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Mark Duplass picks 5 fave time-travel flicks

  • Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in "Safety Not Guaranteed."

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    Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in "Safety Not Guaranteed."

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By Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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  • Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in "Safety Not Guaranteed."

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    Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in "Safety Not Guaranteed."

If it seems like Mark Duplass is everywhere these days, it's probably because he is.
Currently he stars in "Safety Not Guaranteed," Next it's "Your Sister's Sister."
Behind the camera, Duplass and his brother, Jay, recently wrote and directed the comedy "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" and next month they have "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon."
And of course, he's also part of the talented ensemble cast of the FX fantasy football comedy series "The League," a fourth season of which is set to begin in the fall.
So, yeah, he's a busy guy. But he was nice enough to take a few moments to select five of his favorite time-travel movies. Here they are, in no particular order, in his own words:
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004): This is one of my favorite films of all time. I call it "lo-fi sci-fi" 'cos it's really more about the relationships than the science fiction elements themselves. In a lot of ways, "Safety Not Guaranteed" feels like this film ... i.e., science fiction as a prism to observe matters of the heart in a funny, human way.
"Somewhere in Time" (1980): Yes. It's super melodramatic. Cheezy. Over the top. But, watch this movie when you are sick or feeling a little vulnerable, and you will cry your eyes out. Guaranteed. A man time travels out of sheer force of will and, well, love. And, the score ... good god.
"Timecrimes" (2008): You gotta see this little Spanish gem from Nacho Vigalondo. It was at Sundance the year I had "Baghead" there. A man travels back in time ... but only about an hour. Really fun. And a little scary.
"Primer" (2004): This may be the cheapest science fiction time-travel film ever made. Shot for a reported $7,000, this intensely creative mood piece won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004. Very smart use of a plain old garage and average storage space.
"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989): The ultimate! How can you go wrong when the time machine is a phone booth and George Carlin is your mentor? See Keanu Reeves play the role he was born to play. This movie is a (expletive) blast.
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