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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Dir. Stephen Herek
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Dir. Peter Hewett
Double feature for Fake Criterions.
Hand sewn using cotton thread on cotton fabric
Mounted artwork approx 297mm x 210mm
International Movie Poster: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure - Peru
Bill And Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure for Nintendo from 1991
They are informed that time-space rebels have gone back in time, kidnapping various historical figures and leaving them stranded in different time periods. So now they must travel to the time periods, retrieve these figures and return them to their correct time periods. This must be done soon as possible; for if history isn’t made right, the boys will miss the big concert that will launch Wyld Stallyns’ music career.
by Shahid Khan
Con: it’s been 20 years since the last movie
…in 20 years, attitudes will have changed, in terms of music, fashion, language, technology – I could go on. One of the joys of the Bill & Ted movies is that they are very much of their time as well as being, in many respects, timeless, and so are rightly regarded as childhood classics for those who grew up with them…
How would Bill & Ted fit into today’s world? Is there still room for a light-hearted, cheerful goofy movie about two guys with a skewed sense of perspective of the world, or have they missed the boat by leaving it so long? After The Hangover, Bridesmaids, and Horrible Bosses, and other R-rated comedies like them, will a movie with no gross-out moments and no swearing work?
Also, in these politically correct times, can Bill & Ted still hug each other, back off suddenly and call each other ‘fag’?
Pro: it’s been 20 years since the last movie
As the trend in recent comedies has moved away from the total gross-out fad of a few years ago to R-rated movies with elements of gross-out comedy, its not like the new movie will be competing with anything else out there if it continues in the same vein as the first two. For one thing, it’ll probably be PG-13.
Anyway, it could be refreshing to go to a comedy that isn’t cynical and where the overriding philosophy is, “Be excellent to each other”, and “Party on, dudes!”
Six Films with Insane Time Loops
But one of the most compelling models of time travel is that of the closed time loop. In a closed time loop, time is immutable and there are no alternate timelines. You can’t change time because you already traveled back in time before. You always hopped in that time machine to go have one last bottle of Crystal Pepsi. It’s already a part of history (just like Crystal Pepsi, sadly). Yes, that does mean that in the normal flow of time, you popped in from the not-yet-defined “future”, drank your Crystal Pepsi, and disappeared again, creating a paradox that would only be solved when you built the time machine and… yeah, let’s not get into all that.
The point is, closed time loops can lead to some pretty clever storytelling and fun brain hemorrhages for the audience. But not only that, they’re really the only type of time travel that’s actually relatively stable. (Technically, alternate timelines are stable, but if they’re infinitely growing based on every branching decision, that opens up a whole other can of worms.) So here then, are six movies whose stories hinge around closed time loops and thus, only have relatively minor predestination paradoxes. Isn’t science fun?
- 12 Monkeys
- Donnie Darko
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Planet of the Apes series
- The Terminator series
- Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure