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Back To The Future's Opening Shot Took A Surprising Amount Of Work

Back to the Future is remembered fondly for a great many things. Well, mostly hoverboards. For its time, the special effects were very accomplished, though the best ones, the ones that required the most effort, aren’t the most flashy. In fact, you won’t believe the co-ordination that was required just to get the first three minutes of the movie just right, as you’ll see broken down in the video here.


That Time Siskel And Ebert Reviewed The Greatest Film Ever Made

It might be hard to believe now, but when it first came out in 1989, some people didn’t really like Back to the Future: Part II. Recognised today as perhaps the greatest film ever made for the silver screen, critics like Gene Siskel called it “very gadget-filled and really noisy in an unpleasant way”. Hard to believe today, I know.


Drop $400 On A BTTF Mr Fusion And Never Pay For Plutonium Again

Unless you turned your daughter’s room into a nuclear reactor after she went off to college, you’re probably stuck paying the exorbitant market price for plutonium. It’s obscene, but the folks at Diamond Select Toys might have a solution. For $US400 they will sell you a Mr Fusion unit, just like the one used to power the time machine in the Back to the Future movies, solving all of your energy needs.


Try These Nike Knockoffs For Your Next Back To The Future Costume

For those who simply can’t hold out for power laces, the Halloween costume version of Marty McFly’s Nikes from Back to the Future Part II are quite convincing. And unlike the limited-edition Air Mags that Nike produced in 2011, which are going for bajillions of dollars on eBay, these can be yours for only $US99.


This Giant Sixth-Scale BTTF DeLorean Looks As Detailed As The Film Prop

Next to the lightsabers from Star Wars, the time-travelling DeLorean from the Back to the Future trilogy has to be one of the most recognisable film props ever created. Countless die-hard fans have even gone as far as to buy and modify real-life DeLoreans to look like the one seen in the films, but Sideshow Collectibles has a slightly cheaper way to get your own — but just barely.


Remember When Your Desk Was Cluttered With Stuff You Actually Used?

It’s 2014, one year shy of the time of when Back to the Future II was set. And you know what? Our world is pretty fucking futuristic. You don’t need to look further than your desk to realise how transformative technology can be.


Who Would Win A Race Between Optimus Prime, A Batmobile And A DeLorean?

Video: I don’t know who would win the race between Optimus Prime, the Batmobile and a DeLorean time machine. Probably the DeLorean, since it can travel to the future and win right away, right? This cool stop-motion short by Taiwanese animator Counter656 says otherwise.


This Secret Movie Screening Will Actually Send You Back To The Future

Did you ever dream of visiting the small town in Back to the Future? Well, now might be your chance. A group called Secret Cinema is building a full-scale version of Hill Valley in a secret London location in coming weeks. And rumour has it that you’ll be able to immerse yourself in not only the 1955 and 1985 version — but there will be a secret portal to the 2015 version as well.


A Very Specific List Of Things That Are Ruining My Google Alerts

I love Google Alerts. They’re a great tool for tracking the mention of different things online. I use them less as a way to learn about breaking news and more as a way to discover how people are talking about the future. But there are all kinds of things that are messing them up. Well, messing them up for me specifically.


'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Trailer Has An Excellent 'Back To The Future' Gag

Video: When you talk about timeless film trilogies, Back To The Future is up there with one of the best of all time, even if it struggled towards the end. Thankfully, Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy and Cosmos fame (yes, really) decided to throw a cute Back To The Future Joke into the trailer for A Million Ways To Die In The West, starring Doc Brown himself.


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