Time Travel Via the Cinema

Time travel for humans is not possible, however the movies are not beholden to any reality whatsoever and that is the most fantastic part because in movies there can be time travel. The following are some movies, great and guilty pleasure alike, along with spoilers (be advised).

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/28/movies/midnight-in-paris-a-historical-view.html?_r=0

Midnight in Paris is about a writer visiting Paris with his whiny disgruntled fiance. The writer hops into a vintage car at midnight and voila, off to the 1920s he goes. During his adventures in the past, he meets Hemingway and Picasso, among others. The writer does a lot of waxing on and on about his predicament so we can be privy to his thoughts. I was pleased when he comes to the realization that no matter when the past is, there will always be a time before that people romanticize about and that the future will always look back fondly on the present, through rose-colored glasses. Although he enjoys visiting the past, he mentions that there are things about the present that are nice, mainly medicine, which I wholeheartedly agree with. In the end, he finds a place for himself balanced between now and then. Visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/ for more.

Kate & Leopold

Source: http://rosiepowell2000.typepad.com/blog/2015/02/kate-and-leopold-2001-review.html
Source: http://rosiepowell2000.typepad.com/blog/2015/02/kate-and-leopold-2001-review.html

Kate & Leopold is about a 19th Century duke who hitches a ride through time along with a 20th Century New Yorker time science hobbiest. It’s definitely in the guilty pleasure category and totally rom com fluff. But it’s nice time traveling fun. Visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035423/ for more.

Orlando

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T--wvV5KIJ4
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T–wvV5KIJ4

Orlando is not necessary a time traveling movie in the sense of moving through time. Instead the main character undergoes a change in gender and seems to gain immortality in the process. Based on the novel by Virgina Woolf. Visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107756/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl for more.

Lost in Austen

Source: http://historyandotherthoughts.blogspot.com/2015/01/movie-review-lost-in-austen.html
Source: http://historyandotherthoughts.blogspot.com/2015/01/movie-review-lost-in-austen.html

Lost in Austen is one of my favorite movies because so many times, I wish the various closets in my house would lead to a Jane Austen novel. The time traveler doesn’t blend as well as I would expect someone who’s read a great deal of Victorian literature to blend. However, it’s still a lovely adventure. Visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1117666/ for more.

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