Monday, July 23, 2012

Movie Monday: Back to the Future


I honestly can't believe it's taken me this long to cover today's selection. Because I love the crap out of it:
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Hey, what can I say - I'm a child of the 80s!! And it's basically obligatory to love this movie if you're a child of the 80s. Also, if I can't have a TARDIS, I'll settle for a time travelling DeLorean...

Reasons why Back to the Future is awesome:
1. Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly. I honestly can't picture anyone else in this role. EVER.
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2. Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown. To this day, I see a picture of Christopher Lloyd? My brain goes "Great Scott!!"
3. The DeLorean. It's pretty much a character in its own right.
4. The soundtrack - the score is fantastic, and Huey Lewis was pretty much the epitome of the 80s.
5. Crispin Glover as George McFly. He's fantastic.
6. The scene where Marty skateboards to school and hitches rides behind various cars.
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7. Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines McFly. She basically has to play three different characters in the one movie, and she's great.
8. Biff. He's such a stereotypical bully.
9. The flames on the road after the DeLorean disappears through time.
10. The scene where Marty persuades George to ask Lorraine out by blasting him with Van Halen and pretending to be Darth Vader. Genius.
11. The scene where Marty plays Johnny B. Goode at the school dance.
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12. How everyone in 1955 thinks that Marty's puffy jacket is a life preserver.
13. The giant amplifier right at the start.
14. Einstein and Copernicus, Doc's dogs.
15. Uncle Joey's parole cake.
16. The scene where Biff and the other bullies drive into the back of a manure truck.
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17. Lybians in a Kombi van. (That's VW bus to America)
18. Doc Brown's alarm clock/breakfast making system. AMAZING.
19. The flux capacitor.
20. The judge who says that Marty's band are too loud to play at the school dance in 1985? That's Huey Lewis.
21. The scene where Doc Brown is dangling from the clock tower.
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22. Apparently Ronald Reagan found it so amusing that 1955 Doc was all "Ronald Reagan is President?? PFFFFF" that he made the projectionist stop the film and replay the scene. He also quoted it in a speech. AWESOME.
23. The scene where George finally stands up to Biff. It's just brilliant.
24. It's produced by Steven Spielberg, who pretty much can't do any wrong (the fourth Indiana Jones movie was a notable exception..................)
25. This scene:
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Plus, the following quotes:
- "I'm your density!"
- "Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine...out of a DeLorean??" "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"
- "Great Scott!!!!"
- "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!"
- "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour...you're going to see some serious shit."
- "Last night, Darth Vader came down from Planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't take Lorraine out, that he'd melt my brain."
- "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."
- "What happens to us in the future? Do we become assholes or something??"
- "Calvin? Wh...Why do you keep calling me Calvin?" "Well, that's your name, isn't it? Calvin Klein? It's written all over your underwear."
- "Whoa. Wait a minute, Doc. Are you trying to tell me that my mother has the hots for me??" "Precisely!" "What. This is heavy." "There's that word again. 'Heavy'. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull?"
- "I'm sure that by 1985, plutonium is available in every corner drugstore, but in 1955, it's a little hard to come by!"
- "Strickland! Jesus, didn't that guy EVER have hair??"
- "[plays rock guitar solo] I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet... But trust me, your kids are going to love it!"
- "1.21 gigawatts. Great Scott!!" "What the hell is a gigawatt???"

Question of the day: would you rather have a TARDIS or a time travelling DeLorean? And would you go forward or backwards in time???

K xx

31 comments:

  1. Why do you even need to ask the question of the day? TARDIS. Reason: if there's the TARDIS, it comes with The Doctor.

    Also, THE FOURTH INDIANA JONES MOVIE SUCKED BALLS.

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    1. I'm totally with you. Why would you want Doc or Marty when you could have the Doctor?! Besides, it seems as though the TARDIS works better, and is safer, than the DeLorean.

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    2. Cosign to both of these. I would definitely take the TARDIS, because a) Doctor, b) time AND space, c) not super super squishy, d) doesn't run on plutonium, which seems risky.

      But maybe I'd store a DeLorean *IN* the TARDIS? You know, as a back up plan...

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    3. Except for the part where Plutonium + TARDIS = potentially very not good.

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    4. Good point. I'd go for the DeLorean from BttF 2, in which it runs on rubbish rather than plutonium!

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  2. I think I'm one of the few people on earth who believe the following two things...

    1. The second BttF movie is the best. SO MUCH PARADOX.
    2. The fourth Indy movie wasn't so much bad as just... really really really weird. I'll be honest, I was more distracted by Harrison Ford being Harrison Ford.

    Aaaand now I'm going to use a BttF marathon as today's procrastination tool.

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    1. EXCELLENT CHOICE. I think I hated Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as much as I did because I was in South America when it came out, so I had an extra six months of anticipation before I finally got to see it on DVD. And it sucked balls compared to what I'd been hoping for. SIGH.

      On the subject of the second BttF movie, I'm wondering if Stephen Moffat had a hand in it, considering how many paradoxes are involved!! ;)

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  3. Love this movie! For some reason we only had part 3 on tape but I still watched that one heaps anyway.

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    1. Part 3 was the first one I ever saw. And I was SO confused (to be fair, I was about eight, so I think I would have been super confused no matter which one I'd watched!!).

      I love all three of them, and I don't think I'll ever get tired of them. EVER.

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  4. Yes, I've heard that Ronald Reagan anecdote before. And I love the Van Halen tape. "Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull?" Yes. Pretty much everything you mentioned. And more. It's all awesome.

    My husband recently discovered someone that he works with who had never heard of this movie. Granted, this person is on the younger side (fresh out of college, so probably was born in the late '80s, maybe even in '90) but still... never even HEARD of it?! He must have had terrible parents.

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    1. Oh God. The very idea of someone never having seen this movie hurts my brain and makes me sad...

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  5. As a producer, Steven Spielberg can do ALL KINDS OF WRONG. I started to lost all the bad movies he's produced, then checked his imdb pag and realized at about half of the stuff he's involved in is crap. As a director, he's perfect. As a producer, he's pretty iffy.

    Donovan calls this an "exciting movie"

    And it is one of my all time favorites, too.

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    1. It's true. As a director? GREAT. As a producer? Not so much. Although I wonder how many things he gets listed as a producer on without having any actual impact on them... Like, someone pitched the idea to him, and he went "I'll put in a good word with the studio for you", and so they list him in the credits. You know?

      It reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdrIVAsz_HY
      "What's a producer do? I don't knooooow". Ha.

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    2. You are right. But, if he gets credit for stuff he didn't really touch, then he gets blamed for stuff he didn't really touch, too.

      Because I am mean and judgmental and nobody can stop me.

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    3. Oh, I'm totally with you on blaming him. If he puts his name on it, he's at least partly responsible for the suckitude that follows!

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  6. Officially, on the record, I am going to say...if they ever reboot Back to the Future OR do sequel to the originals, I will protest angrily. They are the one series of movies that need to be left the heck alone.

    The newer generations can't really appreciate how AWESOME the back to the future franchise really was.

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    1. For serious. When I was looking for pictures online, I found a bunch of people saying that Josh Hutcherson should play Marty McFly if they ever do a reboot. I was torn between "NO, NEVER DO THAT" and "Okay. If you HAVE to do it (which, DON'T), I could possibly live with it if you had Josh Hutcherson as Marty. MAYBE..."

      But mostly? They shouldn't go anywhere near them. BECAUSE OF REASONS.

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  7. Tardis all the way, but can I pick my Doctor? But anyway Tardis is more comfortable and you can travel through space!

    I had such a crush on Micheal J Fox as a child, the skateboarding scenes were epic :)

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    1. So true. I'd want to pick my Doctor too (Ten, all the way)!!

      And YES. Mini Me crushed on Michael J Fox SO HARD.

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  8. This is one of the few (sets of) movies that I am yet to get tired of. Even after nearly 30 years.

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    1. I don't think I will EVER get sick of these movies. I'll be the annoying old lady in the nursing home going "PUT ON BACK TO THE FUTURE AGAIN!!!!!"

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  9. Oh GOD does this movie ever give me the warm fuzzies...! Truth be told, I've seen "Back to the Future 2" many more times than the first, but still. The first time I saw it was in Karlovac, of course, and then kept on watching over the years once we got to Australia, etc etc. The movies never get old, I can watch them again and again (and again, some more :P).

    "Great Scott!!"

    There are no words for how much I love Doc. There are times Yogi and I will be hanging out, and I'll just randomly say "Marty!" in that urgent/gaspy Doc way. LOVE THAT MAN.

    And there are also no words for how deep my love runs for the brilliant, wonderful (wonderfully brilliant) Michael J. Fox and Marty McFly. And I'm with Kerri Blue all the way: if Hollywood, with its penchant for remakes (read: lack of creativity and imagination), dares to ever remake Back to the Future...well, they better freakin' not (::pumps fist in the air::) because they oughta know that their asses would be kicked by, you know, EVERYONE, and we'd come at them with pitchforks and torches and the whole shebang.

    Ahem.

    Also, I'll have to go with DeLorean, not only because the Back to the Future movies are part of my childhood and I, too, am a child of the 80s, but because I've never seen Doctor Who.

    (True story.)

    XOXO

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    1. Christopher Lloyd in this series? Is PERFECTION. I can never see him as anything but Doc Brown, no matter what character he's playing.

      And seriously. If they reboot these? I will be part of the pitchfork toting mob. SO HARD.
      <3

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  10. I can't believe you waited this long either! Michael J Fox is seriously one of my favorite people ever, esp in this movie.

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    1. Seriously. Michael J Fox was my first love. Until I grew up and realised that he's a midget. And about 20 years older than me...........

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  11. I've been following/lurking you for a while now. I'd almost given up on your taste in movies. You have just redeemed yourself. Congratulations.

    And TARDIS. Definitely TARDIS. Probably forward in time.

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    1. Forward is a valid choice. Although I think I'd be too terrified that the world would have blown itself up and there'd be nothing there!

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  12. I told Office Boy you wrote this post and he insisted that I read it to him aloud, because Back to the Future is probably his second favorite movie ever. (It's one of the three prestigious movies to be represented by a poster in his living room).

    We were all fine and dandy until I got to the favorite quotes part. I tried to read the "you made a time machine...out of a DeLorean??" quote and he immediately stopped me because I was apparently doing it "sooooo wrong." After that I just gave up because I knew I wouldn't be able to get through a single quote without him correcting my delivery.

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    1. Hahahahahaha, this is AMAZING. Hold on to that boy - based solely on his taste in movies and TV shows, he's a keeper!

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