The Time Machine

Video Essay: “How Time Travel Works”

About halfway through Looper, Rian Johnson’s electrifying new time travel actioner, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who play the same man thirty years apart, sit at a diner and try to hash out their situation. The younger version of “Joe” starts asking questions about how his actions will affect his elder version, particularly now that they’re both in the same place, but before that conversation can get anywhere, Willis shuts it down: “If we start talking about it, we’re gonna be here all day, talking about it, makin’ diagrams with straws.”

It’s a fair point: it seems like every time travel movie — and there are plenty of them — is required to throw in a scene where some egghead tosses around a lot of jargon about the “space-time continuum” or something in order to explain how time travel works. Other movies keep it simpler: “This is what makes time travel possible: the flux capacitor!” Whatever your preference, we’ve pulled clips from over two dozen time travel movies to present this month’s video essay, “How Time Travel Works.” Check it out after the jump. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Edition

Viral video goofball collective Chad, Matt, and Rob introduced YouTube to their interactive narrative series “The Time Machine” last December. The LA-based, Lonely Island-affiliated “dot comedy” foursome (somehow Jonah Goldstein didn’t warrant name inclusion) have since one-upped themselves with “The Murder,” a choose-your-own-adventure for the Web. At the end of each segment, click the path you want to follow (in comic-book panel form) to save Rob. We can’t wait to see what directions this approach can take with a little budget behind it. … Read More

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