill and Ted travel through time picking up various historical figures and bringing them to the present to help them ace their project. Time […]

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The Terminator (1984)

April 17, 2011

This is the first in a series of Terminator movies. Machines have taken over the world and are trying to destroy the human race. One man, John Connor, is leading a resistance movement against the machines. The machines decide to send a cyborg back in time to kill John’s mother, Sarah, before she gives birth, […]

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The Time Machine (1960)

April 17, 2011

This film is based on the 1895 novel by H. G. Wells. Traveling from the end of the 19th Century to the year 802,701, the inventor finds that mankind has evolved into two races: the underground Morlocks hunt the aboveground Eloi. Eventually the time traveler saves the Eloi from the Morlocks, destroys the time machine […]

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