This movie is brilliant in so many ways, including its prescient snark. In unrelated developments, I rewatched part of J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek today. It’s not nearly as terrible as the sequel, but I’d forgotten the whole suspenseful set piece in which Kirk has to save Scotty after Scotty hilariously (…) beams himself into the engine room’s water pipes. And of course they are filled with inexplicable “chompy, crushy things,” for extra dramatic tension.

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Questions About Star Trek Into Darkness

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(Pretty much my expression after the movie.)

So on the upside, Star Trek Into Darkness did a lot to win me over to the cult of Benedict Cumberbatch. But … (spoilers, and many questions):

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A modest proposal for action films

Can we PLEASE stop killing off women close to the hero and calling it character development?

Specific Skyfall spoilers ahead …

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From Men in Black to Connie Willis: My love letter to time-travel stories

A young hustler snaps Sarah Connor’s photo at a gas station, giving her the Polaroid that will inspire Kyle Reese, 30 years later, to come back for her. Bruce Willis, haunted by childhood memories of a murder, becomes the man murdered in front of his younger self. A newly-resurrected Tasha Yar chooses to travel back in time on a doomed ship, to prevent a present that the audience knows is out of whack. The coolest part of time-travel stories are the reveals, when everything falls into place like the last click of a Rubik’s Cube.

I adore most time-travel stories, even mediocre ones. (One of the more disappointing books I’ve ever read was The Time Traveler’s Wife, because the concept was so very cool and the characters were so very hateful.) The new, not-bad Men in Black movie inspired this post over at Movieline, an ode to Terminator, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” Connie Willis’s Oxford historians novels and more.

4 Can’t-Miss Tips For Making a Successful Time-Travel Film [Movieline]