Now, back to time travel (#SFWApro)

I checked out SARAH’S CHOICE (2009) as a Just in Case for the book, and it turned out that yes, the story of Rebecca St. James getting visions of the life that could be hers if she doesn’t get an abortion is the work of her future self who did abort the baby and now has a god-given chance at a cosmic retcon. All the subtlety of a sledgehammer as everyone in the secular world is presented as callous selfish scum who refuse to see that precious child inside St. James is anything but a clump of cells.“Would you let a wart destroy the life you have planned for yourself?”

TIME TRACKERS (1989) reminds me a lot of Timestalkers in having a disgruntled villain in a future technocracy travel back in time to assassinate the ancestors of the ruling science council. It’s a less interesting movie, though, competent but uninspired—after they settle into medieval times midway through the film it really loses steam. Kathleen Beller and Alex Hyde-White are among the leads but Ned Beatty’s gruff 20th century cop really steals the show. “We all belong to a niche in history.”

MISS MORRISON’S GHOSTS (1981) has two elderly teachers trying to convince the world that their vision of 1789 Paris during a European trip is a real psychic flash (so no time travel) but without success. Equivalent to a dull, sub-par Masterpiece Theater production. “I believe ‘para-normal’ is the current phrase.”

WillycardWILLY MCBEAN AND HIS MAGIC MACHINE (1965) was a theatrical feature from Rankin-Bass in which a mad scientist decides to travel back and accomplish everything important in history from inventing fire to outshooting Buffalo Bill (“My childhood fantasy!”), thereby proving himself the Greatest Man of All Time. Against him, we have a talking monkey and a 13-year-old tech whiz who discovers to his surprise History Is Cool. Not the creators’ best work. “When other great men are forgotten/And the history books are all changed/They’ll remember Rasputin von Rotten/Because history I’ve rearranged!”

PRISONERS OF THE LOST UNIVERSE (1983) is a stock SF adventure in which a time-space device hurls Richard Hatch and Kay Lenz into a primitive parallel world—but not an alternate history, so no-go for my book—where they have to battle warlord John Saxon, or at least Hatch battles, Lenz gets to be captured for a Fate Worse Than Death. Forgettable. “Did you really believe that scum like you could take these away from me?”

HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY FATHER (1993) is a Hong Kong dramedy in which a greedy young man gets sent back to when his soft-touch father was a young newlywed and learns through dad’s battle with his wealthy in-laws that maybe being a nice guy isn’t as unreasonable as he thought. Sweet, though as it’s Chinese, it’ll probably end up in the appendix. “I finally understand what ‘one for all’ means.”

THE LOVE LETTER (1998) adapts a Jack Finney short story (with considerably more romance) to tell how videogame designer Campbell Scott falls in love with 1860s poet Jennifer Jason Leigh after finding an unmailed letter of hers in an antique desk and figuring out how to write back. Competent, but even when I first saw it, this was too formulaic for me. “I have danced the waltz with many men, and I am a ravenous reader of the modern novel.”

I’m unnerved THE EDGE OF THE GARDEN (2011) wasn’t on my list before I stumbled across it this week, as it makes me worry what else I might be missing. Adequate to fill time as Rob Estes discovers the old house he moved into comes with a timeslip that allows him to meet and fall in love with a former occupant from 1960. Ends with the Exact Double resolution, though having it be his Lost Love’s granddaughter raises my eyebrows (how comfortable is she going to feel about grandma handing off her lover like this?). Moments of Love handled that idea better. “I heard what you said—and I say no.”

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  1. Pingback: You’re a wonder, Lynda Carter: Wonder Woman ’77 in Comics | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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