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Back to the Future (1985)
« on: April 11, 2013, 12:21:04 am »
Back to the Future
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For me, Back to the Future is easily one of the greatest films ever made. But what makes it so great? Simply put, the movie is pure magic. What other movie out that has created the perfect hybrid film, blending a handful of genres into one without them stepping on each others toes? There isn't one. Back to the Future is a Sci-Fi film. It's an Adventure film. It's a Capra film. It's a Comedy. It's got Time Travel. High School. Rock and Roll and at it's heart, it's a love story. It's got everything. The premise, the story itself is great on paper, but on the Silver Screen you are witnessing.....magic. The perfect blend of characters portrayed by the only actor's that could and did breath life into their roles.

I can't sing my praises for Back to the Future high enough. For me, this movie is in my Top 5 Favorite Movies of all time. Out of my Top 5, it's by far the most enjoyable. By that I mean I still feel a sense of wonder and awe and just pure giddiness whenever I watch it. I still feel like that kid all those years ago when I saw this Opening Day. It's still fresh and alive today as it was back then.

What I really love about Back to the Future is all those seeds that are planted in the First Act deliver in big ways throughout the film. Some of the seeds where obvious while other's were more subtle. But the viewer is rewarded in a way that is very rare now, especially when you notice and see things later in the movie that force you to flashback to the scene that set it up. It makes the entire trip of watching the movie all the more better. The favorite of course is Marty, wanting to be a rockstar finally gets to fulfill that dream of his by "inventing" Rock and Roll with his rendition of Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode. Having Chuck's "cousin" Marvin in the scene just makes the scene....EPIC.

The cast itself as I mentioned before delivered in a way that only their characterization could, Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown have amazing on-screen chemistry. But it's the secondary characters that also add to the whole of the film. Crispin Glover is amazing as George McFly and Lea Thompson was the perfect choice to play Lorraine McFly. But a movie can't succeed unless they have a great Villain and there wasn't anyone better than Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen. Awesome. The movie still pays off, even now when you see some of the background actors that really didn't have a big role in the film, but are name actors now: Billy Zane as Match and Casey Siemaszko as 3-D.

It's a no-brainer that I'm gonna recommend this as a Buy. Duh. I know I don't have to tell you to do it anyway as everyone already owns this in one format or another. How do you end one of the greatest films ever? You end it with THE greatest cliffhanger ever. Tell me I'm wrong. Ya can't. Great direction, music and editing as well. This movie has it all.  I wish Hollywood still made movies like this today. Sadly, they don't.
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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2013, 12:21:56 am »
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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2013, 01:04:15 am »
And now, I feel like I can officially call you a friend.

Love Back To The Future.  Love it so much.  Absolutely one of my favourite flicks.  Fave film series.  This is why I don't feel like I was missing anything by not seeing Star Wars as a kid.  Cause this had it all.  No space stuff, but enough future tech to keep me interested-- and NEAR future tech-- humour, stakes, big questions about fate and determinism.  Plus the relationship between Doc and Marty, I think it was Ebert who compared their kinship to Young Arthur and Merlin, and it made sense, you didn't need a backstory or anything, it didn't matter how they met, they just got along so well with each other and taught each other stuff.  There was an emotional completeness to their relationship, even across the different timespans... so much due to Christopher Lloyd's performance, I'm sure (as much as I like John Lithgow, he couldn't have been "Doc" the same way Lloyd was).

What's really surprising is how little of the first movie actually takes place in 1955.  There's a lot of infodumping and set-up to get the movie going, and normally that's suicide but for some reason it works in the flick.  Marty in the 50s would be "fun and games" but it's pretty far in.  And there's really not that much hilarity when he's there, making all sorts of mistakes and screwing up.  They play it pretty safe.  When you consider that, plus the fact that the second movie takes place in three different time zones, makes the fact that almost all of the third film takes place in 1885 all the more striking.

I could go on for HOURS about these movies, clearly.  And I should.  When's the last time I geeked out about these flicks?  Who else in my life even cares?

I have a DMC (original style, no time machine attachments) on my bookshelf.  When I was a kid I had a half-built model of the Part 2 version.  Fell apart. 

More importantly, when I was young and had the VHS covers, I realized that they were paintings.  Someone made those.  By hand.  The great Drew Struzan as I would find out later.  And it inspired me like crazy, if someone can draw that well, why can't I?

I never got to go on the ride, so I'm REALLY happy the blu-ray set has the ride AND the complete queue video, almost a whole hour of Doc Brown.  Excellent!  And even on the Simpsons ride, one of the little video clips has Prof Frink using the Deloreon to visit Doc and save the Institute of Future Technology.  Dan Castellenetta drops a great line as Doc when told by Krusty to get a haircut: "Fine by me! It takes me five hours a day just to get it like this!"

And it wasn't too long ago that we got a little more Doc Brown, albeit in Argentina...


And right here is a little alternate ending for Part II.  If the lightning bolt sent Doc somewhere else...

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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2013, 05:56:35 am »
Speaking of Drew, I've kept all three of my VHS Cassette's specifically because of the covers when I really didn't need to. Anything with Drew's stuff on it just does not get tossed out or sold.
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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2013, 09:16:34 am »
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What's really surprising is how little of the first movie actually takes place in 1955

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I thought a majority of the movie is the past.
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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2013, 10:24:52 am »
I have two books by Drew Struzan... and I've been intending for ages to make a new cover for the Blu-Ray set (I despise the lock system that came with them) using the original artwork.  Never got around to it.  It's something I used to do quite a bit, my Star Wars trilogy has the poster art on them, for example, instead of those awful Photoshop put-togethers.

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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2013, 10:46:23 pm »
You know, watching this again, I don't think I ever figured out the clock thing until now: Doc's experiment that he mentions to Marty on the phone, the reason the clocks are all 20 minutes off, is because he sent his WHOLE lab forward in time as a test.  How did I not pick up on that?

You ever read the old scripts for this?  Wow, we REALLY avoided a bad movie.  Like, Luke Starkiller bad.

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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2013, 11:08:17 pm »
I've heard about the first draft, but never got around to reading it. Didn't have access to it at the time, long before there was this thing called...."Interweb". Sheesh, someone needs to go back in time and stop whoever came up with that hokey name. Should have been 'Online' or 'Net' right from the beginning and left it at that.
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2013, 11:20:29 pm »
Well, you know Al Gore isn't the most creative person when it comes to names ("An Inconvenient Truth?" Why not call it what it really is: "You're Living In An Oven And You Don't Know It.")

The original drafts... outside of the fact they introduced the "Nuke The Fridge" concept, it started with the class watching a film like in The Iron Giant, they go all the way out to the desert like in the episode of Futurama... once they made it LOCAL it became more intimate and stronger for that.  They were also a little more nihilistic, Doc and Marty were old-school video pirates, duping tapes of theatrical releases like on that old "The Men Who Stole Superman" Nightline special...  I think Doc was drowning in babes, too.

Maybe it's because I saw this movie so young, or maybe because it's such a standard in time travel movies, but this movie REALLY instilled in me this idea that all the characters should have a disunity.  Even BIFF has a problem that's solved by the end of the movie: he's hopelessly dependent.  He comes off as the strong one in the relationship but he's nothing without George, he never had to grow up or change until George hits him.  They both get different jobs and are relatively independent, Biff owns his own business, it's not a great one but that's nothing to scoff at.

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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2013, 04:46:58 pm »
Found and am reading the first draft of BTTF II, titled simply "Number Two" and... huh.  This is why you don't let people read first drafts.  But I think it's more putting down what they want to say and not what it will actually be.  Reading that while I'm watching the special features for part II.

You know, the trailer for Part II still gets me excited, still makes me wonder what I'm gonna see, even though I've seen that movie SO many times... there's such PROMISE in that preview, gets me excited.  Maybe it's just nostalgia in overdrive but nothing else does that to me.

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2013, 10:12:01 am »
Gaze at a comparison of the real stars of Back To The Future almost 30 years later compared to their "30 years older" makeup from the movie



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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2014, 08:10:31 pm »
Keepin' It Reel - Crispin Glover Talks Back to the Future

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVNeFlIiceU


Love him or hate him, agree or not, weird and strange, Crispin has always been fascinating to watch...or talk as the case may be here. He may say he is "happy" to be in BTTF, but he really needs to get over it. There is clearly some bitterness that he just can't seem to shake because of what the producers did to him regarding the sequel.
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Re: Back to the Future (1985)
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2014, 08:26:55 pm »
I totally get what he's saying, but at the same time, I always felt like the money was a byproduct of the change that Marty affected in George's life, he had more confidence, so he took chances he might not otherwise have taken, he learned to be a better father from his son, which is great, and then paid that back into his kids (you'll remember that Dave, the brother, was a pizza boy in the original timeline and worked at an office in the new timeline... on a Saturday, though).  I never got the sense that the family was all about money, or really just that rich, I just felt like they were no longer in poverty.

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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2014, 05:51:22 pm »
Keepin' It Reel - Crispin Glover Video Podcast

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0FR5sWBWAQ

Really not sure why IGN chose to only air a portion of the interview yesterday. But they just posted the full 45 minutes videocast. Here ya go.......
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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2014, 04:07:49 pm »
15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Back to the Future

https://www.youtube.com/w...nEgmB-5r4rtQOEsq-H-mNmQhk

I will admit that some of those nuggets I didn't know about.
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