Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Time After Time

Plot Synopsis: H.G. Wells has just invented a time machine but hasn't tried it out yet. When he discovers that one of his friends is actually Jack the Ripper, Jack makes his escape using the time machine. Herbert follows Jack into the late 1970's where he meets Amy, a bank clerk, who teaches Herbert about life in 70's while they pursue Jack, who is enjoying the more violent society in which he continues his murderous activities.

Its hard to say what was so delightfully awful about this movie. It may be that I've waited 15 years to see it, after first discovering the plot synopsis at the local library. It might be that Malcolm McDowell prances around exactly like Tobias Funke (David Cross' character from Arrested Development). It might be the awful editing, or ridiculous plotting. Its not David Warner, who's the only good thing about the movie. It may be that Mary Steenburgen is very clearly stoned throughout the entire filming.

Whatever it was, I barked hideous laughter several times while watching this, which was not what I expected. Hightlights include:

- Mary Steenburgen's stoned performance (previously mentioned).

- H.G. Wells, being a smart guy, almost instantly understanding every piece of future technology, except car door handles.

- After having a "hilarious" scene where H.G. is scared out of his wits by a war movie, the scene cuts to the marquee outside, which reveals that the theater is showing "Exorcist IV," which, if it ever existed, was probably not a war movie.

- The fact that newspapers would print a front page story about a dead bank teller, yet also not bother to have anybody verify the identity of the dead body.


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Monica said...

re: the dead bank teller reporting...
news-fact-checkers weren't invented until 1983. so until that point, you could make up whatever you wanted to.

Monica said...

for example, pre-1983, I could have made up a fact about news-fact checkers not being invented until 1983 and posted it on a blog...

but, then again...it's after 1983, so I wouldn't be crazy enough to do something like that. (and also, blogs didn't exist back then).