How are you celebrating “Future Day”?
We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
by Caseen Gaines
The Back to the Future films took viewers on a fantastical ride, and now, thirty years later, fans can go behind the scenes thanks to author Caseen Gaines’ We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy. Gaines does not just give us a recap of the plots with a few anecdotes sprinkled about; he takes us all the way back to the beginning of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s original vision. The story of Eric Stoltz’s part in the original film is told in detail, as well as how Michael J. Fox became involved. During his research, Gaines conducted interviews with several of the key players, from Zemeckis and Gale to Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd, as well as many other individuals involved that are not household names.
Half the book is dedicated to the original film, and rightly so. Without that foundation that was laid thirty years ago, the hover boards and self-lacing shoes of Back to the Future Part II would never have been dreamed up. For Part II, Gaines delves into stories about phone calls from fans about the availability of the hoverboards in stores, the tragic accident that nearly killed a stunt woman, and the treatment of actor Jeffrey Weissman, who replaced Crispin Glover as George McFly. Part III is relegated to one chapter, which makes sense as it is the most forgettable of the trilogy.
We Don’t Need Roads is a fun look back at one of the most endearing time travel movies of all-time. It is well written, and packed with information from front to back.
A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon
by Rich Handley
Hasslein Books, 2012
Three movies, two seasons of cartoons, and a handful of comic books contributed to one of the most fascinating time traveling franchises of all-time: Back to the Future. One may have difficulty navigating through all the who’s and what’s in the massive universe that came into existence because of BTTF, but Rich Handley helps bring some sense to it all in A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon. Handley goes so deep into this fictional world, he includes not only the aforementioned movies, cartoons, and comics, he delves into the short-lived fan magazine, music videos, video games, commercials, amusement park rides, and even the photographs hanging in the Doc Brown’s Chicken restaurant at Universal Studios. And while it is reasonable to assume that the general public at least has access to these sources, Handley even gets his hands on screenplay drafts and film outtakes.
Some of the details here are very miniscule, from Marty McFly’s driver’s license number to words that were scrawled in graffiti in various places during the movie. Of course, you can learn about the Flux Capacitor, Doc Brown, and the entire McFly clan. There are also entries in the lexicon showing Darth Vader, Eddie Van Halen, and Alex Keaton’s place in the Back to the Future universe.
The appendices in the back of the book complement the book wonderfully. An episode guide, cover gallery, and even a family tree of sorts are among the extra pages at the end of A Matter of Time. Perhaps the most interesting page in this volume is the reproduction of the telephone book page Marty tore out in 1955, showing Doc’s historical address and phone number.
From beginning to end, A Matter of Time will delight Back to the Future fans with tidbits that they had forgotten.
It’s going all around the internet, so I’d like to take just a moment to make it clear:
TODAY IS NOT THE DAY MARTY McFLY TRAVELED TO IN BACK TO THE FUTURE II.
UPDATE: There was no specific date set for “25 years into the future”…here are 2 more links for your reading pleasure.
World Correspondents talks about the hoax.
And the originators of the hoax and Photoshop job…Total Film.
Or maybe just document this. I had a very strange dream. It had nothing to do with my teeth, or with floating/flying, two dreams that I have had often. This one came out of nowhere, and don’t really know what to think about it. Any dream analysts out there?
Anyway, I was at a car auction of some sort. And they were auctioning off this particular vehicle:
The fact that this car was in my dream is not all that weird, since it was in last week’s episode of Chuck (one of the best shows currently on television). The weird part is that it sold for $173,000 to this guy:
Why in the world Pat Sajak is in my dreams is beyond me.