The Time Out Archive


Here it is, all 100 installments of my ridiculous quest to watch as many time travel movies as possible in the span of one year (to offset the effects of an experiment requiring me to watch Back to the Future once per week). They’re listed in the order I watched them, not chronologically, which you can’t really complain about because, you know, time travel.

1) The Final Countdown

2) The Philadelphia Experiment

3) Timecop

4) Safety Not Guaranteed

5) Groundhog Day

6) Somewhere in Time

7) Primer

8) Black Knight

9) Hot Tub Time Machine

10) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

11) Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

12) The Lake House

13) Il Mare

14) Premonition

15) Flight of the Navigator

16) Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

17) La jetée

18) Twelve Monkeys

19) Disney’s The Kid

20) Looper

21) Time Bandits

22) Los cronocrímenes

23) Dickin’ With Prophecies (Paycheck, Next, and Minority Report)

24) Freejack

25) The Grand Tour

26) Trekkin’ Through Time (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, and Star Trek)

27) Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann

28) Idaho Transfer

29) Time After Time

30) Millennium

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You Can Let Go of Your Butts Now

Maybe it was the holidays and the stress that surrounds them, maybe it was the year winding to a close, but I really wasn’t thinking about Jurassic Park all that much in December, the final month in year two of the Cinema 52 experiment. For the first time since August, I went a whole month without any dinosaur dreams. But the film is still lingering in my mind, and even little things can dredge it up. Walking down a hallway, for instance, I saw a discarded cigarette, and started laughing to myself.


Obviously, I have a problem.

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Final Analysis of 52 Weeks of Back to the Future

If my calculations are correct…

“Feces. Everywhere.”

Well, I made it. I watched Back to the Future every week of 2013 and have 52 disturbingly nerdy articles to prove it. How did this experiment affect me, and did I correctly predict these effects in my hypothesis from the beginning of the year? Let’s find out.

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Final Analysis of 52 Weeks of The NeverEnding Story

It’s been 52 weeks and this experiment is done. Finally. Initially, 52 viewings of the same film seemed a noble, if a bit crazy, enterprise. Now I think it was a year of complete dumb. Just the purest, high-grade dumb strewn across 2013 in the form of The NeverEnding Story. I’m really trying to put myself in the same head-space as I was when I first agreed to this experiment. I thought that I’d get a chance to improve myself with a creative project, really stretch outside my comfort zone. I can say with absolute certainty that I was not comfortable once the entire year, so I can put a big old check in that box.

Pictured: The opposite of my year.

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The Final Chapter

It’s been twelve months of waiting and watching The NeverEnding Story, but I had one final result! I have not had any real results all year: no dreams, no accidental quoting, no clouds that looked like dragons. After my final viewing, I was packing my gym bag when I realized I was humming the theme song.

I let my guard down for one second and this is what happens.

It took nearly an entire year, but there it is, a result. I’m pretty sure I may have felt a bit… forlorn that I was essentially saying good-bye to The NeverEnding Story. The likelihood that I’ll pop in the movie for funsies in the next year is probable, but in the name of science. I have plans to watch the film in six months to see if I forgot anything or if I am eager to see Fantasia again.

It is kinda pretty.

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Farewell to Fantasia

WHEN:  5:35 am EST, December 22nd, 2013

WHERE: The living room of my apartment in Portland

FORMAT: Blu-Ray on a Vizio 32″ LED HDTV


PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: I’m eating breakfast and I’m anxious to begin.

My plan for my this viewing is to type while I watch The NeverEnding Story for the final time this year. I wanted to do a stream-of-consciousness article to wrap up this crazy experiment. I am equal parts eager and melancholy.

Let’s begin.

I still enjoy this opening and even Limahl cannot ruin these sweet cloud effects.

Farewell, excessively German crew members.

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Creatures Great and Small

WHEN:  3:24 pm EST, December 15th, 2013

WHERE: The living room of my apartment in Portland

FORMAT: Blu-Ray on a Vizio 32″ LED HDTV

COMPANY: Cinemanaut Bill typing beside me on the couch.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: It’s a snowy day and I’m still in my pajamas. I just shoveled out my car.

The costume and make-up departments in The NeverEnding Story do a fairly good job designing creatures to inhabit Fantasia. The puppets and the actors add to the fantasy atmosphere. But there are some shortcomings. The widest range of creatures is seen when the Empress’s herald, Cairon, addresses the crowd at the Ivory Tower.

There’s a lot going on in just this shot. There are some creatures that are actually present on the set and there are also silhouettes of others. Check out E.T. and the two Ewoks in the lower right, for example. We never get to see these creatures up close throughout the rest of the scene, but they’re there.

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One Last Ride Through Jurassic Park

WHEN: 7:45pm, December 28th, 2013

WHERE: In my apartment in Portland, ME

FORMAT: Blu-ray on a Vizio 47″ LCD HDTV/digital download on an iPhone 3



The end has finally arrived. After 52 weeks of watching Jurassic Park, it is at long last time for my final viewing. For this special occasion, I’m popping in my trusty Blu-ray and turning off all the lights, to replicate the theatrical experience as closely as possible. In full HD, on a 47″ screen, this film is truly a beautiful thing to behold. This is easy to overlook after repeatedly watching it on a computer monitor or an iPhone, but such are the things you end up doing when watching the same movie every week.

Though made boring by extreme repetition, the Jurassic Park viewing process has never been truly unpleasant, and it’s an odd feeling watching it for the last time. Funny little things stick out. Grant asks Hammond what type of park he’s built, and even though I’ve seen him say it every week this year, I keep expecting Hammond to reply with “It’s one of a kind” instead of “It’s right up your alley.” I’m not sure why.


I’m probably getting distracted by that creepy glare.

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Where We’re Going…

[Crash course for newcomers: We're conducting a three-year experiment in which, for every year, we have to watch the same movie once a week. I had Top Gun last year, in the category Movie You Don't Love, But Don't Hate. This year I have Back to the Future for Movie You Love. Check out what everyone else is watching on our Cinemanauts page. These are my experiment results for December 2013.]

I’ll be completely honest; I didn’t really have time to think about Back to the Future in December, because I was busy watching a shitload of other time travel movies all month long. Between that and trying to wrap everything up for Year Two of the Cinema 52 experiment, there wasn’t a lot of extra room for the DeLorean to drive through my brain.

Or fly.

And yet, in all my rushing around and getting precious few hours of sleep, I came to see Michael J. Fox as my spirit animal. You see, poor Michael was working on Back to the Future and Family Ties at the same time, and was reportedly only getting five hours of sleep a night. There were many occasions when I, too, would realize that my writing efforts left me with only five hours to snooze, and I would frequently think of Mr. Fox and remind myself that losing a little sleep is okay if that time is used to fuel creativity and craft something for others to enjoy. Except he made a successful sitcom and my favorite movie of all time, while I made… this website.

Okay, the finished products aren’t comparable, but our dreamy 28-year-old physiques? Samesies.

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Nedry’s Pie

WHEN: 6:55pm, December 20th, 2013

WHERE: In my apartment in Portland, ME

FORMAT: DVD on a Vizio 47″ LCD HDTV

COMPANY: Friend of the site/future Lab Rat, Phil Hobby

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Relaxed. Would prefer not to watch Jurassic Park.


As I near the end of my 52 weeks of watching Jurassic Park, I feel that it’s time to address one of the most pressing questions that the movie poses. It is a question fraught with implications not only for the rest of the film, but for the lives of every single theater-goer. More importantly, it has been bothering me every week since January.

Today I ask, “Where did that pie that Nedry puts shaving cream onto come from?”



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