The de facto theme song of one of the most influential films of my childhood.
I think every member of the VHS generation has that one video that they watched over and over. For my sister, it was Forrest Gump (yes, I could probably recite the entire film from memory, thanks, Sis!). For me, though, it was Zemeckis’s 1985 masterpiece, Back To The Future with Huey Lewis’s synthesizer-charged soundtrack that defined my idea of what rock and roll should be!
George McFly was born April 1, 1938. I was born April 1, 1983. Coincidence?
It’s that day again, when we celebrate the greatest adventure story of a generation: Back To The Future!
In case you have been living under a rock for 30 years, November 5 (1955) was the fictional date that Doc Brown invented the Flux Capacitor (and paved the way for a time-traveling DeLorean carrying one Martin McFly back in time to said date). The date, said with all the punctuation of Christopher Lloyd’s classic delivery, has always echoed in my mind as one of the great observances not only in science-fiction, but in the greater realm of popular culture as well. The film (really, “films” is more correct, since it is a trilogy) has held itself as the benchmark for the adventure genre, crossing the boundaries of science fiction in a way not many films have done. It has also–arguably–been the inspiration for numerous technologies in its portrayal of the future, second only to perhaps Star Trek in its visions coming to fruition.
This year, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched by a company called Hendo to develop, build, and market a working hoverboard as a concept demonstration for other, more practical hover technologies (seismic stability, transportation networks). While the physics my seem a bit dubious for such a small package, the theory is sound and, like all technology, it’s only a matter of time and development before miniaturisation happens. Check out the video below and consider throwing a few bones to help the future happen!
This Wednesday is Flux Capacitor Day 2014, when we celebrate the day that “red letter day in the history of science: November 5th, 1955” when Doctor Emmett L. “Doc” Brown invented time travel. In honour of that celebration, for this inaugural Wingin’ It “Movie Monday”, what is your favourite movie involving time travel?
Besides the obvious choice of Back To The Future, my favourite time travel movie is The Final Countdown starring Martin Sheen and Kirk Douglas. It’s got some great lines, a fairly deep central question, and some excellent aerial scenes of F-15s dogfighting with “Mitsubishi Zeroes”!
The Final Countdown is a 1980 alternate history science fiction film about a modern aircraft carrier that travels through time to a day before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Produced by Peter Vincent Douglas and directed by Don Taylor, the film stars Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, James Farentino, Katharine Ross and Charles Durning. This was Taylor’s final film.
Produced with the full cooperation of the U.S. Navy and filmed on board the USS Nimitz supercarrier, The Final Countdown was a moderate success at the box office. In the years that followed, the film has developed a cult status among science fiction and military aviation fans. (Wikipedia)
Nancy and I, we just love that fella with the funny hair.