Thursday, January 20, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks: Time Loops


For the third week of 2022 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We go into the subject of time loops where characters are re-living the same day or same moment as it is either played for laughs or in something serious. Here are my three picks:

1. La Jetee
Chris Marker’s experimental short film that features mainly still photos is about a man in post-World War III being used in a time travel experiment where he relives a certain day in his life as he meets and falls for a beautiful woman while seeing someone die in the process. He goes through this moment every time as it adds to the suspense and intrigue as it is a film that would inspire a lot of time loop films with Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys being this expanded remake of Marker’s film.

2. Source Code
Duncan Jones’ sci-fi film revolves around a soldier who takes part in an experiment where he has to relive every moment of a bombing in a train as he falls for a woman who would die from that bombing. There, he has to find out who is the bomber for the authorities to find this person before another bombing arrives as it is a flawed film but it has a great ensemble cast in Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright.

3. The Final Girls
A horror comedy that revolves around a young woman and her friends finding themselves in a 80s slasher movie following a fire at a revival screening is an inventive take on the slasher films but also play up its clichés. Starring Taissa Farmiga as this young woman whose mother was the star of this slasher movie is an inventive one that also play into the idea of the final girl who often survive the slasher film. Farmiga and her friends spend much of their time reliving the same movie over and over again as they do whatever they can to survive but also play against the rules as it is a well-made and inventive film.

© thevoid99 2022


Dell said...

I love, love, LOVE The Final Girls. It's such a great spoof that really gets the slasher genre, in particular, Friday the 13th movies. On the other hand, Source Code didn't really work for me. I guessed who the killer was almost immediately and spent the whole movie bored until they finally revealed I was right. Haven't seen your other pick.

SJHoneywell said...

I suppose I should see Source Code one of these days.

Loved The Final Girls. Fun, and a great ending that makes me hope for a sequel. In an added spot of weirdness, Taissa Farmiga looks almost exactly like one of my daughter's close friends, which added a level of weirdness to it for me.

La Jetee is a great choice for this topic!

Ruth said...

I haven't seen the other two but I quite like SOURCE CODE and the performances are terrific which makes me enjoy it despite he flaw.

Brittani Burnham said...

Source Code is a great pick. I didn't love that movie but I was really surprised by the ending. I need to see The Final Girls.

Birgit said...

I believe I have seen Source Code but I don’t think it made much of an impression on me. I haven’t heard of your first film and not sure I want to see it since you stated it was filmed like a series of pictures. I am not a fan of this style or hand held camera work. I would like to see the last film cause I recall the trailer and it looked funny.

ThePunkTheory said...

Final Girls sounds like it would 100% be my thing. I need to check that one out

Realweegiemidget Reviews said...

Not seen any of these, but they do sound an interesting take on this trope
.. only reviewed romances for my three.

Often Off Topic said...

I never expected The Final Girls to be so good but it was a lot of fun! I adore Source Code <3