The release of the excellent Woody Allen movie "Midnight in Paris" made me think about the Time Travel movie, where we suspend disbelief and jump into another world. Here are a list of ten memorable Time Travel flicks.
1) Back to the Future
Marty McFly, Doc Brown and a tricked out DeLorean takes Marty back to his parent's past. Seeing a young Micheal J. Fox makes me realize time is fleeting and you can't predict the future. The first is my favorite. "You are my density."
2) It's a Wonderful Life
Love this movie, at Christmastime or anywhere in between! This Frank Capra favorite transports George Bailey back in time to see how life in Bedford Falls would have turned out without his presence. "Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight?"
3)Field of Dreams
I think if time travel was possible, many of us would opt to go back and see a loved one who is gone. In Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella gets a second chance to play catch with his Dad in the yard. "If you build it, they will come."
4) Austin Powers
Either you're a fan or you're not. My kids loved this movie so much, they almost wore the VHS tape out. Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, gets transported from the swinging sixties to the greedy nineties via cyrogenic freezing. "Yeah baby!"
5) Peggy Sue Got Married
On the verge of divorce, Peggy Sue faints at her High School Reunion and wakes up in the past with a chance at a "do-over." How many of us would wish for that? Francis Coppola directs, Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner star in this 1986 movie that ask the question "Will she try again?"
6) Groundhog Day
Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell star in this funny, touching movie that has made the phrase "Groundhog Day" part of our current lexicon. "What would you do if everyday was the same?"
7) Sliding Doors
I really liked this Gwyenth Paltrow vehicle that shows alternate views of reality, based on a slight shift in time. A creative twist on the normal linear plot line, this movie offers an empowering message to women. "There are two sides to every story. Helen is about to live both of them...at the same time."
Another father-son reconnection movie, this time between a New York City firefighter who died years earlier and his son, a cop played by Dennis Quaid. They communicate through a radio which allows the Dad to reconnect to the son thirty years in the future. Part murder mystery, part thriller, this eery, yet touching movie asks the question "What would you do if you could change the past?"
9) 13 Going on 30
I think Jennifer Garner is charming and nowhere more so than this film where she plays a 13 year old girl who wakes up in the body of a 30 year old. Know as the girl's Big, Mark Ruffalo plays her friend Matt. "Some people feel like they were 13 yesterday. Jenna was."
10) Somewhere In Time
This is one of friend Katy's favorite movies, so I had to include it. "Unabashedly romantic", this film featuring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour at their prime, is kind of slow and sappy hence it's rating, but I kind of get the appeal. Richard is a playwright searching for inspiration, Elise, his long last love, an actress from another era. The way he travels back in time is more labor intensive and clunky than in other films, but parts of it are beautiful and touching. Shot at Mackinac Island, MI. "Is it you?" Elise to Richard. Yes, of course it is.